Friday, June 29, 2007

Red Sox 07 Game 78

Friday, June 29  Fenway Park  7:05 p.m.
Rangers (32-46)
Red Sox(48-29)
Jamey Wright, RHP (1-1, 6.00) vs Tim Wakefield, RHP (7-8, 4.52)
American League

New York363911.03-84332
Tampa Bay3344153-73146

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From MLB.Com Scouting Report

Rangers: On Saturday, in his third start of the season, Wright yielded three hits, five walks and two runs over 5 2/3 innings in a victory against Houston. It was Wright's second start after missing two months with right shoulder inflammation.

Red Sox: Wakefield suffered a loss in his last start when the Padres belted him around for eight hits and six runs over 5 1/3 innings. In June, the knuckleballer is 2-3 with a 7.06 ERA. Wakefield is 3-3 with a 5.54 ERA at Fenway this season. In his career against the Rangers, he is 8-14 with a 5.85 ERA.

As usual all statistics were found at the day by day database at Baseball Musings and this year at Baseball Reference.

Hitting History vs Opposing Starter
There is no history since this is Wright's first time vs the Red Sox.

Historical Pitching Line (Wakefield splits)
Wake / Texas238120138 1/31549024521095.861.496.01
Wake / Fenway933051 2/369391519476.791.705.74

Overall Wakefield has always struggled vs the Rangers, and his numbers at Fenway are worse in every category, except the win loss record. Since the Sox are facing a pitcher who has never pitched vs the Sox in his career you can expect a low scoring game for the Sox (like all Wakefield starts). The key for Wake will be how anxious the worst team in the majors is against the knuckler. Still, I just don't see the Sox losing 4 in a row again right now.


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