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Game Preview: BOS @ KCR, 8:10pm, Wednesday, August 6, 2008 @Kauffman Stadium

Boston Red Sox, 65-49, 2nd, 3 GB, 2½ up in WC

SP: Tim Wakefield (41, RHP, 6-8, 3.77)

   2008 Gamelogs / 2008 Splits / vs. KCR Current Lineup
 Split         Opp Dec   IP   H   R   ER  BB  SO HR ERA/Pit GmSc
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 2008 (6-8)            141   115  64  59  54  92 19    3.77      
 2007 (17-12)          189   191 104 100  64 110 22    4.76      
 2006 (7-11)           140   135  80  72  51  90 19    4.63      
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 Last 7 GS         2-3  46    31  16  15  13  29  5    2.93   59 
 2008-08-01    OAK  ND   6.1   4   0   0   3   4  0     108   66 
 2008-07-26    NYY   L   5.1   8   6   6   4   3  1      94   27 
 2008-07-20   @LAA   L   7     6   4   4   0   1  2      94   50 
 2008-07-12    BAL   W   7     2   1   1   1   6  1     100   74 
 2008-07-06   @NYY  ND   6.1   4   3   3   1   5  1      95   57 
 2008-07-01   @TBR   L   7     5   2   1   3   4  0     115   62 
 2008-06-25    ARI   W   7     2   0   0   1   6  0      89   78 
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 Last 5 v.KCR      1-2  32    37  24  21   9  17  2    5.91   42 
 2007-07-17    KCR   L   6.1   9   6   6   0   1  0      75   32 
 2006-07-17    KCR  ND   4     4   3   3   3   2  0      77   41 
 2005-08-02    KCR   W   7     6   4   4   0   7  2      96   56 
 2004-06-04   @KCR   L   6.2   9   5   4   4   4  0     116   38 
 2004-05-07    KCR  ND   8     9   6   4   2   3  0     114   45 
Lineups / Orders / Splits: Bat / Pitch / GL: Bat / Pitch
 Home:   40-16   Road:   25-33   ExtrInn: 6-2 
 vsRHP:  48-41   vsLHP:  17-8    1-Run:  15-18
 vsEast: 21-21   vsCntrl:16-6    vsWest: 17-15 IL:11-7 

Last 10 Games
Gm# Date & Box   Opp W/L Score      Record   Place/GB
114 Tue, Aug  5  @KCR  W   8-2       65-49  2nd  3.0 gb
113 Mon, Aug  4  @KCR  L   3-4       64-49  2nd  3.0 gb
112 Sun, Aug  3   OAK  W   5-2       64-48  2nd  3.0 gb
111 Sat, Aug  2   OAK  W  12-2       63-48  2nd  3.0 gb
110 Fri, Aug  1   OAK  W   2-1 (12)  62-48  2nd  3.0 gb
109 Wed, Jul 30   LAA  L   2-9       61-48  2nd  3.0 gb
108 Tue, Jul 29   LAA  L   2-6       61-47  2nd  2.0 gb
107 Mon, Jul 28   LAA  L   5-7       61-46  2nd  1.0 gb
106 Sun, Jul 27   NYY  W   9-2       61-45  2nd  1.0 gb
105 Sat, Jul 26   NYY  L   3-10      60-45  2nd  2.0 gb
 Last 10: 5-5    Last 20:10-10   Last 30:15-15
Kansas City Royals, 53-61, 4th, 10½ GB, 12 GB in WC

SP: Luke Hochevar (24, RHP, 6-9, 5.42)

   2008 Gamelogs / 2008 Splits / vs. BOS Current Lineup
 Split         Opp Dec   IP   H   R   ER  BB  SO HR ERA/Pit GmSc
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 2008 (6-9)            111.1 124  72  67  42  62 10    5.42      
 2007 (0-1)             12.2  11   4   3   4   5  1    2.13      
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 Last 7 GS         2-4  41    49  29  29   8  17  3    6.37   42 
 2008-08-01    CHW   L   6    10   4   4   0   2  0      93   38 
 2008-07-26    TBR  ND   5     4   2   2   1   0  0      78   50 
 2008-07-21    DET   L   5     8   7   7   1   5  1      93   27 
 2008-07-11    SEA   W   7     5   1   1   0   4  0      92   67 
 2008-07-06   @TBR   L   4     9   7   7   1   1  1      67   16 
 2008-07-01   @BAL   L   6     6   6   6   3   2  0      98   35 
 2008-06-25    COL   W   8     7   2   2   2   3  1      95   61 
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 Last 5 v.BOS      0-1   6     5   7   4   6   2  1    6.00   36 
 2008-05-19   @BOS   L   6     5   7   4   6   2  1     114   36 
Lineups / Orders / Splits: Bat / Pitch / GL: Bat / Pitch
 Home:   27-31   Road:   26-30   ExtrInn: 4-5 
 vsRHP:  31-46   vsLHP:  22-15   1-Run:  16-14
 vsEast: 13-23   vsCntrl:17-21   vsWest: 10-12 IL:13-5 

