|BOSTON ( POMERANZ )|
BALTIMORE ( BUNDY )
|965||BOSTON||-105||Ov 9,-110||-110||Ov 8.5,-115|
|966||BALTIMORE||-105||Un 9,-110||+100||Un 8.5,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||8-5||+3||5-8||4.5||0.285||0.344||0.401||0.745||4.2||0.227||0.294||0.412||0.706|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.3||3-4||4.3||0.300||0.352||0.393||0.745||4.3||0.230||0.291||0.406||0.696|
|vs Left-handed Starters||4-2||+2||2-4||3.7||0.225||0.265||0.335||0.600||3.5||0.256||0.336||0.357||0.693|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3||3-4||3.9||0.233||0.281||0.400||0.681||3.0||0.215||0.269||0.346||0.616|
|4/7/2017||WRIGHT(R)||@ DETROIT||FULMER(R)||5-6||L||115||8.5 un||O||10||9||0||8||6||1|
|4/8/2017||RODRIGUEZ(L)||@ DETROIT||ZIMMERMANN(R)||1-4||L||105||8.5 ev||U||6||7||0||5||3||0|
|4/9/2017||PORCELLO(R)||@ DETROIT||NORRIS(L)||7-5||W||100||8.5 ev||O||11||6||1||13||10||1|
|4/10/2017||SALE(L)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)||1-2||L||-110||7.5 un||U||4||6||1||5||4||1|
|4/14/2017||PORCELLO(R)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||5-10||L||-120||8.5 un||O||14||12||0||12||7||1|
|4/15/2017||SALE(L)||TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)||2-1||W||-215||8.5 ev||U||6||6||0||3||5||0|
|4/16/2017||POMERANZ(L)||TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||7-5||W||-175||9.5 ov||O||17||9||0||7||4||0|
|4/17/2017||WRIGHT(R)||TAMPA BAY||SNELL(L)||4-3||W||-130||10 ov||U||9||7||1||11||9||1|
|4/18/2017||JOHNSON(L)||@ TORONTO||STROMAN(R)||8-7||W||160||8.5 ev||O||15||8||1||12||11||0|
|4/19/2017||PORCELLO(R)||@ TORONTO||LIRIANO(L)||0-3||L||-115||8.5 un||U||6||7||2||6||6||1|
|4/20/2017||SALE(L)||@ TORONTO||ESTRADA(R)||4-1||W||-180||7.5 un||U||7||6||0||5||5||0|
|4/21/2017||POMERANZ(L)||@ BALTIMORE||BUNDY(R)|| |
|4/22/2017||WRIGHT(R)||@ BALTIMORE||AQUINO(L)|| |
|4/23/2017||RODRIGUEZ(L)||@ BALTIMORE||GAUSMAN(R)|| |
|4/25/2017||PORCELLO(R)||NY YANKEES||SEVERINO(R)|| |
|4/26/2017||SALE(L)||NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)|| |
|4/27/2017||POMERANZ(L)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|4/28/2017|| ||CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|4/7/2017||JIMENEZ(R)||NY YANKEES||SEVERINO(R)||6-5||W||-105||8.5 ev||O||7||3||0||10||7||2|
|4/8/2017||GAUSMAN(R)||NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)||5-4||W||-110||8 ev||O||10||9||1||9||9||0|
|4/9/2017||MILEY(L)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||3-7||L||-115||8.5 ov||O||6||6||2||9||12||0|
|4/11/2017||BUNDY(R)||@ BOSTON||POMERANZ(L)||1-8||L||105||9.5 un||U||5||6||2||15||8||0|
|4/12/2017||JIMENEZ(R)||@ BOSTON||WRIGHT(R)||12-5||W||115||9.5 ev||O||17||4||1||11||11||1|
|4/13/2017||GAUSMAN(R)||@ TORONTO||LIRIANO(L)||2-1||W||115||8 ov||U||5||4||0||6||7||0|
|4/14/2017||MILEY(L)||@ TORONTO||SANCHEZ(R)||6-4||W||130||8 ov||O||9||6||1||10||7||1|
|4/15/2017||ASHER(R)||@ TORONTO||ESTRADA(R)||1-2||L||120||9 ov||U||6||8||0||6||5||0|
|4/16/2017||BUNDY(R)||@ TORONTO||HAPP(L)||11-4||W||-105||8 ov||O||15||8||0||12||8||3|
|4/18/2017||GAUSMAN(R)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)||3-9||L||-150||9 un||O||7||6||1||11||10||0|
|4/19/2017||JIMENEZ(R)||@ CINCINNATI||GARRETT(L)||2-0||W||-105||9 un||U||9||6||0||2||6||0|
|4/20/2017||MILEY(L)||@ CINCINNATI||FELDMAN(R)||2-1||W||-115||9 un||U||5||3||0||2||1||0|
|4/24/2017||JIMENEZ(R)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|4/25/2017||MILEY(L)||TAMPA BAY||RAMIREZ(R)|| |
|4/26/2017||BUNDY(R)||TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)|| |
|4/28/2017|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|BOSTON: 2016: 93-69, first place
Manager: John Farrell (fifth season)
Who's new? LHP Chris Sale, RHP Tyler Thornburg, 1B Mitch Moreland, OF Steve Selsky
Who's gone? DH David Ortiz, 3B Travis Shaw, 3B Yoan Moncada, 2B Aaron Hill, C Ryan Hanigan, RHP Clay Buchholz, RHP Junichi Tazawa, RHP Koji Uehara, RHP Brad Ziegler
