|PHILADELPHIA ( CLOYD )|
BOSTON ( ACEVES )
|925||PHILADELPHIA||+145||Ov 9.5,+100||+145||Ov 9.5,+100|
|926||BOSTON||-155||Un 9.5,-120||-155||Un 9.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||19-21||-6.4||20-19||3.4||0.243||0.297||4.5||0.264||0.319|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.2||4-3||3.1||0.251||0.287||3.4||0.276||0.328|
|vs Right-handed Starters||19-12||+3.3||17-12||5.1||0.264||0.340||4.4||0.227||0.305|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||0||4-1||5.0||0.238||0.336||4.7||0.255||0.328|
|5/20/2013||HAMELS(L)||@ MIAMI||SANABIA(R)||1-5||L||-170||7 ev||U||7||6||2||11||6||0|
|5/21/2013||CLOYD(R)||@ MIAMI||FERNANDEZ(R)||7-3||W||-110||7 un||O||15||12||0||10||7||1|
|5/22/2013||LEE(L)||@ MIAMI||SLOWEY(R)||3-0||W||-165||6.5 ov||U||12||9||0||3||4||1|
|5/24/2013||KENDRICK(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)||2-5||L||170||6.5 ev||O||6||3||1||10||9||1|
|5/25/2013||PETTIBONE(R)||@ WASHINGTON||HAREN(R)||5-3||W||145||7.5 ov||O||6||6||1||11||11||1|
|5/26/2013||HAMELS(L)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)||1-6||L||155||6 ev||O||5||3||3||10||6||0|
|5/27/2013||CLOYD(R)||@ BOSTON||ACEVES(R)|| |
|5/28/2013||LEE(L)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)|| |
|6/1/2013|| ||MILWAUKEE|| || |
|6/2/2013|| ||MILWAUKEE|| || |
|6/3/2013|| ||MIAMI|| || |
|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)||4-6||L||-145||9 ov||O||6||4||1||8||6||0|
|5/21/2013||DOUBRONT(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||1-3||L||-105||9 ov||U||4||6||0||7||5||1|
|5/22/2013||BUCHHOLZ(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)||6-2||W||-140||8 ov||P||9||10||0||6||4||0|
|5/29/2013||LACKEY(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)|| |
|5/30/2013||LESTER(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||PETTIBONE(R)|| |
|5/31/2013||DOUBRONT(L)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|6/1/2013|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|6/2/2013|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|PHILADELPHIA: HITTING: This Phillies lineup had another subpar season, finishing 18th in the majors in homers (153) and 13th in runs (4.4 per game). The team re-signed free-agent SS JIMMY ROLLINS, especially because light-hitting WILSON VALDEZ is his backup. Raul Ibanez has left town, which allows OF JOHN MAYBERRY JR. to display his power on a daily basis. He had 15 HR in 267 at-bats last year. 1B RYAN HOWARD will not be ready for Opening Day after Achilles surgery in October, and will be replaced by a platoon of newcomers, JIM THOME and TY WIGGINTON. 2B CHASE UTLEY continues to be bothered by tendinitis in his knee, which has caused his numbers to drop significantly in the past two years. He will not be ready for Opening Day and no timetable has been set for his return. Veterans OF SHANE VICTORINO and C CARLOS RUIZ are both coming off typical productive seasons. OF HUNTER PENCE batted .324 with 11 HR after his trade from Houston and is poised for a huge 2012 campaign at age 28. 3B PLACIDO POLANCO is coming off his third Gold Glove season at the hot corner, but his .277 BA in 2011 was his lowest mark since 1999. Stud prospect OF DOMONIC BROWN is expected to begin the season in Triple-A. |
STARTING PITCHING: ROY HALLADAY won the Cy Young Award in 2010 in his first year in Philadelphia, but he was even better in 2011, posting a career-best 2.35 ERA and also reaching a personal best with 220 strikeouts. CLIFF LEE was also outstanding in his first full season in a Phillies uniform, tallying six shutouts, which included a stretch of three straight blankings midway through the year. He wasn't afraid to pitch in Citizens Bank Park, going 11-3 with a 1.94 ERA at his new home. Like Halladay and Lee, COLE HAMELS also notched a career-best ERA (2.79) and held batters to a .214 average. Although he has the stigma of being oft-injured, Hamels was able to start 30+ games for the fourth straight season. VANCE WORLEY was impressive once he was inserted into the rotation, going 11-3 with a 3.02 ERA as a starter and fanning 73 over 74.2 innings of his final dozen starts. JOE BLANTON rounds out the rotation, but he could be limited a bit after an elbow injury cost him much of the 2011 season.
