|BOSTON ( LESTER )|
TORONTO ( DICKEY )
|917||BOSTON||+125||Ov 8,-110||+115||Ov 8,+100|
|918||TORONTO||-135||Un 8,-110||-125||Un 8,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||2-0||+2.4||2-0||6.5||0.312||0.382||4.0||0.292||0.329|
|Past 7 Games||3-2||+1.4||3-2||4.6||0.272||0.351||3.8||0.259||0.320|
|vs Left-handed Starters||0-1||-1.4||1-0||4.0||0.324||0.359||6.0||0.293||0.383|
|Past 7 Games||2-3||-2.8||2-3||4.4||0.226||0.305||4.2||0.243||0.317|
|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)||0-5||L||130||9 un||U||2||4||0||8||6||1|
|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|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||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|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||@ 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) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Red Sox-Blue Jays Preview* ===========================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
Boston (3-1) at Toronto (1-3), 1:07 p.m. EDT
R.A. Dickey didn't have his best stuff in his Toronto Blue Jays debut.
The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner could have some margin for error in his second start if his teammates continue their power surge Sunday against the visiting Boston Red Sox.
Acquired from the New York Mets in the offseason and now the centerpiece of the Blue Jays' new-look rotation, Dickey (0-1, 4.50 ERA) struggled in Tuesday's 4-1 season-opening loss to Cleveland. The 38-year-old knuckleballer gave up four runs in six innings, walking four with four strikeouts.
Dickey walked more than three batters just twice in 33 starts a year ago.
"The release point was a struggle for me tonight a little bit, because it was moving so much early, but I felt like I had a pretty good handle on it for most of the night," he told the Blue Jays' official website.
J.P. Arencibia struggled behind the plate in Dickey's debut, getting charged with three passed balls in the first two innings, so Henry Blanco is Sunday's likely starting catcher.
That doesn't mean Arencibia won't play. He leads the team with three doubles and three homers after getting one of each Saturday in Toronto's 5-0 victory.
Colby Rasmus added a three-run shot, giving the Blue Jays 11 homers in four games since hitting none in Dickey's first appearance.
Toronto (2-3) could get another power boost Sunday if two-time major league home run champ Jose Bautista returns after missing two games with a sore right ankle.
Bautista has four homers in 45 at-bats against left-hander Jon Lester (1-0, 3.60), who gets the ball in the series finale looking to win his first two starts for the first time. He struck out seven in five innings of an 8-2 season-opening win over the New York Yankees last Monday.
It was a promising sign after Lester went 9-14 a year ago.
"I had good fastball command and a good cutter today and just really didn't have anything else," he told the Red Sox's official website. "... With that being said, I'm really pleased with the outcome with just those two pitches. It was good."
Lester, though, went 1-3 with a 7.27 ERA in four starts against the Blue Jays last season, including losses in both starts at Rogers Centre. The Red Sox scored one total run in those games.
After a 12-hit attack in Friday's 6-4 series-opening victory, Boston had two hits Saturday, matching its fewest ever versus Toronto. The Red Sox had 23 runs and hit .309 in their first four games.
Shortstop Jose Iglesias, tied with Jacoby Ellsbury and Shane Victorino with a team-best seven hits, could return to the lineup. He sat Saturday after getting hit on the right elbow by a pitch from Josh Johnson on Friday.
Dickey will make his fourth start against the Red Sox and first since 2008 while with Seattle.
Boston is seeking a third straight series win in Toronto.
|Last Updated: 9/17/2014 12:33:27 AM EST|