|BALTIMORE ( CHEN )|
BOSTON ( BUCHHOLZ )
|963||BALTIMORE||+115||Ov 9,-115||+130||Ov 9,-115|
|964||BOSTON||-125||Un 9,-105||-140||Un 9,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||2-2||-0.4||4-0||6.7||0.308||0.357||5.5||0.299||0.347|
|Past 7 Games||3-3||-0.7||5-1||6.2||0.301||0.357||5.0||0.262||0.316|
|vs Left-handed Starters||1-2||-1||1-2||3.3||0.240||0.327||3.7||0.234||0.314|
|Past 7 Games||4-2||+2.6||4-2||6.0||0.290||0.364||3.2||0.250||0.302|
|4/2/2013||HAMMEL(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||7-4||W||150||7 un||O||13||8||1||6||2||0|
|4/3/2013||CHEN(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||7-8||L||125||7 ov||O||11||5||0||14||3||0|
|4/4/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)||6-3||W||100||8 ev||O||9||7||0||7||4||0|
|4/8/2013||CHEN(L)||@ BOSTON||BUCHHOLZ(R)|| |
|4/10/2013|| ||@ BOSTON|| || |
|4/11/2013|| ||@ BOSTON|| || |
|4/12/2013|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|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)||13-0||W||115||8 un||O||15||6||0||7||8||0|
|4/10/2013|| ||BALTIMORE|| || |
|4/11/2013|| ||BALTIMORE|| || |
|4/12/2013|| ||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|4/15/2013|| ||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|BALTIMORE: HITTING: The leadoff spot is 2B BRIAN ROBERTS' if he can stay on the field. His recent injury history is very troubling, though his talent makes him a risk worth taking. 2B ROBERT ANDINO and 2B RYAN ADAMS would compete for time if Roberts is out. The O's best hitter last year was arguably SS J.J. HARDY. He was healthy for the first time in years and flexed his legit 30-HR power. If Roberts and Hardy stay healthy, OF NICK MARKAKIS will likely hit third and see an increase in RBI chances. OF ADAM JONES seems to have the highest ceiling of any Baltimore hitter. 3B MARK REYNOLDS will probably end up at 1B. His horrendous average cancels out some of his 40-HR potential. OF NOLAN REIMOLD revived his MLB career with an impressive end of the season. He's got a shot to start in left. 1B CHRIS DAVIS is a candidate to start at first, third or DH as sort of a Junior Mark Reynolds. C MATT WIETERS is already one of the best two-way backstops in baseball at age 25. |
STARTING PITCHING: WEI-YIN CHEN pitched well enough in Japan (2.48 ERA, 1.06 WHIP in past four seasons) to become the de-facto ace of this horrible pitching staff. JAKE ARRIETA is a mediocre talent, but is good enough to secure a spot as a Baltimore starter. JASON HAMMEL hopes the switch from Coors Field will help lower his career ERA of 4.99. The highest-risk, highest-potential O's pitcher may be BRIAN MATUSZ. His 2011 line is frightening (10.69 ERA, 2.11 WHIP), but he has the raw skills and pitch repertoire to turn it around. TOMMY HUNTER came over from Texas midseason and should round out the rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: There was talk of JIM JOHNSON being converted into a starter, but he'll open the season as the team's closer. Johnson established himself as the O's best option to close after going 7-for-7 in that role last September. KEVIN GREGG would step in as the ninth-inning man if Johnson falters. He was unstable in that role last year. Gregg is a trade candidate this midseason, in which case he'd probably end up a set-up man elsewhere. Flame-throwing MATT LINDSTROM is a darkhorse for saves. He saved 23 games for Houston in 2010 before being used as a set-up man in Colorado last year. TSUYOSHI WADA brings his finesse game from Japan. He's a heady hurler who hides the ball well, but he's in for a rude awakening in the A.L. East. BRAD BERGESEN and CHRIS JAKUBAUSKAS are long relievers who may get bumped into the rotation if the young Baltimore SPs struggle again.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (BALTIMORE-BOSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Orioles-Red Sox Preview* =========================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Baltimore (3-2) at Boston (3-2), 2:05 p.m. EDT
Off to their best start in seven years, the revamped Boston Red Sox will try to keep rolling in their debut in front of the Fenway Park faithful.
The Red Sox's first home opponent is the Baltimore Orioles, who dominated last season's series and will try to avoid a third straight loss Monday afternoon.
Boston began remaking its roster even before finishing last in the AL East in 2012, shipping the beleaguered Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford to the Los Angeles Dodgers as part of a nine-player deal Aug. 25.
"Obviously, last year was my first year, and I didn't really leave with the best taste in my mouth," third baseman Will Middlebrooks told the team's website. "And I don't think (the fans) have the best taste in their mouths either. We kind of want to change some things around and have some fun and beat some people."
Although they're missing a pair of likely starters to injuries, the Red Sox have managed just fine so far with their retooled team. Their 4-2 start is the best since they went 6-1 to open 2006, and they had a spectacular day at the plate in their latest game.
Middlebrooks hit three of his team's six home runs in a 13-0 rout in Toronto on Sunday. The 15-hit performance gave Boston a .290 average and 36 runs scored through its first six games, and the Red Sox are hoping to have David Ortiz and Stephen Drew in the lineup soon.
Ortiz (heel inflammation) might begin a rehab assignment Thursday, and Drew (concussion) could rejoin the team Wednesday.
Without those two, the Red Sox will try to keep things going against Baltimore (3-3), which won 13 of last season's 18 meetings. Those were the Orioles' most victories over Boston since 1970, and gave them their first season series win since 2004.
"I'm really excited for my teammates who haven't been on the home side of Fenway and experienced that," Middlebrooks said. "I love this team. I love the energy we're going to bring. I think the fans will love it as well."
Clay Buchholz (1-0, 1.29 ERA) will try to delight his home fans with another strong performance. The right-hander gave up a solo homer, five singles and two walks over seven innings in a 7-4 victory against the Yankees on Wednesday.
Buchholz won his final two starts against Baltimore last season, recording a four-hit shutout at Fenway on June 7 in the first of those games. He's 3-1 with a 2.04 ERA in six career home starts against the Orioles, who suffered a pair of one-run losses to visiting Minnesota this weekend.
Wei-Yin Chen, winner of a team-best 12 games in his rookie season, will start for Baltimore. The left-hander was effective over 5 2-3 innings in his 2013 debut Wednesday, giving up two runs and seven hits, but the Orioles' bullpen struggled in an 8-7 loss at Tampa Bay.
"We've got to go out there - we have got Chen throwing (Monday) - and spoil their opening day," outfielder Adam Jones told the Orioles' official website. "The more people, the more you want to shut them up. That's how I look at it. I don't care, they can stand up the whole game. They do anyway. But when you can silence 40,000 people, it's pretty cool."
Chen (0-0, 3.18) was 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA in his final two starts against Boston in 2012, giving up one run over seven innings in a 2-1 victory at Fenway on June 6.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 4:28:57 AM EST|