Thursday, July 26, 2007

Red Sox 07 Game 102

bos@ cle
K. Gabbard
4-0, 2.97
Cliff Lee
5-7, 5.95
Red Sox
Wednesday, July 25    Jacobs Field ♊  7:05 PM ET

American League
Boston6140 -6-46239
New York54466.58-26139
Baltimore 465314.07-35049
Tampa38 6222.53-73763

ESPN.Com Preview .
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ESPN.Com after the game Recap.
MLB.Com Press Pass
From MLB.Com Scouting Report

Red Sox: Gabbard's July is providing a serious lift to his team and to his own rotation hopes. When Curt Schilling returns from shoulder tendinitis around Aug. 1, the Red Sox will have to make a decision about whom to keep in the starting rotation, a decision made easier by each Gabbard start. On Saturday against the White Sox, Gabbard allowed one run and two hits in seven innings. In July, he is 3-0 with a 1.92 ERA, with 11 hits allowed in his past 28 innings. On Thursday at Cleveland, nevertheless, Gabbard will be seeking the first road win of his career, and he is the third pitcher in franchise history to win his first five home starts. He has found it tougher away from home, going 0-3 in eight road appearances.

Indians: Lee was hit hard again on Saturday in Texas, giving up seven runs on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings to lose his third consecutive start. In going 0-3 since July 6, Lee has allowed 19 earned runs in his past 16 innings (10.69 ERA). Lee already lost to Boston once this year, allowing three runs on six hits in five innings of a 5-3 defeat on May 28 at Fenway Park. In six career starts against the Red Sox, Lee is 2-2 with a 3.72 ERA and has held Boston hitters to a .235 batting average.

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

Sox Batting vs Lee

J. Lugo195110103.263
D. Pedroia110000101.000
D. Ortiz123200003.250
M. Ramirez124201453.333
K. Youkilis92200102.222
M. Lowell91100100.111
J. Varitek102100006.200
J.D. Drew42200210.500
C. Crisp30000001.000

I wouldn't be surprised to see Wily Mo play tonight in center field, since he has good numbers vs Lee. Still, the Sox have struggled against this pitcher in the past, and even though he is struggling this year, don't be surprised to see him have his way with this line up.

Pitching Comparisions

Gabbard 0000000000000
Lee 622036 1/332 15417363.721.356.06

Lee has been brutal against this team. In six starts he has went less than six innings only twice, both times at Fenway Park. As good as his numbers are in Cleveland he is even tougher.

Three starts he is 1-1, 20 innings, 13 hits, 5 runs, 3 HR's, 9 BB's, 20 K's, with a 2.25 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and averages 6.67 innings pitched. Simply brutal at Jacobs Field.

Other Bad news - Sox are only 15 - 14 vs LHP this year while Cleveland is 18-14 vs LHP.

Another tight game tonight!

♊ - When all else fails, get a bigger hammer!

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