|BOSTON ( LACKEY )|
BALTIMORE ( GARCIA )
|965||BOSTON||-110||Ov 9.5,-115||-115||Ov 9.5,+100|
|966||BALTIMORE||+100||Un 9.5,-105||+105||Un 9.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||27-18||+4.5||25-18||5.4||0.273||0.346||4.3||0.233||0.314|
|Past 7 Games||4-4||-0.3||5-3||5.1||0.254||0.320||5.0||0.257||0.349|
|vs Right-handed Starters||28-21||+6.9||27-20||4.9||0.270||0.321||4.8||0.261||0.326|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.4||2-5||4.1||0.251||0.297||4.7||0.251||0.299|
|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)||0-2||L||100||9.5 un||U||3||7||0||5||8||0|
|6/15/2013||LACKEY(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GARCIA(R)|| |
|6/16/2013||LESTER(L)||@ BALTIMORE||GONZALEZ(R)|| |
|6/18/2013||BUCHHOLZ(R)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|6/18/2013||MORALES(L)||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|6/19/2013||DOUBRONT(L)||TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)|| |
|6/20/2013||DEMPSTER(R)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)|| |
|6/21/2013||LACKEY(R)||@ DETROIT||FISTER(R)|| |
|6/22/2013|| ||@ 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||GARCIA(R)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)|| |
|6/22/2013|| ||@ 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), 4:05 p.m. EDT
The Baltimore Orioles are in position to record their longest home winning streak over the Boston Red Sox in 43 years.
Chris Davis and Manny Machado will likely have a say in that.
Davis and Machado look to continue their respective success at the plate Saturday as they try to help the Orioles move even closer to the AL East-leading Red Sox.
Baltimore (39-29) has won seven of eight against Boston (41-28) dating to last season, including five in a row at Camden Yards. The Orioles haven't had a longer home streak in the series since reeling off seven straight wins bridging 1969 and '70.
Getting closer to matching that run would also put Baltimore in position to overtake the Red Sox for the division lead heading into Sunday's finale of this four-game series.
For now, the Orioles trail by 1 1/2 games, the closest they've been to first place since May 13.
Davis and Machado are big reasons Baltimore is gaining ground. Davis hit his major league-leading 22nd homer and Machado had three hits with two doubles in Friday's 2-0 win. They had two hits apiece and combined for three RBIs a day earlier, when Davis' walkoff single secured a 5-4, 13-inning win.
"Obviously you want to continue to play as well as you can, no matter if you're at home or on the road, if it's early or late in the season," Davis said. "But we know we're close. And any time a division rival comes in, you want to try to take as many games as you possibly can. I think we're pleased with the way things have gone so far, and hopefully we can continue it."
Davis is hitting .424 with six homers, 10 RBIs and 10 runs over his last 10 meetings with the Red Sox, while Machado - the major league leader in hits (95) and doubles (30) - has put together a career-high 12-game hit streak.
Freddy Garcia (3-3, 4.47 ERA) will try to win for the fourth time in five starts for the Orioles. He has allowed two earned runs or fewer in four of his past five outings overall and is 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA in his last three at home.
The only runs the right-hander allowed in six innings of Monday's 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels came on a pair of solo homers, and only a long rain delay kept him from continuing.
Garcia is 2-0 with a 2.95 ERA over his last six games - four starts - versus Boston.
The Red Sox were held to three hits Friday and have a .167 average with 11 runs over the last five games at Camden Yards.
Dustin Pedroia is 3 for 18 over that span after hitting .344 during his first 15 games there.
John Lackey (3-5, 3.14) will try to win for only the second time in seven road starts this year.
His struggles away from home continued against Tampa Bay on Monday, when he allowed four runs and 10 hits in 5 2-3 innings of a 10-8 win in 14. The right-hander is 1-4 with a 4.88 ERA on the road this season, yielding five homers in his last 11 2-3 innings.
Lackey is 1-0 with a 2.14 ERA in his last three games at Baltimore, but this is his first appearance there since June 6, 2010.
He'll face Machado for the first time, but he may not be thrilled to get re-acquainted with Davis and Nick Markakis. Davis is 8 for 17 (.471) with two doubles and a homer off him, while Markakis owns a .357 average with three doubles and a triple in 42 career at-bats.
|Last Updated: 9/20/2014 7:01:15 AM EST|