|TORONTO ( BUEHRLE )|
BOSTON ( DEMPSTER )
|915||TORONTO||+130||Ov 10,-115||+130||Ov 10,-115|
|916||BOSTON||-140||Un 10,-105||-140||Un 10,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||30-27||+4.8||27-29||4.7||0.246||0.314||4.3||0.250||0.313|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.6||3-4||4.7||0.235||0.308||4.3||0.286||0.345|
|vs Left-handed Starters||14-11||+0.6||11-13||4.5||0.261||0.338||3.7||0.259||0.326|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.6||5-2||5.7||0.347||0.398||5.6||0.276||0.337|
|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)||5-7||L||100||10 ev||O||8||5||0||15||9||1|
|6/29/2013||ROGERS(R)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)||6-2||W||130||10.5 ov||U||10||5||1||10||8||2|
|6/30/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)|| |
|7/7/2013|| ||MINNESOTA|| || |
|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||DOUBRONT(L)||@ LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)|| |
|7/6/2013||DEMPSTER(R)||@ LA ANGELS|| || |
|7/7/2013|| ||@ 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* ===========================
Toronto (39-40) at Boston (49-33), 1:35 p.m. EDT
It's been four seasons since Mark Buehrle defeated the Boston Red Sox.
Buehrle is also winless in his last five outings at Fenway Park as he tries to help the Toronto Blue Jays earn a split of this four-game set Sunday.
The left-hander began his career 4-0 against the Red Sox (49-34) but is 0-4 with a 4.84 ERA against them in seven outings since the start of 2010, including 0-1 with a 3.95 ERA in two this year.
He hasn't won in Boston since 2004, going 0-3 with a 7.04 ERA in his last five starts there although he only yielded one run over seven-plus innings May 11 in a 3-2 victory. His 5.02 ERA at Fenway is his third-worst in any AL ballpark.
David Ortiz is hitting .358 in 67 at-bats against Buehrle (4-5, 4.73 ERA) while Dustin Pedroia is 9 for 27. Both are 2 for 6 against him in 2013.
One hitter Buehrle has never faced is Jose Iglesias, who is 6 for 16 against Toronto (40-40) and hitting .402 in June for the AL's second-best mark.
Buehrle fell to 1-4 with a 5.79 ERA in eight road starts after allowing four runs and walking a season-high four over five innings Tuesday in a 5-1 defeat to Tampa Bay.
The Blue Jays could use a long outing from the veteran since their bullpen has been forced to work 14 innings in the first three games of this series.
Toronto ended Boston's win streak at four with a 6-2 victory Saturday behind Jose Bautista's 21st career multihomer game. Bautista hit the 200th of his career in the sixth and added a tiebreaking two-run shot in the eighth.
"Any time you hit two home runs in close ballgames I have to give it to that," manager John Gibbons said. "Homers win."
Bautista had been slumping with a .136 average since his last multihit effort June 15 at Texas, but Red Sox manager John Farrell knows that the slugger is always capable of breaking out after managing him the two previous years.
"Very good player," Farrell said. "Obviously capable of hitting balls out of the ballpark every time he steps in the box."
The Red Sox have recorded at least nine hits over eight straight games while batting .355, but went 3 for 13 with runners in scoring position Saturday.
"We're looking for anyone to score," Farrell said. "We left some opportunities out there."
Boston was much more efficient in going 12 for 25 with runners in scoring position in taking the first two games of this series.
Ryan Dempster (5-8, 4.15) will start for the Red Sox in search of a second straight win after yielding two runs in six innings in Tuesday's 11-4 rout of Colorado. He received two total runs of support in losing his previous two outings.
"The wins come as a team more than an individual," Dempster said. "That's all I care about is that when I start, we win the game."
The right-hander has allowed 17 homers to rank among baseball's highest totals and has given up four in two starts versus Toronto this year - all against different hitters. He's 1-1 with a 5.73 ERA in those outings.
|Last Updated: 9/16/2014 2:28:42 PM EST|