Friday, June 08, 2007

Red Sox 07 Game 60

Friday, June 8    Chase Field  9:40 PM ET
Josh Beckett, RHP (8-0, 2.95)
Red Sox (38-21)


Doug Davis, LHP (4-6, 3.05)
Diamondbacks (36-25)
AL East Standings

New York273110.56-43226
Tampa Bay263211.56-42335

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From MLB.Com Scouting Report

Red Sox:
Beckett battled in his previous start, against the Yankees on Sunday night, giving up eight hits and four runs over 6 1/3 innings of a no-decision. The right-hander remains unbeatan and is still alive in his quest to become the sixth pitcher in Red Sox history to open a season 9-0. Lifetime against the D-backs, Beckett is 0-3 with a 6.97 ERA.

Davis pitched well in his last start against the Mets in New York. The left-hander allowed just one run over 7 2/3 innings. He threw more curves than usual because the D-backs scouting report said the Mets have struggled with the breaking ball. Davis is on a roll. In his last three starts he has allowed just four earned runs over 22 2/3 innings. So far this year Davis has given the D-backs exactly what they hoped for when they acquired him from the Brewers during the offseason.

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. Lugo102000001.200
K. Youkilis00000000.000
D. Ortiz31100000.333
M. Ramirez81000010.125
J.D. Drew41000001.250
M. Lowell30000011.000
J. Varitek62000111.250
C. Crisp00000000.000
D. Pedroia00000000.000

Not much history here for the batters. I would not be surprised to see this be a one or two run game with lots of bunting, moving runners over etc. The question will be how the pitchers are managed since they have to bat in this game.

Historical Pitching line
Beckett403020 2/3321648226.971.94
Davis431029 1/335916132.761.40

How did Texas let this guy go. In 4 starts the lowest he has ever went was six innings and he has three quality starts out of the 4 starts. He averaged 7.0 Innings per start.

Beckett has a terrible history against the D-backs. One quality start out of the four starts. Average innings per start 5.17 innings.


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