|BOSTON ( DEMPSTER )|
BALTIMORE ( TILLMAN )
|915||BOSTON||+105||Ov 9.5,+100||+100||Ov 9.5,+110|
|916||BALTIMORE||-115||Un 9.5,-120||-110||Un 9.5,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||27-17||+5.5||25-17||5.6||0.276||0.349||4.3||0.235||0.314|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.7||5-2||5.9||0.270||0.332||5.4||0.265||0.355|
|vs Right-handed Starters||27-21||+5.9||27-19||5.0||0.271||0.321||4.9||0.264||0.328|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.4||2-5||4.0||0.240||0.281||5.0||0.262||0.303|
|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)||4-5||L||-115||9.5 un||U||9||4||2||12||16||1|
|6/14/2013||DEMPSTER(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)|| |
|6/15/2013||LACKEY(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GARCIA(R)|| |
|6/16/2013||LESTER(L)||@ 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||DEMPSTER(R)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)|| |
|6/21/2013|| ||@ 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)|| |
|6/21/2013|| ||@ TORONTO|| || |
|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 (41-27) at Baltimore (38-29), 7:05 p.m. EDT
Chris Davis is the Baltimore Orioles' most dangerous hitter, and that's been especially true at Camden Yards.
The Boston Red Sox are well aware of what he's capable of at the plate.
After coming through in the clutch in the opener of this four-game series, Davis looks to continue his torrid hitting versus the Red Sox on Friday night.
Davis leads the majors with 21 homers, and is second in the AL with 56 RBIs while hitting a team-high .338 - an increase of 68 points from last year. The first baseman has been particularly productive over the past 10 home games, hitting .474 with five homers, 11 RBIs and nine runs.
He came up big Thursday, connecting for a walkoff single to clinch a 5-4, 13-inning victory over Boston, as Baltimore (38-29) won for the ninth time in 11 games as host.
"I took a few swings late in the game where I was just swinging way too hard, trying to win it with one swing instead of just trying to put the ball in play," Davis said. "Good things happen when you simplify it."
The second-place Orioles are 2 1/2 games back of the AL East-leading Red Sox (41-27), and they're also the only division foe to own a winning record against them at 3-1.
Baltimore has won six of the last seven versus Boston, partly due to Davis.
He's batting .433 with five homers and nine RBIs and has a .564 on-base percentage over his last nine meetings with the Sox. That includes going 7 for 16 while hitting three homers with seven RBIs in the past four at Camden Yards.
The Orioles are expected to turn to Chris Tillman (6-2, 3.89 ERA), who has been backed by an average of 9.9 runs over his last four starts. The right-hander is 3-0 with a 4.76 ERA over that stretch, and has a 2.08 ERA in winning his two outings this month.
Tillman has a sterling 1.40 ERA over his last three starts against the Red Sox, but just a 1-0 record to show for it since he's received three total runs in the other two outings. His lone win in that stretch came at home Sept. 28, when he allowed an unearned run and one hit in eight innings of a 9-1 victory.
Boston will try to solve Tillman after hitting .200 while dropping two of its last three games. The team had a .327 average while winning four of the previous five.
David Ortiz is hitting .241 over his last 14 games, but has made up for it by hitting six homers with 15 RBIs. He connected for a solo shot Thursday before Mike Carp had one of his own in the next at-bat after replacing an ill Mike Napoli.
Carp is on a tear, going 13 for 28 (.464) with four homers and nine RBIs in eight games, and that may be enough to continue filling in for Napoli at first base.
Ryan Dempster (4-6, 4.40) is expected to get the ball at Camden Yards for the first time in his career, and he's 1-1 with a 5.17 ERA in three road starts.
The right-hander didn't get a decision against the Orioles on April 10, allowing three runs with seven strikeouts in five innings of an 8-5 defeat. He's also held Davis hitless in five at-bats, striking him out three times.
Dempster has won his last two starts, allowing six runs in 13 innings.
Dustin Pedroia has reached base in 22 straight games, and he's 5 for 14 (.357) against Tillman.
|Last Updated: 9/24/2014 1:26:43 AM EST|