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elrod
10-04-2005, 12:42 AM
Here's how the Red Sox hitters fared against White Sox pitching this year.

Ortiz - .321 avg, .424 obp, 3 HR, 8 RBI
Manny - .240 avg, .406 obp, 2 HR, 5 RBI
Renteria - .250 avg, .308 obp, 0 HR, 2 RBI
Graffy - .348 avg, .375 obp, 1 HR, 4 RBI
Damon - .227 avg, .261, obp, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Mueller - .286 avg, .360 obp, 0 HR, 2 RBI
Millar - .238 avg, .292 obp, 0 HR, 2 RBI
Nixon - .300 avg, .364 obp, 0 HR, 0 RBI
Varitek - .350 avg, .381, 3 HR, 4 RBI

Ortiz has the most RBI, but Varitek has actually been the most dangerous hitter against us this year. Manny had two home runs, including one after Crede's error. But he's generally been an easy out. Damon has been awful.

As for the White Sox against Red Sox pitching:

Everett - .276 avg, .323 obp, 2 HR, 5 RBI
Konerko - .429 avg, .447 obp, 4 HR, 7 RBI
Rowand - .360 avg, .414 obp, 3 HR, 6 RBI
Pods - .391 avg, .440 obp, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 3 SB
AJ - .227 avg, .292 obp, 1 HR, 3 RBI
Crede - .238 avg, .273 obp, 0 HR, 1 RBI
Iguchi - .286 avg, .423 obp, 2 HR, 5 RBI
Uribe - .350 avg, .381 obp, 2 HR, 5 RBI
Dye - .125 avg, .125 obp, 1 HR, 1 RBI (in only 8 ABs)

Four of our batters hit .350 or above. Konerko was the most dangerous hitter of either team against one another. Pods was stellar, though he missed the first two games at Fenway. Uribe and Rowand were dangerous at the plate. AJ and Crede sucked, but Crede has come around overall since coming off the DL. I don't know why Dye only had 8 at-bats (I think he missed the series at the Cell because of the spider bites. And he rested on the Labor Day game. So he went 1 for 8 in the 2 losses at Fenway.)

Overall, we've hit the Red Sox harder than they've hit us. They won the season series 4-3, ironically, by winning a couple one-run games (6-5 at the Cell and 9-8 at Fenway). I think the key to the whole series is going to be our bullpen against the heart of their order. What happens if we lead by 2 runs in the 8th inning and Ortiz comes up with runners on 1st and 2nd and one out. Do we go with Marte? Cotts? Politte? Those are the situations that will define this series. After looking at the head-to-head batting numbers, our hitters do plenty fine against theirs. How will it play out in the tight situations? That's the big question.