|BOSTON ( POMERANZ )|
OAKLAND ( MANAEA )
|921||BOSTON||-125||Ov 8.5,-115||-115||Ov 8.5,-110|
|922||OAKLAND||+115||Un 8.5,-105||+105||Un 8.5,-110|
|vs Left-handed Starters||3-2||+0.8||2-3||3.8||0.244||0.316||0.331||0.648||3.6||0.251||0.289||0.386||0.675|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-3.2||6-1||4.0||0.209||0.280||0.344||0.624||5.3||0.274||0.322||0.452||0.775|
|vs Left-handed Starters||6-5||+1.8||6-5||4.4||0.256||0.318||0.444||0.762||4.6||0.236||0.311||0.375||0.686|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.2||5-2||4.9||0.257||0.323||0.473||0.796||4.7||0.253||0.328||0.369||0.697|
|5/6/2017||PORCELLO(R)||@ MINNESOTA||TEPESCH(R)||11-1||W||-135||9 ov||O||16||11||0||8||6||1|
|5/7/2017||SALE(L)||@ MINNESOTA||SANTANA(R)||17-6||W||-170||7 un||O||15||8||0||6||6||1|
|5/9/2017||POMERANZ(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)||7-11||L||-125||8.5 ev||O||12||9||1||13||3||0|
|5/10/2017||KENDRICK(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||ANDERSON(R)||4-7||L||110||9.5 un||O||11||9||2||13||6||0|
|5/11/2017||RODRIGUEZ(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||NELSON(R)||4-1||W||-145||8.5 un||U||8||9||0||5||4||2|
|5/12/2017||PORCELLO(R)||TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||4-5||L||-160||8.5 ev||O||5||6||2||11||6||3|
|5/13/2017||SALE(L)||TAMPA BAY||SNELL(L)||6-3||W||-270||7.5 un||O||7||3||0||3||2||0|
|5/14/2017||POMERANZ(L)||TAMPA BAY||ANDRIESE(R)||2-11||L||-165||8.5 ev||O||6||9||1||16||10||1|
|5/16/2017||RODRIGUEZ(L)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||6-3||W||-110||8 ov||O||6||4||0||6||6||3|
|5/17/2017||PORCELLO(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LEAKE(R)||5-4||W||-105||8 ov||O||11||9||0||12||9||2|
|5/18/2017||VELAZQUEZ(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRAY(R)||3-8||L||-105||8 ev||O||6||5||0||13||5||0|
|5/19/2017||SALE(L)||@ OAKLAND||GRAVEMAN(R)||2-3||L||-185||7 ov||U||10||10||0||8||4||1|
|5/20/2017||POMERANZ(L)||@ OAKLAND||MANAEA(L)|| |
|5/21/2017||RODRIGUEZ(L)||@ OAKLAND||TRIGGS(R)|| |
|5/25/2017|| ||TEXAS||MARTINEZ(R)|| |
|5/27/2017|| ||SEATTLE|| || |
|5/8/2017||GRAVEMAN(R)||LA ANGELS||NOLASCO(R)||3-2||W||+100||8 ev||U||6||3||1||9||9||0|
|5/9/2017||COTTON(R)||LA ANGELS||MEYER(R)||3-7||L||-130||8.5 un||O||7||9||0||8||3||0|
|5/10/2017||TRIGGS(R)||LA ANGELS||CHAVEZ(R)||3-1||W||-145||8 un||U||5||7||1||4||6||2|
|5/12/2017||HAHN(R)||@ TEXAS||CASHNER(R)||2-5||L||105||9.5 un||U||7||5||2||8||5||0|
|5/13/2017||GRAY(R)||@ TEXAS||MARTINEZ(R)||5-6||L||100||9.5 ev||O||11||4||0||10||7||0|
|5/14/2017||GRAVEMAN(R)||@ TEXAS||GRIFFIN(R)||4-6||L||125||9.5 ov||O||11||8||0||12||5||0|
|5/15/2017||MANAEA(L)||@ SEATTLE||GALLARDO(R)||5-6||L||105||8 ov||O||5||9||1||4||5||0|
|5/16/2017||TRIGGS(R)||@ SEATTLE||DE JONG(R)||9-6||W||-105||8.5 ov||O||11||8||1||9||5||0|
|5/17/2017||HAHN(R)||@ SEATTLE||BERGMAN(R)||0-4||L||100||8.5 ev||U||2||4||1||6||6||0|
|5/26/2017||MANAEA(L)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|5/27/2017|| ||@ 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.
|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.
|Pomeranz takes on former team when Red Sox meet A's|
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Boston Red Sox left-hander Drew Pomeranz will face the Oakland Athletics for the first time in his career on Saturday afternoon, but he should feel right at home pitching at Oakland Coliseum.
