|BOSTON ( LACKEY )|
TEXAS ( OGANDO )
|977||BOSTON||+135||Ov 9.5,+100||+125||Ov 9,+100|
|978||TEXAS||-145||Un 9.5,-120||-135||Un 9,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||13-6||+5.8||12-6||5.6||0.272||0.348||4.0||0.226||0.304|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.8||4-3||5.9||0.311||0.387||3.7||0.247||0.328|
|vs Right-handed Starters||10-6||+2.2||5-9||4.4||0.257||0.311||3.4||0.240||0.301|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.2||2-5||3.7||0.290||0.347||4.1||0.248||0.287|
|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||10||9||1||9||7||0|
|4/30/2013||LESTER(L)||@ TORONTO||MORROW(R)||7-9||L||-115||8.5 ov||O||9||6||1||9||4||1|
|5/1/2013||BUCHHOLZ(R)||@ TORONTO||BUEHRLE(L)||10-1||W||-125||9 ov||O||15||8||0||4||6||1|
|5/2/2013||DEMPSTER(R)||@ TORONTO||HAPP(L)||3-1||W||-115||8.5 ev||U||6||12||0||7||8||2|
|5/3/2013||DOUBRONT(L)||@ TEXAS||HOLLAND(L)||0-7||L||120||9 un||U||6||5||2||18||12||0|
|5/4/2013||LACKEY(R)||@ TEXAS||OGANDO(R)|| |
|5/5/2013||LESTER(L)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)|| |
|5/11/2013|| ||TORONTO|| || |
|4/22/2013||HOLLAND(L)||@ LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)||7-6||W||105||8 ev||O||15||8||0||9||7||2|
|4/23/2013||OGANDO(R)||@ LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)||4-5||L||-105||8 un||O||8||9||1||10||6||1|
|4/24/2013||DARVISH(R)||@ LA ANGELS||ROTH(L)||11-3||W||-145||7.5 un||O||11||6||0||9||6||0|
|4/25/2013||TEPESCH(R)||@ MINNESOTA||WORLEY(R)||2-1||W||-105||8.5 un||U||10||9||0||8||6||0|
|4/26/2013||GRIMM(R)||@ MINNESOTA||DIAMOND(L)||4-3||W||-115||8.5 un||U||13||7||2||8||5||1|
|4/27/2013||HOLLAND(L)||@ MINNESOTA||HERNANDEZ(L)||2-7||L||-135||8.5 ov||O||8||7||1||9||4||0|
|4/28/2013||OGANDO(R)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)||0-5||L||-120||8.5 ov||U||7||7||0||9||4||0|
|4/30/2013||DARVISH(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||10-6||W||-190||8 ov||O||12||5||0||10||8||2|
|5/1/2013||TEPESCH(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||2-5||L||-115||8.5 ov||U||9||9||0||8||3||0|
|5/2/2013||GRIMM(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)||1-3||L||-155||8.5 un||U||3||8||0||8||9||0|
|5/6/2013||TEPESCH(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||FELDMAN(R)|| |
|5/7/2013||GRIMM(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)|| |
|5/8/2013||HOLLAND(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||LOHSE(R)|| |
|5/10/2013||OGANDO(R)||@ HOUSTON||HARRELL(R)|| |
|5/11/2013|| ||@ HOUSTON|| || |
|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.
|TEXAS: HITTING: 2B IAN KINSLER will lead off again. A few less at-'em balls and he's an MVP candidate. SS ELVIS ANDRUS is coming along offensively, but his poor SB% could lead to fewer attempts. Injuries are the only thing that will keep OF JOSH HAMILTON out of the MVP discussion. He'll likely start declining at age 35, but DH MICHAEL YOUNG can't help but put up numbers batting cleanup in this lineup. 3B ADRIAN BELTRE was unstoppable in Arlington. Like Hamilton, he's an MVP candidate if healthy. Injuries are piling up for OF NELSON CRUZ, who still has monster power but doesn't run as much anymore. C MIKE NAPOLI is MLB's best offensive catcher and will play some 1B on 'off' days. Because their lineup is stacked, Texas can play defensive-minded/offensively limited 1B MITCH MORELAND. And because Ron Washington would prefer to play Hamilton in left, speedy CF CRAIG GENTRY looks to have the edge over DAVID MURPHY for the starting job in center. Cuban import LEONYS MARTIN will start the season in Triple-A, but JULIO BORBON could earn a significant OF role. |
STARTING PITCHING: COLBY LEWIS can overpower when he's on, but as a flyball pitcher in cozy Arlington he's going to have a handful of ugly days. The much-ballyhooed YU DARVISH brings a deep arsenal of pitches and a durable frame from Japan. He's probably the best Japanese arm to ever cross the Pacific. Lefty MATT HARRISON solidified his rotation spot. He has topped out as a respectable No. 3-type starter. DEREK HOLLAND has top-of-the-rotation upside. Consistency has been an issue, but hopefully another year and some big postseason moments helped to cure that. The big story is NEFTALI FELIZ moving to the rotation. He was considered a future ace in the minors, but the transition might not be easy. His K/BB ratio plummeted last year and his flyball tendencies could spell disaster in Arlington. Keep in mind the Rangers made a successful closer-to-ace switch with C.J. Wilson. Top prospect MARTIN PEREZ could be an option in the second half.
