Pitching Match up Analysis

I’m pretty excited for the up coming series at Fenway. The Yankees obviously had an impressive showing during the last go-round with the Sox, but whenever these teams play, its anybody’s guess as to what will happen. Anyway, lets take a look at the pitching match ups for the series.

Game 1- Andy Pettitte vs. Brad Penny:

Brad Penny hasn’t been too great for the Red Sox this season. His ERA is up there at 5.22. His WHIP sits at 1.50. Not so hot. His last four starts have been really bad too. He gave up 7 ER over 5 innings against Oakland (7 hits, 4 BB), 5 ER over 6 innings against Tampa (6 hits, 2 BB), 3 ER over 6 innings against Detroit (this was a fine outing), and 4 ER over 5.2 against Texas (8 hits and 4 BB). Penny has been struggling, and facing the high powered Yankee offense could spell more trouble for Penny.

Pettitte, on the other hand, has been pitching very well, especially in his recent starts. For the season, his ERA is 4.09 and his WHIP is 1.40. His last 4 starts have been pretty fantastic though. He gave up 1 ER over 6.1 innings against Chicago (5 hits, 0BB), 1 ER over 6.2 against Toronto (5 hits, 4 BB), 0 ER over 7 innings against Boston (5 hits, 2 walks), and 2 ER over 6 against Seattle (6 hits, 1 walk). To put it in a few words, Andy has been dandy.

Advantage- Pettitte. He’s pitched better all season, and his last 4 have been great, compared to Penny’s last 4, which have been pretty awful.

Game 2- AJ Burnett vs. Junichi Tazawa

Tazawa has only started 2 games this year. He had one pretty good one and one really bad one. The good one was against Detroit, where he went 5 innings and only gave up 1 ER (4 hits, 2 BB). He was really bad against Texas though. He gave up 4 ER, 10 hits, and 3 walks over 5 innings.

AJ is having a very solid season thus far. His ERA is lower than we usually see from Burnett, sitting at 3.69. His WHIP is 1.37. He hasn’t been great recently, except for his GEM against the Red Sox (7.2 innings, 1 hit, 6 walks, 0 ER). Over his last 4, he’s given up 7 ER, 0 ER, 3 ER and 3 ER.

Advantage- Burnett. He pitched fantastically last time he faced the Sox.

Game 3- CC Sabathia vs. Josh Beckett

This is a tough one. Beckett has been really good this season. He has a 3.38 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP over 24 starts. He was really bad two days ago against the Blue Jays (7 ER over 5.1 innings), but he was awesome during the 3 starts before that. He didn’t give up a run against the Orioles or the Yankees in two consecutive starts (both 7 innings). He then pitched very well against Detroit, going 7 innings and giving up 2 ER (3 hits, 1 BB).

CC Sabathia is having a great year as well. His ERA is at 3.58 and his WHIP is at 1.13 as well. CC is known for his second half success, and his last 3 starts have been proof. He pitched 7.2 innings of scoreless ball against the Sox 12 days ago, gave up 1 run over 8 against Seattle, and gave up 2 over 8 against Oakland.

Advantage- This one is a toss up. This is a great pitching match up of two aces. I don’t see a clear winner.

What do you think?

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One Comment on “Pitching Match up Analysis”

  1. mike rook Says:

    The Sabathia Beckett battle will come down to the bull pens, of which the Yankees have the deeper one. Advantage Bombers

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