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Rays-Red Sox pitching matchup

Today's pitching matchup
Scott Kazmir, LHP, Rays Josh Beckett, RHP, Red Sox
Record/ERA
Regular season: 12-8, 3.49

Postseason: 1-0, 3.38

Regular season: 12-10, 4.03

Postseason: 0-0, 7.20

Age, height/weight
24, 6 feet/ 190 pounds 28, 6 feet 5/ 222 pounds
What's new
Kazmir, coming off a gutsy performance in a Game 2 win over the White Sox in the division series, has lasted six innings in just one of his last four starts. Beckett, coming back from a strained muscled in his right side, was so-so in his Game 3 ALDS start against the Angels (four runs, five innings), but had a great bullpen session Thursday.
Scouting report
The All-Star has struggled with consistency this season. He throws a slider and changeup, and is at his best when he has good command of his fastball. Considered one of the top postseason pitchers in recent history, Beckett is a power pitcher who uses a tailing four-seam fastball (97 mph). Beckett also brings a bit of finesse, using a changeup and a curve, while changing speeds and painting corners.
2008 regular season
vs. Red Sox: 0-2, 9.00 ERA

at home: 8-2, 2.90 ERA

vs. lefties: .198

vs. righties: .227

vs. Rays: 2-1, 2.06

on road: 7-5, 2.85

vs. lefties: .260

vs. righties: .252

Career
vs. Red Sox: 6-7, 3.62 ERA

at Tropicana Field: 21-14, 3.11 ERA

vs. Rays: 5-3, 3.10

at Tropicana Field: 1-2, 1.93

Matchups to watch
Dustin Pedroia is 14-for-25 and Coco Crisp is 9-for-30 (.300). But David Ortiz is 8-for-39 with 10 strikeouts, Mark Kotsay is 2-for-12, Kevin Youkilis is 7-for-35 with 13 strikeouts and Jason Varitek is 6-for-28. Akinori Iwamura is 7-for-22, Jason Bartlett is 6-for-18, Evan Longoria is 4-for-12 and Cliff Floyd is 8-for-28 with two homers. But Gabe Gross is 1-for-13, Dioner Navarro is 3-19 and Carlos Pena is 3-for-17 with eight strikeouts.
What they're saying
"The main thing for me is to keep the first guy off every inning. I think getting that first out is always big for any team, but especially this team, because if you make one little mistake … those guys are going to find a way to get around the bases and score."

Kazmir

"I don't know what it is about Josh — he's got some switch in the postseason. You look at his numbers, and he's that guy for a reason. He's pretty much unhittable."

Rays OF Eric Hinske

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Rays-Red Sox pitching matchup 10/10/08 [Last modified: Friday, October 10, 2008 11:44pm]
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