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Game Preview: BOS @ HOU, 7:05pm, Saturday, June 28, 2008 @Minute Maid Park

Boston Red Sox, 50-32, 1st, ½ up

SP: Jon Lester (24, LHP, 6-3, 3.13)

   2008 Gamelogs / 2008 Splits / vs. HOU Current Lineup
 Split         Opp Dec   IP   H   R   ER  BB  SO HR ERA/Pit GmSc
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 2008 (6-3)            103.2  99  39  36  39  65  7    3.13      
 2007 (4-0)             63    61  33  32  31  50 10    4.57      
 2006 (7-2)             81.1  91  43  43  43  60  7    4.76      
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 Last 7 GS         4-1  46.2  44  12  11  10  32  1    2.12   59 
 2008-06-22    STL  ND   7.1   9   2   2   1   3  0     101   54 
 2008-06-17   @PHI   W   7     6   0   0   1   5  0      99   69 
 2008-06-12    BAL   W   7     7   2   2   1   3  0     101   57 
 2008-06-05    TBR   W   6.1   8   1   1   0   5  0     109   58 
 2008-05-31   @BAL  ND   5     7   3   3   3   4  1     103   42 
 2008-05-25   @OAK   L   5     7   4   3   2   3  0      94   40 
 2008-05-19    KCR   W   9     0   0   0   2   9  0     130   94 
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 Last 5 v.HOU    Has never faced HOU.
Lineups / Orders / Splits: Bat / Pitch / GL: Bat / Pitch
 Home:   31-10   Road:   19-22   ExtrInn: 4-1 
 vsRHP:  37-29   vsLHP:  13-3    1-Run:  11-10
 vsEast: 16-13   vsCntrl:12-5    vsWest: 11-9  IL:11-5 

Last 10 Games
Gm# Date & Box   Opp W/L Score      Record   Place/GB
 82 Fri, Jun 27  @HOU  W   6-1       50-32  1st  0.5 up
 81 Wed, Jun 25   ARI  W   5-0       49-32  1st  1.0 up
 80 Tue, Jun 24   ARI  W   5-4       48-32  1st  1.0 up
 79 Mon, Jun 23   ARI  L   1-2       47-32  1st  1.0 up
 78 Sun, Jun 22   STL  W   5-3 (13)  47-31  1st  1.5 up
 77 Sat, Jun 21   STL  L   3-9       46-31  1st  0.5 up
 76 Fri, Jun 20   STL  L   4-5       46-30  1st  1.5 up
 75 Wed, Jun 18  @PHI  W   7-4       46-29  1st  2.0 up
 74 Tue, Jun 17  @PHI  W   3-0       45-29  1st  2.0 up
 73 Mon, Jun 16  @PHI  L   2-8       44-29  1st  2.0 up
 Last 10: 6-4    Last 20:13-7    Last 30:19-11
Houston Astros, 37-43, 5th, 12 GB, 7½ GB in WC

SP: Brandon Backe (30, RHP, 5-8, 4.82)

   2008 Gamelogs / 2008 Splits / vs. BOS Current Lineup
 Split         Opp Dec   IP   H   R   ER  BB  SO HR ERA/Pit GmSc
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 2008 (5-8)             89.2 100  50  48  41  62 20    4.82      
 2007 (3-1)             28.2  27  13  12  11  11  4    3.77      
 2006 (3-2)             43    43  18  18  18  19  4    3.77      
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 Last 7 GS         3-3  41    47  23  23  12  25 12    5.05   46 
 2008-06-22   @TBR   W   6.2   6   2   2   4   5  1      82   55 
 2008-06-17   @BAL  ND   5.2   8   3   3   2   1  1      97   40 
 2008-06-11    MIL   L   4     7   5   5   2   2  3      76   28 
 2008-06-05   @PIT   L   6     9   4   4   2   2  1     104   38 
 2008-05-30   @MIL   L   5     6   5   5   1   4  3      96   38 
 2008-05-23    PHI   W   7.1   6   1   1   1   6  1     105   67 
 2008-05-18   @TEX   W   6.1   5   3   3   0   5  2      91   56 
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 Last 5 v.BOS    Has never faced BOS.
Lineups / Orders / Splits: Bat / Pitch / GL: Bat / Pitch
 Home:   19-18   Road:   18-25   ExtrInn: 1-1 
 vsRHP:  28-31   vsLHP:   9-12   1-Run:  12-15
 vsEast:  7-6    vsCntrl:14-18   vsWest: 11-8  IL: 5-11

