Wednesday's key hitters and starters

Josh Beckett threw fastballs on 81 of 98 pitches on Friday, a season-high 82.7 percent. His season average is 70.6 percent (644/912).

Randy Wells throws fastball 56 percent of the time (MLB average 62 percent); as hitters are batting .322 against it overall (MLB average .283) and .402 early in the count (MLB average .338).

Alexei Ramirez is hitting .529 (9/17) when ahead in the count in July (MLB average is .343)

According to fangraphs.com, Joel Pineiro's home run/fly ball rate is 4.9 percent (3/67) at home and 16.1 percent (10/62) on the road.

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hiroki Kuroda has a .500 record (25-25) for his career, but has had good success against the Padres. Kuroda is 4-2 all-time against the Padres. Kuroda, however, has struggled against Padres slugger Adrian Gonzalez, who has a .333 BA (5-15) with 2 home runs and 3 doubles against Kuroda.


2010 season, entering Tuesday

On the road, right-handed batters are hitting .297 (33-111) and slugging .514 (14 XBH) against A.J. Burnett. At home, right-handed batters hit .239 (21-88) and slug .352 (5 XBH).

Alex Rodriguez is hitting .182 (2-11) against fastballs since hitting home run number 599 on July 22. He hit .292 (66-226) against fastballs prior to 599 (13 of 16 HRs this season against fastball).