Monday, July 23, 2007

Red Sox 07 Game 99

Bos@ Cle
J. Lester0-0, 0.00J. Westbrook1-5, 6.07
Red Sox59-39Indians58-40

Monday, July 23    Jacobs Field  7:05 PM ET
American League
Boston 5939-5-56038
New York51467.58-25839
Tampa 386021.04-63761

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From MLB.Com Scouting Report

Red Sox: Lester will conclude his difficult road back to the Majors in this one. In September 2006, Lester was diagnosed with anaplastic cell lymphoma, a form of cancer that required six stages of chemotherapy throughout the fall. Declared cancer-free on Dec. 5, Lester began his return to baseball and had nearly recovered his normal playing weight by Spring Training. He made 11 starts over two months at Triple-A Pawtucket, going 3-4 with a 2.70 ERA. Lester's return marks the end of Julian Tavarez's tenure in the Red Sox rotation.

Indians: The Indians view Westbrook's performance as one of their keys to staying in contention down the stretch, But he's been surprisingly inconsistent. In his last start against the White Sox, he had trouble commanding his sinking fastball, and he gave up four runs on seven hits with two walks, three strikeouts and a home run over six innings. Westbrook has had trouble maintaining his mechanics from pitch to pitch this season. He is 3-1 with a 4.23 ERA in five career appearances against Boston.

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

Hitting History vs Westbrook
C. Crisp43000000.750
D. Pedroia00000000.000
D. Ortiz70000031.000
M. Ramirez136000101.462
J.D. Drew20000010.000
M. Lowell82000011.250
K. Youkilis64100311.667
J. Varitek53100110.600
J. Lugo215200122.238

A pretty good line up with good history vs Westbrook, with Manny leading the way. I expect that Eric Hinske will start tonight with Manny DH'ing again. Eric is 5 for 10 with two doubles. Sliding him into Ortiz's line up slot increases the batting average to .406.

This game has all the makings of a slug fest. Let us hope that the Sox bats continue their hot hitting.

Historical Pitching Lines

Lester 10006831134.51.56
Westbrook 531027 2/33813113114.231.845.53

Jon's game vs the Indians last year was one of his better games. Six innings while only allowing three earned runs. It also was one of his four quality starts last year.

The question is how good will his stamina be tonight. Last year he only went six plus inning in six of his fifteen starts, the question is can he do at least as well this time around.

Westbrook has made five starts with three of them being quality starts. He faced the Sox twice last year, pitching 13 innings and allowing eight runs. Most of those runs came in his last start when he allowed six runs but still got the win.

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

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