|BOSTON ( DEMPSTER )|
MINNESOTA ( DIAMOND )
|973||BOSTON||-120||Ov 8.5,+100||-120||Ov 9,-105|
|974||MINNESOTA||+110||Un 8.5,-120||+110||Un 9,-115|
|vs Left-handed Starters||8-7||-1.2||7-8||4.3||0.250||0.322||4.1||0.263||0.335|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-0.6||3-4||4.3||0.230||0.317||3.9||0.222||0.283|
|vs Right-handed Starters||15-17||+3.4||12-19||4.4||0.241||0.310||4.2||0.287||0.334|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.4||4-3||4.6||0.253||0.304||5.6||0.332||0.382|
|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)||4-3||W||130||8 un||U||4||6||0||7||12||0|
|5/17/2013||BUCHHOLZ(R)||@ MINNESOTA||WORLEY(R)||3-2||W||-140||8.5 un||U||10||11||0||4||5||1|
|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)|| |
|5/25/2013|| ||CLEVELAND|| || |
|5/4/2013||CORREIA(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KAZMIR(L)||3-7||L||105||9 un||O||7||9||0||12||6||1|
|5/5/2013||PELFREY(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)||4-2||W||140||9 un||U||6||6||0||6||6||0|
|5/6/2013||WORLEY(R)||@ BOSTON||BUCHHOLZ(R)||5-6||L||185||8.5 ov||O||10||11||0||17||7||1|
|5/7/2013||DIAMOND(L)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)||6-1||W||160||9 un||U||8||6||0||4||3||3|
|5/8/2013||HERNANDEZ(L)||@ BOSTON||WEBSTER(R)||15-8||W||160||9.5 un||O||19||9||0||12||7||1|
|5/9/2013||CORREIA(R)||@ BOSTON||LACKEY(R)||5-3||W||155||9.5 un||U||6||4||1||9||10||2|
|5/13/2013||HERNANDEZ(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)||10-3||W||+100||8 ov||O||12||7||0||10||7||1|
|5/14/2013||CORREIA(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||PEAVY(R)||2-4||L||+105||8.5 ov||U||6||3||0||12||6||1|
|5/15/2013||PELFREY(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)||4-9||L||-135||9 un||O||11||9||0||14||9||0|
|5/20/2013||CORREIA(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)|| |
|5/21/2013||PELFREY(R)||@ ATLANTA||HUDSON(R)|| |
|5/22/2013||WORLEY(R)||@ ATLANTA||MAHOLM(L)|| |
|5/23/2013||DIAMOND(L)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)|| |
|5/24/2013||HERNANDEZ(L)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)|| |
|5/25/2013|| ||@ DETROIT|| || |
|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.
|MINNESOTA: HITTING: OF BEN REVERE's slap-and-run style fits well in spacious Target Field. He will compete with lefty Chris Parmelee for the starting RF job. OF DENARD SPAN should be over his concussion problems. He works the count well as a steady presence near the top of the order. C JOE MAUER will see more time at first in an attempt to keep him healthy. Offensively, he'll be limited by a pitcher-friendly home park and no support in the lineup. RYAN DOUMIT has a chance to play regularly and stay healthy as a full-time DH and/or backing up Mauer behind the dish. 1B JUSTIN MORNEAU's concussion symptoms came back late last year. It's a bad omen. OF JOSH WILLINGHAM is being relied on to produce runs, but he's going from one pitcher-friendly home park (Oakland) to another. 3B DANNY VALENCIA showed enough power in 2011 to secure an everyday job heading into 2012. Newly signed SS JAMEY CARROLL has done a nice job off the bench, but hasn't been tested in an everyday role. If hamstring problems are still holding him back, 2B ALEXI CASILLA has won the second-base job ahead of disappointing import TSUYOSHI NISHIOKA, who will start the year in the minors. |
STARTING PITCHING: Who would have thought CARL PAVANO would emerge as the picture of consistency and durability? While he's far from a star, the veteran continues to be a rock for Minnesota, throwing strikes and eating innings. SCOTT BAKER got hurt again last year. If he could ever stay healthy, he's the prototype for success at Target Field'lots of strikeouts, few walks, lots of flyouts. The FRANCISCO LIRIANO rollercoaster nosedived again last year. The Twins have gotten so desperate to keep him healthy that they actually let him pitch more over the offseason. He's obviously a huge risk again. BRIAN DUENSING, NICK BLACKBURN and JASON MARQUIS are all the definition of fifth starter. They serve it up, give up a lot of hard-hit balls, and hope they get hit right at their defenders. If Duensing and Blackburn falter, ANTHONY SWARZAK probably pitched well enough last year to get a shot in the rotation. LIAM HENDRICKS, one of the organization's better prospects, would be a slightly more exciting option.
