Friday, August 03, 2007

Red Sox 07 Game 109

Bos@ Sea
J. Lester1-0, 4.26H. Ramirez6-3, 6.52
Red Sox66-48Mariners59-47

Friday, August 3    Safeco Field ✠ 10:05 PM ET

American League
EastWLGBL 101 R W1 R LX WX L
New York58508.06-49156543

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From MLB.Com Scouting Report

Red Sox: Lester looked sharp in his second start back in the Majors. The lefty limited the Rays to four hits over his first six innings of work and made just two real mistakes on the bump, both of which resulted in solo home runs in the seventh. He exited after 6 2/3 innings and the lead, and wound up yielding four runs on six hits and a walk. Lester showed a fierceness as well, tossing 97 pitches while maintaining his velocity throughout, a good sign of things to come.

Mariners: In his last outing against the A's, Ramirez pitched well enough to earn a win, allowing three runs on six hits over six innings while striking out four. Lucky for Ramirez, his next start comes at home, where he's 6-0 with a 2.63 ERA at Safeco Field, but he's 0-3 with a 13.72 ERA in five starts on the road.

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

Hitting History vs Ramirez
J. Lugo61100211.167
D. Pedroia10000111.000
D. Ortiz32100100.667
M. Ramirez31001201.333
J.D. Drew00000000.000
M. Lowell189001220.500
K. Youkilis21000011.500
J. Varitek31000101.333
C. Crisp20000000.000

Overall there is a pretty good results here. Led by Lowell's .500 average in almost 1/2 of the at bats there should be. So, most of the players have seen Ramirez pitch before, and that usually means good things.

I would not be surprised to see Wily Mo in tonight's game. His numbers are 4 for 9 with a double and a home run, with three walks and only one k. Knowing Francona, he may look at those numbers and say Wily Mo, grab a bat!

Historical Pitching Lines

H. Ramirez1000411713415.753.54.0

Ramirez has faced the Sox once, and that was in Boston on 5/3 of this year. He stunk up the place but did not get the loss. At home though, he is an entirely different animal. He is 6 and 0 at Safeco with a very good 2.63 ERA and is averaging 6.28 innings per start with a WHIP of 1.30. That is outstanding numbers. Could be tough tonight for the Sox to get started.

This will be the third start for Lester this year. Now that the trading deadline is over, it would not surprise me to see him bomb. I know he will walk the bases loaded at least twice and I fully expect him to be finished for the night after five innings. Would not surprise me in the least to be grinding my teeth as I watch this game.

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

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