|OAKLAND ( ANDERSON )|
BOSTON ( LESTER )
|971||OAKLAND||+155||Ov 8.5,-110||+140||Ov 8,-120|
|972||BOSTON||-165||Un 8.5,-110||-150||Un 8,+100|
|vs Left-handed Starters||4-1||+3.6||5-0||8.0||0.305||0.401||3.8||0.237||0.287|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1||5-2||4.9||0.242||0.345||4.9||0.251||0.310|
|vs Left-handed Starters||3-2||+1||1-4||3.0||0.222||0.300||2.6||0.206||0.287|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.1||5-2||4.4||0.256||0.320||5.3||0.248||0.331|
|4/10/2013||MILONE(L)||@ LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)||11-5||W||120||8.5 ev||O||16||13||1||14||13||2|
|4/11/2013||GRIFFIN(R)||@ LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)||8-1||W||135||8 un||O||16||11||0||5||4||1|
|4/19/2013||ANDERSON(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||3-8||L||105||7.5 un||O||11||9||1||10||6||0|
|4/20/2013||PARKER(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||0-1||L||120||8 ev||U||3||3||0||6||5||1|
|4/21/2013||MILONE(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)||1-8||L||-110||8 ev||O||3||9||1||11||6||1|
|4/22/2013||GRIFFIN(R)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)||6-9||L||120||8 un||O||5||8||2||9||8||0|
|4/23/2013||COLON(R)||@ BOSTON||ACEVES(R)||13-0||W||105||8.5 ev||O||13||8||0||3||4||2|
|4/24/2013||ANDERSON(L)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)|| |
|4/29/2013||ANDERSON(L)||LA ANGELS||HANSON(R)|| |
|4/30/2013||PARKER(R)||LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)|| |
|5/1/2013|| ||LA ANGELS|| || |
|4/13/2013||LESTER(L)||TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||2-1||W||-120||8 un||U||7||8||0||6||7||1|
|4/14/2013||BUCHHOLZ(R)||TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||5-0||W||-135||8.5 un||U||8||5||0||3||5||1|
|4/15/2013||DEMPSTER(R)||TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||3-2||W||-145||8.5 un||U||4||3||0||4||3||0|
|4/16/2013||DOUBRONT(L)||@ CLEVELAND||JIMENEZ(R)||7-2||W||-115||8 un||O||6||8||0||6||9||0|
|4/17/2013||ACEVES(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)||6-3||W||120||8 un||O||15||10||0||7||6||1|
|4/18/2013||LESTER(L)||@ CLEVELAND||MCALLISTER(R)||6-3||W||-120||8 ov||O||9||7||0||6||4||1|
|4/20/2013||BUCHHOLZ(R)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||4-3||W||-135||8 un||U||7||6||1||10||7||1|
|4/21/2013||DEMPSTER(R)||KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)||2-4||L||-150||8 un||U||8||7||0||8||5||0|
|4/21/2013||WEBSTER(R)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||4-5||L||-150||8 un||O||9||9||1||9||7||1|
|4/30/2013||LESTER(L)||@ TORONTO||MORROW(R)|| |
|5/1/2013|| ||@ TORONTO|| || |
|OAKLAND: HITTING: 2B JEMILE WEEKS may not be a legitimate .300 hitter, but he's still the best option they have at the leadoff spot. C KURT SUZUKI seemingly hits as many line outs as anyone in baseball. He has a solid bat for a catcher and qualifies as a middle-of-the-order option in Oakland. OF JOSH REDDICK is more of a line-drive hitter than a 25-HR guy, and he doesn't yet have the plate discipline to approach .300. 1B BRANDON ALLEN is an all-or-nothing hitter, but his potential for much-needed power should be enough for him to beat out DARIC BARTON. SS CLIFF PENNINGTON has quietly developed into a serviceable regular. With 3B SCOTT SIZEMORE out for the season with a torn ACL, either ERIC SOGARD or JOSH DONALDSON will win the job at third base. Neither player has reached 80 career at-bats yet. Highly-coveted Cuban OF YOENIS CESPEDES inked a four-year deal with Oakland, and will be expected to produced in the heart of the lineup immediately. OF COLLIN COWGILL is undersized, but has shown impressive power in the minors. The DH spot will fall to Allen when Barton is in the lineup. When he's not, it will be filled by such Quadruple-A types as KILA KA'AIHUE and CHRIS CARTER. |
STARTING PITCHING: BRANDON McCARTHY reclamation project worked out nicely. He's an injury risk, but when healthy he's one of baseball's better middle-of-the-rotation arms. BARTOLO COLON pitched better than expected with the Yankees last year (7.4 K/9, 4.00 ERA), and should perform just as well in his new spacious ballpark. DALLAS BRADEN (shoulder) and BRETT ANDERSON (elbow) are both question marks after major surgeries. Braden's return date has been pushed back to early May, while Anderson will might not take the hill until June. The jewel of the Trevor Cahill trade, hard-throwing righty JARROD PARKER has a chance to make a big impact if his arm is recovered from 2009 Tommy John surgery. The Gio Gonzalez trade landed Oakland TOMMY MILONE and BRAD PEACOCK, both of whom are coming off impressive minor-league seasons. They'll compete for rotation spots this spring. TYSON ROSS could get a few starts, but he's gotten very hittable over the past year. They're in no hurry to start the arbitration clock of top prospect SONNY GRAY, but he should make some late-season starts.
