|969||TAMPA BAY||+110||Ov 9,+100||+100||Ov 8.5,-105|
|970||BOSTON||-120||Un 9,-120||-110||Un 8.5,-115|
|vs Left-handed Starters||2-0||+2.1||1-1||5.0||0.303||0.333||3.5||0.246||0.347|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.9||2-4||2.9||0.203||0.294||4.3||0.245||0.319|
|vs Right-handed Starters||3-2||+0.9||4-1||6.6||0.290||0.356||3.8||0.247||0.307|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.2||3-4||4.4||0.239||0.307||3.6||0.238||0.310|
|4/8/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||@ TEXAS||OGANDO(R)||4-5||L||140||9 un||P||7||8||1||8||5||1|
|4/9/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ TEXAS||TEPESCH(R)||1-6||L||115||10.5 un||U||4||5||1||10||8||0|
|4/10/2013||MOORE(L)||@ TEXAS||HOLLAND(L)||2-0||W||110||8.5 un||U||6||7||0||5||10||1|
|4/12/2013||COBB(R)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)|| |
|4/13/2013||PRICE(L)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)|| |
|4/14/2013|| ||@ BOSTON|| || |
|4/15/2013|| ||@ BOSTON|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||@ BALTIMORE|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||@ BALTIMORE|| || |
|4/18/2013|| ||@ BALTIMORE|| || |
|4/19/2013|| ||OAKLAND|| || |
|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||DOUBRONT(L)||TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)|| |
|4/13/2013||LESTER(L)||TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)|| |
|4/14/2013|| ||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|4/15/2013|| ||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|4/18/2013|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|4/19/2013|| ||KANSAS CITY|| || |
|TAMPA BAY: HITTING: OF DESMOND JENNINGS' on-base skills will lead to tons of runs and SBs despite his mediocre batting average. 2B BEN ZOBRIST bounced back from a disappointing 2010, and will continue to produce near the top of the batting order. Though a series of nagging injuries plagued his 2011 season, 3B EVAN LONGORIA slugged 17 HR in his last 53 games. Fully healthy this season, he'll be an elite power-hitter with double-digit SB potential. OF B.J. UPTON's days in Tampa may be numbered. He's an elite athlete, but he just might lose his head if he's traded into a tough situation. After a hot start, OF MATT JOYCE settled in as the productive hitter he is. He should get to play every day in right field. SSs SEAN RODRIGUEZ and REID BRIGNAC will battle for ABs but neither hits on a consistent basis. C JOSE MOLINA was acquired for his defense much more than his hitting. DH LUKE SCOTT can also play some 1B when slugger CARLOS PENA, who is returning to Tampa after hitting 28 homers for the Cubs in 2011, needs a rest. |
STARTING PITCHING: DAVID PRICE was a little more hittable than in 2010, but he increased his already-high strikeout rate while cutting back on walks. His win total should rise from a disappointing 12 last year. JAMES SHIELDS put his 2010 disaster season behind him and became a Cy Young candidate. His peripheral stats and skills weren't all that different the past two years, it was a big swing of luck. Some people are putting out the Bust Alert on Rookie of the Year JEREMY HELLICKSON. He had the league's luckiest batting average on balls in play (.217), but he improved as last season progressed. MATT MOORE may be this year's R.O.Y. after a dominant late-season call up. He'll be among the league leaders in strikeouts for years to come. WADE DAVIS is a mediocre pitcher who eats innings at the back of the rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: KYLE FARNSWORTH looked as strong as he has in years, converting 25 of 31 saves in his first season with the Rays. He's the closer again this year, but it won't take much for him to lose that job after an unsteady last third of the 2011 season. JOEL PERALTA may overtake Farnsworth for ninth-inning duties at some point this season. Peralta was 5-for-5 on saves in September when Farnsworth was hurt, and gave up only one run in his final 21.3 innings. Possible future closer JAKE McGEE progressed nicely after a tough start to 2011. He's got potentially lethal stuff. Former Angels hurler FERNANDO RODNEY is looking to bounce back after a wild season (28 walks, 26 strikeouts in 32 IP).
|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 (TAMPA BAY-BOSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rays-Red Sox Preview* ======================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Tampa Bay (4-5) at Boston (5-3), 7:10 p.m. EDT
While casual baseball fans may not recognize the name, Alex Cobb figures to get his fair share of acclaim going forward.
The Boston Red Sox are already familiar with the promising 25-year-old.
Cobb looks to build on an impressive season debut as the Tampa Bay Rays go for a fifth consecutive win over Boston in the first of four Friday night at Fenway Park.
After going 7-1 with a 3.09 ERA over his final 11 starts last year, Cobb (1-0, 0.00 ERA) picked up right where he left off Saturday in a 6-0 win over Cleveland. The right-hander threw 7 1-3 innings of four-hit ball, earning high praise from manager Joe Maddon.
"(He) started out like gangbusters," Maddon told MLB's official website. "Everything was working - the fastball, the comebacker on the front hip of the lefties, really good curve, good changeup. ... He looked very, very good. Confidence is soaring and that's a great first game to build off."
Cobb may be overshadowed by reigning AL Cy Young award winner David Price and highly-touted Matt Moore, but he's certainly capable of putting up big numbers, too.
"We're always having a little friendly competition among the starters," he said. "I think every time any of us get the ball every night, we're trying to go nine. Same with me (Saturday). If I don't have those three walks, probably could have a pretty decent chance at that. It's something to work at throughout the year."
Cobb now turns his attention to the Red Sox (5-4), whom he went 2-1 against while compiling a 2.81 ERA last year, with both wins coming at Fenway.
"I haven't felt extremely comfortable there the last few times I've pitched there. I think that's in the past," said Cobb, a Boston native. "I've had some success, but they haven't been my crispest performances."
Dustin Pedroia hasn't been able to figure him out, going 0 for 6 in their matchups. While Boston split 18 meetings with Tampa Bay (4-5) in 2012, it dropped the last four by a combined 29-11 score.
The Red Sox enter the weekend hoping to avoid a third straight loss after falling 3-2 to Baltimore on Thursday. Boston, which had won its first two series, dropped to 8-21 at home dating to August 1.
After getting outscored 24-5 during a three-game skid, including back-to-back losses at Texas, Tampa Bay salvaged Wednesday's series finale with a 2-0 win. The Rays held the Rangers hitless in seven chances with runners in scoring position.
"The last two days were tough days, tough losses for us," said Ben Zobrist, who had two hits and an RBI. "But getting a win going into an off day certainly feels a lot better."
Besides hitting a team-best .364, Zobrist leads the club with nine RBIs. He's batting .407 with eight RBIs in his last seven games against Boston.
Zobrist will look to stay hot against Red Sox starter Felix Doubront (0-0, 5.40), who gave up three runs and nine hits over five-plus innings but didn't factor in the decision of last Friday's 6-4 win at Toronto.
"I thought tonight he had his best stuff of the year," manager John Farrell said. "He was downhill consistently, he had an outstanding changeup, he was powerful. A good step forward for him."
Doubront compiled a 3.09 ERA in winning his last two starts against the Rays. The left-hander walked nine but yielded just seven hits and struck out 12 over a combined 11 2-3 innings.
|Last Updated: 10/1/2014 3:21:04 PM EST|