|BOSTON ( DOUBRONT )|
BALTIMORE ( GAUSMAN )
|961||BOSTON||-105||Ov 9.5,-115||-110||Ov 9.5,-105|
|962||BALTIMORE||-105||Un 9.5,-105||+100||Un 9.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||27-16||+6.6||25-16||5.6||0.278||0.353||4.3||0.234||0.314|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.8||6-1||6.1||0.296||0.371||5.1||0.273||0.361|
|vs Left-handed Starters||10-8||+1.9||9-8||4.7||0.277||0.330||4.3||0.255||0.309|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.4||2-5||3.7||0.248||0.279||4.6||0.266||0.312|
|5/30/2013||MORALES(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||PETTIBONE(R)||9-2||W||-130||9 un||O||14||10||0||6||5||1|
|5/31/2013||LESTER(L)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||1-4||L||105||8 ov||U||8||5||0||7||5||0|
|6/1/2013||DOUBRONT(L)||@ NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||11-1||W||105||9 ev||O||18||9||0||6||7||0|
|6/2/2013||BUCHHOLZ(R)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||3-0||W||110||7.5 ov||U||8||4||0||2||2||0|
|6/8/2013||DOUBRONT(L)||LA ANGELS||HANSON(R)||5-9||L||-165||10.5 ov||O||14||14||1||12||12||2|
|6/8/2013||BUCHHOLZ(R)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)||7-2||W||-160||8.5 ov||O||13||10||0||7||6||3|
|6/9/2013||DEMPSTER(R)||LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)||10-5||W||-155||10.5 un||O||11||7||0||9||9||2|
|6/10/2013||LACKEY(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||10-8||W||130||7.5 ov||O||15||10||0||17||13||1|
|6/11/2013||LESTER(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)||3-8||L||-115||8 un||O||8||8||1||10||9||1|
|6/12/2013||ACEVES(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||2-1||W||130||9 un||U||5||8||0||6||7||1|
|6/13/2013||DOUBRONT(L)||@ BALTIMORE||GAUSMAN(R)|| |
|6/14/2013||DEMPSTER(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)|| |
|6/15/2013||LACKEY(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GARCIA(R)|| |
|6/16/2013||BUCHHOLZ(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GONZALEZ(R)|| |
|6/18/2013|| ||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|6/18/2013|| ||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|6/19/2013||DOUBRONT(L)||TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)|| |
|6/20/2013|| ||@ DETROIT|| || |
|6/4/2013||TILLMAN(R)||@ HOUSTON||HARRELL(R)||4-1||W||-165||9 ov||U||8||5||0||5||5||2|
|6/5/2013||GARCIA(R)||@ HOUSTON||KEUCHEL(L)||7-11||L||-150||9 un||O||13||9||0||14||5||0|
|6/6/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||@ HOUSTON||NORRIS(R)||3-1||W||-155||8.5 ev||U||11||9||1||6||6||0|
|6/7/2013||HAMMEL(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||1-2||L||105||8.5 ov||U||2||4||0||6||6||0|
|6/8/2013||GAUSMAN(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||0-8||L||115||8.5 ov||U||4||4||0||13||9||0|
|6/9/2013||TILLMAN(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)||10-7||W||135||7.5 ov||O||16||8||0||12||5||1|
|6/10/2013||GARCIA(R)||LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)||4-3||W||+115||9 ov||U||7||3||0||8||8||1|
|6/11/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)||3-2||W||-115||9.5 ov||U||8||6||0||6||2||1|
|6/12/2013||HAMMEL(R)||LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)||5-9||L||-110||9.5 ev||O||10||6||2||12||6||1|
|6/17/2013||HAMMEL(R)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)|| |
|6/18/2013||GAUSMAN(R)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)|| |
|6/19/2013||TILLMAN(R)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)|| |
|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.
