Career batting stats versus Red Sox











































































Curt Schilling



Josh Beckett



Jonathan Papelbon



Tim Wakefield



Matt Clement



Daisuke Matsuzaka



Reed Johson



















Aaron Hill




















Vernon Wells




















Troy Glaus




















Frank Thomas




















Alex Rios




















Lyle Overbay



















Gregg Zaun




















Royce Clayton


















Notes: For the most part, the Blue Jays seem to have Curt Schilling’s number. I guess it’s because so many of the batters are good fastball hitters. There seems to be a fair bit of mixed luck with Beckett and the Jays have had no luck against Papelbon, although many players only have three or four at-bats against him. It will be interesting to see how his dominance level reacts to the move to the starting rotation. As for Wakefield, it is always painful to watch the Jays’ batters face him. I doubt Clement will start the year in the rotation for the Red Sox, but you never know. Also expect some very strange swings from the Jays when they face Matsuzaka for the first time, especially if the fabled Gyroball shows up.

In case you were curious: The top five career hitters (.OPS) against each of the top five Boston Red Sox’ starting pitchers are (minimum 20 plate appearances):

Curt Schilling: Derrek Lee (1.521), Tony Fernandez (1.328), David Justice (1.328), Mark Lemke (1.239), Dave Roberts (1.235).

Josh Beckett (minimum 15 plate appearances): Vernon Wells (1.833), Jim Edmonds (1.731), Ty Wigginton (1.475), Albert Pujols (1.115), Cliff Floyd (1.049).

Jonathan Papelbon (minimum five plate appearances): Frank Catalanotto (1.375), Carl Crawford (1.350), Orlando Cabrera (.833), Russ Adams (.715), Gregg Zaun/Travis Lee/Vlad Guerrero (.533)

Tim Wakefield: Dave Nilsson (1.679), Juan Encarnacion (1.676), Olmedo Saenz (1.538), Phil Nevin (1.378), Jose Canseco (1.359)

Matt Clement: Aaron Boone (1.450), Todd Helton (1.365), Brian Giles (1.328), Mike Lieberthal (1.320), Barry Bonds (1.281)

Rain delay information: Josh Beckett became the first Red Sox pitcher to hit a home run in 35 years–since the advent of the designated hitter rule–when he took Phillies’ pitcher Brett Myers deep during an inter-league game on May 20, 2006. (Source –

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