|BOSTON ( LESTER )|
CHI WHITE SOX ( AXELROD )
|973||BOSTON||-145||Ov 8,-120||-145||Ov 8.5,-120|
|974||CHI WHITE SOX||+135||Un 8,+100||+135||Un 8.5,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||17-10||+4.2||14-12||5.0||0.268||0.344||4.1||0.222||0.299|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.2||4-3||5.7||0.252||0.344||4.3||0.247||0.320|
|vs Left-handed Starters||3-7||-4.3||5-4||3.8||0.253||0.319||5.1||0.256||0.331|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.6||5-2||5.0||0.299||0.353||5.4||0.257||0.339|
|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)||5-1||W||-125||10 un||U||11||11||1||5||6||1|
|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)|| |
|5/27/2013|| ||PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|5/6/2013||SALE(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||2-1||W||130||7 un||U||9||6||0||7||5||1|
|5/7/2013||SANTIAGO(L)||@ NY METS||HARVEY(R)||0-1||L||150||6.5 ev||U||1||1||0||5||7||0|
|5/8/2013||PEAVY(R)||@ NY METS||HEFNER(R)||6-3||W||-115||7 un||O||13||9||1||8||7||1|
|5/10/2013||AXELROD(R)||LA ANGELS||ENRIGHT(R)||5-7||L||-115||8.5 ov||O||7||6||2||11||7||0|
|5/11/2013||QUINTANA(L)||LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)||2-3||L||+100||8.5 ev||U||8||6||3||7||4||0|
|5/12/2013||SALE(L)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)||3-0||W||-120||7.5 ev||U||8||8||1||1||1||0|
|5/13/2013||SANTIAGO(L)||@ MINNESOTA||HERNANDEZ(L)||3-10||L||-110||8 ov||O||10||7||1||12||7||0|
|5/14/2013||PEAVY(R)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)||4-2||W||-115||8.5 ov||U||12||6||1||6||3||0|
|5/15/2013||AXELROD(R)||@ MINNESOTA||PELFREY(R)||9-4||W||125||9 un||O||14||9||0||11||9||0|
|5/16/2013||QUINTANA(L)||@ LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)||5-4||W||135||8 ov||O||9||7||0||7||5||2|
|5/17/2013||SALE(L)||@ LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)||3-0||W||110||7 un||U||8||4||1||3||5||0|
|5/18/2013||SANTIAGO(L)||@ LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)||9-12||L||125||8.5 un||O||17||12||0||12||9||0|
|5/19/2013||PEAVY(R)||@ LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)||2-6||L||105||7.5 ev||O||5||9||0||7||6||0|
|5/27/2013|| ||CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|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.
|CHI WHITE SOX: HITTING: The departure of Juan Pierre opens things up for SS ALEXEI RAMIREZ to hit leadoff. 2B GORDON BECKHAM will get a fresh start, but his leash is shortening. 1B PAUL KONERKO faded last year. He's potential trade bait for the rebuilding Sox. Did DH ADAM DUNN need a year to adjust to A.L. pitching and DHing? With his contract, the Sox will have to find out. OF ALEJANDRO DE AZA's late-season surge probably wasn't for real, but it was enough to get him the inside track on a starting job with Carlos Quentin having been dealt to the Padres on New Year's Eve. OF ALEX RIOS has bounced back before, but at his age the odds are longer now. The organization believes in OF DAYAN VICIEDO. His improving approach and power fit well in U.S. Cellular, but he could platoon with KOSUKE FUKUDOME in left field. C A.J. PIERZYNSKI has motivation for one more solid season as free agency looms. 3B BRENT MOREL is good glove, but has a limited stick. OF/1B BRENT LILLIBRIDGE has an improving bat and can play just about anywhere. |
STARTING PITCHING: JOHN DANKS doesn't look like a true No. 1 starter, but he keeps consistently throwing strikes and has some swing-and-miss stuff. Maybe it's because he's fallen short of his once-elite prospect status, but GAVIN FLOYD seems to get no respect as a quality middle-of-the-rotation arm. He was especially good after adding a cutter/slider-type pitch last year. JAKE PEAVY isn't going to win another Cy Young, but unlike last year, his shoulder should be close to 100 percent. The big question will again be whether, as a flyball pitcher, he can keep the ball in the park at cozy U.S. Cellular. PHILIP HUMBER was a nice surprise in 2011, but don't be fooled. It wasn't a former top prospect finally figuring it out. It was a back-of-the-rotation arm getting some good breaks. CHRIS SALE will make the move to the rotation. He'll likely be on some pitch counts, but this is an exciting development. With his stuff (he already has a solid changeup to go with his fastball/slider combo) he has monster upside.
