|BOSTON ( LACKEY )|
MINNESOTA ( HERNANDEZ )
|921||BOSTON||-110||Ov 9.5,-115||-125||Ov 10,+110|
|922||MINNESOTA||+100||Un 9.5,-105||+115||Un 10,-130|
|vs Left-handed Starters||9-7||-0.1||8-8||4.7||0.258||0.334||4.1||0.268||0.343|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-0.6||4-3||5.3||0.241||0.333||4.6||0.259||0.336|
|vs Right-handed Starters||15-18||+2.3||13-19||4.4||0.244||0.315||4.4||0.290||0.340|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.4||4-3||4.4||0.260||0.325||6.0||0.325||0.388|
|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)||12-5||W||-120||9 ov||O||13||6||0||12||13||0|
|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)|| |
|5/26/2013|| ||CLEVELAND|| || |
|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||CORREIA(R)||@ DETROIT||FISTER(R)|| |
|5/26/2013|| ||@ 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 JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Boston (26-17) at Minnesota (18-21), 2:10 p.m. EDT
Now that the Boston Red Sox have bounced back from their recent slide, they hope John Lackey can end his losing streak.
The right-hander hopes to avoid dropping a fourth straight start while trying to help the visiting Red Sox to their fifth win in a row Sunday against the slumping Minnesota Twins.
David Ortiz homered twice and drove in six runs as Boston (26-17) rolled to a 12-5 victory over Minnesota on Saturday. The Red Sox have scored 28 runs during a four-game winning streak that's followed a 2-9 stretch.
Ortiz hit .143 (4 for 28) in his previous seven games before going 6 for 8 in the first two of this set. He's batting .332 with 15 home runs and 43 RBIs in 53 games against his former club, which released him in 2002.
He's 19 for 38 with five home runs and 16 RBIs in 10 games at Target Field, where Boston has won five straight and eight of 11.
"The one guy we say don't let beat us is David Ortiz," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "They've got a lot of really good hitters over there, but we told them to stay away from this guy, don't give in to him. And he keeps sending souvenirs."
Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia is batting .475 during a 10-game hitting streak.
Lackey (1-4, 4.05 ERA) has mostly pitched well but lost for the third consecutive outing Tuesday, 5-3 to Tampa Bay. He gave up five runs in the fourth inning and departed after getting one out in the fifth.
"I really thought I pitched better than what's going to show," said Lackey, who posted a 2.82 ERA in his first four starts.
The right-hander has gone 3-1 with a 1.93 ERA in his last five starts versus the Twins, the most recent a 5-3 loss in which he allowed five runs - one earned - in seven innings May 9.
Minnesota (18-21) could have a tough time avoiding a season-high fifth consecutive defeat if Pedro Hernandez (2-0, 5.79) can't find a way to end his struggles against the Red Sox.
The left-hander has given up 14 runs and 19 hits - five homers - in six innings while going 0-1 in two starts versus Boston. He allowed a grand slam to Jonny Gomes and six runs in two innings of a 15-8 win at Fenway Park on May 8.
In his next start, Hernandez gave up three runs in 5 1-3 innings of a 10-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Monday.
Five Twins had two hits Saturday, but they stranded 13 runners.
"We've been able to score some runs," Gardenhire told the team's official website. "We've seen that, but we've been inconsistent. Hopefully we can get everyone clicking."
Joe Mauer had two hits in his return after missing Friday's game with a stiff back. The star catcher is batting .443 during a 15-game hitting streak but has also struck out 20 times in 61 at-bats in that span.
He's hitting .407 (11 for 27) with two home runs against Lackey.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 8:25:30 AM EST|