|TAMPA BAY ( HELLICKSON )|
BOSTON ( DEMPSTER )
|967||TAMPA BAY||+140||Ov 9.5,-110||+115||Ov 9.5,+105|
|968||BOSTON||-150||Un 9.5,-110||-125||Un 9.5,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||25-26||-6.7||29-17||4.7||0.255||0.324||5.0||0.253||0.313|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-6.9||3-3||2.0||0.200||0.273||5.0||0.262||0.330|
|vs Right-handed Starters||30-19||+6.5||25-21||5.3||0.270||0.343||4.2||0.235||0.312|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.2||0-6||3.1||0.202||0.265||2.9||0.235||0.293|
|6/5/2013||COBB(R)||@ DETROIT||FISTER(R)||3-0||W||130||8 ev||U||8||4||1||6||9||0|
|6/6/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)||2-5||L||182||8.5 un||U||6||7||0||13||8||0|
|6/13/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)||1-10||L||-140||7.5 un||O||6||6||0||14||5||1|
|6/14/2013||MOORE(L)||KANSAS CITY||MENDOZA(R)||2-7||L||-165||8 un||O||7||7||0||10||7||0|
|6/15/2013||COBB(R)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||5-3||W||-170||7.5 un||O||8||6||0||8||9||1|
|6/16/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)||3-5||L||-145||8 un||P||7||8||1||11||10||0|
|6/18/2013||ARCHER(R)||@ BOSTON||ACEVES(R)||1-5||L||105||10 un||U||6||8||1||8||8||0|
|6/18/2013||ODORIZZI(R)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)||1-3||L||140||10 un||U||4||3||0||7||6||0|
|6/19/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)|| |
|6/20/2013||MOORE(L)||@ NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)|| |
|6/21/2013||COLOME(R)||@ NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)|| |
|6/22/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|6/23/2013||ARCHER(R)||@ NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)|| |
|6/26/2013|| ||TORONTO|| || |
|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)||5-4||W||-105||9.5 un||U||9||4||1||10||4||0|
|6/16/2013||LESTER(L)||@ BALTIMORE||GONZALEZ(R)||3-6||L||105||9 ov||P||6||5||1||14||8||1|
|6/18/2013||ACEVES(R)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||5-1||W||-115||10 un||U||8||8||0||6||8||1|
|6/18/2013||DOUBRONT(L)||TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)||3-1||W||-150||10 un||U||7||6||0||4||3||0|
|6/19/2013||DEMPSTER(R)||TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)|| |
|6/20/2013||LACKEY(R)||@ DETROIT||ALVAREZ(L)|| |
|6/21/2013||LESTER(L)||@ DETROIT||FISTER(R)|| |
|6/22/2013||DOUBRONT(L)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)|| |
|6/23/2013||DOUBRONT(L)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)|| |
|6/26/2013|| ||COLORADO|| || |
|TAMPA BAY: HITTING: OF DESMOND JENNINGS' on-base skills will lead to tons of runs and SBs despite his mediocre batting average. 2B BEN ZOBRIST bounced back from a disappointing 2010, and will continue to produce near the top of the batting order. Though a series of nagging injuries plagued his 2011 season, 3B EVAN LONGORIA slugged 17 HR in his last 53 games. Fully healthy this season, he'll be an elite power-hitter with double-digit SB potential. OF B.J. UPTON's days in Tampa may be numbered. He's an elite athlete, but he just might lose his head if he's traded into a tough situation. After a hot start, OF MATT JOYCE settled in as the productive hitter he is. He should get to play every day in right field. SSs SEAN RODRIGUEZ and REID BRIGNAC will battle for ABs but neither hits on a consistent basis. C JOSE MOLINA was acquired for his defense much more than his hitting. DH LUKE SCOTT can also play some 1B when slugger CARLOS PENA, who is returning to Tampa after hitting 28 homers for the Cubs in 2011, needs a rest. |
STARTING PITCHING: DAVID PRICE was a little more hittable than in 2010, but he increased his already-high strikeout rate while cutting back on walks. His win total should rise from a disappointing 12 last year. JAMES SHIELDS put his 2010 disaster season behind him and became a Cy Young candidate. His peripheral stats and skills weren't all that different the past two years, it was a big swing of luck. Some people are putting out the Bust Alert on Rookie of the Year JEREMY HELLICKSON. He had the league's luckiest batting average on balls in play (.217), but he improved as last season progressed. MATT MOORE may be this year's R.O.Y. after a dominant late-season call up. He'll be among the league leaders in strikeouts for years to come. WADE DAVIS is a mediocre pitcher who eats innings at the back of the rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: KYLE FARNSWORTH looked as strong as he has in years, converting 25 of 31 saves in his first season with the Rays. He's the closer again this year, but it won't take much for him to lose that job after an unsteady last third of the 2011 season. JOEL PERALTA may overtake Farnsworth for ninth-inning duties at some point this season. Peralta was 5-for-5 on saves in September when Farnsworth was hurt, and gave up only one run in his final 21.3 innings. Possible future closer JAKE McGEE progressed nicely after a tough start to 2011. He's got potentially lethal stuff. Former Angels hurler FERNANDO RODNEY is looking to bounce back after a wild season (28 walks, 26 strikeouts in 32 IP).
