Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Red Sox 07 Game 147 Preview

TB@ Bos
E. Jackson4-14, 6.00J. Lester4-0, 4.47
Devil Rays61 - 84Red Sox88 - 58

Wednesday, September, 12      Fenway Park  ✠ 7:05 PM ET
American League
EastWLGBL 101 R W1 R LX WX L
New York82625.07-313178658

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Devil Rays: Jackson looked untouchable through 4 2/3 innings Friday night while holding to Blue Jays to no runs and no hits. But the good karma didn't last as the Jays scored seven runs and chased Jackson before he could get the last out in the sixth. Jackson continues to pitch off his fastball, spotting the heater with a much-improved slider and changeup. Jackson is 1-1 with a 5.87 ERA in five appearances against the Red Sox.

Red Sox: The left-hander is coming off perhaps his best start of the season, as he fired seven shutout innings in a 4-0 win over the Orioles. In fact, Lester, over his last two starts, has allowed just two runs over 13 innings. This is Lester's ninth start of the season. Remarkably, it will be the fourth against the Devil Rays. In those first three outings against Tampa Bay, Lester is 1-0 with a 4.74 ERA. This will be Lester's 12th career start at Fenway Park, where he's 5-1 with a 4.19 ERA.

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

Hitting History vs Jackson
J. Lugo50000001.000
D. Pedroia10000000.000
D. Ortiz42100041.500
K. Youkilis41100011.250
J.D. Drew52200112.400
J. Varitek40000002.000
B. Moss00000000.000
C. Crisp82010001.250
E. Hinske30000033.000

Well this team average is pretty terrible. Still there is not a lot of history there for this starting nine since only Mike Lowell (out due to some type of stomach bug) has faced Jackson at least ten times. So, what should we think of this. Keep the fingers crossed and hope that a pitcher who has a .280 batting average against for right handers and allows left handed opponents to hit .295 will continue that trend. I say that coming off of last nights big win the Sox smoke this guy.

Historical Pitching Lines

Jackson211015 1/31810111125.871.895.50

Jackson figures include three relief appearances last year against the Sox. In those four innings he allowed two runs and walked five batters while K'ing 4. That has been his problem, a high number of walks to K's. The only win he has was on 8/22 of this year when he walked five batters while striking out three. That was a game in Tampa and he only allowed the one run. His last appearance at Fenway (7/4) he gave up seven runs even though he only walked one batter while striking out five. Look for that pitcher to show up tonight.

Lester has been hot and cold vs the Rays this year. What has hurt him is the long ball. If he can stay away from giving up the home runs then he should do fairly well.

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