Friday, October 10, 2008

Batter-pitcher matchups: ALCS Game 1

Here are a few batter-pitcher matchups to watch tonight for the Red Sox and Rays as the American League Championship Series opens in Tampa:

Tampa Bay against Daisuke Matsuzaka (2-3, 3.75 in eight starts vs. Rays)
Akinori Iwamura: 9-for-24 (.375), HR, RBI
Carlos Pena: 5-for-16 (.313), HR, 4 RBI
Jason Bartlett: 1-for-11 (.091)
Dioner Navarro: 3-for-18 (.167), HR, 2 RBI
B.J. Upton: 1-for-13 (.077), solo HR

Boston against James Shields (2-4, 5.23 ERA in eight starts vs. Red Sox)
J.D. Drew: 5-for-15 (.333), HR, 2 RBI
David Ortiz: 7-for-14 (.500), 2 HR, 6 RBI
Dustin Pedroia: 5-for-10 (.500), RBI
Jacoby Ellsbury: 1-for-10 (.100)
Jason Varitek: 1-for-10 (.100)
Kevin Youkilis: 0-for-17 (.000)*

*That is a really, really ugly number.

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