Monday, April 23, 2007

Red Sox 07 Game 19

Tuesday, April 24 Fenway Park 7:05 PM ET

TOR Roy Halladay, RHP (2-0, 2.37) Blue Jays (9-10) @ BOS Julian Tavarez, RHP (0-1, 6.75) Red Sox (12-6)

Boston is 1 1/2 games Baltimore, 4 games up on NYY and 3 1/2 ahead of Jays. 2nd game of 2 game series Toronto won the first. For the Year 2 games apiece.

ESPN.Com preview should be here.
Yahoo's preview should be here.
The recap after the game will be here.

From MLB.Com day by day database at Baseball Musings and this year at Baseball

Expected Batters vs opposing starter

J. Lugo316001225.194
E. Hinske51000103.200
D. Ortiz60175051539.283
M. Ramirez63173039615.270
J.D. Drew21000011.500
M. Lowell83001410.375
J. Varitek50134019611.260
W.M. Pena42100201.500
D. Pedroia60000000.000
Totals 2296013011421945.262

Once again Coco is sitting out with his left oblique strain. That means mr. cement glove, can't hit a curve ball W.M. Pena is in center field again. If not for him last night Timlin would have been out of the inning and probably never have faced Hill. Big difference from being down 2 runs and being down 4 going into the ninth. Just like last week, if Tavarez can keep the ball on the ground this team will have a chance as Halladay is hittable by these guys.

Historical Pitching lines

Halladay25870175 2/31918817471294.51
Tavarez422038 2/34316513173.72

As you can see Doc is not unbeatable and the Sox have had success against him. Still, its hard to beat a teams ace twice in one week. Of course they didn't beat Halladay last week as he had this team on the ropes until he was pulled and Manny came through.

Personally I think this game will unfold just like last week. What I am worried about is our ability to hit with RISP. Last night the team went 1 for 10, the previous day I show that it was also 1 for 10. In order to beat Hallady they have to do better than that.

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