|TORONTO ( JOHNSON )|
BOSTON ( WEBSTER )
|915||TORONTO||-110||Ov 9.5,-110||-105||Ov 9.5,-120|
|916||BOSTON||+100||Un 9.5,-110||-105||Un 9.5,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||30-26||+5.8||26-29||4.7||0.246||0.314||4.3||0.247||0.310|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.1||3-4||4.7||0.219||0.296||4.1||0.242||0.296|
|vs Right-handed Starters||34-22||+7.4||30-23||5.4||0.279||0.349||4.4||0.244||0.318|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.2||5-2||6.3||0.337||0.393||5.4||0.282||0.347|
|6/14/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ TEXAS||GRIMM(R)||8-0||W||115||9.5 un||U||11||3||0||5||3||0|
|6/15/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ TEXAS||LINDBLOM(R)||6-1||W||105||9.5 ov||U||8||4||0||9||11||1|
|6/16/2013||WANG(R)||@ TEXAS||HOLLAND(L)||7-2||W||182||10 ov||U||12||6||1||8||11||0|
|6/17/2013||JOHNSON(R)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||2-0||W||-165||9 un||U||3||2||0||5||8||0|
|6/24/2013||ROGERS(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||1-4||L||130||8.5 un||U||4||6||0||8||5||0|
|6/25/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)||1-5||L||125||8 un||U||6||11||0||11||14||0|
|6/26/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)||3-0||W||105||8.5 un||U||6||3||0||2||2||0|
|6/27/2013||WANG(R)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)||4-7||L||160||9.5 un||O||5||2||0||9||4||0|
|6/28/2013||JOHNSON(R)||@ BOSTON||WEBSTER(R)|| |
|6/29/2013||ROGERS(R)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)|| |
|6/30/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)|| |
|7/5/2013|| ||MINNESOTA|| || |
|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)||10-6||W||125||8.5 ov||O||17||9||0||11||8||1|
|6/22/2013||WEBSTER(R)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)||3-10||L||165||9 un||O||10||5||0||15||7||1|
|6/23/2013||DOUBRONT(L)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)||5-7||L||165||8.5 un||O||12||11||3||8||10||0|
|7/2/2013||LACKEY(R)||SAN DIEGO||ERLIN(L)|| |
|7/3/2013||LESTER(L)||SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)|| |
|7/4/2013||WEBSTER(R)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)|| |
|7/5/2013|| ||@ LA ANGELS|| || |
|TORONTO: HITTING: SS YUNEL ESCOBAR brings a little pop and could score runs in bunches atop a solid lineup. OF JOSE BAUTISTA has simply been the best hitter in baseball the past two seasons. 1B ADAM LIND will have plenty of RBI chances, but his average stinks and he faded late last year. 3B BRETT LAWRIE will be a 30-30 candidate in his prime and he's a solid slugger already. Expect big power numbers but a painful average in C J.P. ARENCIBIA's sophomore season. OF COLBY RASMUS should have his head right this year and could see an uptick in power numbers. 2B KELLY JOHNSON improved his dreadful average after being traded to Toronto. He has great potential as a 20-20 candidate. DH EDWIN ENCARNACION raked at home last season and has the position flexibility to stay in the lineup every day. OF ERIC THAMES will start in left field. Thames has 15-15 potential. OF RAJAI DAVIS' speed makes him worthy of staying in the fourth outfielder role. |
STARTING PITCHING: He's not really an ace, but RICKY ROMERO is a solid innings-eater at the front of the Jays' staff. He's a low-risk, low-reward starting pitcher. BRANDON MORROW's talent is intriguing. His mid-90s heat and deceptive slider lead to huge strikeout tallies, but also leads to a lot of gopher balls. Questionable conditioning was an issue for BRETT CECIL last year, as he gave up a whopping 37 HR between the majors and Triple-A. He seemed to straighten things out over the second half of last season. HENDERSON ALVAREZ's performance as a 21-year-old gives him an inside track for a rotation spot. He has intriguing upside. DUSTIN McGOWAN returned in September from a 38-month layoff to put himself in the mix for the rotation. His mid-90s gas is still there, giving him 175-K potential. KYLE DRABEK has great potential, but he was a disaster in 2011. He could not command his promising arsenal of pitches, and broke down mentally at times.
