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Game Preview: BOS @ HOU, 8:05pm, Friday, July 1, 2011 @Minute Maid Park

RedSox, 46-34, 46-34 2nd, 2½ GB, 3½ up in WC

SP: Tim Wakefield (44, RHP, 4-3, 4.54)

2011 Gamelogs / 2011 Splits / vs. HOU Current Lineup
Split IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA/Pit GSc
2011 (4-3) 69.1 59 39 35 24 33 11 4.54
2010 (4-10) 140.0 153 92 83 36 84 19 5.34
2009 (11-5) 129.2 137 67 66 50 72 12 4.58
Last 7 GS 4-2 46.0 35 22 21 16 22 7 4.11 53
2011-06-25 @PIT L 6.0 7 5 5 4 2 1 86 36
2011-06-19 MIL W 8.0 3 3 3 1 6 2 99 69
2011-06-14 @TBR L 7.0 4 2 1 5 2 1 119 60
2011-06-08 @NYY W 5.1 5 5 5 3 3 1 91 38
2011-06-01 CHW ND 6.0 7 4 4 1 4 1 98 45
2011-05-27 @DET W 7.0 5 2 2 2 2 1 83 59
2011-05-22 CHC W 6.2 4 1 1 0 3 0 75 65
Last 5 v.HOU 0-0 3.2 5 2 2 2 3 0 4.91 44
1993-07-07 @HOU ND 3.2 5 2 2 2 3 0 67 44
Lineups / Orders / Splits: Bat / Pitch / GL: Bat / Pitch
 Home:   22-16   Road:   24-18   ExtrInn: 3-2 
 vsRHP:  29-23   vsLHP:  17-11   1-Run:   9-9 
 vsEast: 18-9    vsCntrl:10-9    vsWest: 11-8  IL: 7-8 

Last 10 Games
Gm# Date & Box   Opp W/L Score      Record   Place/GB
 80 Thu, Jun 30  @PHI  W   5-2       46-34  2nd  2.5 gb
 79 Wed, Jun 29  @PHI  L   1-2       45-34  2nd  2.5 gb
 78 Tue, Jun 28  @PHI  L   0-5       45-33  2nd  1.5 gb
 77 Sun, Jun 26  @PIT  W   4-2       45-32  2nd  0.5 gb
 76 Sat, Jun 25  @PIT  L   4-6       44-32  2nd  0.5 gb
 75 Fri, Jun 24  @PIT  L   1-3       44-31  1st  0.5 up
 74 Wed, Jun 22   SDP  L   1-5  (8)  44-30  1st  0.5 up
 73 Tue, Jun 21   SDP  L   4-5       44-29  1st  1.0 up
 72 Mon, Jun 20   SDP  W  14-5       44-28  1st  1.5 up
 71 Sun, Jun 19   MIL  W  12-3       43-28  1st  1.5 up
 Last 10: 4-6    Last 20:12-8    Last 30:18-12
Astros, 29-53, 29-53 6th, 15 GB, 15 GB in WC

SP: Bud Norris (26, RHP, 4-6, 3.36)

2011 Gamelogs / 2011 Splits / vs. BOS Current Lineup
Split IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA/Pit GSc
2011 (4-6) 99.0 85 45 37 38 100 10 3.36
2010 (9-10) 153.2 151 94 84 77 158 18 4.92
2009 (6-3) 55.2 59 29 28 25 54 9 4.53
Last 7 GS 2-3 44.0 33 18 13 18 36 3 2.66 58
2011-06-25 TBR L 5.0 6 3 3 3 5 0 95 45
2011-06-19 @LAD ND 6.0 1 0 0 1 5 0 99 74
2011-06-14 PIT L 7.0 6 1 1 2 9 0 109 68
2011-06-08 STL W 8.0 1 1 1 5 2 1 104 73
2011-06-02 @SDP W 6.0 6 4 4 2 6 0 111 48
2011-05-28 ARI L 5.0 7 6 2 2 4 1 102 39
2011-05-23 LAD ND 7.0 6 3 2 3 5 1 116 57
Has never faced BOS as starter.
Lineups / Orders / Splits: Bat / Pitch / GL: Bat / Pitch
 Home:   14-30   Road:   15-23   ExtrInn: 1-3 
 vsRHP:  16-41   vsLHP:  13-12   1-Run:  10-14
 vsEast:  5-13   vsCntrl:13-22   vsWest:  7-10 IL: 4-8 

