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After last night’s marathon, Josh Beckett and Roy Halladay look to slow down the scoring. Last night, in total, there were 11 pitchers, 23 runs scored, 32 hits, and 37 men left on base.
Beckett is going for win #17. Which would put Beckett into a 6-way tie for the league lead in wins. His last start was one of the most gutsy performances of the year against the New York Yankees. He allowed only 4 ER in 6.2 IP even tho he gave up 13 hits.
Halladay has been a marathon man in his last four starts. His innings in the last four have been 9,9,8,9. His second half has been a lot better then his first. In the first his ERA was 4.46 and second half he has a 3.04. Beckett has been equally strong in the second half with a 3.06 ERA.
Sadly today Ellsbury has been moved to the #9 spot in the order and Lugo up to leadoff. Why? Because Tito works in mysterious ways. I say let the kid shine while he’s shining. He might even keep a job if he keeps doing as well as he has.
Lowell is riding a 16 game hitting streak by the way. He is 30-60 in that streak. Lowell by the way has a .353 avg career against Halladay with 6 hits. And if you want Lowell to do more then just get a single to extend his streak, Lowell has 3 home-runs and 9 rbi against Halladay.