|OAKLAND ( COTTON )|
BOSTON ( FISTER )
|923||OAKLAND||+180||Ov 9.5,-120||+170||Ov 10,-110|
|924||BOSTON||-190||Un 9.5,+100||-180||Un 10,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||47-58||-5.1||60-44||4.7||0.249||0.322||0.428||0.749||5.3||0.262||0.322||0.435||0.756|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+5.8||6-1||7.4||0.302||0.398||0.571||0.969||5.0||0.260||0.330||0.426||0.755|
|vs Right-handed Starters||65-45||+9.5||47-59||4.9||0.263||0.329||0.400||0.729||4.0||0.245||0.302||0.395||0.696|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2||4-3||6.1||0.279||0.339||0.391||0.730||3.0||0.205||0.268||0.336||0.604|
|8/30/2017||GRAVEMAN(R)||@ LA ANGELS||BRIDWELL(R)||8-10||L||130||9 un||O||11||6||0||11||6||0|
|9/1/2017||MANAEA(L)||@ SEATTLE||LEAKE(R)||2-3||L||130||9.5 un||U||8||6||0||8||6||0|
|9/2/2017||COTTON(R)||@ SEATTLE||GALLARDO(R)||6-7||L||125||9.5 ov||O||11||9||2||10||8||0|
|9/3/2017||GOSSETT(R)||@ SEATTLE||ALBERS(L)||2-10||L||135||9.5 ov||O||5||4||1||17||11||0|
|9/4/2017||SMITH(R)||LA ANGELS||BRIDWELL(R)||9-11||L||+135||9.5 ov||O||16||7||1||14||8||0|
|9/5/2017||GRAVEMAN(R)||LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)||7-8||L||+130||9.5 un||O||13||11||0||9||8||0|
|9/6/2017||MANAEA(L)||LA ANGELS||SKAGGS(L)||3-1||W||+115||9.5 ov||U||7||7||0||7||9||1|
|9/12/2017||MANAEA(L)||@ BOSTON||RODRIGUEZ(L)||1-11||L||160||9.5 un||O||3||8||2||16||5||0|
|9/13/2017||COTTON(R)||@ BOSTON||FISTER(R)|| |
|9/14/2017||GOSSETT(R)||@ BOSTON||POMERANZ(L)|| |
|9/15/2017||MENGDEN(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|9/16/2017||GRAVEMAN(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LIVELY(R)|| |
|9/17/2017||MANAEA(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||PIVETTA(R)|| |
|9/18/2017||COTTON(R)||@ DETROIT||FARMER(R)|| |
|9/19/2017||GOSSETT(R)||@ DETROIT||BELL(L)|| |
|9/20/2017|| ||@ DETROIT|| || |
|8/30/2017||PORCELLO(R)||@ TORONTO||HAPP(L)||7-1||W||100||8.5 ev||U||10||7||0||6||6||0|
|8/31/2017||RODRIGUEZ(L)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||2-6||L||125||9 ov||U||4||12||0||14||11||2|
|9/1/2017||FISTER(R)||@ NY YANKEES||GRAY(R)||4-1||W||165||9 un||U||7||5||0||4||4||0|
|9/2/2017||POMERANZ(L)||@ NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)||1-5||L||150||8 un||U||6||6||1||10||7||0|
|9/3/2017||SALE(L)||@ NY YANKEES||SEVERINO(R)||2-9||L||-115||7 un||O||5||7||0||13||9||2|
|9/8/2017||POMERANZ(L)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||9-3||W||-120||8.5 un||O||12||6||0||5||7||1|
|9/9/2017||SALE(L)||TAMPA BAY||ANDRIESE(R)||9-0||W||-270||7.5 ov||O||15||11||0||8||8||2|
|9/10/2017||PORCELLO(R)||TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||1-4||L||-140||9 un||U||5||5||1||9||8||1|
|9/15/2017||SALE(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||FARIA(R)|| |
|9/16/2017||PORCELLO(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)|| |
|9/17/2017||RODRIGUEZ(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)|| |
|9/18/2017||FISTER(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GAUSMAN(R)|| |
|9/19/2017||POMERANZ(L)||@ BALTIMORE||MILEY(L)|| |
|9/20/2017|| ||@ BALTIMORE|| || |
|OAKLAND: 2016: 69-93, fifth place
Manager: Bob Melvin (seventh season)
Who's new? CF Rajai Davis, OF Matt Joyce, 3B Trevor Plouffe, IF Adam Rosales, RHP Santiago Casilla
Who's gone? IF/OF Danny Valencia, OF Brett Eibner, 2B Eric Sogard, 2B Tyler Ladendorf, LHP Dillon Overton, RHP Fernando Rodriguez
Projected lineup: CF Rajai Davis (.249, 12 HR, 48 RBI, 43 SB with Indians), C Stephen Vogt (.251, 14, 56), DH Ryon Healy (.305, 13, 37 in 72 games), LF Khris Davis (.247, 42, 102), RF Matt Joyce (.242, 13, 42 with Pirates) or Mark Canha (.122, 3, 6 in 16 games), SS Marcus Semien (.238, 27, 75, 10 SB), 3B Trevor Plouffe (.260, 12, 47 with Twins), 1B Yonder Alonso (.253, 7, 56), 2B Jed Lowrie (.263, 2, 27 in 87 games)
Rotation: RH Kendall Graveman (10-11, 4.11), LH Sean Manaea (7-9, 3.86), RH Jharel Cotton (2-0, 2.15 in five games), RH Andrew Triggs (1-1, 4.31), RH Jesse Hahn (2-4, 6.02 in nine games) and Frankie Montas (0-0, 2.38 in four games at Triple-A)
Key relievers: RH Ryan Madson (6-7, 3.62, 30/37 SV), LH Sean Doolittle (2-3, 3.23), RH Santiago Casilla (2-5, 3.57 with Giants), RH Ryan Dull (5-5, 2.42), RH John Axford (6-4, 3.97), RH Liam Hendriks (0-4, 3.76), LH Daniel Coulombe (3-1, 4.53)
Hot spots: Fifth Starter and Second Base. Triggs, Hahn and Montas are the top candidates to fill out the rotation. Montas, who turns 24 before the season, is the youngest and has the highest ceiling. Hahn is the only one with something resembling a track record of success in the majors. Triggs showed potential in five starts last year. Second base will belong to prospect Franklin Barreto at some point. For now the position belongs to Lowrie, who figures to become trade bait as the A's begin their annual migration toward mathematical elimination.
