|BOSTON ( DOUBRONT )|
TAMPA BAY ( COBB )
|963||BOSTON||+140||Ov 8.5,+100||+125||Ov 8,+100|
|964||TAMPA BAY||-150||Un 8.5,-120||-135||Un 8,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||15-10||+2||14-10||5.2||0.272||0.344||4.3||0.227||0.301|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-6.3||4-3||4.9||0.252||0.320||6.0||0.273||0.315|
|vs Left-handed Starters||9-5||+3.1||8-5||5.1||0.271||0.328||3.7||0.235||0.313|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+4.8||6-1||5.7||0.289||0.370||4.6||0.199||0.270|
|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)||3-5||L||120||7.5 ov||O||3||5||0||11||7||0|
|5/15/2013||LESTER(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||9-2||W||115||7 un||O||10||4||0||9||9||0|
|5/16/2013||DOUBRONT(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)|| |
|5/17/2013||BUCHHOLZ(R)||@ MINNESOTA||WORLEY(R)|| |
|5/18/2013||DEMPSTER(R)||@ MINNESOTA||DIAMOND(L)|| |
|5/19/2013||LACKEY(R)||@ MINNESOTA||HERNANDEZ(L)|| |
|5/20/2013||LESTER(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)|| |
|5/21/2013||DOUBRONT(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|5/22/2013||BUCHHOLZ(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)|| |
|5/23/2013|| ||CLEVELAND|| || |
|5/3/2013||MOORE(L)||@ COLORADO||FRANCIS(L)||7-4||W||-135||9 ov||O||11||8||0||11||12||0|
|5/4/2013||PRICE(L)||@ COLORADO||GARLAND(R)||3-9||L||-130||9 ov||O||9||9||2||11||6||0|
|5/5/2013||COBB(R)||@ COLORADO||CHACIN(R)||8-3||W||105||9.5 un||O||11||4||2||10||8||1|
|5/10/2013||COBB(R)||SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)||6-3||W||-175||8 ev||O||8||8||0||5||7||2|
|5/11/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||SAN DIEGO||SMITH(R)||8-7||W||-140||8 un||O||10||6||1||6||4||1|
|5/12/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||4-2||W||-150||8.5 un||U||7||7||0||6||6||0|
|5/17/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||@ BALTIMORE||HAMMEL(R)|| |
|5/18/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ BALTIMORE||JURRJENS(R)|| |
|5/19/2013||MOORE(L)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)|| |
|5/20/2013||PRICE(L)||@ TORONTO||ORTIZ(R)|| |
|5/21/2013||COBB(R)||@ TORONTO||JENKINS(R)|| |
|5/22/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||@ TORONTO||BUEHRLE(L)|| |
|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.
|TAMPA BAY: HITTING: OF DESMOND JENNINGS' on-base skills will lead to tons of runs and SBs despite his mediocre batting average. 2B BEN ZOBRIST bounced back from a disappointing 2010, and will continue to produce near the top of the batting order. Though a series of nagging injuries plagued his 2011 season, 3B EVAN LONGORIA slugged 17 HR in his last 53 games. Fully healthy this season, he'll be an elite power-hitter with double-digit SB potential. OF B.J. UPTON's days in Tampa may be numbered. He's an elite athlete, but he just might lose his head if he's traded into a tough situation. After a hot start, OF MATT JOYCE settled in as the productive hitter he is. He should get to play every day in right field. SSs SEAN RODRIGUEZ and REID BRIGNAC will battle for ABs but neither hits on a consistent basis. C JOSE MOLINA was acquired for his defense much more than his hitting. DH LUKE SCOTT can also play some 1B when slugger CARLOS PENA, who is returning to Tampa after hitting 28 homers for the Cubs in 2011, needs a rest. |
STARTING PITCHING: DAVID PRICE was a little more hittable than in 2010, but he increased his already-high strikeout rate while cutting back on walks. His win total should rise from a disappointing 12 last year. JAMES SHIELDS put his 2010 disaster season behind him and became a Cy Young candidate. His peripheral stats and skills weren't all that different the past two years, it was a big swing of luck. Some people are putting out the Bust Alert on Rookie of the Year JEREMY HELLICKSON. He had the league's luckiest batting average on balls in play (.217), but he improved as last season progressed. MATT MOORE may be this year's R.O.Y. after a dominant late-season call up. He'll be among the league leaders in strikeouts for years to come. WADE DAVIS is a mediocre pitcher who eats innings