|2008 TITLE DEFENSE|
|BOSTON||57-40, 21-29 away||at||LA/ANAHEIM||57-38, 26-20 at home|
|Fri 10:05||Buchholz||2-4, 5.70 286/366/397 (108 ops+)||vs||RHP Lackey||6-2, 2.46 240/280/382 (78 ops+)||WRKO - NESN|
|Sat 3:55||Beckett||9-5, 3.94 245/288/399 (85 ops+)||vs||LHP Saunders||12-5, 3.07 235/259/392 (73 ops+)||WRKO - FOX|
|Sun 6:09||Wakefield||6-6, 3.60 217/301/362 (80 ops+)||vs||RHP Weaver||8-8, 4.03 254/308/391 (89 ops+)||WRKO - ESPN|
The Angels have the best record in the AL, but their pythagorean record is 50-45 compared to the Sox at 58-39. Last year they outperformed by 4 games, but their offense was a lot better at 5.1 runs per game.
We finally run into a team that has a worse bullpen than us. K-Rod has been great, but Darren Oliver has the 2nd most IP in the pen (3.63 ERA) and Speier has not been good (5.26 era).
Offensively, here are the players with OBP over .340: Vlad 348, Figgins 380, Kendrick 340 ... and Kendrick and Figgins have both spent time on the DL this season. Napoli, who hit a bomb at Fenway earlier this season, just went on the DL.
edit: rather than start a new thread, just bumping this week-old one.
Edited by behindthepen, 28 July 2008 - 10:01 AM.