Outlook: It's been a long two years since the A's played postseason baseball. Rather than rebuilding outright, the A's spent their offseason stocking up on veteran position players. Their strength is a young rotation led by right-hander Sonny Gray ' another trade candidate who's coming off the worst of his four major league seasons (5-11, 5.69 ERA) and will miss time with a lat strain. If Cotton, Manaea and Triggs pick up where they left off, pitching won't be the problem. No team scored fewer runs than the A's in 2016, and it still isn't obvious that their lineup improved. Their home turf will be renamed in honor of Rickey Henderson when the Angels visit Oakland for the opener; maybe Rickey can hit leadoff, too.
|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.
|Fister looks to stay hot as Red Sox host A's|
BOSTON -- Doug Fister has gone from being an extra pitcher to being a potential postseason factor for the Boston Red Sox.
Picked up off the scrap heap from the Los Angeles Angels, Fister began his Boston career slowly. However, when left-hander David Price again went down with an elbow problem, the 33-year-old right-hander has taken off -- and now has to be seriously considered for the postseason rotation if the club in fact makes it to the October fun.
Fister, 5-2 with a 2.79 ERA in seven starts with Price out, faces Oakland rookie Jharel Cotton on Wednesday night in the second contest of a three-game series at Fenway Park.
The Red Sox blasted the A's 11-1 on Tuesday night for their fifth win in six games. Boston (82-62) moved four games up on the losing New York Yankees (78-66) atop the American League East.
Asked after Fister's latest start -- and win -- if he and his team got more than they expected when they brought Fister to the roster, manager John Farrell said: "Not in terms of the consistent performance.
"We knew we were getting a guy with a veteran presence we felt like we needed to add to the starting depth ... but to say that when we got him from the Angels (off waivers) that he would be running a streak of starts consecutively like he is, no -- he's surpassed the initial expectation. He's doing a great job."
Fister also happens to be the only member of the Red Sox pitching staff who has posted a postseason victory in his career -- and he has four of them, one against Boston.
The Red Sox' potential playoff starting staff would start with Chris Sale and Drew Pomeranz, who have 31 wins between them. Then there is the group of Fister, the injured Price, who is trying to work his way back, 17-game loser Rick Porcello, and Eduardo Rodriguez, who notched his first win since May 26 on Tuesday night.
Fister gets the ball, doesn't waste any time and throws the next pitch. He keeps his fielders involved. He keeps the ball on the ground and in the park. He hasn't allowed a homer in his past three starts and has given up only three during his seven-game run.
And Wednesday he has a chance to get his career record to 83-83.
He has gone at least seven innings in four consecutive starts. In all four games, he was scored on in the first inning and not scored on again. In fact, hitters are 8-for-20 in the four first innings and 6-for-83 from the second innings on -- all adding up to a 3-1 record and a 1.50 ERA.
He is 8-7 with a 2.88 ERA in 17 career lifetime starts against the Athletics. Fister has not opposed Oakland this year.
Cotton (7-10, 5.82 ERA) is coming off a rough start in which he allowed three home runs and seven runs in five innings against the Houston Astros. He has yielded 12 homers in his last 33 2/3 innings.
He is pitching with a heavy heart as his home island of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands was wiped out by Hurricane Irma.
"It's been on my mind of course. Back home it's a total disaster. The whole town was wiped out," Cotton said. "Thinking about home is always on my mind."
Cotton has never faced the Red Sox.
The seven players on the current Oakland roster who have faced Fister are hitting a combined .189 lifetime against him. Matt Joyce is 1-for-12 and Marcus Semien 1-for-10.
|Last Updated: 9/22/2017 10:51:44 PM EST|