Friday, June 13, 2008

Red Sox 2008 Game 70 Preview

Bos@ Cin
J. Masterson3-0, 2.59A. Harang2-9, 4.37
Red Sox42-27Reds32-36
Friday, June 13               Great American Ball Park  ✠ 7:10 p.m. ET
American League
EastWLGBL 101 R W1 R LX WX L
Tampa Bay38282.54-61073630
New York34337.06-41193334

ESPN.Com Preview .
Yahoo's Preview .
ESPN.Com after the game Recap.
MLB.Com Press Pass
From MLB.Com Scouting Report

Red Sox: In a rotation filled with talent and experience, it is Masterson that has shown perhaps the most consistency so far in the young season. Though he's made just four starts, the Sox are 3-1 when Masterson takes the mound. He's allowed one run or less in three of those outings, shutting down the Mariners for one run in six innings in his last start. But Masterson also has shown the ability to escape difficult jams with minimal damage.

Reds: Since a surprise relief appearance on May 25, Harang has mostly come on to tough times. In 15 1/3 innings since then, he has yielded 16 earned runs. And his worst game was his last -- seven earned runs in 5 1/3 innings against the Marlins on Sunday. Hanley Ramirez did a lot of the damage with a pair of two-run home runs. It was the most earned runs Harang has given up in a game since Sept. 12, 2004 against Milwaukee. The 11 hits Harang allowed against the Marlins pushed him, however temporarily, to the top of the National League in hits allowed. He has been plagued by a lack of run support, with the Reds averaging only two runs per game in his losses.

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

I am not going to break down the batters and pitcher stats since the last time they faced the Reds was in 2005. Unless its the Braves / Phillies (since they play almost every year) I am just not going to do that during interleague play.

Nostalgia is great, but this team wasn't on the field in 75 (hell half of them weren't even born in 75). I look for the Sox to continue their winning ways against this Reds team. Also, Kudo's to Terry Francona for starting Sean Casey over Kevin Youkilis. It is moves like this that make the players love Francona. Well, done sir, well done!

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