|BOSTON ( LESTER )|
DETROIT ( FISTER )
|967||BOSTON||+125||Ov 8.5,-120||+125||Ov 8.5,-105|
|968||DETROIT||-135||Un 8.5,+100||-135||Un 8.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||30-20||+5.2||25-22||5.3||0.269||0.341||4.2||0.239||0.314|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.3||0-6||3.0||0.212||0.280||3.4||0.266||0.310|
|vs Left-handed Starters||7-8||-7.3||9-5||5.2||0.281||0.357||4.5||0.256||0.314|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-1||2-5||3.7||0.278||0.329||4.3||0.254||0.310|
|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)||2-6||L||-130||9.5 un||U||7||5||1||15||10||0|
|6/20/2013||LACKEY(R)||@ DETROIT||ALVAREZ(L)||3-4||L||105||9 ev||U||7||9||0||8||5||0|
|6/21/2013||LESTER(L)||@ DETROIT||FISTER(R)|| |
|6/22/2013||WEBSTER(R)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)|| |
|6/23/2013||DOUBRONT(L)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)|| |
|6/28/2013|| ||TORONTO|| || |
|6/10/2013||FISTER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||2-3||L||-135||8.5 un||U||7||8||0||9||4||0|
|6/11/2013||SCHERZER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)||3-2||W||-160||8.5 ov||U||11||10||0||5||4||0|
|6/12/2013||VERLANDER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||2-3||L||-115||7.5 ov||U||7||8||2||8||6||0|
|6/14/2013||PORCELLO(R)||@ MINNESOTA||DIAMOND(L)||4-0||W||-135||9 un||U||5||4||2||3||5||0|
|6/15/2013||SANCHEZ(R)||@ MINNESOTA||DEDUNO(R)||3-6||L||-160||8.5 ev||O||8||6||0||14||8||1|
|6/16/2013||FISTER(R)||@ MINNESOTA||WALTERS(R)||5-2||W||-145||9 un||U||11||7||0||3||3||0|
|6/25/2013||PORCELLO(R)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)|| |
|6/26/2013||ALVAREZ(L)||LA ANGELS||HANSON(R)|| |
|6/27/2013||FISTER(R)||LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)|| |
|6/28/2013|| ||@ TAMPA BAY|| || |
|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.
|DETROIT: HITTING: OF AUSTIN JACKSON doesn't make much contact, but manager Jim Leyland likes his speed in the leadoff spot. RYAN RABURN and RAMON SANTIAGO will split second base duties, with Raburn getting the majority of the starts. 3B MIGUEL CABRERA seems to have cleaned up his act. He's an MVP candidate. So is newcomer 1B PRINCE FIELDER who will try to keep slugging in his move to a pitchers' park. His presence was needed after DH VICTOR MARTINEZ was lost for the season with a knee injury. OF DELMON YOUNG is a pending free agent, and he hit well after escaping spacious Target Field. He'll nab the starting LF job but could also DH. OF BRENNAN BOESCH did enough pre-injury to earn an everyday role, but he'll again be in danger of fading over the summer. SS JHONNY PERALTA had a resurgence in 2011, and he's on the right side of 30. C ALEX AVILA might not hit for average, but his power is legit. Leyland favorite BRANDON INGE and DON KELLY will back up the All-Star corner infielders, so neither expect to get much playing time. Streaky OF ANDY DIRKS is a fourth outfielder. C GERALD LAIRD will spell Avila. |
STARTING PITCHING: You can't expect an identical stat line for JUSTIN VERLANDER; his opponent .236 batting average on balls in play suggests there was some luck involved in his MVP season. But he's still the best pitcher in the American League by a wide margin. DOUG FISTER's improved strikeout rate with the Tigers suggests he could sustain success as a quality No. 2 starter. MAX SCHERZER can still be outstanding when he's on, but he was inconsistent again last year. He could figure it out in his late-20s, but time is running out. RICK PORCELLO still has a ways to go. His mid-season success came against some weak lineups. He's still only 23, but he hasn't been able to beat hitters at any level in the pros. The Tigers are still searching for a No. 5 starter. Top prospect JACOB TURNER is only 20, but the Tigers haven't been shy about fast-tracking young arms. He was dominant in the minors, but torched in his first big-league stint. ANDY OLIVER appears to be the front-runner for this role, but DREW SMYLY is also a possibility.
