Quality Performances: Sox-Jays Gamer II

Each of the past seven games, a Boston Red Sox starting pitcher has gone at least six innings and allowed no more than three earned runs. Curt Schilling (twice), Josh Beckett (twice), Daisuke Matsuzaka (twice) and Tim Wakefield have combined to go 5-2 in 48 innings, giving up just 32 hits and nine walks while striking out 40 — a 1.69 ERA and a 0.854 WHIP. Their average game score — from Matsuzaka’s low of 52 to Schilling’s and Beckett’s scores of 77 each — is 66.4. (Bill James defines a quality start as 50 or above).

Today, Wakefield will seek to make it eight quality starts (standard definition) in a row. If he does, the Sox will still be nowhere near the Major League record — set by he 1981 Yankee rotation of Ron Guidry, Tommy John, Dave Righetti, Rick Rueschel and Rudy May, which threw 18 consecutive quality starts, going 13-5 with a 1.51 ERA.

But Wakefield will seek to take the Sox more than halfway to their team record of 14 — set in 1988 by the rotation of Roger Clemens, Bruce Hurst, Dennis Boyd, Mike Smithson and Wes Gardner/Steve Ellsworth that went 11-3 with a 1.57 ERA. With a quality start tonight, Wake would help the starting staff tie the Sox’ longest streak since then. The rotation that included Derek Lowe and Pedro Martinez in April 2001 went 7-1 with a 1.73 ERA.

Standing in his way is the pitcher who recorded wins No. 1 and 5 during that 2001 streak — Tomo Ohka, who now pitches for the Blue Jays. He’s not particularly good anymore (if he ever was), and hasn’t been very good this year. However, he will be pitching against the Red Sox in Toronto, so he’ll probably throw a perfect game.

Lineups after the jump. Comment away!

Red Sox

1. Julio Lugo, SS
2. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Manny Ramirez, LF
5. J.D. Drew, RF
6. Mike Lowell, 3B
7. Coco Crisp, CF
8. Doug Mirabelli, C
9. Dustin Pedroia, 2B

SP – Tim Wakefield

Blue Jays

1. Alex Rios, RF
2. Matt Stairs, LF
3. Vernon Wells, CF
4. Frank Thomas, DH
5. Lyle Overbay, 1B
6. Aaron Hill, 2B
7. Jason Phillips, C
8. Royce Clayton, SS
9. John McDonald, 3B

SP – Tomo Ohka

76 comments… add one
  • Fantastic start…

    desturbd1 April 18, 2007, 7:15 pm
  • uhh, where is everyone?

    Anonymous April 18, 2007, 7:26 pm
  • me..

    Brad April 18, 2007, 7:27 pm
  • …OK seriously, if this offense can’t handle Tomo f*cking Ohka, we have a problem.

    desturbd1 April 18, 2007, 7:28 pm
  • Ym around for the next 30 minutes anyway…

    Paul SF April 18, 2007, 7:30 pm
  • I’m really lovin the new MLB.com GameDay… It’s fun each year as MLB and ESPN try to one-up the other’s interface from the year before…

    Paul SF April 18, 2007, 7:33 pm
  • I can’t stand the new Gameday – messes up my laptop everytime.

    yankeemonkey April 18, 2007, 7:34 pm
  • Ohka doing his best good pitcher impersonation here. Or, nevermind, I’m not saying it.

    Brad April 18, 2007, 7:35 pm
  • Memo to Sox hitters: THIS IS TOMO OHKA

    Paul SF April 18, 2007, 7:36 pm
  • Has mlb.tv been god-awful lately or is my school’s internet just going incredibly slowly?

    desturbd1 April 18, 2007, 7:36 pm
  • Except for a walk to Ramirez (erased on a DP), Tomo Ohka has set the Sox down in order through three. This makes me upset.

    Paul SF April 18, 2007, 7:39 pm
  • ugh…
    I have to go to the store..
    dammit.

    Brad April 18, 2007, 7:40 pm
  • Tomo has obviously been encouraged by Gil Meche’s and Robinson Tejeda’s starts against Boston.

    Andrew April 18, 2007, 7:41 pm
  • Tomo is a mile below Meche and Tejeda. This is just pathetic.

    desturbd1 April 18, 2007, 7:41 pm
  • Wakefield: Also very good tonight. 32 pitches, 24 strikes through three innings. Maybe now that the Sox have all seen Ohka once, they’ll start pounding him like the crappy pitchewr he’s supposed to be.