RELIEF PITCHING: With Andrew Bailey gone, righty GRANT BALFOUR (2.47 ERA, 1.03 WHIP) will get the first chance to close games. Though his occasional bouts with command issues make him a risk. If Balfour falters, BRIAN FUENTES will get the next look because of his ninth-inning experience and strong second half of 2011 . . . Long a favorite inside the organization, injury-prone righty JOEY DEVINE has long been considered a future closer and should get some late-innings duties. The highest upside option for a future closer is 25-year-old righty FAUTINO DE LOS SANTOS. He has overpowering stuff but his command comes and goes.
|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 (OAKLAND-BOSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Athletics-Red Sox Preview* ===========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Oakland (12-8) at Boston (13-6), 4:05 p.m. EDT
After finally recording a win on their road trip, the Oakland Athletics hope Brett Anderson is healthy enough to help them take the series from Jon Lester and the Boston Red Sox.
While Anderson looks to avoid a third straight rough start, Lester tries to remain undefeated in Wednesday's series finale.
After Oakland (13-8) scored four runs while being swept in a three-game set at Tampa Bay and lost 9-6 at Boston on Monday, Seth Smith homered and Bartolo Colon pitched seven solid innings during a rain-shortened, 13-0, seven-inning rout Tuesday.
The A's took advantage of eight walks, two balks and two errors by the Red Sox (13-7) to post a much-needed victory. John Jaso and Brandon Moss each had three hits with two RBIs for Oakland, which has scored a major league-leading 119 runs.
Boston, meanwhile, has dropped three of four after it won seven in a row.
"The weather conditions weren't ideal, but to say that it was a major distraction, I don't know that we can go that far. We see what Bartolo did against us," Red Sox manager John Farrell said.
Former Boston outfielder Coco Crisp added two hits with two RBIs after going 1 for 10 in three contests following a 12-game hitting streak.
Looking for a 10th win in 11 games versus Boston, the A's will try to get the best of Lester (3-0, 1.73 ERA).
The left-hander has not allowed a homer and struck out 23 in 26 innings in four starts. He gave up two runs and four hits in seven innings of a 6-3 win at Cleveland on Thursday.
"Lester has a lot of ways to attack hitters," his former manager and current Cleveland skipper Terry Francona told the Red Sox's official website. "Whether it's depth on his two-seamer or life on the fastball, and then he's got that cutter. And he threw an occasional breaking ball. He has a lot of ways of opening up the plate."
Lester is 3-3 with a 4.15 ERA in 10 starts versus Oakland, which hopes Anderson (1-3, 5.95) can get back on track after two straight rough outings and improve on his 5-2 mark and 2.70 ERA in eight starts against the Red Sox.
The left-hander yielded two runs in each of his first two starts but allowed 11 and walked five while striking out three in 6 2-3 innings to lose his last two. He gave up four runs in the first inning of an 8-3 loss at Tampa Bay on Friday before leaving with a sprained ankle.
Anderson, however, appears healthy to return to the mound Wednesday.
"I can obviously feel it a little bit when running," Anderson told the Athletics' official website. "Other than that, it feels good."
Batting .308 (4 for 13) with a double against Anderson, David Ortiz had one of Boston's three hits off Colon. Ortiz is 6 for 12 in three games since starting the season on the disabled list with an Achilles injury.
|Last Updated: 10/22/2014 6:46:43 PM EST|