RELIEF PITCHING: SERGIO SANTOS has unhittable stuff, but will have to battle newcomer FRANCISCO CORDERO as Toronto's closer. Cordero's strikeout rate dropped down to a putrid 5.4 K/9 last year, but he showed great command with a stellar 1.02 WHIP. CASEY JANSSEN was Toronto's most improved pitcher in 2011. He has a sinking fastball, a pretty good K rate and performed quite well against the AL East last season. Prospect JOEL CARRENO, a starter in the minors, is a closer-in-waiting. He was impressive out of the pen after a late-August call-up, and averaged better than a strikeout per inning, albeit with shaky control, in the minors.
|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 (TORONTO-BOSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Blue Jays-Red Sox Preview* ===========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Toronto (39-38) at Boston (47-33), 7:10 p.m. EDT
The Toronto Blue Jays began their current seven-game trip riding a franchise-tying winning streak, but have struggled to simply win a game this week.
Looking to get back on track, the Blue Jays try to keep the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox from a fourth consecutive win Friday night.
Toronto (39-39) won 11 in a row before losing two of three at Tampa Bay, then was unable to recover after Boston (48-33) scored all its runs in the second inning of a 7-4 victory Thursday.
"You assume you're going to cool off a little bit. That's the way the game works," manager John Gibbons told the Blue Jays' official website. "But you can't have any reversed fortunes."
Dustin Pedroia's two-run homer off Chien-Ming Wang highlighted the big inning for the Red Sox, who have opened a nine-game homestand outscoring opponents 23-11 in three straight wins. They've won 13 of 17 at Fenway Park.
However, the Red Sox received a scare when Jon Lester left in the eighth inning with an apparent injury.
"I slipped a little bit. I guess the doctors were kind of calling it a little jammed hip, a type of zinging sensation down my leg." Lester said.
"I'm not too worried about it. The doctors didn't seem worried about it."
The Red Sox are already minus nine-game winner Clay Buchholz, who continues to recover from a neck injury.
That means Allen Webster (0-2, 11.25 ERA) gets a second straight start, and third career, since he was recalled from the minors over the weekend. The right-hander needs to be better than Saturday when he gave up a first-inning grand slam to Victor Martinez and one other run in 4 1-3 innings of a 10-3 loss at Detroit.
"The four runs given back in the first set the tone for the entire evening," Boston manager John Farrell said. "I think he settled down after the first inning and pitched OK."
Toronto counters with Josh Johnson (1-2, 4.60), who pitched well for five innings then allowed four runs and couldn't get out of the seventh inning, but earned his first win as a Blue Jay in Sunday's 13-5 victory over Baltimore.
"Another good outing for him. That's one win," Gibbons said. "Getting on the board so you've got something to show for it always makes you feel good."
The right-hander is making his first appearance at Fenway, but is 1-0 with a 3.15 ERA in three starts versus Boston. He gave up four runs and nine hits in six innings of a 6-4 loss to the Red Sox on April 5.
Pedroia, 2 for 5 with a double against Johnson, is 9 for 16 with six RBIs in four games since he batted .146 with four RBIs in the previous 11.
Teammate Jacoby Ellsbury has hit safely in eight straight games and .382 with 11 RBIs his last 25. He's in the midst of an 11-game hitting streak versus Toronto.
The Blue Jays' Edwin Encarnacion hit .350 with four homers and 12 RBIs during the 11-game winning streak, but since then is 2 for 15 with a solo homer in four contests.
Toronto put outfielder Melky Cabrera on the 15-day disabled list with left knee tendinitis after Thursday's loss and recalled infielder Munenori Kawasaki from Triple-A Buffalo. Kawasaki was sent down after Tuesday's game to make room on the roster for shortstop Jose Reyes.
|Last Updated: 10/20/2014 10:09:38 AM EST|