Projected lineup: 2B Dustin Pedroia (.318, 15 HR, 74 RBI), LF Andrew Benintendi (.295, 2, 14 in 34 games), SS Xander Bogaerts (.294, 21, 89, 13 SB), RH Mookie Betts (.318, 31, 113), DH Hanley Ramirez (.286, 30, 111) CF Jackie Bradley Jr. (.267, 26, 87), 3B Pablo Sandoval (.000, 0, 0 in three games), 1B Mitch Moreland (.233, 22, 60 with Rangers), C Sandy Leon (.310, 7, 35) or Christian Vazquez (.224, 1, 12)
Rotation: LH Chris Sale (17-10, 3.34 ERA), RH Rick Porcello (22-4, 3.15), RH Steven Wright (13-6, 3.33), LH Drew Pomeranz (3-5, 4.59), LH Eduardo Rodriguez (3-7, 4.71)
Key relievers: RH Craig Kimbrel (2-6, 3.40, 31/33 SV), RH Tyler Thornburg (8-5, 2.15 with Brewers), RH Joe Kelly (4-0, 5.18), LH Robbie Ross (3-2, 3.25), RH Matt Barnes (4-3, 4.05), LH Fernando Abad (1-6, 3.66 with Twins and Red Sox), RH Heath Hembree (4-1, 2.65)
Hot spots: Third base. Is this the year Sandoval is known more for his ability to play baseball than his physique? Sandoval, who missed all but three games last year because of a shoulder injury, showed up to spring training looking slimmer than years past. His production at the plate and agility on the field followed suit in the Grapefruit League. The Red Sox have shown they aren't afraid to take playing time away from the Panda if he doesn't deserve it. Josh Rutledge, a competent fielder and perhaps a better hitter against left-handers, is around just in case.
Outlook: Boston scored more runs than any team in baseball last year, and this year's club has the pitching to avoid another early playoff exit. Newcomer Sale is the best left-hander in the AL, an ace in his prime. Porcello is the reigning Cy Young Award winner. David Price, when he returns from an elbow injury, gives the Red Sox arguably the best 1-2-3 punch in the league. Ortiz retired, but he'll leave a bigger hole in the hearts of fans than in the lineup. Benintendi is a candidate for the AL Rookie of the Year award, while Betts played like an MVP at age 23. A bounceback season from Sandoval would give opposing pitchers no chance to breathe. Triple-A depth shouldn't be enough of an issue to prevent the Sox from challenging the Indians for the pennant.
|BALTIMORE: 2016: 89-73, second place
Manager: Buck Showalter (eighth season)
Who's new? C Welington Castillo, OF Seth Smith, OF Craig Gentry, OF Michael Bourn, LHP Vidal Nuno
Who's gone? C Matt Wieters, OF Nolan Reimold, INF/OF Steve Pearce, RHP Vance Worley, RHP Odrisamer Despaigne, LHP T.J. McFarland, LHP Brian Duensing, RHP Tommy Hunter
Projected lineup: LF Hyun-Soo Kim (.302, 6 HR, 22 RBI), CF Adam Jones (.265, 29, 83), 3B Manny Machado (.294, 37, 96), 1B Chris Davis (.221, 38, 84), DH Mark Trumbo (.256, 47, 108), RF Seth Smith (.249, 16, 63 with Mariners), 2B Jonathan Schoop (.267, 25, 82), C Welington Castillo (.264, 14, 68 with Diamondbacks), SS J.J. Hardy (.269, 9, 48)
Rotation: RH Kevin Gausman (9-12, 3.61 ERA), RH Dylan Bundy (10-6, 4.02), LH Wade Miley (9-13, 5.37), RH Ubaldo Jimenez (8-12, 5.44), RH Mike Wright (3-4, 5.79) or Chris Lee (5-0, 2.98 at Double-A) or Gabriel Ynoa (1-0, 6.38 with Mets) or Tyler Wilson (4-6, 5.27) or Jayson Aquino (0-0, 0.00 in three games)
Key relievers: LH Zach Britton (2-1, 0.54, 47/47 SV), RH Brad Brach (10-4, 2.05), RH Darren O'Day (3-1, 3.77), RH Mychal Givens (8-2, 3.13), LH Donnie Hart (0-0, 0.49), LH Vidal Nuno (1-1, 3.53 with Mariners)
Hot spots: Fifth starter and bullpen. A shoulder injury in camp left 16-game winner Chris Tillman in doubt for opening day. That opened the floodgates for a pair of competitions that are somewhat intertwined, since the Orioles value long relievers more than perhaps any team. Wright and Wilson, who shuttled between the bullpen and the rotation last season, are the top candidates for the final rotation job. Aquino is a candidate to start or relieve. Logan Verrett, Richard Bleier and Zach Stewart are all potential long men. Keep an eye on Lee, a 24-year-old lefty who missed most of last season with a lat strain.
