Red Sox vs. White Sox Match-Ups, 8/25/09
|08.25.09 at 12:10 pm ET|
RED SOX VS. FREDDY GARCIA
The Red Sox bats have seemingly come back to life after a rousing 12-8 win over the White Sox last night. Boston powered its way past Chicago thanks in large part to home runs from Mike Lowell and J.D. Drew.
Tonight, the Red Sox face another of Chicago’s veteran right-handers in Freddy Garcia. The Venezuelan-born hurler is making his second start of the 2009 season for the Pale Hose.
In his last outing Garcia had a rough go of it against the Royals. Garcia went just 4.1 innings, giving up five earned runs in a 5-4 loss.
Garcia will face a lineup that is much more offensively potent than that of the Kansas City Royals tonight. Here’s how the Red Sox have fared in the past against Garcia:
Victor Martinez (30 plate appearances) .200 BA/.400 OBP/.478 SLG (2 HR, 5 RBI, 6 BB)
Jason Varitek (28) .296/.321/.481 (HR, 4 RBI)
David Ortiz (22) .200/.273/.450 (HR, 3 RBI, 6 SO)
Rocco Baldelli (10) .222/.300/.222
Nick Green (6) .167/.167/.167
Kevin Youkilis (6) .000/.000/.000
Casey Kotchman (5) .000/.200/.000
J.D. Drew (4) .250/.250/.250
Jason Bay (3) .000/.300/.000
Mike Lowell (3) .333/.333/.667 (2B, 2 RBI)
Alex Gonzalez (2) .000/.000/.000
Garcia has yet to face Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia. Garcia is 6-2 with a 4.78 ERA lifetime against the Red Sox and 3-1 for his career at Fenway Park.
WHITE SOX VS. JON LESTER
The Red Sox will counter with lefthander Jon Lester tonight. Lester comes into tonight’s matchup wielding a 10-7 record and a 3.58 ERA.
Lester is currently third in the American League with 181 strikeouts thus far this season. Lester trails only Detroit’s Justin Verlander (211) and Kansas City’s Zach Greinke (182) in that regard.
Lester will be facing a lineup he has very little familiarity with. In just two career starts against President Obama’s favorite ballclub, the southpaw is 1-1 with a 4.15 ERA.
Here’s how the White Sox have fared against Lester in the past:
Alex Rios (25) .300/.440/.429 (2 2B, 3 RBI, 4 SO)
Jermaine Dye (6) .000/.000/.000
Paul Konerko (6) .200/.333/.200
A.J. Pierzynski (4) .333/.250/.333
Carlos Quentin (3) .000/.667/.000
Alexei Ramirez (3) .333/.333/.333
Jim Thome (3) .667/.667/.667 (2 H)
Mark Kotsay (2) 1.000/1.000/1.000 (2 H)
Lester has yet to face Gordon Beckham, Ramon Castro, Brent Lillibridge, Jayson Nix, and Scott Podsednik.
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