RELIEF PITCHING: Not willing to shell out the big money for inconsistent and oft-injured closer Brad Lidge, the Phillies decided to spend their dough on JONATHAN PAPELBON instead. The former Red Sox closer was 31-of-34 in save chances last year with a career-high 87 strikeouts and just 10 walks. With the departure of free agent Ryan Madson, ANTONIO BASTARDO assumes eighth-inning duties. The southpaw allowed a microscopic .144 opponents' BA, won six games and saved eight others last season. JOSE CONTERAS (age 40) returns for his seventh-inning duty and appears healthy enough to pitch following last year's season-ending elbow surgery. He is 9-of-10 in save chances since 2010.
|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 NL PREVIEW (PHILADELPHIA-BOSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Phillies-Red Sox Preview* ==========================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Philadelphia (24-25) at Boston (30-20), 7:10 p.m. EDT
Tyler Cloyd, a lifelong Boston Red Sox fan, always wanted to see a game at Fenway Park.
His ninth career major league start will come there Monday night when he takes the ball for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Boston won't have the luxury of turning to Clay Buchholz, who has been scratched for the opener of the first four games between these teams.
The Phillies (24-26) failed to pull even with Washington for second place in the NL East on Sunday as they allowed five runs in the seventh in a 6-1 loss to the Nationals. Cole Hamels fell to 1-8 as he received one or no runs of support for the fourth time in five starts.
Cloyd (1-0, 2.70 ERA) will hope for better backup from his offense as he continues to fill in for the injured Roy Halladay. Cloyd grew up a Red Sox fan though he was born and raised in Nebraska, but has never seen a game at Fenway.
"To go there and actually be able to pitch, it's going to be fun," he told the team's official website. "I'm definitely looking forward to it. Hopefully I'll go there and keep going with this success."
The right-hander was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Tuesday to make his second start of the season. He limited Miami to two runs and eight hits over seven innings in a 7-3 victory.
Despite his obvious excitement, Cloyd doesn't believe he'll have a problem focusing on his job once he steps on the rubber.
"Every game, you've got to just cool your emotions and just go out and pitch," he said. "It's just another baseball game, just a different atmosphere."
The Red Sox (31-20) won for the ninth time in 12 games Sunday with Jacoby Ellsbury's two-run double concluding a four-run ninth in a 6-5 victory over Cleveland. Having gone 9-1 with Buchholz on the mound, Boston figured to have a good shot for a fourth straight victory Monday, but he will be skipped because of irritation in the AC joint of his right shoulder.
"The doctors said I could throw and it wouldn't affect my delivery. It was my call," Buchholz said. "If it was September, I'd throw."
Instead, Boston will turn to Alfredo Aceves (1-1, 8.20), who hasn't made a start since April 23, when he gave up eight runs and seven hits in 3 1-3 innings in a 13-0 loss to Oakland.
He's made just one relief appearance since, throwing a scoreless inning in Friday's 8-1 victory over the Indian. The right-hander has thrown 2 1-3 scoreless innings over two relief appearances versus Philadelphia.
Monday could mark closer Jonathan Papelbon's first game at Fenway as a visitor. Papelbon, who left the Red Sox as a free agent after 2011, is Boston's all-time saves leader with 219.
The Phillies' bullpen should also be bolstered by the return of Mike Adams, who was activated from the 15-day disabled list Sunday. Adams, who owns a 3.00 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 15 innings, hasn't pitched since May 10 due to a strained back.
Dustin Pedroia is batting .394 with eight doubles over his last 18 games, though he was 0 for 2 with two walks Sunday.
The Red Sox have won eight of the last 10 meetings in Boston.
|Last Updated: 9/21/2014 11:10:31 AM EST|