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Keys to the Game: Red Sox Vs. Orioles, September 28, 2011

September 28, 2011

With their once nearly certain playoff spot in serious jeopardy, the Boston Red Sox desperately need a win against the Baltimore Orioles tonight at Camden Yard. The recently struggling Jon Lester (15-9, 3.49 ERA) will start tonight for Boston on three days rest. While Lester has been shelled in his last three starts, allowing 16 Earned Runs in just 13.2 Innings, he is an amazing 14-0 with a 2.33 ERA in 17 career starts against Baltimore. Check out Lester’s fantastic career numbers against the Orioles.

ERs Allowed (Blue), Strikeouts (Orange) & Walks (Green)

Baltimore counters with Alfredo Simon (4-9, 4.85 ERA). While showing moments of brilliance, Simon has had a difficult season and hasn’t won a game in over a month. Check out Simon’s 2011 numbers.

ERs Allowed (Blue), Strikeouts (Orange) & Walks (Green)

Yale Educated, Rookie catcher, Ryan Lavarnway, was the hero for Boston in their 8-7 victory last evening, as he had knocked in four runs off of his first and second career Home Runs. Lavarnway will squat behind Home plate again tonight. Check out how Lavarnway and the rest of Boston’s starting lineup tonight have performed against Baltimore this season.

RBIs (Blue), Runs Scored (Orange) & Total Bases (Green)

With a playoff birth at steak, the big question for Red Sox Nation is which Jon Lester will show up tonight?

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Epic Collapse?

September 27, 2011

With two games left and tied for the AL Wild Card, the Boston Red Sox could easily experience the largest collapse in Major League history. On September 1st, the Red Sox were first in the AL East and had a 9 game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays. Flash forward 25 games, and the Red Sox have a very real chance of missing the playoffs. What has happened to the once mighty and dominant Boston?

Well, their offense is still the most potent in the Majors, as they are scoring 5.4 Runs per game in September, which is identical to amount they scored per game up to August 30th. However the Red Sox are not scoring timely runs. Half of their six wins this month, yes six, have come from lopsided 14-0, 18-6, 18-9 victories. Meanwhile, they have lost five one-run games in September. However, the true cause of this monstrous collapse is their pitching. Boston has allowed 6.44 Runs per game in September, compared to the 4.18 Runs per game they allowed through the first 135 games. Check out the horrific numbers from Boston’s starting pitching this month.

ERs Allowed (Blue), Strikeout (Orange) & Walks (Green)

John Lackey has a gargantuan 9.12 ERA and dismal strikeout to walk ratio of 1.17 this month. Jon Lester has a 5.96 ERA and staff ace, Josh Beckett, has allowed six Earned Runs in back to back starts.

With Erik Bedard, who has only one win since being acquired from the Mariners at the trade deadline, and Jon Lester scheduled to start in the last two regular season games, can the Red Sox prevent one of the most epic collapses in baseball history?

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A Race To The Finish

September 26, 2011

With the divisions clenched, the final races to the playoffs are the NL and AL Wild Card spots. In the AL race,  Boston is one game ahead of Tampa Bay who is only two games ahead of the Los Angeles Angels. In what appears to be a race to the finish, all three teams will continue to play strong during their remaining series. Today, Boston will play at Baltimore, while Tampa Bay will host the Yankees. Take a look at how these teams have played against each other during the season. Who do you think will get the AL Wild Card spot?

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Clash of Compelling Center Fielders

September 23, 2011

While the Yankees have already clinched the AL East title, New York would revel in handing the Red Sox some crippling loses while they desperately attempt to hold onto their tenuous grip of the AL Wild Card. Both team’s boast excellent Center Fielders as Boston’s Jacoby Ellsbury and New York Yankees’ Curtis Granderson are vying for the AL MVP award. Compare Ellsbury’s and Granderson’s RBI production this season and click for some guess for how many RBIs Ellsbury and Granderson will hit in this season’s final three games of this entertaining rivalry.

Summary: Click here for some guesses for how many RBIs Jacoby Ellsbury will hit against the Yankees.

Summary: Click here for some guesses for how many RBIs Curtis Granderson will hit against the Red Sox.

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Keys to the Game: Orioles Vs. Red Sox, September 21, 2011

September 21, 2011

The Boston Red Sox are reeling as they currently hold a tenuous two game lead over Tampa Bay in the AL Wild Card Race. The Red Sox are 5-15 in September and have recently dropped two out of three to perpetual AL East cellar dweller Baltimore. Hopefully for Red Sox Nation, Ace Josh Beckett (13-5, 2.50 ERA) can stop the bleeding tonight. Beckett is 4-0 with a 3.03 ERA in his last five starts and 6-1 with a 2.30 ERA in 13 starts at Fenway this year. Check out Beckett’s performance at Fenway in 2011.

