Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Red Sox 07 game 113

Bos@ Ana
T. Wakefield13-9, 4.55J. Saunders5-0, 3.10
Red Sox68-44Angels65-46

Tuesday, August 7    Angel Stadium of Anaheim  ✠ 10:05 PM ET
American League
EastWLGBL 101 R W1 R LX WX L
New York62506.07-310156943

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Red Sox: In his last start at Fenway Park, Wakefield celebrated his 41st birthday by controlling the Orioles for seven strong innings. He allowed only six hits and three fifth-inning runs, winning his 150th game as a member of the Red Sox, only the third Boston pitcher to accomplish that feat. What's more: he's on pace to record a career high in victories after tying for the league lead with 13. "I don't feel 41," he said after the game.

Angels: Saunders continued his high-caliber work in dispatching the A's across 6 2/3 innings, holding them to two earned runs on six hits while striking out three and walking two. A strike thrower who keeps his defense involved, Saunders also keeps his team in games. The Angels are 7-0 in his starts since he opened the season with a 4-3 loss to Oakland. He has faced Boston once for a no-decision, going 5 2/3 innings on Aug. 22, 2006, giving up two unearned runs in a game won by the Angels in Anaheim.

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

Hitting History vs Saunders
D. Pedroia21000000.500
K. Youkilis20000011.000
D. Ortiz30000000.000
M. Ramirez00000000.000
J.D. Drew00000000.000
M. Lowell31000000.333
C. Crisp31100000.333
D. Mirabelli10000021.000
J. Lugo00000000.000

Not a lot of history here against this pitcher, but then again he has only been around since 2005. Overall not a lot of history as a team either with the recently passing waivers Wily Mo Pena having the most success since he has went 2 for 3 against Saunders. Still, this team has faced this pitcher before so they should know him a little bit. Expect a similar type of game to last night's game. This is a good team with very good pitching.

Historical Pitching Lines
Wakefield219100142 2/3142721952914.541.366.46
Saunders10005 2/3600340.001.595.67

Saunders has faced the Sox only once back on 8/22/2006 in Anaheim. Those numbers represent a typical outing vs the Sox for a first time pitcher. Still, I would think that he is not quite as good as his record this year seems to indicate. Overall, he is 12 and 3 with a 4.51 ERA in 23 starts. Look for the offense to do better than last night since he has a career 1.40 WHIP and a 5.62 average innings per start.

This is a team that Wakefield struggles with on the Win / Loss side of the ledger. Overall in 21 starts he has a 4.51 ERA with a 9 and 9 record vs this team. His WHIP is 1.39 and he averages 6.46 innings per start. Twelve of his starts have been quality starts, which is a pretty good ratio. At Anaheim he has a 5 and 5 record in 11 games with a 4.35 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP with a 6.39 innings per start. Look for Tim to pitch a typical game, lots of hits and walks but very few runs.

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