|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 AL PREVIEW (TAMPA BAY-BOSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rays-Red Sox Preview* ======================
By JONAH ROSENBLUM STATS Writer
Tampa Bay (36-33) at Boston (42-29), 7:10 p.m. EDT
The Tampa Bay Rays have struggled to score lately and as a result, are in danger of dropping to .500 for the first time in almost a month.
The Boston Red Sox will look to take advantage once again Wednesday night.
On Tuesday, the Red Sox (44-29) held the Rays (36-35) to two runs and 10 hits while sweeping a doubleheader. Tampa Bay has scored just 14 runs while losing six of seven and is hitting .200 during that span. Evan Longoria is 0 for his last 10, James Loney is 1 for his last 25 and Desmond Jennings is batting .192 during that seven-game span.
The Red Sox have won nine of 11 this season against the Rays, including all five games at Fenway Park. Tampa Bay has totaled five runs and batted .148 in those contests.
Boston's Ryan Dempster (4-7, 4.21 ERA) will look to keep those bats in check. He's posted a 3.25 ERA and held opposing hitters to a .216 average in his last four starts. The right-hander threw a season-high 122 pitches in a 2-0 loss at Baltimore on Friday, yielding two runs and five hits over 7 2-3 innings.
"Ryan did a great job, threw a great game," catcher David Ross said. "That was a huge, huge performance. Those last innings, I think, were his best innings. The slider was really sharp, fastball was sinking."
Dempster did walk five in that outing, however, in a continuation of his season-long control issues. He is fourth in the majors with 40 walks, including 21 over his last six starts.
Tampa Bay starter Jeremy Hellickson (4-3, 5.67) aims to overcome a discouraging start his last time out. Coming off of six shutout innings against Baltimore, Hellickson had his worst game of the season Thursday, allowing eight runs and 10 hits in 5 2-3 innings of a 10-1 loss to Kansas City. It marked the sixth time this season that the right-hander allowed five-plus runs.
Hellickson has been victimized by big innings, surrendering multi-run frames in 10 of his 14 starts this season.
"I'm pretty frustrated," Hellickson said. "It wasn't a fun game. Eight runs, it's unacceptable. It's definitely not pitch selection. I've just got to execute whatever I throw. I wish I could maybe spread around the hits. One here, one there, instead of five, six in a row."
Hellickson has struggled in night games this season. He has a 2.42 ERA during the day, holding the opposition to a .211 batting average. At night, however, Hellickson has a 7.09 ERA with hitters batting .291 against him.
A loss in the finale of this three-game set would be the Rays' season high-tying fourth straight, and would leave them at .500 for the first time since they were 24-24 on May 25.
Dempster and Hellickson have already faced off once this season, with both going seven innings in a 3-2 Boston win on April 15. Dempster set a season high with 10 strikeouts and held Tampa Bay to one run and two hits, while Hellickson also impressed with a season-high nine strikeouts. He limited Boston to two runs and three hits.
Hellickson will want to be careful with David Ortiz, who is 7 for 19 against him with two home runs and six walks. The Red Sox designated hitter went 4 for 8 in Tuesday's doubleheader and is among the league leaders with five home runs this month.
Boston's Jose Iglesias is batting .422 during an 18-game hitting streak.
|Last Updated: 8/29/2014 11:31:17 PM EST|