Sunday, June 10, 2007

Red Sox 07 Game 62

Sunday, June 9    Chase Field  4:40 PM ET
Daisuke Matsuzaka, RHP (7-4, 4.63)
Red Sox (40-21)


Randy Johnson, LHP (3-2, 3.78)
Diamondbacks (36-28)
American League

New York293110.58-23426
Tampa Bay273312.56-42436

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From MLB.Com Scouting Report

Red Sox: Matsuzaka made his seventh quality start when he gave up two runs on seven hits over seven innings in a 2-0 loss to the Oakland A's on Tuesday. The bad news is that he threw 130 pitches, the most by a Red Sox hurler since last April. The good news is that he's bunched good starts together, so he may do so again this time around.

D-Backs: Johnson leapfrogged Roger Clemens into second place on the all-time strikeout list with eight punchouts against the Giants in his last start. The left-hander allowed two runs on seven hits over six innings. He has hit his stride of late throwing six shutout innings in his start before against the Phillies in Philadelphia. Johnson missed the start prior to the one in Philly with tendinitis in his left forearm, but it has not bothered him since.

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. Lugo3040013211.133
K. Youkilis133101331.308
D. Ortiz264300127.160
M. Ramirez411130517511.268
J.D. Drew81000002.125
M. Lowell4171013313.171
J. Varitek237102445.304
C. Crisp72200205.286
D. Pedroia111000201.000

Johnson owns the sox hitters, it might be a good thing that the pitcher is batting because not too many of the Sox players can hit Johnson. So, once again Daisuke gets a tough match up that dominates the Sox.

Historical Pitching line
Johnson281571175 1/31458924892134.571.33

Overall Randy is 15 and 7 vs the Sox, but most disturbing is the last two years where he is 7 and 1 in 9 starts. The last 3 starts he can thank the Yankee offense for that though as he went 17 2/3 innings allowing 15 earned runs, while going 2-0.


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