Saturday, August 11, 2007

Red Sox 07 Game 116

Bos@ Bal
J. Beckett14-5, 3.31G. Olson1-0, 3.86
Red Sox69-46Orioles53-61

Saturday, August 10      Oriole Park at Camden Yards  ✠ 3:55 PM ET
American League
EastWLGBL 101 R W1 R LX WX L
New York64515.08-210157045

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From MLB.Com Scouting Report

Red Sox: Beckett worked 6 2/3 innings, allowing one run on eight hits, as he picked up his 14th win of the season Sunday in Seattle. The Boston right-hander walked two and struck out nine as he joined Cleveland's C.C Sabathia, Carlos Zambrano of the Cubs and the Angels' John Lackey as the top winners in the Major Leagues. Beckett had lost three of his previous four starts before picking up the victory against the Mariners.

Orioles: Brian Burres moved back into the bullpen earlier in the week and will likely cede his rotation slot to Olson, who acquitted himself well in two starts earlier this season. The southpaw has gone 9-7 with a 3.16 ERA at Triple-A Norfolk, and Baltimore would like to re-evaluate him and see if he's ready to leap forward and take a rotation slot next season.

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

Hitting History vs Orioles
D. Pedroia347100463.206
K. Youkilis125381303172326.302
D. Ortiz3679722220737374.264
M. Ramirez63219933131142113136.315
J.D. Drew3510101393.286
M. Lowell127371014271510.291
J. Varitek3809023012575899.237
C. Crisp8723211131610.264
J. Lugo23064815192625.278

The Sox have never faced Olson, so I put up their career averages vs the Orioles. Not bad for this team. The problem is they have never faced Olson, and he is a lefty. Well, you know how that can go sometimes! Still, even after a tough loss last night, I am still hopeful!

Historical Pitching Lines (Beckett vs Orioles)


Beckett has pitched very well vs the Orioles. This will be his third start vs Baltimore this year. He is 0-1 in 2007 having went only 4 innings in the Mothers day miracle and having lost his last start vs this team on 7/31/2007. That was the game he started vs Bedard and gave up five runs in eight innings pitched. Still this is Josh "freaking" Beckett. Look for a stopper like appearance from him today!

Olson has never faced the Sox, in fact he has only two major league starts both against the White Sox. Total for those games are 9 1/3 innings with 11 hits, 4 earned runs for a 3.86 ERA and a 2.04 WHIP in an average of 4 2/3 innings per start.

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