Wednesday, October 10, 2007

New Home

Sorry guys, but i got a new home. Go check me out at Sox on Deck. I'll be covering the Sox farm system.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Sizing Up the Sox

I looked at the Halo's pitchers, lets look at the Sox pitchers and how they have fared against the Angels.

Josh Beckett vs.
Orlando Cabrera - .281/.286/.428 (35 PAs)
Vlad Guerrero - .217/.379/.301 (29 PAs)
Garrett Anderson - .400/.500/.600 (12 PAs)
Career ERA vs. Angels - 2.16

Dice-K Matsuzaka vs.
Never Faced

Curt Schilling vs.
Vlad Guerrero - .286/.328/.635 (67 PAs)
Orlando Cabrera - .341/.356/.523 (45 PAs)
Chone Figgins - .294/.294/.647 (17 PAs)
Career ERA vs. Angels - 3.67

Beckett has owned the Angels. You might be saying "those lines aren't very good. Why didn't you pick people with better lines?" Well, those were the best lines. Only Anderson had an above .800 OPS. Daisuke has never faces the Angels so i have no data for you. Schilling has been hit solidly by Vlad and Cabrera. They have been the Angels best hitters all year and i would think they would continue that in this series.

Sizing Up the Halo's

Playoff Time, wahoooo. Lets take a look at how the Halo's pitchers have fared against the Red Sox in their careers.

John Lackey vs.
Manny Ramirez - .435/.581/1.087 (31 PAs)
David Ortiz - .385/.467/.808 (30 PAs)
J.D. Drew - .455/.500/.727 (12 PAs)
Overall ERA against Boston - 6.27

Kelvim Escobar vs.
Jason Varitek - .333/.500/.333 (28 PAs)
Coco Crisp - .357/.471/.500 (17 PAs)
Julio Lugo - .571/.600/1.000 (10 PAs)
Overall ERA against Boston - 4.64

Jered Weaver vs.
Kevin Youkilis - .333/.385/.583 (13 PAs)
David Ortiz - .500/.583/1.100 (12 PAs)
Julio Lugo - .500/.500/1.000 (8 PAs)
Overall ERA against Boston- 4.70

What jumps out at me the most is Lackey. He is going to pitch twice, and is expected to be the ace. Looking at his numbers, I'd be scared if i was an Angels fan. He has got rocked by the Sox. Manny has owned Lackey, so I'm anticipating a great series by him. Escobar has had some success against the Red Sox, but is dealing with injury. I think the Angels would be happy if he can give them 6 innings and 3 runs. The Sox haven't seen Weaver much so I can't say what i expect. If experience is a factor, I'd take Schilling over Weaver 9 times out of 10 in Game 3.