|BALTIMORE: HITTING: The leadoff spot is 2B BRIAN ROBERTS' if he can stay on the field. His recent injury history is very troubling, though his talent makes him a risk worth taking. 2B ROBERT ANDINO and 2B RYAN ADAMS would compete for time if Roberts is out. The O's best hitter last year was arguably SS J.J. HARDY. He was healthy for the first time in years and flexed his legit 30-HR power. If Roberts and Hardy stay healthy, OF NICK MARKAKIS will likely hit third and see an increase in RBI chances. OF ADAM JONES seems to have the highest ceiling of any Baltimore hitter. 3B MARK REYNOLDS will probably end up at 1B. His horrendous average cancels out some of his 40-HR potential. OF NOLAN REIMOLD revived his MLB career with an impressive end of the season. He's got a shot to start in left. 1B CHRIS DAVIS is a candidate to start at first, third or DH as sort of a Junior Mark Reynolds. C MATT WIETERS is already one of the best two-way backstops in baseball at age 25. |
STARTING PITCHING: WEI-YIN CHEN pitched well enough in Japan (2.48 ERA, 1.06 WHIP in past four seasons) to become the de-facto ace of this horrible pitching staff. JAKE ARRIETA is a mediocre talent, but is good enough to secure a spot as a Baltimore starter. JASON HAMMEL hopes the switch from Coors Field will help lower his career ERA of 4.99. The highest-risk, highest-potential O's pitcher may be BRIAN MATUSZ. His 2011 line is frightening (10.69 ERA, 2.11 WHIP), but he has the raw skills and pitch repertoire to turn it around. TOMMY HUNTER came over from Texas midseason and should round out the rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: There was talk of JIM JOHNSON being converted into a starter, but he'll open the season as the team's closer. Johnson established himself as the O's best option to close after going 7-for-7 in that role last September. KEVIN GREGG would step in as the ninth-inning man if Johnson falters. He was unstable in that role last year. Gregg is a trade candidate this midseason, in which case he'd probably end up a set-up man elsewhere. Flame-throwing MATT LINDSTROM is a darkhorse for saves. He saved 23 games for Houston in 2010 before being used as a set-up man in Colorado last year. TSUYOSHI WADA brings his finesse game from Japan. He's a heady hurler who hides the ball well, but he's in for a rude awakening in the A.L. East. BRAD BERGESEN and CHRIS JAKUBAUSKAS are long relievers who may get bumped into the rotation if the young Baltimore SPs struggle again.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (BOSTON-BALTIMORE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Red Sox-Orioles Preview* =========================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Boston (40-26) at Baltimore (37-28), 7:05 p.m. EDT
The Boston Red Sox are trying to create some separation atop the AL East.
The Baltimore Orioles would like to further tighten the crowded race.
Mike Carp will try to continue his offensive surge as the Red Sox open a four-game series with the Orioles at Camden Yards on Thursday night.
Boston (41-26) leads the division, which has Baltimore (37-29), New York and Tampa Bay within five games of first.
The Orioles are third, 3 1/2 games behind the Red Sox, who took two of three from the Rays following Wednesday's 2-1 victory.
Despite scoring five runs with 13 hits - 12 singles - over the last two games, the Red Sox are hitting .303 with 24 homers while averaging 6.3 runs during a 13-6 stretch.
Carp has been a pleasant surprise, going 12 for 25 (.480) with three homers and eight RBIs over his last seven games, increasing his season average 55 points to .330. He's 3 for 16 in six meetings with the Orioles.
Felix Doubront (4-3, 4.84 ERA) wouldn't mind some offensive help since he's been backed by two runs or fewer in six of his last seven games. He's 1-3 with a 5.21 ERA over that span.
The left-hander got two runs Saturday, but he gave up three in six innings of a 9-5 defeat to the Los Angeles Angels.
Doubront can point to the offense for his 0-2 record in three starts versus Baltimore - all coming last season. He's compiled a 2.70 ERA, while receiving five total runs of help.
The Orioles are looking to rebound from Wednesday's 9-5 defeat to the Los Angeles Angels, only their second loss in 10 home games. They've won five of six in Baltimore against Boston, but have yet to meet there this season.
Kevin Gausman (0-3, 8.84) is scheduled to get the ball against the Red Sox for the first time, and he's getting a fifth chance at his first career win.
The 22-year-old rookie, selected fourth overall out of LSU in last year's draft, has given up seven runs while failing to complete five innings in two of his last three starts. He was tagged for seven runs in 4 1-3 innings of an 8-0 loss at Tampa Bay on Saturday.
"I feel like I'm throwing good pitches, and sometimes I get the outcome that I hoped, and sometimes I don't," Gausman said. "A little frustrating, but I feel good ... mentally and physically, I feel good, and I feel like I have the stuff to be here. I just haven't produced."
Manny Machado is on the brink of matching his career-high 11-game hitting streak set from April 22-May 2. The 20-year-old third baseman hit .426 during that run compared to only .262 over the past 10 games.
He's batting .406 with nine RBIs over his last eight games with Boston, and he's 3 for 5 with a homer versus Doubront.
Chris Davis is 5 for 10 with a double and a homer off him, and he's 11 for 24 (.458) over his last eight meetings against Boston. He's also homered in five of the last six games, driving in seven runs and scoring as many.
The first baseman hit his major league-leading 21st homer Wednesday.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 8:21:40 AM EST|