Last 10 Games
Gm# Date & Box   Opp W/L Score      Record   Place/GB
114 Tue, Aug  5   BOS  L   2-8       53-61  4th 10.5 gb
113 Mon, Aug  4   BOS  W   4-3       53-60  4th  9.5 gb
112 Sun, Aug  3   CHW  W  14-3       52-60  4th 10.5 gb
111 Sat, Aug  2   CHW  W   9-7       51-60  4th 11.0 gb
110 Fri, Aug  1   CHW  L   2-4       50-60  4th 12.0 gb
109 Wed, Jul 30  @OAK  W   4-3 (10)  50-59  4th 11.5 gb
108 Tue, Jul 29  @OAK  W   5-2       49-59  4th 11.5 gb
107 Mon, Jul 28  @OAK  W   4-2       48-59  4th 12.5 gb
106 Sun, Jul 27   TBR  W   6-1       47-59  4th 13.5 gb
105 Sat, Jul 26   TBR  L   3-5       46-59  5th 14.5 gb
 Last 10: 7-3    Last 20:11-9    Last 30:15-15
Last 10 games for these teams head-to-head
Tue, Aug 05, 2008 BOS  8 @KCR  2        W:Josh Beckett (10-8), L: Brian Bannister (7-10), S: none
Mon, Aug 04, 2008 KCR  4  BOS  3        W:Gil Meche (10-9), L: Clay Buchholz (2-7), S: Joakim Soria (32)
Thu, May 22, 2008 BOS 11  KCR  8        W:Daisuke Matsuzaka (8-0), L: Brian Bannister (4-6), S: Jonathan Papelbon (14)
Wed, May 21, 2008 BOS  6  KCR  3        W:Bartolo Colon (1-0), L: Brett Tomko (2-5), S: none
Tue, May 20, 2008 BOS  2  KCR  1        W:Justin Masterson (1-0), L: Gil Meche (3-6), S: Jonathan Papelbon (13)
Mon, May 19, 2008 BOS  7  KCR  0        W:Jon Lester (3-2), L: Luke Hochevar (3-3), S: none

Wed, Jul 18, 2007 KCR  6 @BOS  5        W:Odalis Perez (5-8), L: Julian Tavarez (5-8), S: Octavio Dotel (10)
Tue, Jul 17, 2007 KCR  9 @BOS  3        W:Jimmy Gobble (4-1), L: Tim Wakefield (10-9), S: none
Mon, Jul 16, 2007 BOS  4  KCR  0        W:Kason Gabbard (3-0), L: Brian Bannister (5-6), S: none
Thu, Apr 05, 2007 BOS  4 @KCR  1        W:Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-0), L: Zack Greinke (0-1), S: Jonathan Papelbon (1)
Season Series: 2008 - BOS leads 5-1; 2007 - Tied 3-3; 2006 - KCR won 5-4; All-Time - KCR leads 206-200

