OAK: Brett Anderson LHP (5-8, 4.32, 94 ERA+)
BOS: Brad Penny RHP (7-4, 4.71, 99 ERA+)
I wonder if they'll get this game in. New England's starting to fill up with rain.
Allan and Laura will be at this game so hopefully the rain holds off.
Remember Brett Anderson? No? That's because you don't want to. Anderson threw a complete game shutout against the Red Sox, at Fenway Park, on July 6th. Refreshing your memory: 9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K.
His last three starts went from good-but-not-long-enough, to great, to... Meh. 4 scoreless innings against Tampa Bay, 8 magnificant scoreless innings against the Angels (2 H, 0 BB, 6 K!), then 4 runs in 6 2/3 against the Yankees last time out.
We know Brad Penny doesn't venture too deep into games, but the innings he does pitch he pitches pretty well, especially for starting the season as the Number Five starter. His last time out against Baltimore he pitched into the 7th inning, giving up an unearned run as the Red Sox went on to win 3-1. He has not faced Oakland this year.
David Ortiz gets the night off. Mike Lowell will DH. J.D. Drew also gets the night off.
1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
4. Jason Bay, LF
5. Mike Lowell, DH
6. Rocco Baldelli, RF
7. Adam LaRoche, 1B
8. Jason Varitek, C
9. Jed Lowrie, SS
Yankees/Rays at 7:00 on ESPN. Joba/Garza
I'd like Garza to win but I want to see both their arms fall off by the end of the game. I'd also like to see that one go 38 innings.
Also: Tigers/Rangers at 8:00. Texas is 1.5 GB in the Wild Card. Verlander/Feldman.
Dun dun dun. The Phillies appear to have agreed to a trade for Cliff Lee. Does this matter to the Red Sox? Does it affect Toronto's leverage and demands for Roy Halladay? We'll see.
After 99 games in 2009 we're 58-41, 2.5 GB the Yankees.
After 99 games in 2008 we were 57-42, 1.5 GB the Rays.
After 99 games in WS winning 2007, we were 60-39, 7 games ahead of New York.
Think about that. Feels like the Red Sox haven't been very good this year, eh? They're only 2 games behind the 2007 Red Sox after 99. 2 games! See? It's not as bad as you think.