|TORONTO ( ORTIZ )|
BOSTON ( LESTER )
|967||TORONTO||+185||Ov 8.5,-110||+185||Ov 9,-130|
|968||BOSTON||-200||Un 8.5,-110||-200||Un 9,+110|
|vs Left-handed Starters||3-7||-5.1||8-2||4.2||0.259||0.298||6.5||0.282||0.356|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.9||6-1||4.7||0.279||0.343||5.7||0.262||0.345|
|vs Right-handed Starters||14-9||+3.2||13-9||5.2||0.271||0.343||4.1||0.229||0.306|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-7||2-5||3.1||0.249||0.304||6.7||0.309||0.372|
|4/26/2013||LAFFEY(L)||@ NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)||4-6||L||130||9 ev||O||10||7||0||6||9||0|
|4/27/2013||HAPP(L)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||4-5||L||135||7.5 ov||O||11||7||0||11||8||1|
|4/28/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||2-3||L||-110||8.5 un||U||8||7||0||4||4||0|
|5/6/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||8-7||W||125||7.5 un||O||12||11||0||11||6||2|
|5/7/2013||HAPP(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)||6-4||W||125||8.5 un||O||13||7||0||10||7||0|
|5/8/2013||ROMERO(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)||4-10||L||160||8 un||O||9||11||0||13||9||0|
|5/9/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||4-5||L||140||7.5 un||O||8||7||0||9||9||1|
|5/10/2013||ORTIZ(R)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)|| |
|5/11/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ BOSTON||BUCHHOLZ(R)|| |
|5/12/2013||MORROW(R)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)|| |
|5/14/2013||ROMERO(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)|| |
|5/15/2013||DICKEY(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)|| |
|5/17/2013|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|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)||3-4||L||150||7.5 un||U||5||7||0||9||10||0|
|5/14/2013||LACKEY(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)|| |
|5/15/2013||LESTER(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)|| |
|5/16/2013|| ||@ TAMPA BAY|| || |
|5/17/2013|| ||@ MINNESOTA|| || |
|TORONTO: HITTING: SS YUNEL ESCOBAR brings a little pop and could score runs in bunches atop a solid lineup. OF JOSE BAUTISTA has simply been the best hitter in baseball the past two seasons. 1B ADAM LIND will have plenty of RBI chances, but his average stinks and he faded late last year. 3B BRETT LAWRIE will be a 30-30 candidate in his prime and he's a solid slugger already. Expect big power numbers but a painful average in C J.P. ARENCIBIA's sophomore season. OF COLBY RASMUS should have his head right this year and could see an uptick in power numbers. 2B KELLY JOHNSON improved his dreadful average after being traded to Toronto. He has great potential as a 20-20 candidate. DH EDWIN ENCARNACION raked at home last season and has the position flexibility to stay in the lineup every day. OF ERIC THAMES will start in left field. Thames has 15-15 potential. OF RAJAI DAVIS' speed makes him worthy of staying in the fourth outfielder role. |
STARTING PITCHING: He's not really an ace, but RICKY ROMERO is a solid innings-eater at the front of the Jays' staff. He's a low-risk, low-reward starting pitcher. BRANDON MORROW's talent is intriguing. His mid-90s heat and deceptive slider lead to huge strikeout tallies, but also leads to a lot of gopher balls. Questionable conditioning was an issue for BRETT CECIL last year, as he gave up a whopping 37 HR between the majors and Triple-A. He seemed to straighten things out over the second half of last season. HENDERSON ALVAREZ's performance as a 21-year-old gives him an inside track for a rotation spot. He has intriguing upside. DUSTIN McGOWAN returned in September from a 38-month layoff to put himself in the mix for the rotation. His mid-90s gas is still there, giving him 175-K potential. KYLE DRABEK has great potential, but he was a disaster in 2011. He could not command his promising arsenal of pitches, and broke down mentally at times.
RELIEF PITCHING: SERGIO SANTOS has unhittable stuff, but will have to battle newcomer FRANCISCO CORDERO as Toronto's closer. Cordero's strikeout rate dropped down to a putrid 5.4 K/9 last year, but he showed great command with a stellar 1.02 WHIP. CASEY JANSSEN was Toronto's most improved pitcher in 2011. He has a sinking fastball, a pretty good K rate and performed quite well against the AL East last season. Prospect JOEL CARRENO, a starter in the minors, is a closer-in-waiting. He was impressive out of the pen after a late-August call-up, and averaged better than a strikeout per inning, albeit with shaky control, in the minors.
|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 (TORONTO-BOSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Blue Jays-Red Sox Preview* ===========================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Toronto (13-22) at Boston (21-13), 7:10 p.m. EDT
Once owners of the best record in the majors, the slumping Boston Red Sox now find themselves out of the top spot in the AL East for the first time this season.
The Red Sox hope to get back on track and avoid their seventh loss in eight games Friday night when they open a three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park.
Boston (21-14) has one win since a major league-best 20-8 start, falling percentage points behind the New York Yankees in the division and into a tie with Baltimore for second.
The Red Sox made a pair of errors and allowed four unearned runs in a 5-3 loss Thursday as they dropped the last three of a four-game series to Minnesota. They've committed 11 errors over the last seven games after having that many in their first 28 contests.
"I don't think anybody is worried about the last seven games," said Dustin Pedroia, who is batting .472 over his last nine home games. "It is the big leagues and everybody is good."
Now Boston turns to scheduled starter Jon Lester (4-0, 3.30 ERA) as it tries to avoid a season-high fourth consecutive loss.
The left-hander hasn't been terribly sharp lately, allowing 12 runs and four homers over his last three starts after yielding five runs and no homers in his first four.
He was outstanding in a 13-0 win at Toronto on April 7, striking out six over seven innings of five-hit ball. He wasn't nearly as effective in the last meeting, leaving without a decision after giving up a season-high six runs over six innings in a 9-7 loss April 30.
Lester is 5-2 with a 4.64 ERA in nine home starts against the Blue Jays, and his last matchup was one he'd rather forget. He allowed 11 runs and four homers - both career highs - over four-plus innings in a 15-7 loss July 22.
He'll be up against an improving Toronto (13-23) offense that has batted .311 with nine homers and totaled 32 runs in the last five games after hitting .182 with one homer and three runs in the previous four contests - all losses.
Slugger Jose Bautista has faced Lester more than any other pitcher, going 11 for 47 (.234) with a home run and 11 strikeouts. He is batting .333 with four homers and nine RBIs in his last seven games at Fenway.
The Blue Jays had won a season-best three in a row before dropping the last two of a four-game series at Tampa Bay.
Brad Lincoln walked Luke Scott with the bases loaded and two outs in the 10th inning as the Rays escaped with a 5-4 win Thursday.
"We're not maybe playing the smartest baseball, but we're playing hard," Thursday's starter R.A. Dickey said. "We've got to tighten up some things probably. But we'll figure it out."
With Brandon Morrow pushed back to Sunday due to a stiff neck, Toronto will send veteran right-hander Ramon Ortiz (0-0, 5.40) to the mound for his first start since July, 10, 2011.
A former 16-game winner for the Anaheim Angels in 2003, Ortiz spent last season with the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate before signing a minor league deal with the Blue Jays in December.
Ortiz is 1-2 with a 5.58 ERA in five career starts at Fenway, though his most recent came in 2003.
The Red Sox have won two of three from the Blue Jays in each of the first two series this season, but Toronto has won six straight in Boston.
|Last Updated: 8/17/2017 4:37:47 AM EST|