Last 10 Games
Gm# Date & Box   Opp W/L Score      Record   Place/GB
 80 Fri, Jun 27   BOS  L   1-6       37-43  5th 12.0 gb
 79 Thu, Jun 26   TEX  W   7-2       37-42  5th 12.0 gb
 78 Wed, Jun 25   TEX  L   2-3       36-42  5th 13.0 gb
 77 Tue, Jun 24   TEX  W   4-3       36-41  5th 12.0 gb
 76 Sun, Jun 22  @TBR  W   3-2       35-41  5th 13.0 gb
 75 Sat, Jun 21  @TBR  L   3-4       34-41  6th 13.0 gb
 74 Fri, Jun 20  @TBR  W   4-3       34-40  5th 12.0 gb
 73 Thu, Jun 19  @BAL  L   5-7       33-40  5th 12.0 gb
 72 Wed, Jun 18  @BAL  L   1-2 (10)  33-39  5th 12.0 gb
 71 Tue, Jun 17  @BAL  L   5-6       33-38  5th 12.0 gb
 Last 10: 4-6    Last 20: 6-14   Last 30: 9-21
Last 10 games for these teams head-to-head
Fri, Jun 27, 2008 BOS  6 @HOU  1        W:Daisuke Matsuzaka (9-1), L: Runelvys Hernandez (0-1), S: Jonathan Papelbon (24)

Sun, Jun 15, 2003 BOS  3  HOU  2 (14)   W:Jason Shiell (2-0), L: Nate Bland (1-2), S: none
Sat, Jun 14, 2003 BOS  8  HOU  4        W:Derek Lowe (7-3), L: Tim Redding (4-5), S: none
Fri, Jun 13, 2003 BOS  4  HOU  3        W:Ryan Rupe (1-0), L: Ricky Stone (4-2), S: Brandon Lyon (7)
Season Series: 2008 - BOS leads 1-0; 2007 -  0-0; 2006 -  0-0; All-Time - BOS leads 4-0

Key for Batter vs. Pitcher Grids on the next pageKey for Batter vs. Pitcher Grids Below

Batter vs. Pitcher totals are career totals. All others are year-to-date.

PA - Plate Appearances (AB+BB+HBP+SH+SF+CI)
BF - Batters Faced
BA - Batting Average
OBP - On-Base Percentage
SLG - Slugging Percentage
Last 28d - PA and OPS in the last 28 days.
SB/CS - Stolen Bases and Caught Stealing
HR/E - Home Runs and Errors Made
ERA-K/9 - Earned Run Average and SO per 9 IP
Total - Team totals for those categories.
Usage - See the note below the grid.
OPS - On-Base Percentage + Slugging Percentage (a good single number for measuring a player's hitting, avg. is .750 or so)
RA/G & RS/G - Runs scored and allowed per game.
PA/vRH - Plate Appearances overall/PA's vs. Right-handed Pitchers
Catcher Def. - Catcher Defense with each catcher's Stolen Bases, Caught Stealings, and Passed Balls allowed.
G/S/vB or G/S/vP - Links to the player's 2008 gamelogs, splits, or career batter vs. pitcher results
vLH/vRH - OPS vs. left-handed pitchers and vs. right-handed pitchers
Hm or Rd, Home or Road - OPS or OPS allowed in home or road games.
OF G: LF / CF / RF - A - Outfielders with the games played by position and their total number of assists
vs LHB - Batters faced and OPS allowed against left-handed batters
vs RHB - Batters faced and OPS allowed against right-handed batters
HR/SB/CS - Pitcher's Home Runs, Stolen Bases and Caught Stealings allowed