at the back of the rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: KYLE FARNSWORTH looked as strong as he has in years, converting 25 of 31 saves in his first season with the Rays. He's the closer again this year, but it won't take much for him to lose that job after an unsteady last third of the 2011 season. JOEL PERALTA may overtake Farnsworth for ninth-inning duties at some point this season. Peralta was 5-for-5 on saves in September when Farnsworth was hurt, and gave up only one run in his final 21.3 innings. Possible future closer JAKE McGEE progressed nicely after a tough start to 2011. He's got potentially lethal stuff. Former Angels hurler FERNANDO RODNEY is looking to bounce back after a wild season (28 walks, 26 strikeouts in 32 IP).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (BOSTON-TAMPA BAY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Red Sox-Rays Preview* ======================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Boston (22-17) at Tampa Bay (20-18), 7:10 p.m. EDT
Tampa Bay's Alex Cobb earned an unique distinction in his last start, but likely needs to pitch better than he did if the Rays are to bounce back from their first defeat in a week.
After their ace was injured during another rough outing, Cobb and the Rays try to keep the visiting Boston Red Sox from winning two straight for the first time in two weeks Thursday night.
Cobb (4-2, 3.09 ERA) allowed three runs and struck out 13 while throwing 112 pitches in 4 2-3 innings of a 6-3 win over San Diego on Friday. The right-hander became the first major leaguer to fan 13 while failing to complete five innings.
"I don't know if that's a good thing," he said. "As a starting pitcher, you want to go at least five innings every time out."
He recorded 12 of 14 outs on strikeouts, including four in the third inning when a wild pitch on strike three allowed Will Venable to reach base.
"I can't really explain why or how that happened. It was just one of those weird days," he said. "Obviously, that's not my goal. I never go into a game trying to strike everybody out."
The Boston native is 2-2 with a 3.18 ERA in four starts against the Red Sox (23-17). He gave up four runs in 6 2-3 innings of a 5-0 loss at Fenway Park on April 14.
Cobb looks to help the Rays (20-19) regroup after their season-high six-game winning streak ended with a 9-2 loss to the Red Sox on Wednesday.
Stephen Drew hit his second career grand slam to highlight an eight-run third inning as Boston roughed up David Price to snap a three-game skid. Price left because of tightness in his left triceps after he allowed four runs in 2 1-3 innings.
"It's just something I take pride in, being available every fifth day and being out there for my team," Price said. "I don't know how that's looking right now, but I'll just get re-evaluated (Thursday)."
The Red Sox won for the third time in 12 games by equaling their run total from the previous three contests. Jon Lester threw seven strong innings to improve to 6-0 for Boston, which last won two straight May 1-2.
"It's bound to turn around," Drew said. "(Wednesday) was a great night to have and hopefully we can keep it going."
With two hits Wednesday, Boston's Dustin Pedroia is batting .517 (15 for 29) in the last seven games.
Scheduled Red Sox starter Felix Doubront (3-1, 6.40) looks to avoid a third straight rough outing when he returns to the rotation in the decisive finale. The left-hander allowed six runs and a career-high 12 hits over 3 2-3 innings of a 7-0 loss at Texas on May 3. He then yielded six and 11 hits in 5 1-3 innings of relief in a 15-8 defeat to Minnesota last Wednesday.
Those outings came after he gave up 11 runs in 23 1-3 inning while going 3-0 in four April starts.
"The work I'm doing now, I know I can get better results," Doubront told the Red Sox's official website. "I'm looking forward to pitching (Thursday) and prove that everything I've been working on this past week is good."
He's 2-1 with a 4.03 ERA in four starts versus Rays.
Tampa Bay star Evan Longoria is batting .417 (15 for 36) while the Rays have gone 6-3 on a 10-game homestand.
|Last Updated: 9/23/2014 7:23:30 AM EST|