Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Red Sox 07 Game 83

Wednesday, July 4    Fenway Park  1:05 PM ET
Edwin Jackson, RHP
(1-8, 6.88)
Tim Wakefield, RHP
(8-8, 4.31)
Devil Rays (33-49)Red Sox (51-31)

American League

Boston51 31 -4-65032
New York39 41 11.0 4-64535
Toronto40 4311.54-6 4241
Baltimore36 46 15.0 5-54042
Tampa Bay 33 49 18.01-93250

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From MLB.Com Scouting Report

Devil Rays: Jackson started against the Indians on Friday night and had by far his best outing of the season, holding the Indians to one run on six hits and two walks while striking out six over six innings. Jackson showed good fastball command and a mound presence unseen this season, striking out the final three batters he faced.

Red Sox: Despite admitting that his knuckler lacked its usual bite, Wakefield used his primary pitch to great effect against the Rangers on Friday night at Fenway. He allowed 11 baserunners but just one run over 6 1/3 frames, working his way out of some difficult situations to earn a 2-1 win. Wakefield has dominated the Rays over his career, going 15-2 with a 2.91 ERA in 32 appearances -- including 22 starts -- against Tampa Bay.

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
J.D. Drew0 0000000.000
D. Pedroia0 0000000.000
D. Ortiz0 0000020.000
M. Ramirez1 0000000.000
K. Youkilis1 0000011.000
M. Lowell4 0000000.000
D. Mirabelli 1 10000001.000
C. Crisp2 0000001.000
J. Lugo0 0000000.000
Totals9 1000032.111

Not a lot of history here as the team has only faced Jackson for a total of 14 at bats. I would not be surprised, seeing how Youkilis was limping around last night to see Hinske playing today. It is also likely that we will see Cora today also (1 for 2) for Pedroia.

Historical Pitching Lines

Jackson 0 0 0 0 4 1/3 4 2 0 5 4 4.15 2.08 0
Wakefield 22 13 2 0 141 113 48 15 4787 3.06 1.13 6.41

As you can see Jackson is not totally unknown by the Sox but this is the first game that he has started vs them. Patience has been the key in the past, and should be today also.

Wakefield overall has faced the Devil Rays 32 times (10 relief). Overall he has a 15 and 2 record in 161 innings with a 2.91 ERA. At Fenway he is 7 and 2 in 11 starts with a 3.55 ERA and a WHIP of 1.14 while averaging 6.45 innings per start. Will take those numbers against any team at Fenway. Here's hoping the bats stay alive today for Timmy.


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