MLB Best, Middle, Worst

Stat

Best

Middle

Worst

RS/G

TEX  5.49

OAK  4.51

WSN  3.65

RA/G

OAK  3.62

BAL  4.59

TEX  5.65

BA

C. Jones  .394

C. Crawford  .284

T. Pena  .154

OBP

C. Jones  .485

L. Gonzalez  .353

T. Pena  .177

SLG

L. Berkman  .698

R. Howard  .454

T. Pena  .189

OPS

L. Berkman  1.146

K. Johnson  .803

T. Pena  .366

ERA

E. Volquez  2.08

D. Lowe  4.05

B. Arroyo  6.52

K/9IP

E. Volquez  9.97

V. Padilla  6.20

L. Hernandez  2.96

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Boston Red Sox Batters (5.02 RS/G) vs. Houston Astros Pitchers (4.79 RA/G) -- OPS ranges: bad - ≤.650; avg: .750; good: ≥.850
PA/OPS 41.Backe
G/S/vB
26.Brocail
G/S/vB
48.Byrdak*
G/S/vB
29.Geary
G/S/vB
43.Sampson
G/S/vB
47.Valverde
G/S/vB
56.Villarreal
G/S/vB
53.Wright*
G/S/vB
PA/vRHBA/OBP/SLG/OPSvLH/RHRdLast 28dSB/CSHR/E
22.Casey* G/S/vP 14/.929 4/.500 ··· 1/5.000 1/.000 6/.334 ··· ··· 114/93 .362/.412/.457/.869 .931/.855 .753 33/.863 1/0 0/
36.Cash G/S/vP 1/2.000 ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· 89/69 .241/.315/.342/.656 .921/.582 .708 30/.503 0/0 1/
13.Cora* G/S/vP ··· 1/no AB 1/.000 ··· ··· 3/1.167 4/1.500 1/.000 58/51 .275/.362/.353/.715 1.071/.667 .733 24/.625 0/0 0/
10.Crisp# G/S/vP 2/.500 2/.000 4/.250 1/.000 1/.000 2/.000 2/.000 1/2.000 214/169 .270/.313/.434/.746 .936/.695 .687 83/.835 12/3 5/
7.Drew* G/S/vP ··· 3/.000 2/.500 6/.167 ··· 9/1.889 6/.500 1/no AB 278/224 .309/.417/.583/1.000 .889/1.024 1.000 103/1.377 2/1 15/
46.Ellsbury* G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· 1/.000 ··· 293/229 .273/.351/.387/.737 .598/.777 .634 93/.643 34/4 5/
25.Lowell G/S/vP 3/.000 2/1.000 ··· 9/1.015 1/.000 2/1.000 5/.900 ··· 263/211 .285/.350/.494/.843 1.071/.791 .813 104/.890 1/1 11/
23.Lugo G/S/vP ··· 4/1.750 2/.500 1/no AB 1/2.000 3/.666 5/.650 ··· 263/209 .274/.364/.345/.709 .799/.686 .643 87/.775 10/3 1/
44.Moss* G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· 59/44 .226/.288/.377/.665 .283/.782 .706 37/.520 0/0 2/
15.Pedroia G/S/vP ··· ··· 1/.000 ··· 1/2.000 1/.000 2/.000 1/no AB 364/283 .295/.341/.429/.769 .922/.725 .736 105/.938 8/0 7/
24.Ramirez G/S/vP 3/.000 17/.620 6/.500 2/.000 ··· ··· 2/.000 ··· 318/260 .287/.374/.509/.883 .735/.918 .921 90/.916 1/0 15/
33.Varitek# G/S/vP ··· 8/.804 2/1.000 2/1.000 1/.000 ··· 3/1.167 ··· 240/193 .233/.313/.391/.703 .706/.703 .677 74/.493 0/0 7/
20.Youkilis G/S/vP ··· 3/1.167 1/.000 3/1.000 1/.000 ··· 1/2.000 ··· 307/260 .313/.381/.548/.929 1.107/.899 .959 84/1.004 3/2 13/
IP 89.2 39.0 23.0 27.2 64.2 37.1 36.2 26.1 TOTAL .280/.354/.450/.804 .826/.799 .771 .836 72/14 96/48
ERA-K/9 4.82/6.2 3.23/7.4 1.96/4.3 2.28/7.8 5.29/4.3 4.34/11.3 4.66/5.1 5.47/8.6 4.49/6.5

 Catcher Def.
 (SB-CS-PB)
 Cash (25-9-9)
 Varitek (30-8-1)

