Thursday, May 10, 2007

Red Sox 07 Game 33

Thursday, May 10 Rogers Centre 7:07 PM ET

Tim Wakefield, RHP (3-3, ) Red Sox (22-10) @ Roy Hallady, RHP (4-1, ) Blue Jays (13-20)

AL East Standings

TeamWLGBL 10Exp WExp L
Boston2210-7 - 32210
New York161667 - 31913
Baltimore161874 - 61618
Tampa Bay14198.54 - 61221
Toronto13209.52 - 81518

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From MLB.Com Scouting Report

Red Sox: The knuckleballer was sterling his last time out, tossing seven scoreless innings to beat Minnesota at the Metrodome and end his two-game losing streak. Wakefield's ERA is a much better indication of how well he's pitched than his won-loss record, since the Red Sox are continuing their trend from last year of failing to score runs for him. In his last 11 starts -- going back to July 17 -- the Sox have scored 16 runs with Wakefield in the game. In his career against Toronto, Wakefield is 13-8 with one save. He beat the Jays, 4-1, with seven strong innings in Toronto on April 18.

Blue Jays: Halladay matched the second-worst start of his career on Saturday in Texas, allowing nine runs on 12 hits in 5 1/3 innings. Halladay took a no-decision in a 5-3 loss to Boston at Rogers Centre on April 19. He allowed two runs on six hits in 7 1/3 innings and left with a 3-1 lead that the bullpen was unable to hold. Five days later at Fenway Park, Halladay gave up three runs in eight innings, but was a 10-3 winner. He is 1-0 with a 2.93 ERA against the Red Sox in two starts this season, and 9-7 with a 4.46 ERA in 29 career appearances against Boston.

As usual all statistics were found at the day by day database at Baseball Musings and this year at Baseball Reference.

Expected Batters vs opposing starter
J. Lugo348001226.235
K. Youkilis204000043.250
D. Ortiz631850516310.286
M. Ramirez66173039615.258
J.D. Drew51000011.200
M. Lowell114002511.364
D. Mirabelli102101302.200
C. Crisp186001101.333
D. Pedroia90000000.000

Historical Pitching line
Wakefield311390230 2/32299920821813.86
Halladay29970183 2/31969118471394.46

The last two times that the Sox have faced Halladay the starting pitcher was Tavarez. The team went 1 & 1 in those two starts with Tavarez taking the loss on 4/24. The 4/19 start both starters had a no decision. Can Wakefield do as well as Tavarez? If the roof is closed look for Timmy to do great.

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