Saturday, June 2 Fenway Park | 3:55 PM ETAL East Standings
Mike Mussina, RHP (2-3, 5.86) Yankees (23-29)
Curt Schilling, RHP (5-2, 3.68) Red Sox (36-17)
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From MLB.Com Scouting Report
Yankees: Mussina gave the Yankees a vintage performance in his last effort, pitching into the seventh inning of his Sunday start against the Angels, but the bullpen couldn't hold the lead and cost Mussina what would have been his third victory of the year. Having rebounded from a terrible start against the Red Sox on May 22 -- allowing seven runs and 10 hits over 6 2/3 innings in the Bronx -- Mussina gets a chance to get back at Boston with this start.
Red Sox: Schilling returned to form in his last start, registering a season-high of 10 strikeouts against the Indians. The right-hander went seven innings while walking none and allowing one run and getting the win. Schilling is 0-1 with a 6.92 ERA in two starts against the Yankees this season. At Fenway, Schilling is 2-0 with a 3.12 ERA in six starts.
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
I really don't know what the status of Lowell and J.D. Drew will be today. My feeling is that Lowell will play or at least try to play and J.D. Drew will sit for Eric Hinske. I Lowell sits, I think you will see Cora at third and Hinske in right field. Its too bad that Tito won't play Mirabelli since he owns Mussina, but I just don't see Francona sitting Varitek, no matter what the numbers are, especially with this being a day game after a night game in which Mirabelli sucked.
Historical Pitching line over all
As you can tell Mussina has a pretty good record against the Sox. Much better than Schilling has against the Yankees thats for sure. Since 2005 though Mussina is 2 and 3 against the Sox with a 6.39 ERA in 9 starts (49.1 IP). So, the trend is good.
Schilling during the same time period has made 9 starts and is 4 and 4 with a 4.74 ERA in 62.2 IP. That includes two relief appearances at Fenway in 2005 in which he suffered one loss on two home runs and two earned runs in 2.0 IP. Remove those relief appearances and his ERA drops to 4.60 with a 1.20 WHIP.
Historical Pitching at Fenway
Historically the two match up better at Fenway even though Schillings numbers reflect the relief appearances that I mentioned above in this post. The last time that Schilling won at Fenway was on 5/22/2006 when he won his 199th game. He went 8 innings in that game giving up only 1 run. In two starts at Fenway since then he has pitched 14 innings with a 5.14 ERA and a WHIP of 1.14. The 5/22 game was his last decision vs the Yankees at Fenway.
Mussina's last win at Fenway was on 8/28/2002. He pitched a 3 hit shut out in that game. Since then in six starts he has gone 33 2/3 innings with a 5.88 ERA and a WHIP of 1.72 with an 0-2 record. Only one of those games would be considered a quality start (9/24/2004). His last start on 8/20/2006 he only went 4 innings (his shortest of the 6 starts).