|TORONTO ( BUEHRLE )|
BOSTON ( BUCHHOLZ )
|915||TORONTO||+190||Ov 9,-125||+180||Ov 9.5,-105|
|916||BOSTON||-210||Un 9,+105||-190||Un 9.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||10-16||-7.6||12-13||3.7||0.230||0.303||4.8||0.258||0.333|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.9||6-1||4.7||0.264||0.328||5.9||0.269||0.356|
|vs Left-handed Starters||7-5||+0.6||5-7||4.2||0.264||0.335||4.2||0.260||0.338|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-5.1||2-5||3.9||0.263||0.327||5.7||0.252||0.315|
|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)||0-5||L||190||9.5 ov||U||1||1||2||10||9||0|
|5/11/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ BOSTON||BUCHHOLZ(R)|| |
|5/12/2013||MORROW(R)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)|| |
|5/14/2013||DICKEY(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)|| |
|5/15/2013||ORTIZ(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)|| |
|5/17/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|5/18/2013|| ||@ 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||BUCHHOLZ(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)|| |
|5/17/2013||DEMPSTER(R)||@ MINNESOTA||WORLEY(R)|| |
|5/18/2013|| ||@ 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 (13-23) at Boston (21-14), 1:35 p.m. EDT
After ending their slide behind one of the top left-handers in baseball, the Boston Red Sox hope their elite right-hander can put together a similar effort.
Clay Buchholz, coming off his worst performance of the year, tries again to notch his major league-leading seventh win Saturday by dominating the Toronto Blue Jays for the second time in two weeks.
Boston (22-14) avoided its seventh loss in eight games behind Jon Lester's masterpiece Friday to open this three-game set at Fenway Park.
The southpaw fired a one-hitter in a 5-0 win over the Blue Jays to snap the team's three-game losing streak. Lester didn't walk a batter while improving to 5-0.
"He carved us up pretty good," Toronto manager John Gibbons told MLB's official website. "It happens. We're a free-swinging team, there's no question about that."
It doesn't figure to get any easier for Gibbons' club as they face Buchholz (6-0, 1.60 ERA), who joins Tampa Bay's Matt Moore and Washington's Jordan Zimmermann as the majors' only six-game winners.
Buchholz, also among baseball's best in ERA, won his first six outings before leaving without a victory Monday. He allowed a season-high four runs and seven hits over a season-low six innings in a 6-5 home win over Minnesota.
"I didn't do anything differently," said Buchholz, who has 44 strikeouts in 36 2-3 innings at Fenway. "I gave up runs."
Buchholz had won his previous start May 1 in Toronto, giving up two hits and striking out eight over seven shutout innings in a 10-1 victory. He's 6-1 with a 1.67 ERA in nine starts versus the Blue Jays since the start of 2010.
Adam Lind has the most at-bats versus Buchholz among all major leaguers, going 11 for 37 (.297) with two homers, but has only two hits in the last 13 against him. Buchholz has been particularly tough on Edwin Encarnacion (1 for 18) and J.P. Arencibia (0 for 14).
Since hitting .357 with eight homers and 24 runs over a three-game winning streak, the Blue Jays (13-24) are batting .182 with one homer and eight RBIs in three straight losses.
Brett Lawrie is in a 2-for-28 slump and Colby Rasmus is 2 for 17 in his last five.
Toronto's offensive woes don't bode well for the struggling Mark Buehrle (1-2, 7.02), who has one of the highest ERAs in the majors and hasn't won since April 15.
The left-hander is 0-2 with an 8.50 ERA over his last three starts while yielding eight home runs. He's allowed six homers over his last two outings against the Red Sox, including three in the May 1 loss to Buchholz.
Buehrle is 0-4 with a 5.50 ERA in his past six starts against Boston.
David Ortiz is 6 for 16 with four extra-base hits off Buehrle in that span and has a .359 career average against him, but he enters in an 0-for-13 drought.
Dustin Pedroia, 2 for 3 with an RBI on Friday, is hitting .487 with seven RBIs in his last 10 games at Fenway.
Shane Victorino (9 for 21) and Jarrod Saltalamacchia (7 for 14) also have heated up in five home games this week.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 8:38:06 PM EST|