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  5.68

MIL  4.64

SDP  3.76

RA/G

OAK  3.90

CLE  4.63

TEX  5.90

BA

C. Jones  .369

R. Ibanez  .288

J. Towles  .143

OBP

C. Jones  .466

D. DeJesus  .361

T. Pena  .169

SLG

R. Ludwick  .615

M. Olivo  .477

T. Pena  .196

OPS

C. Jones  1.062

M. Reynolds  .823

T. Pena  .365

ERA

J. Duchscherer  2.33

O. Perez  4.12

I. Snell  6.14

K/9IP

T. Lincecum  10.04

A. Galarraga  6.17

L. Hernandez  3.48

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Boston Red Sox Batters (4.98 RS/G) vs. Kansas City Royals Pitchers (4.85 RA/G) -- OPS ranges: bad - ≤.650; avg: .750; good: ≥.850
PA/OPS 44.Hochevar
G/S/vB
32.Mahay*
G/S/vB
46.Nunez
G/S/vB
57.Peralta
G/S/vB
52.Ramirez*
G/S/vB
56.Ramirez
G/S/vB
48.Soria
G/S/vB
51.Tejeda
G/S/vB
PA/vRHBA/OBP/SLG/OPSvLH/RHRdLast 28dSB/CSHR/E
44.Bay G/S/vP ··· ··· 2/2.500 3/1.667 12/.633 4/.250 1/2.000 6/1.267 484/371 .290/.382/.531/.914 .752/.960 .865 105/.870 7/0 23/
22.Casey* G/S/vP ··· 2/.500 ··· 5/.600 16/1.000 2/1.000 3/.666 3/.333 155/127 .355/.413/.447/.860 1.021/.822 .665 35/.862 1/0 0/
36.Cash G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· 111/88 .228/.288/.347/.635 .885/.571 .645 15/.600 0/0 2/
13.Cora* G/S/vP ··· 4/1.250 ··· 1/.000 ··· ··· ··· 2/3.500 81/72 .271/.363/.343/.705 .819/.691 .713 17/.745 0/0 0/
10.Crisp# G/S/vP ··· 5/.000 5/1.000 5/1.600 5/.650 ··· 4/1.500 3/1.667 279/213 .250/.304/.391/.695 .864/.640 .644 45/.557 14/3 6/
7.Drew* G/S/vP 3/1.167 4/3.000 3/.333 1/no AB 5/.650 3/1.334 2/.000 6/.750 409/326 .283/.406/.539/.945 .929/.949 .912 81/.857 3/1 19/
46.Ellsbury* G/S/vP 4/1.500 1/.000 1/2.000 1/2.000 ··· ··· 1/no AB 3/.666 422/328 .261/.325/.354/.678 .620/.695 .600 79/.468 37/7 5/
25.Lowell G/S/vP 3/.333 4/1.167 3/1.000 6/.833 23/1.141 ··· 2/.500 8/.125 400/318 .277/.340/.457/.797 .895/.772 .799 89/.549 1/2 13/
12.Lowrie# G/S/vP ··· ··· 2/2.000 1/.000 ··· 1/2.000 ··· ··· 113/76 .289/.342/.423/.765 .992/.650 .793 65/.726 0/0 1/
34.Ortiz* G/S/vP 3/.667 8/.696 5/.650 6/1.000 7/1.714 2/.000 2/.000 7/.453 296/232 .253/.351/.466/.818 .623/.872 .686 50/.712 1/0 14/
15.Pedroia G/S/vP 3/.333 3/.666 4/.500 3/1.334 5/1.100 2/.000 3/.666 6/.167 516/398 .316/.361/.450/.811 .923/.777 .846 102/.795 11/1 9/
33.Varitek# G/S/vP 3/2.334 7/1.571 3/2.334 2/.000 5/.400 ··· 3/.333 3/.000 345/267 .220/.310/.355/.665 .737/.644 .624 69/.724 0/0 8/
20.Youkilis G/S/vP 3/1.000 3/1.167 3/1.667 7/.619 7/1.071 1/.000 3/.333 6/2.000 451/371 .317/.384/.560/.944 1.117/.909 .938 97/1.009 3/4 20/
IP 111.1 57.1 27.1 38.2 23.0 53.0 51.2 25.0 TOTAL .279/.355/.442/.796 .831/.787 .761 .788 85/23 121/63
ERA-K/9 5.42/5.0 2.20/6.8 2.96/5.6 5.35/5.8 2.74/4.3 2.89/9.7 1.57/9.4 4.32/9.7 4.60/6.7

 Catcher Def.
 (SB-CS-PB)
 Cash (31-15-11)
 Varitek (46-12-2)

