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ALCS Game 7 (if necessary): Rays-Red Sox pitching matchup

Today's pitching matchup
Matt Garza, RHP, Rays Jon Lester, LHP, Red Sox
Record
11-9, 3.70 16-6, 3.21
Postseason
1-1, 4.50 1-1, 1.83
Size
6-4, 205 6-2, 190
Age
24 24
What's new
Garza is coming off an impressive performance against the Red Sox in Game 3, outdueling Jon Lester at Fenway by giving up just one earned run in six innings of a 9-1 win. He primarily used his fastball, which was particularly sharp. Lester struggled in his Game 3 start, giving up five runs (two homers) and eight hits in just 52/3 innings. Before that outing, the left-hander had pitched 14 innings in the postseason without giving up an earned run.
Scouting report
Garza throws a slider, changeup and curveball, but he's at his best when he has command of his fastball, which can reach 94-97 mph and come at a downward angle. Often works off his fastball, which reaches the mid 90s, and uses a curveball, slider and changeup (mid 80s). Very tough on left-handed hitters.
Season
vs. Red Sox: 1-1, 4.50

vs. LH: .248

vs. RH: .244

At home: 7-3, 2.89 ERA

vs. Rays: 3-0, 0.90

vs. LH: .217

vs. RH: .273

At Home: 5-5, 4.09

Career
vs. Red Sox: 3-1, 3.86

At Tropicana Field: 7-3, 2.89

vs. Rays: 4-0, 3.38

At Tropicana Field: 1-0, 6.75

Matchups to watch
Jacoby Ellsbury is 6-for-13 (.462), but David Ortiz is 2-for-10 (.200) with 5 Ks, Dustin Pedroia is 3-for-14 (.214), Kevin Youkilis is 1-for-12 (.083) and Coco Crisp is 1-for-9 (.111). Carlos Pena is 5-for-16 (.313) with two homers and six RBIs and Jason Bartlett is 4-for-8 (.500), but Carl Crawford is 3-for-14 (.214), B.J. Upton is 4-for-18 (.222) and Akinori Iwamura is 4-for-17 (.235).
What they're saying
"We're going to just come out and keep fighting like we've done all year … and see what happens at the end." — Garza "I don't think I have to change my game plan. Hopefully I can go out and … stay away from the big innings." — Lester
Joe Smith, Times staff writer

ALCS Game 7 (if necessary): Rays-Red Sox pitching matchup 10/18/08 [Last modified: Sunday, October 19, 2008 12:00am]
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