RELIEF PITCHING: Veteran JOE NATHAN was brought in and handed the closer's job. He struggled in his first year back from Tommy John surgery, but most pitchers who've had the procedure don't come all the way back until their second full season. If Nathan falters, MIKE ADAMS could be next in line. He had no trouble transitioning from pitcher-friendly San Diego in the National League to hitter-friendly Arlington and the A.L.'s superior bats. KOJI UEHARA would also be in the closer discussion if Nathan falters, but he was unhappy about being traded from Baltimore and faltered for the Rangers late last year. ALEXI OGANDO got a huge boost from his defense and his bullpen before a late-season collapse. He threw by far a career-high in innings; better stamina would allow him to take the next step and possibly rejoin the rotation.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (BOSTON-TEXAS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Red Sox-Rangers Preview* =========================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Boston (20-8) at Texas (17-11), 8:05 p.m. EDT
The Texas Rangers have routinely pounded Boston pitching recently, and they'll look for another big offensive display as they try for their 10th win in 13 meetings with the Red Sox on Saturday night.
Texas' offense has keyed the team's success in this series, as the Rangers (18-11) have hit .334 with 20 homers while averaging 7.7 runs in the last 12 matchups.
The Rangers battered the visiting Red Sox (20-9) again in the opener of this three-game series Friday, collecting a season-high 18 hits on their way to a 7-0 win as Adrian Beltre, Ian Kinsler and Mitch Moreland combined for 10 hits.
Kinsler, who had three hits, is batting .417 with seven RBIs and eight runs over his last 10 meetings with Boston.
The second baseman is on a tear overall, compiling a .462 average during a nine-game hitting streak as his season mark increased 62 points to a team-leading .342. He's batting .438 with three homers versus John Lackey, Boston's scheduled starter.
Beltre has a .196 average with two homers against Lackey, but he enters this matchup with some momentum. The third baseman had a three-run double among his four hits Friday after enduring a 4-for-31 slump with three homers over his previous nine games.
"Beltre has got a track record, and the guys in my lineup have got a track record," manager Ron Washington said. "Beltre is a run producer, there wasn't anyone more upset about it than Beltre. But I'm happy that he said he's not frustrated because when you get frustrated you go blind."
Lackey (1-1, 2.61 ERA) certainly doesn't have any frustrations as he looks to build on an impressive return from the disabled list.
The veteran right-hander yielded one run while throwing 81 pitches in six innings of Sunday's 6-1 win over Houston. It was his first victory since Aug. 23, 2011, after missing last year recovering from Tommy John surgery.
He started this season with a scare, suffering a strained right biceps in a 5-0 loss at Toronto on April 6 and going on the DL four days later.
"The elbow's fine," Lackey said. "I was relieved probably to know I'm going to get my next start, just to come out of it healthy more than anything."
Lackey is 2-5 with a 9.34 ERA over his last 10 starts against the Rangers, who are hitting .367 off him over that stretch. He's split his last two visits to Arlington, allowing 13 runs in 10 1-3 innings.
The Rangers will counter with Alexi Ogando (2-2, 3.38), who is getting the ball for the second time at home. The right-hander won his first home start by yielding one run and three hits in 5 1-3 innings to beat Tampa Bay 5-4 on April 8.
He's 0-2 with a 4.87 ERA in four starts since but has been backed by five runs.
Ogando didn't get any help from the bats Sunday, when he allowed three runs in six innings of a 5-0 loss at Minnesota.
He's 1-2 with a 5.11 ERA in eight games versus the Red Sox, and his only start ended in a 6-0 home loss Aug. 25, 2011. Ogando was tagged for six runs and four homers in four innings.
|Last Updated: 4/28/2017 6:53:22 PM EST|