OF G: LF / CF / RF - A

BF/BA 489/.281 236/.230 118/.243 161/.270 92/.239 217/.223 196/.159 104/.169 .268  Drew
 Bay
 Ellsbury
 Crisp
 Youkilis
0/1/95/5
110/0/0/4
54/48/14/3
0/81/0/3
0/0/2/0
OPS .763 .627 .687 .846 .602 .576 .482 .561 .749
vs LHB (BF-OPS) 244/.859 94/.629 54/.789 72/.968 32/.637 100/.770 102/.528 49/.728 .770
vs RHB (BF-OPS) 245/.665 142/.626 64/.597 89/.754 60/.582 117/.406 94/.435 55/.407 .731
Home 255/.709 113/.600 73/.850 94/.893 53/.560 113/.526 91/.420 77/.728 .742
Last 28d days 97/.667 43/.813 35/1.054 45/.614 53/.623 41/.698 44/.469 45/.508
HR/SB/CS 10/13/3 4/2/2 1/1/0 10/2/1 1/1/0 1/3/1 4/2/1 2/5/0 113/52/17
Usage ····X··· ·o·X··oo X·····o· X···X··· o··X··o· ·X·o··X· ·X·X··oX X·X·····
Kansas City Royals Batters (4.25 RS/G) vs. Boston Red Sox Pitchers (4.10 RA/G) -- OPS ranges: bad - ≤.650; avg: .750; good: ≥.850
PA/OPS 49.Wakefield
G/S/vB
17.Delcarmen
G/S/vB
48.Lopez*
G/S/vB
63.Masterson
G/S/vB
37.Okajima*
G/S/vB
58.Papelbon
G/S/vB
59.Smith
G/S/vB
50.Timlin
G/S/vB
PA/vRHBA/OBP/SLG/OPSvLH/RHHmLast 28dSB/CSHR/E
30.Aviles G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· 1/.000 227/160 .336/.361/.539/.900 1.221/.770 .831 99/1.004 3/1 7/
14.Buck G/S/vP 8/.946 4/2.500 1/.000 2/.000 1/5.000 1/.000 1/.000 5/.400 305/220 .241/.318/.396/.714 .839/.667 .683 68/.783 0/3 8/
16.Butler G/S/vP 3/1.000 2/.500 1/no AB 4/.000 ··· 2/1.000 ··· ··· 327/232 .265/.324/.386/.710 .992/.598 .696 87/.840 0/1 7/
9.DeJesus* G/S/vP 9/.222 3/.333 4/.500 3/.000 2/1.500 4/.583 ··· 5/.650 399/262 .301/.361/.457/.818 .723/.869 .823 79/.705 9/7 10/
3.German G/S/vP ··· 2/1.000 1/.000 1/.000 ··· 1/4.000 ··· 1/.000 141/72 .236/.290/.323/.613 .515/.704 .723 53/.805 6/2 0/
7.Gload* G/S/vP 3/.000 1/.000 5/.800 2/.500 ··· 1/.000 ··· 5/.600 326/243 .269/.317/.339/.656 .521/.702 .784 89/.668 3/4 2/
4.Gordon* G/S/vP 3/1.334 1/.000 5/.200 3/2.667 2/.500 2/.000 1/.000 ··· 475/329 .257/.350/.418/.768 .537/.875 .812 90/.835 4/2 13/
11.Guillen G/S/vP 14/.702 3/.000 1/2.000 4/.750 2/.000 1/no AB ··· 11/.728 434/319 .262/.293/.458/.750 .983/.668 .731 70/.638 2/0 16/
35.Maier* G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· 1/2.000 34/24 .313/.333/.313/.646 .800/.577 .641 34/.646 0/0 0/
21.Olivo G/S/vP 12/.969 ··· 1/5.000 ··· ··· 2/.000 ··· 2/3.000 229/158 .261/.293/.477/.770 1.048/.648 .647 23/.804 3/0 10/
1.Pena G/S/vP 3/1.667 ··· ··· 2/.000 1/.000 ··· ··· 1/.000 197/140 .148/.169/.196/.365 .521/.304 .403 8/.000 3/1 1/
26.Smith* G/S/vP 6/.000 ··· 1/2.000 ··· 1/.000 3/.000 1/.000 1/.000 1/1 .000/.000/.000/.000 /.000 .000 1/.000 0/0 0/
24.Teahen* G/S/vP 8/.500 2/1.000 2/.500 4/.500 2/.500 2/1.000 ··· 6/.167 431/306 .246/.313/.384/.697 .622/.728 .693 72/.540 3/2 10/
IP 141.0 46.2 43.0 62.1 44.0 48.1 8.1 31.2 TOTAL .264/.318/.393/.711 .763/.689 .728 .736 60/29 87/61
ERA-K/9 3.77/5.9 4.05/8.3 2.51/5.0 3.61/6.8 2.66/8.2 2.05/10.6 2.16/7.6 5.12/5.1 3.80/7.4

 Catcher Def.
 (SB-CS-PB)
 Buck (38-7-3)
 Olivo (14-10-3)

OF G: LF / CF / RF - A

BF/BA 586/.222 197/.227 178/.263 263/.213 190/.238 186/.200 31/.115 143/.286 .245  Guillen
 Teahen
 DeJesus
 German
 Maier
 Gload
37/0/39/8
22/1/70/4
52/41/13/3
20/0/0/0
0/11/0/0
5/0/2/0
OPS .681 .653 .742 .698 .674 .522 .464 .782 .700
vs LHB (BF-OPS) 236/.609 86/.580 91/.669 145/.811 76/.577 101/.524 20/.217 65/.934 .715
vs RHB (BF-OPS) 350/.732 111/.711 87/.815 118/.567 114/.740 85/.519 11/.919 78/.654 .687
Road 315/.692 97/.738 70/.791 117/.680 97/.571 86/.648 7/.500 74/.783 .688
Last 28d days 103/.686 40/.444 36/.833 33/.733 26/.507 31/.387 6/.000 35/.471
HR/SB/CS 19/23/10 3/7/0 3/1/3 9/7/0 5/0/1 3/2/0 1/0/0 3/3/0 99/77/27
Usage ····X··· ··X·o·X· ·o··o·o· ·o·X··X· ··X·X··o ··o·X··o o··o···· o···o···

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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