Ortiz is 7-for-15 off Hughes with 1 HR and 5 RBI. Ellsbury is 3-for-6 with two walks. Pedey surprisingly is just 3-for-15 against Hughes. Varitek, who should be catching his Binky tonight, is 0-for-4 against Hughes. Crawford is 2-for-15 and Scutaro 4-for-21. Youk is 4-for-14 with 2 BBs. Gonzo 1-for-2.
Beckett has been dominating this season. His WHIP is a career-best 0.969. Jeter is 25-for-96 (.291) over the years against Josh with 2 HRs. But most of those numbers are from Derek's prime years. Cano is 22-for-68 (.324) with 3 HRs and 12 RBI. Teixeira is hitting .191 in 47 ABs with 2 HRs. Swisher .238 with 3 HRs in 42 ABs. Posada has a .662 OPS against Beckett in 55 PAs. Nunez 1-for-2 and the 1 is a HR.
A-Rod, who has 3 HRs off Beckett, will be resting his sore thumb again tonight. That's a trade-off for Boston not having Youk. And don't forget JD Drew. He would be a problem for Hughes with his patient approach at the plate.
Boston holds a 1/2-game lead over New York, which by avoiding a sweep makes its three-game series with Boston at Yankee Stadium next month a lot more interesting.
Brian O'Nora will be behind the plate tonight. Here's a link to one of recent efforts behind home plate.
Edited by terrynever, 31 August 2011 - 12:57 PM.