A mere 14 hours after the end of last night's historic contest, the Orioles and the Red Sox meet in a series finale featuring arguably the teams' best pitchers. Josh Beckett has been, well, the Josh Beckett the Red Sox hoped he would be this season. He's got nine wins, almost 100 Ks, he's walked only 32 and his WHIP is a fantastic 1.23.
Yet the Orioles counter with one of their two Rookie of the Year candidates in Brad Bergesen. As good as Beckett's WHIP is, Bergesen's is slightly better - 1.22. Sure, the ERA is a little higher, but 3.76 from an Orioles starter is something to celebrate.
Adam Jones is not in the lineup, and anyone who's seen the hit he inflicted on the CF wall last night can understand the need for some rest and a couple extra Advil today. Adam swears he could play today if needed. Gotta love gamers - there's nothing not to like about Adam Jones, son!
More curiously, Melvin Mora finds himself on the bench. Ty Wigginton gets the start. Maybe it's just a case of a 37-year-old getting a day game off. Or maybe not. You tell me.
For Boston, J.D. Drew, who never did get into last night's game, is playing today.
Sunshine hasn't been kind to the O's this year, as they are batting almost 40 points lower, slugging 75 points lower, and have a team OPS that is 90 points lower in the daylight. And they're 6-14 so far this year in day games.
But after last night, you can throw stats out the window. Jonathan Papelbon WAS 20 for 20 in save chances against the O's. Brian Roberts WAS zero for his last, what, 18 before his last at-bat? (Thanks to SidewinderX for the exact number)
I'll leave you with the words of Dave Trembley on Brian Roberts' last at-bat:
"He's 1 for 1 now. And that was a big one 1."
|2009 - Brad Bergesen||5-2||13||13||1||0||0||0||83.2||83||37||35||9||19||40||3.76||1.22|
|2009 - Josh Beckett||9-3||15||15||1||1||0||0||98.1||89||45||38||7||32||94||3.48||1.23|