|BALTIMORE ( TILLMAN )|
BOSTON ( ACEVES )
|909||BALTIMORE||+100||Ov 9.5,-125||+110||Ov 9,-110|
|910||BOSTON||-110||Un 9.5,+105||-120||Un 9,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||3-3||-0.1||5-1||6.0||0.265||0.329||5.0||0.262||0.319|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.9||5-2||5.6||0.259||0.326||4.9||0.248||0.311|
|vs Right-handed Starters||3-1||+2.2||4-0||7.7||0.305||0.375||4.0||0.243||0.289|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.2||4-3||5.1||0.261||0.328||3.7||0.237||0.298|
|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)||1-3||L||135||9 ov||U||5||7||0||5||2||0|
|4/10/2013||ARRIETA(R)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)||8-5||W||130||9 un||O||6||4||0||5||3||2|
|4/11/2013||TILLMAN(R)||@ BOSTON||ACEVES(R)|| |
|4/12/2013|| ||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|4/13/2013|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|4/18/2013|| ||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|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||14||10||0||9||7||0|
|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|
|4/12/2013||LESTER(L)||TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)|| |
|4/13/2013|| ||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|4/15/2013|| ||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|4/18/2013|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|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 (3-4) at Boston (5-2), 7:10 p.m. EDT
After their bullpen's worst performance of the season, the Boston Red Sox are hoping a converted reliever can help them bounce back.
With Alfredo Aceves making his first start in nearly two years, the Red Sox will try to win the series finale against the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday night.
Boston's bullpen had a respectable 3.92 ERA during the team's 5-2 start before closer Joel Hanrahan allowed five runs in the ninth inning of Wednesday's 8-5 defeat at Fenway Park. Manny Machado hit a tiebreaking three-run homer and Chris Davis had a solo shot to give Hanrahan his first blown save in four chances for the Red Sox (5-3).
"It was a huge win for us," Machado said after his first homer of the year. "To come out with the victory is just going to give us the big boost that we needed to get this show rolling."
The Red Sox bullpen was without Aceves, who is set to replace the injured John Lackey in the rotation. Lackey went on the disabled list Monday with a strained right biceps, and left-hander Felix Doubront's start is being pushed to Friday.
"We wanted another right-hander in this ballpark against Baltimore," manager John Farrell told the team's website. "Alfredo has had some good performance numbers against some individuals in their lineup."
Aceves is 2-1 with a 4.18 ERA in nine all-time starts, the most recent June 21, 2011, and he tossed six scoreless innings in his only one against Baltimore, a win for the New York Yankees on Sept. 20, 2008.
Aceves (0-0, 10.38 ERA), though, has had trouble keeping the ball in the park in his two appearances this season. He gave up a three-run homer to the Yankees' Vernon Wells on April 3 and another three-run shot to Toronto's Colby Rasmus three days later.
"(Aceves is) certainly capable of being a good starting pitcher. He has the pitches in the mix. He's excited for the opportunity. We'll see how it goes," general manager Ben Cherington told the team's website.
The Orioles (4-4), winners in 18 of 25 over the Red Sox, are hoping Chris Tillman can continue his success against Boston. The right-hander is 1-0 with a 1.52 ERA in his last four starts against the Red Sox, and has a 0.82 ERA in his two at Fenway but the Orioles lost both starts.
Tillman (0-0, 12.27), though, heads into this start following a difficult season debut. He didn't make it past the fourth inning Saturday in a 6-5 loss to Minnesota while allowing five runs, seven hits and four walks.
"I was real pleased with the stuff he featured, just couldn't get into a consistent rhythm after that first inning," manager Buck Showalter told the team's website. "He'll be better."
Dustin Pedroia is 4 for 11 (.364) in his career against Tillman but the rest of the current Red Sox roster is a combined 6 for 30 (.200) with seven strikeouts.
Baltimore's Adam Jones is 6 for 18 (.333) with three extra-base hits against Aceves, but J.J. Hardy (3 for 18), Davis (2 for 12), Matt Wieters (1 for 12) and Nolan Reimold (1 for 10) haven't fared as well.
|Last Updated: 10/23/2014 2:18:20 AM EST|