Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Batter-pitcher matchups to watch tonight

As part of the Red Sox game notes package, here are a few batter-pitcher matchups to watch as the American League Division Series opens in Anaheim:

Los Angeles against Jon Lester
Garrett Anderson, 3-for-7
Vladmir Guerrero, 4-for-10
Gary Matthews, 3-for-6, 2 HR
Not so good
Robb Quinlan, 1-for-7
Chone Figgins, 2-for-8
Mark Teixeira, 0-for-3

(Obviously, the sample size here is very small. Los Angeles has had quite a bit of success against Lester in the past -- he's 1-1 with a 7.78 ERA in four starts all-time against the Angels.)

Boston against John Lackey
David Ortiz, 10-for-30, 2 HR, 9 RBI
Dustin Pedroia, 5-for-12
Kevin Youkilis, 5-for-17, 2 HR, 4 RBI
Not so good
Coco Crisp, 4-for-22 (though he does have 2 HR)
Mike Lowell, 3-for-19
Jason Varitek, 5-for-24

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