Posted by Andy on September 14, 2007
A few notes on some of the Red Sox starters:
- Tim Wakefield just had his worst game ever against Tampa Bay (I mean worst game against TBD specifically, not worst game in his career.) And that's saying something, because prior to that game, he was 19-2 against them, with a 2.72 ERA in 188.1 innings. Looking at his career splits, he's got far better numbers against Tampa Bay than against any other team (minimum 10 starts,) although he's got nice numbers against Kansas City, Milwaukee, and Toronto. What active pitchers have more wins against specific franchises....anybody know?
- Looking at pitchers in 2007 with at least 10 wins, 10 losses, and an ERA over 4.00, we find two BoSox starters: Wakefield and Daisuke Matsuzaka. Overall, it's not a very impressive list, with the exception of Zambrano, who has had a strange season. It makes one wonder if Matsuzaka has topped out already in his major league career. (I swear, I wrote this before Steve posted something very similar this morning.)
- Fenway Park hasn't been very kind to Josh Beckett since he joined Boston, but then again it hasn't been kind to very many pitchers over the last 100 years. Beckett's success this year is quite probably for real, as it's his road numbers that have vastly improved. Last year on the road, he had a 5.21 ERA with 24 HR in 95 innings. This year, it's 2.23 with 7 HR in 84.2 innings. Odds are that he'll be somewhere in the middle next year, which will still make for a very good season.
- Curt Schilling currently has the 35th best ERA+ for a pitcher 40 or over making at least 20 starts. And he currently has the 51st best WHIP for the same criteria. There was so much talk in spring training about him wanting a contract extension. He's certainly pitched well enough (although maybe not often enough) to get plenty of interest as a free agent this winter.