|E. Bedard||10-4, 3.05||J. Beckett||13-4, 3.27|
Tuesday, July 31 Fenway Park ✠ 7.05 PM ET
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Orioles: Bedard allowed more hits in his last start than he had in any of his previous six, but that's because he's been almost unhittable. He held Tampa Bay to one run on six hits in six innings for his fourth straight win. The talented lefty also stuck out eight batters in that game, the 16th time in 22 starts he's fanned at least seven. He leads the Majors with 175 strikeouts. Bedard's biting curveball and accurate fastball have been working perfectly of late, as he's 6-0 with a 1.89 ERA in his last seven starts.
Red Sox: Though Beckett suffered a loss in his last start, it was one of his best performances of the season. The right-hander gave up four hits and a run over eight innings in what turned out to be a complete-game, 1-0 loss to the Indians. Beckett has held opponents to a .232 batting average this season. He is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in two starts vs. Baltimore this season.
As usual all statistics were found at the day by day database at Baseball Musings and this year at Baseball Reference.
Sox Batting vs Bedard
|J. D. Drew||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
.186 for a batting average, well, that just royally sucks. Up and down that line up you see a lot of sub mendoza batting average. What should the Sox do? Well, if I was Francona I would rest Drew and put in Wily Mo who is 5 for 8 and I would play Hinske over Youkilis since Hinske is 3 for 9 with the only home run vs Bedard.
Replacing those two players would raise the average to .250, that I could live with. The only other bench player with any history is Mirabelli who is 1 for 6, which is not much different from Varitek's numbers.
After seeing the batting average's I am quite surprised that the Sox have done as well as they have against Bedard. The good news is that they beat Erick the last time they faced him and are 3 and 2 vs him in the last six starts. The bad news is he had three quality starts in those games.
Beckett on the other hand has dominated this team, with his last start being on mothers day this year. You may remember that game since Beckett left with an avulsion on his finger after throwing four shut out innings. That was his shortest outing vs the Orioles. Look for Beckett to dominate again tonight!
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