Sunday, June 03, 2007

Red Sox 07 Game 55

Sunday, June 3    Fenway Park  8:05 PM ET
Andy Pettitte, LHP (3-4, 2.51) Yankees (23-30)


Josh Beckett, RHP (8-0, 2.65) Red Sox (37-17)
AL East Standings
New York233013.53-72924
Tampa Bay223114.54-62033

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

Yankees: Because of an off-day, the Yankees can bring Pettitte back for Sunday's tilt at Fenway Park. In Pettitte's last start against the Red Sox, on May 23, he spun seven innings of one-run ball. He ranks 17th on the Yankees' all-time games pitched list -- this will be his 297th appearance -- and is chasing down Steve Hamilton (311).

Red Sox: Beckett picked up right where he left off in his return from the disabled list, earning a 4-2 victory over the Indians on Tuesday. Over seven innings, Beckett allowed three hits and two runs while striking out seven. He is the 10th Red Sox pitcher to win his first eight decisions in a season. The last Sox starter to do so was Roger Clemens, who went 14-0 at the start of the 1986 season. Beckett won his only previous start against the Yankees this season, allowing nine hits and four earned runs over 6 2/3 innings.

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. Lugo175000022.294
K. Youkilis74101221.571
D. Ortiz3110301438.323
M. Ramirez67288031865.418
J.D. Drew146102215.429
M. Lowell93100210.333
J. Varitek44151116414.341
C. Crisp113000013.273
D. Pedroia72000000.286

Pettitte always seems to get hit by these guys but as you see in the pitching stats below he seems to usually find a way to wiggle out of the jams. As for the subs, Wily Mo has the Most success against Andy. Thats why he is in right field for J.D. tonight. Pena is 4 for 11 but does have 3 k's.

Historical Pitching line
Pettitte241560159 2/3161556461243.101.30
Beckett532026 2/33325518218.441.91

Beckett has sucked against the Yankees. 8.44 ERA, 1.91 WHIP. Sucks. Still the way he has been pitching lately you have to think that they have a chance. Question is which team will have to go to the Bullpen First? If the Sox can chase Pettitte in the fifth or early sixth then you have to like the Sox. BTW Pettitte averages 6.47 IP at Fenway.

Now, am off to watch the rest of the game.


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