    Paul SF April 18, 2007, 7:44 pm
  • ‘s OK, SFs, they’re just saving up for this weekend.

    yankeemonkey April 18, 2007, 7:44 pm
  • I dunno, Ohka was quite good a couple years back. But yeah, these guys just aren’t good pitchers.
    Lugo’s defense been black and white. Cost the Sox a game last night, but he has a whole highlight reel to himself this season.

    Andrew April 18, 2007, 7:45 pm
  • Tomo – “if Meche and Tejada can do it, I can too!”

    Lar April 18, 2007, 7:46 pm
  • Lugo’s been not hitting well ever since I said he was great for fantasy. I guess that’s why a season isn’t two weeks long!

    Lar April 18, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • Grrrrr. Ohka didn’t throw a single pitch faster than 90 mph that inning, Strikeout, groundout, groundout from the top of the lineup.

    Paul SF April 18, 2007, 7:51 pm
  • Ouch. Ortiz’s ultra-slowness cost him a hit yesterday too.

    Andrew April 18, 2007, 7:53 pm
  • Now Waje’s lost his control going 3-0 to Thomas and Overbay…

    Paul SF April 18, 2007, 7:57 pm
  • Walking Thomas and Overbay…

    Paul SF April 18, 2007, 7:57 pm
  • And here it goes…one of Wakefield’s trademark “I have no f*cking idea where the ball is going to go” innings.
    8 balls in a row…

    desturbd1 April 18, 2007, 7:59 pm
  • How have we not hit Ohka?

    Rob April 18, 2007, 8:05 pm
  • glad to see I missed a bunch…
    Jesus Christ.
    I hate this feast of famine crap of the past two games. Wakefield must be so frggin pissed.

    Brad April 18, 2007, 8:06 pm
  • Can someone tell me what the F is going on here?! Where did our offense go? Chacin and now Tomo Ohka? How is it our guys are making them look like Walter Johnson and Sandy Koufax?

    mattymatty April 18, 2007, 8:06 pm
  • they’re sure giving Ohka the calls on the corners.

    mattymatty April 18, 2007, 8:07 pm
  • There’s a run. The way the Jays are hitting tonight, it might just be enough.

    Andrew April 18, 2007, 8:08 pm
  • HOLY SHIT…it’s 85 down the middle and no movement…
    what the hell is goin on here…
    Up, and gone. Chalk that up to the fantasy points..
    nevermind.

    Brad April 18, 2007, 8:08 pm
  • YEAH! Lowell! (its about time someone did that)

    mattymatty April 18, 2007, 8:08 pm
  • Phew… I was worried we might string together two hits there. Thanks, Coco.

    mattymatty April 18, 2007, 8:09 pm
  • ESPN slow…CBS Game center slow….damn me!!

    Rob April 18, 2007, 8:11 pm
  • Meanwhile the Yanks are putting base hit after base hit together on the Tribes “B” squad pitching

    Rob April 18, 2007, 8:14 pm
  • Tribe pitching being what it should, and the defense on display full force…doesn’t anyone on that team have any range?
    They’re laying down in LAA fashion.

    Brad April 18, 2007, 8:14 pm
  • Belli two games in a row?

    Rob April 18, 2007, 8:17 pm
  • BUC Power!
    maybe they’re waking up?

    Brad April 18, 2007, 8:18 pm
  • Red Sox bats finally realizing they’re playing baseball…and facing Tomo Ohka.

    Andrew April 18, 2007, 8:18 pm
  • Maybe Belli has found his power fountain of youth.

    Rob April 18, 2007, 8:19 pm
  • The end of the lineup (minus Coco, of course) is doing the job. Wouldn’t it be nice if the middle got, oh, I dunno… a hit, maybe?

    mattymatty April 18, 2007, 8:19 pm
  • ugh…Lugo looking lost agains Ohka…

    Brad April 18, 2007, 8:21 pm
  • Marvin Hudson is an idiot

    Brad April 18, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • Youk got a hold of one there… just not enough.

    mattymatty April 18, 2007, 8:23 pm
  • Now we need Wake to work a fast inning

    Rob April 18, 2007, 8:25 pm
  • CBS lists Wake pitch as an “offspeed”…I am thinking really no speed.

    Rob April 18, 2007, 8:27 pm
  • Nice work there to make that double go away

    Rob April 18, 2007, 8:30 pm
  • Holy crap…Now Ortiz goes yard

    Rob April 18, 2007, 8:33 pm
  • Ohka’s meatballs are getting cracked now. 3 hits…all for home runs.

    Rob April 18, 2007, 8:33 pm
  • Ramirez continues to tease us with a ground out to 1st.

