|BOSTON ( LACKEY )|
TORONTO ( HAPP )
|965||BOSTON||+130||Ov 9,-105||+130||Ov 9,-105|
|966||TORONTO||-140||Un 9,-115||-140||Un 9,-115|
|vs Left-handed Starters||1-1||0||1-1||5.0||0.306||0.390||3.0||0.226||0.314|
|Past 7 Games||3-1||+2.4||3-1||5.7||0.309||0.386||3.5||0.261||0.322|
|vs Right-handed Starters||1-2||-2.4||1-2||4.3||0.182||0.283||5.0||0.267||0.331|
|Past 7 Games||1-3||-3.8||2-2||4.2||0.221||0.303||5.2||0.274||0.345|
|4/1/2013||LESTER(L)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||8-2||W||100||8 un||O||13||13||0||6||8||0|
|4/3/2013||BUCHHOLZ(R)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||7-4||W||110||7.5 un||O||13||10||0||9||7||1|
|4/4/2013||DEMPSTER(R)||@ NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||2-4||L||110||8 un||U||9||5||0||8||5||0|
|4/5/2013||DOUBRONT(L)||@ TORONTO||JOHNSON(R)||6-4||W||130||8.5 un||O||12||15||0||12||9||3|
|4/6/2013||LACKEY(R)||@ TORONTO||HAPP(L)|| |
|4/7/2013||LESTER(L)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)|| |
|4/10/2013|| ||BALTIMORE|| || |
|4/11/2013|| ||BALTIMORE|| || |
|4/12/2013|| ||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|4/9/2013||MORROW(R)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)|| |
|4/10/2013|| ||@ DETROIT|| || |
|4/11/2013|| ||@ DETROIT|| || |
|4/12/2013|| ||@ KANSAS CITY|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||@ KANSAS CITY|| || |
|BOSTON: HITTING: OF JACOBY ELLSBURY's 2011 breakout was no fluke. He has real power to complement his elite speed. 2B DUSTIN PEDROIA bounced back from a slow start to finish with career highs in HR and RBI. He benefits from hitting behind Ellsbury. 3B KEVIN YOUKILIS is a huge injury risk. His best seasons are behind him. 1B ADRIAN GONZALEZ wasted no time winning over Boston fans last year, and should hit even more HR in 2012. DH DAVID ORTIZ has put together two straight impressive years after being left for dead in 2009. 2011 Super Bust OF CARL CRAWFORD will bounce back, just not as much as most experts think. Most of the catcher duties will go to C JARROD SALTALAMACCHIA, with C KELLY SHOPPACH getting ABs against lefties. Right field will be filled by former Giants playoff hero CODY ROSS. SS NICK PUNTO replaces Marco Scutaro, who is now in Colorado. 3B MIKE AVILES is a solid hitter with the defensive flexibility to end up with semi-regular ABs. |
STARTING PITCHING: JON LESTER seems to have leveled off as a very good pitcher instead of ascending into an elite class. He lost some speed on his pitches and got hit a little harder in 2011. Coming off the best season of his up-and-down career, JOSH BECKETT's numbers are bound to regress a bit in 2012. Back problems limited CLAY BUCHHOLZ last season, and he lost some of the zip on his fastball. He'll tally a low ERA and 15+ wins if he can stay healthy. ALFREDO ACEVES was outstanding out of the bullpen last year, and will compete for a rotation spot this year. He was a starter for years in the Mexican League and the minors. Former setup man DANIEL BARD is being converted to a starter, but he may wind up back in the bullpen later on. After Tommy John surgeries, DAISUKE MATSUZAKA is due to return around July, while JOHN LACKEY won't be back until 2013.
RELIEF PITCHING: ANDREW BAILEY was a acquired from Oakland in December for a heap of prospects. He's one of the best closers in baseball, and may even be an upgrade from departed Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth. Time will tell how he'll handle the increased scrutiny of playing in Boston. Coming over in a trade for infielder Jed Lowrie, MARK MELANCON was excellent as a closer last season in Houston and should be Bailey's main set-up man in the eighth inning. BOBBY JENKS has ninth-inning experience, but he will be out at least two months coming off a pulmonary embolism.
