Monday, October 13, 2008

Batter-pitcher matchups: ALCS Game 3

Tampa Bay against Jon Lester (4-0, 3.38 ERA in seven career starts)
Jason Bartlett: 4-for-8 (.500)
Carlos Pena: 5-for-16 (.313), 2 HR, 6 RBI
Carl Crawford: 4-for-14 (.214)
Akinori Iwamura: 4-for-17 (.235), HR, 3 RBI
B.J. Upton: 4-for-18 (.222), HR, 2 RBI

Boston against Matt Garza (3-1, 3.86 ERA in six career starts)
J.D. Drew: 2-for-5 (.400), HR, 2 RBI
Jacoby Ellsbury: 6-for-13 (.462), RBI
Coco Crisp: 1-for-9 (.111)
David Ortiz: 2-for-10 (.200), 2 HR, 3 RBI
Dustin Pedroia: 3-for-14 (.214)
Kevin Youkilis: 1-for-12 (.083)

Side note: If it seems like Youkilis has ugly career numbers against every single Tampa Bay pitcher, well, he does. The starters, anyway. He's hitting .234 in his career against the Rays, including .232 this season. And it only gets worse in Game 4 -- he's 1-for-14 in his career against Andy Sonnanstine.

Then again, Youkilis is 6-for-10 in the series thus far, so something seems to be working.

And he has had past success against the Rays' bullpen -- he's 8-for-21 (.381) with six walks against Chad Bradford, J.P. Howell, Dan Wheeler and Grant Balfour.

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