Red Sox vs. Rays Match-ups, 9/3/09
|09.03.09 at 3:34 pm ET|
It is the battle of the aspiring aces.
Young studs Clay Bucholz and David Price will face off this evening in the rubber match of this three-game set in St. Petersburg. The Rays took advantage of Josh Beckett last night to the tune of five runs with two solo home runs (Carl Crawford, Pat Burrell) to keep their Wild Card chances alive. The Sox are now back to five games up on the Rays and two-and-a-half on the Rangers entering tonight’s game.
On paper it looks like the Sox have not seen the phenom Price a lot. Yet the pitcher looms large in the recently rivalry between the teams as a result of his role in last year’s ALCS, where Price closed out the Sox’ World Series ambitions in dramatic fashion in Game 7 when he pitched 1.1. innings and struck out J.D. Drew, Mark Kotsay and Jason Varitek before getting Jed Lowrie to ground out to second to save the series for the Rays.
Price has only seen the Sox once in the regular season this year, picking up the win on August 5 while going six innings and giving up two runs on six hits, striking out five and walking none.
Buchholz has seen the Rays twice, making consecutive starts against them last season. He went 1-1, losing the first start 2-1 despite a complete-game, 9 strikeout effort in Tampa Bay and winning the second, 7-3, in Fenway with a 5.1 inning, 5 hit, 1 run, 6 strikeout line with 4 walks.
Red Sox Against Price:
Victor Martinez (5 career plate appearances) .200 average/ .200 on-base percentage/ .800 slugging, homer, strikeout
Jason Bay (3) .333/ .333/ 1.333, homer, strikeout
Jacoby Ellsbury (3) .333/ .333/ .667
Mike Lowell (3) .000/ .000/ .000, 2 strikeouts
Dustin Pedroia (3) .000/ .000/ .000
Kevin Youkilis (3) .333/ .333/ .667
Rocco Baldelli (2) .000/ .000/ .000, strikeout
Varitek (2) .500/ .500/ 1.000
Has not faced: Brian Anderson, Drew (regular season), Joey Gathright, Alex Gonzalez, Nick Green, Casey Kotchman, George Kottaras, David Ortiz, Chris Woodward.
Rays Against Bucholz:
Carl Crawford (7) .333/ .429/ .500, walk, 2 strikeouts
Akinori Iwamura (7) .286/ .286/ .714, homer, 2 strikeouts
Evan Longoria (6) .000/ .167/ .000, walk, 3 strikeouts
Carlos Pena (6) .200/ .333/ .200, walk, 2 strikeouts
Gregg Zaun (6) .167/ .167/ .333, strikeout
Jason Bartlett (5) .250/ .400/ .250, walk, strikeout
Gabe Gross (5) .000/ .000/ .000, strikeout
Dioner Navarro (3) .333/ .333/ .666, strikeout
B.J. Upton (3) .500/ .667/ 1.000, walk
Shawn Riggans (2) .000/ .000/ .000
Has not faced: Willy Aybar, Pat Burrell, Gabe Kapler, Fernando Perez, Ben Zobrist.
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