Last 10 Games
Gm# Date & Box   Opp W/L Score      Record   Place/GB
 82 Thu, Jun 30   TEX  W   7-0       29-53  6th 15.0 gb
 81 Wed, Jun 29   TEX  L   2-3       28-53  6th 16.0 gb
 80 Tue, Jun 28   TEX  L   3-7       28-52  6th 16.0 gb
 79 Sun, Jun 26   TBR  L  10-14      28-51  6th 16.0 gb
 78 Sat, Jun 25   TBR  L   2-7       28-50  6th 15.0 gb
 77 Fri, Jun 24   TBR  L   1-5       28-49  6th 14.0 gb
 76 Wed, Jun 22  @TEX  W   5-3       28-48  6th 13.0 gb
 75 Tue, Jun 21  @TEX  L   4-5 (11)  27-48  6th 14.0 gb
 74 Mon, Jun 20  @TEX  L   3-8       27-47  6th 13.5 gb
 73 Sun, Jun 19  @LAD  L   0-1       27-46  6th 13.0 gb
 Last 10: 2-8    Last 20: 5-15   Last 30:10-20
Last 10 games for these teams head-to-head
Sun, Jun 29, 2008 HOU  3  BOS  2        W:Doug Brocail (4-3), L: David Aardsma (2-2), S: Jose Valverde (21)
Sat, Jun 28, 2008 HOU 11  BOS 10        W:Doug Brocail (3-3), L: Manny Delcarmen (0-2), S: Jose Valverde (20)
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: 2011 -  0-0; 2010 -  0-0; 2009 -  0-0; All-Time - BOS leads 4-2

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 2011 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
RedSox Batters (5.19 RS/G) vs. Astros Pitchers (5.01 RA/G) -- OPS ranges: bad - ≤.650; avg: .750; good: ≥.850
PA/OPS 20.Norris
G/S/vB
58.Abad*
G/S/vB
66.Del Rosario
G/S/vB
52.Escalona*
G/S/vB
59.Lopez
G/S/vB
54.Melancon
G/S/vB
PA/vRHBA/OBP/SLG/OPSvLH/RHRdLast 28dSB/CSHR/E
7.Drew* G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· 1/no AB ··· ··· 223/185 .234/.332/.328/.660 .606/.671 .689 60/.631 0/1 4/0
2.Ellsbury* G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· 1/2.000 ··· 2/.000 358/253 .300/.361/.452/.813 .637/.883 .851 110/.830 25/10 9/0
28.Gonzalez* G/S/vP 3/.000 ··· ··· ··· 1/.000 ··· 361/239 .352/.407/.593/1.000 .733/1.136 .978 104/1.185 1/0 16/2
54.McDonald G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· 55/20 .115/.164/.192/.356 .414/.255 .281 32/.254 1/2 1/1
60.Navarro G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· / /// / / / /
34.Ortiz* G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· 3/.333 312/215 .305/.385/.571/.956 .992/.938 .931 83/.895 1/0 17/0
15.Pedroia G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· 1/.000 ··· 3/.667 362/253 .272/.385/.401/.786 .990/.701 .786 107/1.065 15/2 7/4
16.Reddick* G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· 1/.000 42/35 .444/.476/.722/1.198 1.429/1.153 1.247 27/1.388 1/0 1/1
39.Saltalamacchia# G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· 178/124 .253/.320/.432/.752 .655/.796 .665 51/.954 0/0 5/1
10.Scutaro G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· 2/.500 151/109 .277/.340/.365/.705 .802/.668 .582 75/.785 1/0 2/5
44.Sutton# G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· ··· 1/2.000 ··· 44/31 .310/.326/.476/.802 .385/.986 .793 17/.912 0/0 0/2
33.Varitek# G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· 1/.000 ··· 1/.000 134/87 .248/.333/.419/.752 .643/.816 .831 43/.937 0/0 5/0
20.Youkilis G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· 1/no AB ··· 1/2.000 319/218 .269/.392/.485/.876 1.005/.819 .655 94/.891 1/0 11/5
IP 99.0 18.1 35.1 13.0 36.0 38.0 TOTAL .275/.348/.443/.792 .757/.808 .751 .845 54/20 90/41
ERA-K/9 3.36/9.1 5.89/6.9 5.09/5.4 2.08/8.3 3.00/7.5 3.08/7.8 4.60/7.4

 Catcher Def.
 (SB-CS-PB)
 Saltalamacchia (45-14-6)
 Varitek (31-8-4)

