Yesterday at Fenway, the Sox sent a pitcher to the mound who has been more dominant against the Orioles than just about any pitcher in baseball history has been against any team in baseball history.
It didn't work out so well, as Jon Lester a career 14-0 against Baltimore gave up eight hits, four runs (two earned) and lasted only six innings in the Sox eventual in the Sox 8-6 loss.
So, tonight the Sox will try a little reverse psychology and send out a guy who's been anything but dominant against the O's: Josh Beckett. (it's also just his turn in the rotation).
Of the 13 teams that Beckett has started against at least 10 times in his career, there are only three against which he has a worse ERA than the 4.25 he sports vs. Baltimore.
In all, Beckett's a career 7-5 against the O's with 102 strikeouts, only 26 walks and a 1.213 WHIP. None of those numbers are bad. None of them are particularly good.
But if yesterday's any indicator, good isn't always good. Bad isn't always bad. Sometimes average is just right.
OK, I have on idea what I'm talking about except to say that the Sox need a win tonight, and they've got one of the two pitchers on the mound who they have around for situations just like this. The ball is yours, Beckett.