Friday, June 20, 2008

Red Sox 2008 Game 76 Preview

Stl@ Bos
K. Lohse8-2, 3.77T. Wakefield4-4, 4.19
Cardinals42-32Red Sox46-29

Friday, June 20      Fenway Park  ✠ 7:05 p.m. ET
American League
EastWLGBL 101 R W1 R LX WX L
Tampa Bay43291.56-41273933
New York40335.08-21393934

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From MLB.Com Scouting Report

Cardinals: Lohse keeps throwing strikes and pitching deep into games. Not coincidentally, he keeps winning. He's gone at least six innings in six out of seven starts, with the only exception being a rain-interrupted affair in Washington. Lohse has issued a total of six walks in those seven games. That combination will typically add up to some solid results, and what do you know, Lohse has won five straight starts.

Red Sox: After just missing his fifth win of the season in Cincinnati on Saturday when Jonathan Papelbon allowed a game-tying homer, Wakefield gets another chance to get over the .500 mark. Wakefield has thrown at least seven innings in each of his last starts, including last Saturday when he allowed just four hits and two solo home runs over seven, walking two and striking out six. He is 1-2 with a 5.29 ERA in five career starts against the Cardinals.

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

Red Sox Batting History vs Lohse
J. Ellsbury------------------------------------
D. Pedroia------------------------------------
J. D. Drew------------------------------------
M. Ramirez83001231.375.545.7501.295
M. Lowell11000001.
K. Youkilis-------------------------------------
K. Cash30000001.
C. Crisp288000122.286.333.286.619
J. Lugo72001501.286.222.714.937

Not a lot to see here as there are a lot of players who have no history or very little history against Lohse. Of the bench players (for tonight's game), only Varitek and Casey have faced Lohse and they are a combined 5/15, so not even a lot of history there either.

Manny does own Lohse, but how is his hamstring tonight?

Pitching Comparisions Career

Lohse603027 1/33519316146.261.875.27
Wakefield512032 1/33619119265.291.706.07

As a starter versus the Cardinals, Wakefield has decent numbers, but nothing outstanding. The ones to watch against Wakefield tonight are Izturis and Encarnacion who have very good numbers against Tim.

Pitching Comparisions this year

Lohse1582088 1/38637521403.771.215.89

Lohse is having a very good year, but in some aspects not as good of a year as Wakefield. In June Lohse has gone 19.0 innings with a 2.84 ERA. He does struggle on the road though as he has a 5.04 ERA in 30 1/3 innings and is allowing a .325 BAA. Cue the offense!!!

Wakefield has been great in June, in 21 innings he has a 2.57 ERA but is only 1-0. At home this year Wakefield is 3-1 in 5 starts and has a 3.90 ERA in 32 1/3 innings. He also has a .231 BAA at Fenway. How about some support offense?

♊ - Well, let's hope we get some funny hats too.

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