Sunday, September 16, 2007

Red Sox 07 Game 150 Preview

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R. Clemens6-6, 4.45C. Schilling8-7, 3.93
Yankees84 - 64Red Sox90 - 59
Sunday, September, 16      Fenway Park  ✠ 8:05 PM ET
American League
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New York84645.58-214188860

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Yankees: Could it finally be? Clemens insists it will be, though after having a pair of cortisone injections in his right elbow, his first Fenway Park start since 2003 could be a game-time decision. The Red Sox faithful are certainly salivating for a chance to bat around the Rocket, but the Yankees are just hoping that Clemens has a few more bullets left in his 45-year-old arm. Clemens claimed his last start was like throwing with a piece of wood. He'd need to be wary of a Boston lineup that can certainly wield the lumber.

Red Sox: Despite being winless in his past three starts, Schilling has been pitching well. In his last outing, he allowed just one run and five hits in a 1-0 loss to Scott Kazmir and the Devil Rays. Schilling has allowed seven runs in his past four starts. He is 3-2 with a 4.21 ERA in 11 starts at Fenway Park this season. Schilling is 0-2 with a 5.76 ERA in four starts against the Yankees this 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 Clemens
J. Ellsbury---------
D. Pedroia10000000.000
D. Ortiz225002225.227
M. Lowell142000014.143
J.D. Drew41000022.250
J. Varitek203100048.150
E. Hinske142100026.143
C. Crisp92000004.222
J. Lugo121100004.083

.167 BA for these guys, not good, but was that against this Clemens, the 45 year old or the old but younger Clemens before he went to the NL. Only Drew can say he faced the younger Clemens of the NL and the others, well they faced the dominating Clemens. With a .282 BAA vs Righties and a .255 BAA vs lefties, this year I say we see the old, old Clemens.

Historical Pitching Lines

Clemens20950125 1/3107528421343.731.196.27
Schilling18770122 1/31266426321004.711.296.52

This Years Pitching Lines


Clemens has been good this year vs the Sox, but then it was only one freaking game. Of course it took a Papi home run to break up the no hitter in that game so you could say he has been on fire. Schilling's problem has been the home runs. 8 homers in 25 innings is not good and that is why he is 0-2 this year. Still, the last time he pitched he was just as good as Wang was in Yankee stadium. I also think he will be good tonight.

Last five times that Clemens has pitched at Fenway in the Regular Season he has gone 26 2/3 innings with a 5.74 ERA and 1.69 WHIP. Makes you wonder how he is 3 and 1 in those games.

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