|BOSTON ( LESTER )|
TEXAS ( DARVISH )
|923||BOSTON||+125||Ov 8,-110||+140||Ov 8,+110|
|924||TEXAS||-135||Un 8,-110||-150||Un 8,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||13-7||+4.8||12-7||5.4||0.270||0.344||4.0||0.230||0.306|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.8||3-4||5.0||0.277||0.363||4.0||0.258||0.337|
|vs Left-handed Starters||8-5||+1.7||4-9||4.5||0.276||0.349||3.0||0.226||0.275|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.2||2-5||3.9||0.282||0.345||3.9||0.246||0.291|
|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)||1-5||L||120||9 un||U||7||9||2||10||8||0|
|5/5/2013||LESTER(L)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)|| |
|5/12/2013|| ||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||DARVISH(R)||@ HOUSTON||HUMBER(R)|| |
|5/12/2013|| ||@ 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 JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Boston (20-9) at Texas (18-11), 3:05 p.m. EDT
Boston's Jon Lester and Texas' Yu Darvish each have started the season strong, but neither was happy with the way they ended April.
With each looking to get back on track, two of the AL's top pitchers square off for the first time Sunday when Darvish tries to help the Rangers complete a three-game sweep of the visiting Red Sox.
Lester (4-0, 3.11 ERA) is coming off the best April, in terms of record, during his eight-year career. The left-hander allowed five runs without a homer and walked four in 26 innings to go 3-0 in his first four starts. However, he's yielded nine runs, two homers and eight walks over 11 2-3 innings while going 1-0 in the last two.
He gave up six runs in six innings of a 9-7 loss at Toronto on Tuesday.
"It was one of those nights for me from pitch one," Lester said. "I just wasn't able to repeat the ball down in the zone, and that's big. Curveballs just kind of rolled in there and I didn't have a very effective changeup."
Lester is 3-3 with a 4.57 ERA in 10 starts against the Rangers (19-11), but 0-2 with a 10.29 ERA in his last three.
Darvish (5-1, 2.33) struck out nine but allowed six runs, 11 hits and walked four in 6 2-3 innings of a 9-2 loss at Fenway Park in his only previous appearance against the Red Sox (20-10) on Aug. 6.
The right-hander, though, became the first Texas pitcher in 15 years to win five games in April. Darvish had thrown 18 scoreless innings before the Chicago White Sox scored twice in the first inning Tuesday. They scored two more in the sixth but the Rangers plated six runs in the bottom of the inning and won 10-6.
Despite winning his third straight start, Darvish was not satisfied.
"I really couldn't get into my rhythm from the beginning, and it wasn't really a smooth outing," he said.
Darvish hopes to improve on that performance and help Texas sweep Boston at home for the third time in five seasons.
Alexi Ogando pitched into the seventh inning and Craig Gentry hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs Saturday for the Rangers, who have outscored the Red Sox 12-1 in the series.
Texas second baseman Ian Kinsler is 5 for 23 (.217) against Lester, but has homered twice off him. He led off Saturday with a home run to extend his hitting streak to 10 games, in which he's batted .432 (19 for 44) with seven RBIs.
Boston averaged 6.8 runs and 11.4 hits while winning seven of eight prior to this series, but the AL East leaders have managed 13 hits and a Daniel Nava run-scoring single against the Rangers.
"Calm the you know what down," said Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who is 0 for 13 in three games after batting .419 during an eight-game hitting streak. "You're going to go through stretches where one or two or three guys aren't swinging the bat well. We'll bounce back right out of it."
Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is 2 for 8 in the series, but is batting .447 while hitting safely in all 12 games since making his 2013 debut after recovering from an Achilles injury.
He's never faced Darvish.
|Last Updated: 8/29/2014 5:22:37 PM EST|