Pomeranz went 7-2 with a 3.13 ERA in 35 games, including nine starts, at the Coliseum for the A's in 2014 and 2015. His .778 winning percentage at the Coliseum is his highest at any major league stadium in which he has more than one decision.
"I've bounced around a little bit, but I liked pitching here when I was here," Pomeranz said before Oakland's 3-2, 10-inning victory over Boston on Friday night. "It will be kind of cool to get back out there, on the other side this time.
"It's a very pitcher-friendly place. Generally when the weather's colder, the ball doesn't fly as much. (Thursday night) it was flying pretty good because it was so warm. That's pretty normal here. A lot of foul territory. It's cool. It's great for us, especially when I came here from Colorado, it was like I was playing in an open field somewhere."
The Rockies traded Pomeranz to Oakland on Dec. 10, 2013, for left-hander Brett Anderson.
"I pretty much kind of started the reinvention of myself here," Pomeranz said. "That first year in '14, being in the bullpen, had some time to just get back to the basics. I had struggled for a couple years in Colorado and kind of lost myself a little bit. But they gave me free rein to go out there and do your thing.
"They understand that everyone's here for a reason because we're all good and we all know what makes us good. It's just that sometimes it's about letting people find themselves. They gave me a chance to do that here."
Oakland traded Pomeranz, along with Jose Torres, to San Diego on Dec. 2, 2015, for first baseman Yonder Alonso and reliever Marc Rzepczyski. San Diego traded him to Boston on July 14, 2016, for minor-league right-hander Anderson Espinoza.
Pomeranz makes his offseason home in San Francisco, some 30 miles west of Orinda, where his wife, Carolyn, grew up. They met while Pomeranz played for Oakland and were married in November. He said he still keeps in touch with some of his old A's teammates during the offseason, although Oakland's roster has largely turned over since 2015.
Pomeranz is 3-3 with a 5.29 ERA this season and left his last start against Tampa Bay on Sunday after three innings with tightness in his left triceps. Pomeranz said he had a "mechanical" flaw in his delivery but has fixed that problem and feels good to go.
The A's will counter with left-hander Sean Manaea, who will face the Red Sox for the second time in his career.
"I don't remember last year what I did against Boston," Manaea said. "I blacked out."
Manaea gave up eight runs and 10 hits in 2 2/3 innings in a 13-5 loss at Fenway Park on May 10, 2016. Boston swept that three-game series, outscoring Oakland 40-15. After that nightmare start, he decided to go from having long locks to short hair.
"That wasn't a really fun series for us," Manaea said. "It was the worst start I've had pretty much ever. It was really bad, and that's kind of what made me cut my hair too, is just having a few bad starts. I just needed a change. That was just the tipping point.
"That's why baseball's fun. You get to face these guys again and kind of redeem yourself, or at least try to. I'm not worried about what happened in the past. It is what it is. It's helped me become who I am today. I'm looking forward to tomorrow and hoping everything's good and I can just walk away knowing I did something good."
Manaea is 1-3 with a 5.52 ERA. In his last start, he came off the disabled list for a strained left shoulder and gave up four runs in five innings of a 6-5 loss to Seattle. He walked five and gave up all four runs in the first two innings but retired the final 10 batters he faced.
"It started to snowball kind of out of control," Manaea said. "In between innings I just told myself, 'You can either go one of two ways, you can just let it happen and chalk it up to a really bad start or you can suck it up and try to salvage what you can out of it with the rest of your day.'"
Manaea chose option No. 2.
"I've just got to keep that mindset going and just start getting on a roll and start having some quality starts."
|Last Updated: 9/22/2017 4:07:23 PM EST|