OF G: LF / CF / RF - A

BF/BA 408/.234 89/.295 161/.289 53/.222 151/.246 161/.259 .268  Ellsbury
 Drew
 Reddick
 Sutton
 McDonald
 Gonzalez
0/77/0/5
0/0/59/3
8/1/3/1
1/0/0/0
12/4/7/0
0/0/1/0
OPS .681 .876 .767 .638 .665 .686 .774
vs LHB (BF-OPS) 214/.831 40/.558 61/.871 32/.544 60/.828 66/.676 .819
vs RHB (BF-OPS) 194/.509 49/1.176 100/.704 21/.782 91/.556 95/.693 .748
Home 262/.630 47/1.004 86/.809 32/.523 91/.760 74/.696
Last 28d days 98/.472 20/.737 52/.970 27/.671 49/.670 48/.985
HR/SB/CS 10/7/5 4/1/0 3/5/1 1/3/0 2/1/1 3/3/1 99/72/17
Usage ·····X·· o····X·· ··o··X·· ····oX·· ·X··X··· o···X···
Astros Batters (4.00 RS/G) vs. RedSox Pitchers (4.16 RA/G) -- OPS ranges: bad - ≤.650; avg: .750; good: ≥.850
PA/OPS Wakefield
G/S/vB
91.Aceves
G/S/vB
32.Albers
G/S/vB
51.Bard
G/S/vB
52.Jenks
G/S/vB
46.Morales*
G/S/vB
58.Papelbon
G/S/vB
35.Wheeler
G/S/vB
PA/vRHBA/OBP/SLG/OPSvLH/RHHmLast 28dSB/CSHR/E
12.Barmes G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· 1/2.000 1/no AB 214/156 .237/.315/.358/.672 .635/.686 .581 86/.649 0/0 3/3
19.Bogusevic* G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· 31/29 .222/.323/.222/.545 .500/.541 .582 0/ 1/0 0/0
21.Bourn* G/S/vP ··· ··· 3/.000 ··· ··· 3/.666 ··· 2/1.000 356/259 .288/.355/.400/.755 .705/.774 .769 101/.875 34/4 1/2
22.Corporan# G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· 52/35 .188/.216/.250/.466 .878/.269 .559 52/.466 0/0 0/2
16.Downs G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· 103/84 .276/.379/.586/.965 .328/1.117 1.098 35/1.207 0/0 6/3
23.Johnson G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· 287/211 .244/.282/.400/.682 .582/.719 .597 86/.704 2/2 6/8
8.Keppinger G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· 1/3.000 124/94 .314/.333/.415/.749 1.090/.638 .688 92/.712 0/1 2/2
45.Lee G/S/vP 27/1.157 ··· 1/5.000 ··· 2/.000 3/.000 1/.000 8/.393 331/250 .268/.320/.424/.744 .973/.673 .792 103/.890 3/2 7/3
4.Michaels G/S/vP 5/.933 ··· ··· ··· 3/1.667 ··· 1/.000 4/.500 85/44 .222/.259/.333/.592 .718/.471 .697 42/.700 0/0 2/0
9.Pence G/S/vP ··· ··· 1/.000 ··· ··· 4/1.750 1/.000 2/1.000 336/250 .315/.357/.484/.841 .695/.891 .884 79/.808 4/0 9/4
36.Sanchez G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· 196/146 .249/.305/.312/.617 .609/.619 .592 27/.539 2/0 1/6
46.Towles G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· 2/2.000 ··· ··· 138/91 .189/.270/.311/.582 .522/.613 .605 33/.445 0/0 3/4
29.Wallace* G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· 290/232 .291/.377/.414/.792 .540/.857 .912 80/.634 1/1 4/5
IP 69.1 49.2 29.2 38.2 13.2 18.1 30.2 22.2 TOTAL .261/.316/.384/.700 .699/.700 .723 .697 66/15 47/61
ERA-K/9 4.54/4.3 3.62/5.1 3.03/8.2 2.33/8.6 7.24/10.5 3.93/7.9 3.82/12.0 5.96/7.1 3.95/7.1

 Catcher Def.
 (SB-CS-PB)
 Corporan (12-3-1)
 Towles (33-4-2)

OF G: LF / CF / RF - A

BF/BA 288/.228 215/.227 127/.232 145/.168 73/.350 78/.224 129/.242 98/.287 .237  Lee
 Pence
 Bourn
 Michaels
 Bogusevic
61/0/0/6
0/0/76/6
0/78/0/3
17/0/3/1
8/0/0/0
OPS .725 .678 .605 .522 .932 .745 .645 .806 .689
vs LHB (BF-OPS) 118/.627 98/.647 56/.696 77/.607 45/.908 34/.864 65/.585 39/1.007 .685
vs RHB (BF-OPS) 170/.791 117/.705 71/.536 68/.417 28/.964 44/.663 64/.707 59/.678 .692
Road 135/.741 65/.672 55/.498 77/.637 32/.899 32/.603 64/.653 34/.794
Last 28d days 110/.721 71/.671 37/.622 36/.265 17/1.042 4/.000 28/.641 31/.526
HR/SB/CS 11/3/2 4/5/0 1/4/0 3/4/1 1/2/0 2/1/0 2/2/0 4/1/1 71/76/22
Usage ·····X·· ····o··· ·····oo· o···oX·· o·X····· ·oo····· 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.