Earned Runs Allowed (Blue), HRs Allowed (Orange) & Strikeouts (Green)

Baltimore will counter will Tommy Hunter (4-4, 4.81), who is coming off of his best outing of the season in which he allowed zero runs off of seven hits in seven innings. Hunter hasn’t been too stellar on the road this season allowing 22 Earned Runs in only 30 innings.

Both these clubs have high powered offenses and have already combined for 50 runs in the first three games of this series. Compare Boston’s and Baltimore’s offense.

Will the Beckett and the Red Sox halt their free fall or will the Orioles continue to thrive in their relishing role as spoilers?

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Red Sox Battle For Wild Card

September 19, 2011

After their loss to the Rays on Sunday, the Red Sox are only two games ahead of Tampa Bay in the AL Wild Card race. Today, the Red Sox begin a four-game series against the Orioles. The good news for the Red Sox is that the odds appear to be on Boston’s side: In the last 28 games that the two teams have competed at Fenway Park, the Red Sox have won 23 of them. Click on the graph to get a closer look at how Baltimore is playing at Fenway Park.

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Race for the AL Wild Card

September 12, 2011

The race for the AL Wild Card is heating up. Despite many believing that the Boston Red Sox would clench the Wild Card playoff spot, the Tampa Bay Rays are proving they still have a chance. The series between the Red Sox and Rays began with the Red Sox 6.5 games ahead of the Rays in the Wild Card race. The Rays desperately needed to sweep the Red Sox to remain alive in the race–and they did just that! The Rays are now only 3.5 games behind the Red Sox in the AL Wild Card race. Take a look at how these two Wild Card contenders compare offensively and defensively. Which team deserves the Wild Card spot?






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Boston Versus Toronto Preview

September 7, 2011

Two and a half games back in the AL East, Boston will continue to try to close the gap between first and second place during today’s game against the Blue Jays. After beating Toronto 14-0 yesterday, the Red Sox are picking up momentum, while the Blue Jays have lost four of their last five games. Click on the map to take a closer look at how Boston is performing in Toronto.

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Keys to the Game: Red Sox V Blue Jays, September 5, 2011

September 5, 2011

After losing two straight series last week and relinquishing first place in the AL East, the Boston Red Sox hope a trip north of the boarder will get them back to their winning ways. It will help that their Ace, Josh Beckett (12-5, 2.54 ERA) will take the hill this Labor Day. While Beckett’s career ERA against Toronto is a monstrous 6.57, he only allowed run earlier this year against the Blue Jays and is seeking his fourth straight victory. Toronto will counter with Rookie Henderson Alvarez (1-2, 3.52 ERA), who earned his first Major League win by pitching eight shutout innings in his last start. Compare today’s starting pitchers over their last five starts.

ERs Allowed (Blue), HRs Allowed (Orange) & Strikeouts (Green)

Both clubs boast powerful Dominican sluggers.  Toronto’s Jose Bautista is leading the Majors with 40 Home Runs, his second consecutive 40 Home Run season, and his incredible 8.0 WAR is the highest in the Majors.  Meanwhile, Boston’s DH, David Ortiz, has been on an absolute tear in his last 11 games, hitting .462 with four Home Runs.  Check out Bautista’s and Ortiz’s numbers since August 24th.

RBIs (Blue), Home Runs (Orange) & Total Bases (Green)

Will Bautista be able to pad his MVP caliber stats against Beckett or will Ortiz and the rest of the Red Sox’s big bats rock the rookie at the Rogers Centre?

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Granderson vs. Ellsbury, Who is the Real MVP?

September 2, 2011
One of the subplots of the neck and neck pennant race between the Yankees and Red Sox this summer has been the breakout seasons by both teams center fielders. Center fielders are measured by many things, some intangible and not seen in the box score every day. The great ones combine power, speed and defense and lead their teams to victory.

First, lets looks a Curtis Granderson of the Yankees. After a ho-hum season last year in the Bronx, his first, Granderson has been huge for the Yankees this season, winning games with both his bat and his glove, as he did last night against the Red Sox. In a 2011 campaign where the A-Rod has been sidelined with injury, Granderson has paced the Yankees offense and has clearly been the Yankees Most Valuable Player. Has he been the MVP of the league? Check out his 2011 numbers here:

Home Runs (Blue), Stolen Bases (Orange), Assists (Green)

Jacoby Ellsbury of the Boston Red Sox has had a breakout year.  Ellsbury clearly is a talented athlete, but Boston, like New York, is a tough town that can overwhelm anyone feint of heat.  He has battled a reputation as dogging it after several injuries, and some have even questioned his guts.  Yet this season Ellsbury has been the main guy for the Sox.  Against the Yankees, he has had several big hits and he is fast becoming a hero to Red Sox Nation.  Check out his 2011 numbers here:

Home Runs (Blue), Stolen Bases (Orange), Assists (Green)

So who is the real MVP?  Well, the season still has a month to go, and with the Yankees and the Red Sox tied for first in the loss column, perhaps the month of September will tell the tale…

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