|TORONTO: HITTING: SS YUNEL ESCOBAR brings a little pop and could score runs in bunches atop a solid lineup. OF JOSE BAUTISTA has simply been the best hitter in baseball the past two seasons. 1B ADAM LIND will have plenty of RBI chances, but his average stinks and he faded late last year. 3B BRETT LAWRIE will be a 30-30 candidate in his prime and he's a solid slugger already. Expect big power numbers but a painful average in C J.P. ARENCIBIA's sophomore season. OF COLBY RASMUS should have his head right this year and could see an uptick in power numbers. 2B KELLY JOHNSON improved his dreadful average after being traded to Toronto. He has great potential as a 20-20 candidate. DH EDWIN ENCARNACION raked at home last season and has the position flexibility to stay in the lineup every day. OF ERIC THAMES will start in left field. Thames has 15-15 potential. OF RAJAI DAVIS' speed makes him worthy of staying in the fourth outfielder role. |
STARTING PITCHING: He's not really an ace, but RICKY ROMERO is a solid innings-eater at the front of the Jays' staff. He's a low-risk, low-reward starting pitcher. BRANDON MORROW's talent is intriguing. His mid-90s heat and deceptive slider lead to huge strikeout tallies, but also leads to a lot of gopher balls. Questionable conditioning was an issue for BRETT CECIL last year, as he gave up a whopping 37 HR between the majors and Triple-A. He seemed to straighten things out over the second half of last season. HENDERSON ALVAREZ's performance as a 21-year-old gives him an inside track for a rotation spot. He has intriguing upside. DUSTIN McGOWAN returned in September from a 38-month layoff to put himself in the mix for the rotation. His mid-90s gas is still there, giving him 175-K potential. KYLE DRABEK has great potential, but he was a disaster in 2011. He could not command his promising arsenal of pitches, and broke down mentally at times.
RELIEF PITCHING: SERGIO SANTOS has unhittable stuff, but will have to battle newcomer FRANCISCO CORDERO as Toronto's closer. Cordero's strikeout rate dropped down to a putrid 5.4 K/9 last year, but he showed great command with a stellar 1.02 WHIP. CASEY JANSSEN was Toronto's most improved pitcher in 2011. He has a sinking fastball, a pretty good K rate and performed quite well against the AL East last season. Prospect JOEL CARRENO, a starter in the minors, is a closer-in-waiting. He was impressive out of the pen after a late-August call-up, and averaged better than a strikeout per inning, albeit with shaky control, in the minors.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (BOSTON-TORONTO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(Removes second reference to 17 months)
*Red Sox-Blue Jays Preview* ===========================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Boston (2-1) at Toronto (1-2), 1:07 p.m. EDT
John Lackey is slated to get the ball for the first time in 17 months, and he'd like to avoid dwelling on the past.
The Boston Red Sox would surely agree with their highest-paid player.
Lackey looks to begin putting Tommy John surgery behind him Saturday against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Lackey missed all of last season after undergoing elbow surgery. The right-hander last stepped on a mound in a meaningful game on Sept. 25, 2011, in the Bronx, where he pitched six innings to complete a month that saw him go 0-2 with a 9.13 ERA in five starts.
"I'm looking forward," Lackey said. "I'm not looking at elbow issues. Trying to go forward."
The Red Sox (3-1) would certainly prefer that approach since Lackey has struggled greatly to live up to the five-year, $82.5 million free-agent contract he signed in December 2009.
Lackey, who went 69-38 with a 3.49 ERA in his last five seasons with the Angels, had a 4.40 ERA in his first season in Boston before posting a 6.41 ERA in 2011 that was the majors' worst of any pitcher to throw at least 150 innings.
Now, the elbow is his biggest concern.
"It's not a situation of thinking about the elbow," Lackey said. "Everybody who has surgery has doubt, for sure, when you first start throwing. Got a big zipper in my arm for a reason."
Lackey showed signs of improvement through four starts during spring training. He yielded three runs in 8 2-3 innings over his last two games after being tagged for four runs in three innings in his first two.
"He was consistent," manager John Farrell told the team's official website. "And not just from the stuff he took to the mound every day, but the consistency of his command throughout spring training. You're going to see guys go through some arm strength fluctuations that can lead to inconsistent command or stuff, but I think that's a tribute to what he's done with his body in reshaping it."
Lackey has struggled greatly against the Blue Jays (1-3) in eight starts as a member of the Red Sox, going 2-4 with a 9.14 ERA.
Boston, though, has won five of its last seven games in Toronto after opening this three-game set with a 6-4 victory Friday in Farrell's return after being hired away by the Sox.
Mike Napoli, another new addition, is looking to build on his performance in the opener of this series. He hit a two-run homer and drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning while playing first base for the fourth game in a row.
The Blue Jays are off to a sluggish start after retooling their roster via a 12-player trade with Miami during the offseason, a deal that included the acquisitions of Jose Reyes and Emilio Bonifacio.
Reyes had his best game with Toronto on Friday, going 4 for 5 with two doubles, a homer and two RBIs. However, Bonifacio struck out four times and had a career-high three errors, becoming the first Blue Jay to accomplish the dubious feat since Juan Guzman on May 23, 1997.
"We haven't put it all together yet," manager John Gibbons said. "Too many mistakes (Friday), very rarely are you going to win those kind of games."
Gibbons is scheduled to give J.A. Happ his first start after the left-hander won a spot in the rotation because of his 1.90 ERA in seven games - six starts - during spring training. That led to a two-year, $8.9 million extension after Happ went 3-2 with a 4.69 ERA in 10 games after being acquired from Houston in July.
Happ was 0-1 with a 7.30 ERA in two starts against Boston while pitching in the NL.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 10:50:11 PM EST|