Monday, June 04, 2007

Red Sox 07 Game 56

Monday, June 4    McAfee Coliseum  10:05 PM ET
Julian Tavarez, RHP (3-4, 5.40) Red Sox (37-18)


Dan Haren, RHP (6-2, 1.64) Athletics (28-27)
AL East Standings
New York243012.54-62925
Tampa Bay233113.55-52034 press pass.
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The recap after the game will be here.
From MLB.Com Scouting Report

Red Sox: Tavarez will make this start on seven days of rest, as the Red Sox used their off-day to make some adjustments to the rotation. Tavarez has been solid in May, going 2-2 with a 3.99 ERA in five outings. In his last start, he surrendered a 3-0 lead by giving up four runs in the bottom of the sixth. He took a no decision in a game the Red Sox went on to win. Tavarez is 1-1 lifetime against the A’ with a 4.85 ERA.

A's: Haren, the American League ERA leader, was brilliant yet again his last time out, holding the visiting Rangers to a run on four hits and three walks in eight innings. Haren, who has won his past six decisions after starting the year 0-2 despite a 0.69 ERA, hasn't lost in 10 starts and has worked at least seven innings in eight of his past nine assignments. He's won all six of the starts in which he's received at least two runs of support.

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. Lugo71000102.143
K. Youkilis61000002.167
D. Ortiz113010200.273
M. Ramirez95201301.556
J.D. Drew00000000.000
M. Lowell84200301.500
J. Varitek50000003.000
C. Crisp125000103.417
D. Pedroia00000000.000

As a team this is a pretty good hitting lineup. Tonight Mirabelli is playing for Varitek, Cora for Lugo and Hinske (1b) instead of Lowell. Doug is 0 for 5, Cora is 5 for 12 (better than Lugo) and Hinske is 2 for 8 (hurts). I expect WMP, Hinske and Cora to be playing tomorrow.

Historical Pitching line
Tavarez011029 2/33816312154.851.69
Haren413022 2/324917173.571.37

Haren is the ACE of this staff. So once again Julian has a tough matchup, but I think he is up to the task. I think we will see a low scoring game tonight, mainly due to the jet lag factor for the Sox (arrived @ 8:00 a.m. EST for a 10:00 p.m. EST start). I am mainly concerned about stamina tonight. Adrenaline can only take you so far.


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