RELIEF PITCHING: JOSE VALVERDE was perfect in 2011, but it was a surprising development considering his sliding K/BB ratio. For Tigers fans, he carries more risk than 49-for-49 would suggest. One of baseball's better set-up men, JOAQUIN BENOIT is an eighth-inning-only guy. He'd take over if Valverde got hurt. OCTAVIO DOTEL is another elite set-up man who will step up as the seventh-inning guy. As good as AL ALBURQUERQUE was in the regular season (one extra-base hit'a double'allowed in 43.1 innings!), he's out until at least the All-Star break after offseason elbow surgery. Lefty DANIEL SCHLERETH has a chance to be the closer of the future, but first he'll need to cut down on the walks.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (BOSTON-DETROIT) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Red Sox-Tigers Preview* ========================
By MATT BECKER STATS Editor
Boston (44-30) at Detroit (39-31), 7:08 p.m. EDT
The Detroit Tigers appear to be in good shape to extend their home winning streak over the Boston Red Sox considering Jon Lester's recent struggles and his history in the series.
Coming off a dramatic victory, the Tigers look to beat Lester again and win a sixth straight home game over the Red Sox on Friday night.
Detroit (40-31) was on the verge of losing its third in a row in Thursday's series opener, trailing 3-2 heading into the ninth inning. Victor Martinez started the rally by drawing a leadoff walk off Andrew Bailey, and Jhonny Peralta followed with a homer to give the Tigers a 4-3 win.
"I see everybody at home plate, it's a good feeling, hitting a walkoff home run," Peralta said. "It's the best that I can feel."
It was the third blown save in the last five appearances for Bailey, and Red Sox manager John Farrell said he would be given a break from closing.
"We're going to back him out of there right now and try to get him fixed, so we'll look at some other internal options to close," Farrell said.
The Tigers, owners of the AL's best home record at 24-12, won their fifth straight over Boston (44-31) in Detroit - their longest such streak in the series since reeling off six in a row from 1991-92.
Peralta has played a big role in that success, batting .400 with two homers, three doubles and eight RBIs in his last seven home games against the Red Sox. He's hitting .433 with eight doubles in 16 home games overall since May 13.
While Peralta is 4 for 7 with two homers against Lester (6-4, 4.37 ERA) over the past three-plus years, Miguel Cabrera, Torii Hunter and Martinez have feasted on his pitching throughout their careers. Cabrera is 8 for 14 with two doubles and four walks, Hunter is 8 for 16 with a pair of doubles and Martinez is 5 for 8 with a home run and a triple.
Given those numbers, it might not be a surprise that Lester is 0-2 with a 4.78 ERA in five career starts against Detroit. It's the only AL team he has not beaten excluding Boston and Junior Circuit newcomer Houston.
Lester is 0-4 with a 7.20 ERA in six starts since beating Tampa Bay on May 15. He gave up five runs and nine hits while striking out eight in five innings in Sunday's 6-3 loss to Baltimore.
"It was a lot better than the linescore as far as the ball came out of my hand," the left-hander said.
Although he sounded like he was in denial, Lester did display better command by walking none. That came five days after he issued a career-high seven walks over 4 2-3 innings in a loss to the Rays.
The Tigers counter with Doug Fister (6-4, 3.21), who lost his no-hit bid Sunday against Minnesota in the sixth inning. He ended up allowing two runs and two hits before leaving with two outs in the eighth in a 5-2 win. It was the first victory since May 14 for the right-hander, who had been 0-3 in his previous four starts despite a 2.67 ERA.
Fister's no-hitter was broken up by a homer - just the third he's surrendered this season. He has allowed the fewest home runs by anyone with at least 90 innings pitched.
David Ortiz hit his 15th home run and drove in the tiebreaking run with an eighth-inning single Thursday. The slugger is 5 for 16 with two doubles and five strikeouts lifetime against Fister.
|Last Updated: 10/21/2014 10:34:15 AM EST|