    Rob April 18, 2007, 8:34 pm
  • Drew singles, then Lowell singles. Now if Crisp would come through we can build on the lead.

    Rob April 18, 2007, 8:39 pm
  • Go Belli!

    z118 April 18, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • Belli has been an offensive monster the last two games

    Rob April 18, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • BJ’s score a run to cut the lead to 4-1

    Rob April 18, 2007, 8:52 pm
  • Wake 7IP…4H…1ER…3BB…4K

    Rob April 18, 2007, 8:55 pm
  • Wow. Tomorrow: Roy Halladay vs Julian Tavarez.
    That should be…a fun one…

    desturbd1 April 18, 2007, 9:09 pm
  • I try not to think about tommorrows game, d1.
    I plan to avoid my computer, ESPN, and the newspaper all day tommorrow. At gametime FRIDAY, then I will learn tommorrows score.. not before.
    I beleive that will be my policy for ALL Tavarez starts.
    Also, Indian pitching sucks

    Dionysus April 18, 2007, 9:13 pm
  • Sowers was great coming into tonight, but his peripherals were certainly more indicative of a No. 3-4 type. But the pen, yeah, it’s fricken awful.
    I’ve got tickets to next Thursday’s game in Baltimore, and for a while there it looked like Tavarez would be throwing that game. But I lucked out, and instead it’ll be Beckett. Which is perfectly fine by me.
    Also mlb.tv just skipped all of Coco’s ab, except that 2-2 foul ball. Piece of crap. (mlb.tv, not Coco, though he hasn’t been much better)

    desturbd1 April 18, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • d1! I’ll be there too!
    I actually have tickets for BOTH games there. Schilling and Beckett? I must sya.. rain has its advantages

    Dionysus April 18, 2007, 9:23 pm
  • Pap’s first hit. S’ok. Let’s blow Zaun away.
    2-0 now.. you have to throw strikes to blow him away, Paps.

    Dionysus April 18, 2007, 9:26 pm
  • Come on Paps

    Rob April 18, 2007, 9:27 pm
  • …this isn’t good. Papelbon rusty…

    desturbd1 April 18, 2007, 9:27 pm
  • Tying run at the plate…fortunately it’s Royce Clayton.

    Andrew April 18, 2007, 9:27 pm
  • Ok.. I’m gonna go throw up.

    Dionysus April 18, 2007, 9:27 pm
  • Oh please, it’s the number 9 hitter. Oh, no, it’s Lind. This guy’s good.

    Andrew April 18, 2007, 9:29 pm
  • Oh thank god for that K
    One mor ebatter.. one more batter…

    Dionysus April 18, 2007, 9:29 pm
  • Now if Lind hits a “freak hr”, then.. err, I should probably buy a lotto ticket or something.

    Lar April 18, 2007, 9:31 pm
  • Nice. Lind looked terrible on that one.

    Andrew April 18, 2007, 9:31 pm
  • Ok.. notice anything? 2 outs, no. 9 hitter, runners on 1st and 2nd with a hit and a walk?
    But PAPELBON pulls it out!

    Dionysus April 18, 2007, 9:32 pm
  • Nice recovery by Paps with 3k’s that inning
    Another QS from our pitching staff.

    Rob April 18, 2007, 9:32 pm
  • Well that’s more like it. Good ending, still not thrilled with the offense.

    Anonymous April 18, 2007, 9:32 pm
  • If only DMat can get that kind of support!

    Lar April 18, 2007, 9:33 pm
  • That was me.

    desturbd1 April 18, 2007, 9:36 pm
  • ESPN is full of LIES! According to the pitchigns stats page… the Red Sox have acculmulating *0* Quality Starts.

    Dionysus April 18, 2007, 9:42 pm
  • With 113 innings played, the Sox pitching staff has put together a team ERA of 2.54.
    Wow.

    Hudson April 18, 2007, 10:04 pm
  • “ESPN is full of LIES! According to the pitchigns stats page… the Red Sox have acculmulating *0* Quality Starts…”
    On their Red Sox stats page, it shows that we have 9 quality starts, total.

    Tyrel SF April 18, 2007, 10:12 pm
  • Someone on SoSH said this:
    “Hopefully they can steal one from Halladay tomorrow. Hey, if Chacin can own the Sox, Tavarez can own the Jays.”
    Reverse lock of the day? Let’s hope so.
    Hooray Wake, Hooray Donnelly, Hooray Paps. Let’s ride this pitching hot streak as long as we can.

    Steve April 18, 2007, 10:59 pm

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