RELIEF PITCHING: With closer Sergio Santos shipped off to Toronto, youngster ADDISON REED figures to be the top candidate to close games. Any young closer is a risk, but Reed's fastball/slider combo has been dominant over two pro seasons. Lefty MATT THORNTON might have blown his chance to claim the closer role last year. He had regained his form as a top set-up man late in the year, but if Reed falters he might be no more than a committee guy. JESSE CRAIN chased strikeouts more aggressively last year, but he also issued more walks. He may miss the first couple weeks of the season with an oblique injury.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (BOSTON-CHI WHITE SOX) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Red Sox-White Sox Preview* ===========================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
Boston (26-17) at Chicago (19-22), 8:10 p.m. EDT
Not even a lengthy delay can slow down the Boston Red Sox' run.
No team has been able to stop Jon Lester's streak of winning decisions.
He'll try to become the first Red Sox left-handed starter in 40 seasons to open 7-0 - and help Boston win a sixth in a row - on Monday night against the host Chicago White Sox.
After sitting through a three-hour rain delay in the middle of the seventh inning Sunday, Boston (27-17) completed a three-game sweep of Minnesota with a 5-1 victory.
"Even with a three-hour rain delay, they're rarin' to go," said manager John Farrell, whose team is one-half game behind the New York Yankees for the AL East lead. "Keeping this group focused, I'm not going to say is not an issue, but the game is clearly a priority to them."
Lester (6-0, 2.72 ERA) will now try to lead Boston to its first six-game road winning streak since April 23-28, 2012. Chicago ended that run, and a five-game home skid in this series, the following day with a 4-1 series-ending victory.
The left-hander, tied with Clay Buchholz for the team lead in victories, could become the first Red Sox starting left-hander to begin 7-0 since Roger Moret opened 10-0 as a starter in 1973. Lester won his second consecutive start on Wednesday, throwing seven innings of two-run ball in a 9-2 win at Tampa Bay.
Lester, whose 8.15 runs of support per start ranks among the highest in the majors, was staked to an 8-0 third-inning lead.
"We haven't been scoring a bunch of runs lately and (the 8-run inning) takes a lot of pressure off so I could just go out and execute pitches," he said after fanning five to move into fifth place on the team's all-time strikeout list with 1,110.
He'll face a White Sox team that's back in Chicago for 17 of its next 23 games - includes two at the Cubs next week - after capping off a 4-3 trip with back-to-back losses to the Los Angeles Angels.
"You want to get one of these last two," manager Robin Ventura said following Sunday's 6-2 defeat. "But you keep going."
The White Sox (19-23) hope Paul Konerko can get going after an 0-for-4 Sunday dropped his average to .224. He has four homers, and none in his last 15 games. Konerko, though, is 10 for 23 with three home runs and three doubles off Lester.
Alex Rios, 9 for 38 (.237) with two doubles against the left-hander, will try to extend his career-best hitting streak to 15 games. Rios and Alexei Ramirez led Chicago on the trip with 11 hits, followed by Adam Dunn's eight - four of which left the park.
Chicago opens its eight-game homestand with Dylan Axelrod (1-3, 4.37) trying to win consecutive starts for the first time. The right-hander shouldn't have any lingering effects after a right leg cramp forced him out after throwing 5 1-3 innings of Wednesday's 9-4 win over the Twins.
Axelrod avoided a third consecutive losing start despite giving up three runs and a career-worst nine hits.
He is 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA in his last two starts in Chicago after posting a 0.77 ERA in his first two at home this season. Axelrod has made one start versus Boston, striking out a career high-tying eight in a 5-1 road loss July 16.
The Red Sox have won eight of 10 in this series since losing seven straight and 14 of 16.
|Last Updated: 5/25/2018 5:20:59 PM EST|