Outlook: Boston landed the biggest trade chip of the winter and Baltimore couldn't (or didn't try to) acquire the number-one starter it badly needed. When the dust settled, the Orioles look like another 80-something win team that will lean on its organizational depth to overachieve. Machado is already one of the five best players in the game, and at 24 his prime years might still lie ahead. Only three teams in history have had three 40-home run hitters, but Machado, Davis and Trumbo are capable of making it four. Expect some high-scoring games: the Orioles' outfield earned low marks on defense last year, while their starting rotation is iffy at best. Bridging the gap to closer Britton will be key.
|Red Sox, Orioles on rolls heading into series|
BALTIMORE -- The Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles are two of the hottest teams in the American League as they begin a three-game series Friday night at Camden Yards.
Boston took two of three games from reeling Toronto and improved to 10-6. The Orioles won twice in Cincinnati and have the best record in the majors at 10-4, leading the American League East.
The Red Sox and Orioles meet in Baltimore for the first time this season after splitting a pair of games in Boston on April 11-12. Baltimore is just happy to return home after a nine-game trip in which it went 6-3.
"We're going home to see some friendly faces," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "It's a quick turnaround, but we'll find a way to compete with the Red Sox."
The Red Sox will open the series with left-hander Drew Pomeranz (1-0, 5.23 ERA) on the hill. Pomeranz had a stem-cell injection in his elbow in the offseason and opened the year on the disabled list.
In his debut April 11, Pomeranz picked up a win against the Orioles. However, he was roughed up in his next outing against Tampa Bay, when he allowed five runs on five hits in just 4 1/3 innings.
Pomeranz was acquired from the San Diego Padres last season for Boston's top right-handed pitching prospect, Anderson Espinoza. That deal was marred when Red Sox officials discovered that Padres general manager A.J. Preller had withheld some medical information on Pomeranz.
Nonetheless, Pomeranz remained with Boston and the results have been mixed. Red Sox manager John Farrell was not surprised as Pomeranz is still getting his feet under him after the stint on the disabled list.
"Drew is going to run into a lot of deep counts," said Farrell, whose team is just 2-4 on the road.
The Red Sox have dealt with illnesses and injuries over the early part of the season. Still, Boston has managed to play well, and the immediate future is looking brighter, with Jackie Bradley Jr. (right knee sprain) expected to return from the disabled list for the series opener in Baltimore.
"We're getting to the point with Jackie coming back and getting to full strength," Farrell said.
Baltimore will counter with young phenom Dylan Bundy, who was moved up a day so he could pitch on normal rest. Bundy was the franchise's top prospect and has been stellar in his second season as a starter. He is 2-1 with a 1.86 ERA, 17 strikeouts and just three walks.
In his last outing against Toronto, he threw six scoreless innings, striking out six and walking just one. Bundy's only loss came against the Red Sox on April 6.
"It's a work in progress, like I've said from the get-go in spring," Bundy said. "Hopefully it keeps getting better."
Baltimore has one of the most powerful lineups in the major leagues. However, the Orioles struck out 35 times in three games against the Reds.
Nonetheless, the Orioles are 5-0-1 in series this month.
"The pitching has been really good," said shortstop J.J. Hardy, who had the go-ahead RBI in the 10th inning that gave Baltimore a 2-1 victory over the Reds in the series finale. "It seemed a lot longer than 11 days. But it's good we're going home."
|Last Updated: 2/25/2018 9:26:01 AM EST|