Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Red Sox 07 games 132, 133 and 134

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Red Sox80-51Yankees72-59
August 28 & 29 & 30  ✠  Yankee Stadium 7:05, 7:05 and 1:05 p.m. ET
American League (8/28/07)
EastWLGBL 101 R W1 R LX WX L
Boston8051 - 7-318198348
New York7259 8.05-511177754
Toronto 6665 14.0 4-623207061
Baltimore5871 21.0 2-810246168
Tampa5180 29.0 5-516155180

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Matsuzaka: Dice-K held the Rays to a single hit through his first 5 1/3 innings then watched as his hard work went to waste in the form of a two-run homer in the sixth that handed both he and the Red Sox a loss. The Japanese rookie has often fallen victim to poor run support and Wednesday was more of the same as his teammates mustered just one run in his defense. Matsuzaka said afterward that he was disappointed with too many "wasted pitches," but the lone obvious error was the home run ball.

Beckett: The right-hander will be going after a career-high win No. 17 in this one. Beckett was far from his best in his last start, giving up seven hits and three runs over 5 2/3 innings. But he still managed to get the win, downing the White Sox by a score of 11-3. This is Beckett's final start in August, a month in which he's gone 3-0 with a 2.25 ERA in four starts. Beckett is 1-0 with a 5.54 ERA in two starts against the Yankees this season. This is Beckett's first start of 2007 at Yankee Stadium, where he's 2-1 with a 7.53 ERA in the regular season.

Schilling: has won his last two starts. He downed the White Sox in his last outing, holding them to four hits and a run over six innings. Schilling is 0-1 with a 7.00 ERA in three starts against the Yankees this season. He is 2-3 with a 4.91 ERA lifetime at Yankee Stadium.

Pettitte: When the Yankees need a big win -- say, on days immediately following a loss -- Pettitte has been their guy. There are no bigger games, win or lose, than the hyped contests vs. Boston, and Pettitte draws the assignment to open the Yankees' against the Red Sox. The left-hander has won five straight starts, the last of which coming on Wednesday against the Angels, as he spun seven innings of one-run ball. Pettitte is 1-1 with a 5.01 ERA in five games (four starts) against Boston this year.

Clemens: The energy level at Yankee Stadium should be high for this one, as The Rocket takes on his former team for the first time since rejoining the Yankees. Clemens saw a two-start winning streak go by the boards when he allowed six runs in five innings to the Tigers on Friday. In the outing, he battled a blister on his right foot that may have impeded his delivery.

Wang: Citing a mechanical tweak that sped up his delivery some, Wang overcame a so-so start to best the Tigers on Saturday. Trusting his sinker more by throwing to the heart of the plate -- thus letting his natural movement do the work -- Wang went eight strong innings, holding Detroit to two runs. He is 2-1 in three starts against the Red Sox this season, working Boston to a 4.50 ERA.

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

Sox Batting vs Pettitte
D. Pedroia103100300.300
K. Youkilis95101221.556
D. Ortiz3411301539.324
M. Ramirez69298031866.420
J. D. Drew146102215.429
M. Lowell113100210.273
J. Varitek46161116414.348
C. Crisp134000013.308
J. Lugo19

The question is how does Pettitte have a 14 and 6 record vs the Sox. Well, actually he has struggled this year. In four starts he has had two quality starts, but he has only been able to average 5.58 innings per start with a 5.24 ERA and a 1.75 WHIP. Oh, yeah, his record is 1 and 1 this year.

Key in the first game will be if Manny, Ortiz and J.D. Drew can continue to hit Pettitte. I think they will, but it should still be a pretty close game. The big guys need some people on base so they can hit them home. Look for a good game!

Sox Batting vs Clemens

D. Pedroia00000000.000
K. Youkilis00000000.000
D. Ortiz194001125.211
M. Ramirez50910361018.180
J. D. Drew20000012.000
M. Lowell11 2000014.182
J. Varitek1931 00028.158
C. Crisp72000003.286
J. Lugo9 1100004.111

Clemens dominates these guys. Makes you wonder how he could have a life time record of only 8 and 5 vs the Sox. Especially when you see that he averages over 6 innings per start and has twelve quality starts vs the Sox. I would count on this being a low scoring game for the Sox with those type of numbers. Let us hope that Beckett brings his A++++ game.

Sox Batting vs Wang

D. Pedroia33 2001001.000
K. Youkilis187300161.389
D. Ortiz2412302852.500
M. Ramirez2213002543.591
J. D. Drew60000000.000
M. Lowell193100032.158
J. Varitek1210 01102.083
C. Crisp175010012.294
J. Lugo286100155.214
Looking at these numbers it is easy to see why Wang is only 4 and 4 vs the Sox. There are some good quality numbers posted by some of these guys. The thing is though, Wang has been really hot lately. Maybe the Sox can do their part in cooling him off, of course the problem is that Schilling is the Sox pitcher in this game and he has royally sucked vs the spankees this year. Schilling is going to need to step up big for the Sox to have a chance.

Pitching Comparisions
Clemens19850119 1/3105517371323.851.196.28
Schilling17760115 1/3120622431964.841.316.78
Wang944058 1/37231627214.781.706.48

Two games for Daisuke and two wins. However with a 6.92 ERA in thirteen innings is not something to be glad about. This is the fourth time that Daisuke will be trying to win his fourteenth win. Is the fourth time the charm?

Of course that is not entirely his fault. In his last five games he is one and three with a 3.62 ERA in thirty-two and one third innings. What is really head scratching is the three losses are against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Beckett has a very high ERA vs the Yankees but this year he has actually lowered that figured. In two games he has went 13 innings with a 5.54 ERA and a 1.69 WHIP. He is 1 and 0 this year. The good news is that he has only walked five and has K'ed 12 in those two games.

While overall Schilling has decent numbers against the Yankees this year he has been horrible. His outings this year vs the Yankees have been seven innings, six innings and five innings. Overall all he has a 7.00 era in those eighteen innings. What has killed him is the six, that is right six home runs he has allowed.

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