Game 4 of ALCS tonight

Tonight’s Game 4 of the ALCS will pin Tim Wakefield of the Red Sox against Paul Byrd of the Indians. The scouting report on the pitchers is as follows:

Red Sox:  Wakefield was 17-12 during the regular season with a 4.76 ERA. However, in the month of September he went 1-2 with 8.76 ERA in five starts. In September he was somewhat unhealthy (soreness in back and shoulder). He didn’t play in the Division Series. During his lifetime in the LCS, Wakefield has gone 5-1 with 3.89 ERA in eight games, four of which he started.  It remains to be seen how he will do against the Indians tonight as he did not face them in the 2007 season.

Indians:  In the ALDS, Eric Wedge chose to go with Paul Byrd in Game 4, rather than try to rely on short-rested C.C. Sabathia. It paid off for the Indians, as they finished off the Yankees. Paul Bird, who went 15-8 with a 4.59 ERA during the regular season, was a smart choice relative to the would-be short-rested C.C. Sabathia, in Game 4 of the ALDS.  This season, Paul Byrd has made one start (May 30) against the Red Sox, in which he went six innings and gave up two runs (one earned) resulting in a win.

One important factor in tonight’s game will be which pitcher will hand out more walks. Wakefield, in 189 IP this season, has given up 64 walks. Byrd has gone 192.1 IP with only 28 walks.  We’ll see what happens when tonight’s Game 4 starts at 8:00 PM ET.

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~ by mlb2007playoffs on October 16, 2007.

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