OF G: LF / CF / RF - A

BF/BA 402/.280 158/.240 100/.210 117/.202 275/.294 168/.260 159/.275 122/.228 .270  Drew
 Ramirez
 Crisp
 Moss
 Ellsbury
 Lugo
 Youkilis
0/1/66/5
54/0/0/4
0/63/0/3
6/0/9/2
41/32/12/2
1/0/0/0
0/0/2/0
OPS .879 .636 .754 .596 .773 .814 .909 .791 .799
vs LHB (BF-OPS) 185/.891 67/.839 44/.690 47/.779 109/.743 80/.749 66/.876 49/.561 .821
vs RHB (BF-OPS) 217/.868 91/.490 56/.807 70/.470 166/.791 88/.865 93/.933 73/.961 .784
Home 150/.817 79/.676 49/.709 60/.679 124/.970 90/.702 85/.844 67/.817 .808
Last 28d days 105/.997 44/.668 42/.921 40/.732 46/.451 48/.926 41/.807 36/.881
HR/SB/CS 20/3/1 3/1/1 3/3/1 1/0/0 5/2/1 7/6/0 11/0/1 4/3/0 112/29/10
Usage ·····X·· o··X·ooo o······· ······X· X·X··o·· ···X·o·o Xo······ X··o·o··
Houston Astros Batters (4.33 RS/G) vs. Boston Red Sox Pitchers (4.11 RA/G) -- OPS ranges: bad - ≤.650; avg: .750; good: ≥.850
PA/OPS 31.Lester*
G/S/vB
53.Aardsma
G/S/vB
17.Delcarmen
G/S/vB
56.Hansen
G/S/vB
48.Lopez*
G/S/vB
37.Okajima*
G/S/vB
58.Papelbon
G/S/vB
59.Smith
G/S/vB
PA/vRHBA/OBP/SLG/OPSvLH/RHHmLast 28dSB/CSHR/E
1.Abercrombie G/S/vP 2/3.000 1/.000 1/.000 1/.000 ··· 1/5.000 ··· ··· 11/6 .300/.364/.700/1.064 1.400/.733 1.500 11/1.064 0/1 1/
11.Ausmus G/S/vP ··· 2/.000 ··· ··· 1/.000 ··· ··· ··· 127/92 .214/.250/.291/.541 .717/.472 .580 54/.633 0/1 1/
17.Berkman# G/S/vP ··· 1/no AB ··· 1/.000 3/.000 ··· 1/.000 ··· 333/253 .365/.447/.698/1.146 .992/1.199 1.263 95/.944 12/2 21/
27.Blum# G/S/vP ··· ··· 1/.000 ··· 4/.250 ··· 2/.000 ··· 136/117 .223/.250/.346/.596 .336/.634 .708 33/.525 1/0 4/
14.Bourn* G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· 1/.000 ··· ··· 312/232 .232/.288/.312/.600 .517/.629 .715 90/.671 30/7 4/
2.Erstad* G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· 1/2.000 4/.500 ··· 116/107 .296/.345/.444/.789 .889/.780 .791 45/.788 1/2 2/
45.Lee G/S/vP ··· 3/1.666 ··· 1/.000 ··· ··· 1/.000 ··· 323/251 .274/.322/.520/.842 .813/.851 .870 93/.914 4/1 17/
8.Loretta G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· ··· 6/.666 1/.000 ··· ··· 146/108 .254/.329/.362/.690 .963/.600 .782 38/.762 0/0 2/
31.Newhan* G/S/vP ··· ··· 1/.000 1/.000 ··· ··· 1/.000 ··· 9/9 .333/.333/.444/.778 /.778 .778 8/.875 0/0 0/
9.Pence G/S/vP ··· ··· 1/.000 ··· ··· ··· 1/.000 ··· 314/240 .266/.306/.444/.749 .782/.739 .791 96/.567 5/6 10/
55.Quintero G/S/vP ··· ··· 1/.000 ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· 34/30 .265/.265/.324/.588 .500/.600 .579 30/.500 0/0 0/
10.Tejada G/S/vP 9/1.056 ··· 4/.833 6/.167 1/.000 5/1.400 4/.250 ··· 337/257 .288/.326/.453/.779 .823/.765 .867 98/.621 6/3 10/
21.Wigginton G/S/vP ··· ··· 2/.000 2/.500 2/.500 ··· 1/.000 ··· 181/130 .271/.370/.419/.790 1.115/.671 .905 73/.807 4/2 4/
IP 103.2 35.2 33.0 23.0 29.1 33.2 36.0 6.0 TOTAL .260/.320/.414/.733 .798/.714 .808 .709 78/28 82/43
ERA-K/9 3.13/5.6 2.52/9.6 3.27/8.7 4.70/7.8 2.45/5.2 3.21/8.8 2.00/11.8 1.50/6.0 3.77/7.5

 Catcher Def.
 (SB-CS-PB)
 Ausmus (12-4-3)
 Quintero (6-1-0)

OF G: LF / CF / RF - A

BF/BA 435/.253 154/.198 138/.226 105/.228 122/.252 146/.265 139/.191 21/.150 .242  Pence
 Bourn
 Lee
 Abercrombie
 Erstad
0/0/76/6
0/73/0/5
74/0/0/4
5/2/0/1
21/7/4/1
OPS .692 .631 .631 .639 .729 .717 .524 .490 .696
vs LHB (BF-OPS) 123/.610 67/.614 54/.501 40/.757 64/.728 60/.605 73/.516 13/.154 .704
vs RHB (BF-OPS) 312/.726 87/.644 84/.717 65/.568 58/.728 86/.798 66/.533 8/1.089 .689
Road 189/.712 69/.433 69/.625 43/.542 41/.727 77/.593 66/.648 / .683
Last 28d days 136/.737 45/.481 38/.217 51/.561 40/.742 53/1.049 41/.411 21/.490
HR/SB/CS 7/5/1 1/2/0 2/4/0 2/1/0 3/1/2 4/0/1 3/2/0 1/0/0 73/55/17
Usage ·····X·· ····X·Xo X·o··o·· o·X··XX· ·····oX· o····X·X o·oX·X·· ···X··X·

Usage -- each character represents the number of pitches thrown by the pitcher for yesterday, two days ago, three days ago, ...., up to eight days ago:
· - did not pitch; o - less than 16 pitches; X - at least 16 pitches (the median relief outing)
An Example ( ·X···o·X ): Yesterday off, 16 or more pitches, three days off, less than 16 pitches, day off, 16 or more pitches (8 days ago). Yesterday is in bold for improved scanning.

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