RELIEF PITCHING: Despite his underwhelming performance last year, MATT CAPPS will pitch the ninth inning again because of his 'closer's experience.' He figures to be on an undeservedly long leash. GLEN PERKINS certainly proved he deserves to close. He was Minnesota's best reliever in his first full season in the 'pen. His velocity was up as a short reliever, and the lefty was truly overpowering. If things go sour for the Twins again this season (and it seems likely they will), perhaps they'll get serious about Perkins later this year.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (BOSTON-MINNESOTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Red Sox-Twins Preview* =======================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Boston (24-17) at Minnesota (18-19), 7:10 p.m. EDT
The Boston Red Sox are on the verge of matching their longest road winning streak over the Minnesota Twins in 12 years.
The last-place Twins may be hoping Joe Mauer is around to help keep that from happening.
The Red Sox may not have to deal with the injured Mauer again Saturday night when they go for a fifth straight win at Minnesota.
Boston (25-17) has won six of seven at Target Field, including four straight while hitting .338 with six homers and 27 runs. It last won five in a row as the visitor against the Twins from 2000-01 at the Metrodome.
Despite their gaudy offensive numbers of late in Minneapolis, the Red Sox had nine singles among their 10 hits Friday while Jonny Gomes' sacrifice fly scored the go-ahead run in a 3-2, 10-inning win to open this three-game set.
Boston's chances at another win may increase if Mauer is out again. The five-time All-Star catcher has a stiff back that sidelined him for the series opener, leaving the Twins without their leading hitter at .349.
"We're hoping this is short-term," manager Ron Gardenhire told the team's official website.
Mauer is on a 14-game hitting streak, during which he has a .446 average with 11 doubles and 11 walks. He's 8 for 18 with five doubles over four meetings with the Red Sox this season.
Scott Diamond (3-3, 4.08 ERA) is scheduled to get the ball looking to build on his own success versus Boston. He tossed seven scoreless innings in a 6-1 road win in his only meeting against the Red Sox on May 7, and that came at the expense of Ryan Dempster, who will oppose him again.
"He makes it real easy," catcher Ryan Doumit said. "He's one of the most prepared pitchers I've ever been around. He has a game plan every time out and sticks to it. Nights like those are fun."
Doumit certainly didn't enjoy Diamond's latest performance, as the left-hander surrendered six runs and nine hits with a career-high three homers in 5 2-3 innings of Sunday's 6-0 loss to Baltimore. He allowed two over his first five starts.
Dempster (2-4, 3.75) is looking to get untracked against the Twins after allowing four runs - two earned - with eight strikeouts in seven innings versus Diamond. He defeated them twice last year behind a 1.29 ERA.
Dempster followed his latest meeting with Minnesota with his worst performance of the season in Sunday's 12-4 loss to Toronto. He was tagged for season highs of six runs, seven hits and three homers in five innings, but he insists he's physically fine.
"I've been feeling really good this year," Dempster told the team's official website. "It's nice as you get older to continue to feel good. That's an important thing, but at the same time, you can feel as good as you want or as bad as you want, you've got to execute pitches.
"Hopefully, I can continue to do that on a consistent basis."
Dempster has had tremendous success against Mauer, who is 1 for 10 with six strikeouts against him.
Dustin Pedroia is a .405 hitter at Minnesota, going 7 for 19 over the past four visits. He went 0 for 3 versus Diamond earlier this month, but is batting .459 in nine games since.
|Last Updated: 9/17/2014 12:35:15 PM EST|