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Game 3: Angels vs Red Sox, 2-0 Boston

Match-up: Jered Weaver (13-7, 3.91) vs Curt Schilling (9-8, 3.87)

Pitchers W L IP H HR BB SO ERA WHIP K/9 AVG Against
Curt Schilling 9 8 151 165 21 23 101 3.87 1.25 6.02 .275
Jered Weaver 13 7 161 178 17 45 115 3.91 1.39 6.43 .280

Sunday’s battle of Curt Schilling against Jered Weaver is a battle of opposites. Young vs Old. Experience vs Inexperience. Solid 2nd half vs bad 2nd half. Schilling being the old, experienced, great 2nd half guy. Schilling is 40, has 109 innings of post season experience, and has a 3.34 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP in the 2nd half. Jered Weaver is 25, has never been in the playoffs and is only been in the majors 2 years, and has a 4.13 ERA and 1.31 WHIP in the 2nd half. Although 2nd half Schilling is 3-4 and Weaver 7-2. The numbers speak louder.

For a 3rd starter in the playoffs who else would you rather have then Schilling? Schilling’s post-season pitching has been sickness.

Post-season W L IP H HR BB SO ERA WHIP K/9
Curt Schilling 8 2 109.1 79 9 22 104 2.06 .94 8.56

Papelbon had to say of Schilling,

“We’ve got the big daddy, Curt Schilling going. And I think anybody would love to have him going for us to seal the deal, and I know he’ll be ready to go.”

Something to worry about is Schilling has not pitched since September 25th at home against Oakland.

Against the Angels Schilling is 6-2 with a 3.67 ERA. This season he is 2-1 with a 4.05 ERA in three starts.

As far as the offense goes no one has faced Jered Weaver much. He is a young guy but has faced Boston four times. With a career 4.70 ERA against the Sox. Two guys have hit Weaver well.

Against Jered Weaver AB H 2B HR RBI AVG OBP SLG
David Ortiz 10 5 0 2 7 .500 .583 1.100
Kevin Youkilis 12 4 0 1 2 .333 .385 .583
JD Drew 6 3 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500

The guys who can’t hit him are: Manny at 0-6, Varitek at 1-8, and Coco at 1-11.

Now Schilling with all the time he’s played, he has seen everyone on the Angels a bunch. So why not see what all the Angels have done against Schilling.

Against Curt Schilling AB H 2B HR RBI AVG OBP SLG
Garret Anderson 23 4 1 1 3 .174 .174 .348
Orlando Cabrera 44 15 5 1 3 .341 .356 .523
Chone Figgins 17 5 1 1 3 .294 .294 .647

More to come after a night of drinking.

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