|SAN DIEGO ( ERLIN )|
BOSTON ( LACKEY )
|925||SAN DIEGO||+155||Ov 10,-110||+180||Ov 9.5,-110|
|926||BOSTON||-165||Un 10,-110||-190||Un 9.5,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||24-29||-2.2||27-25||3.8||0.236||0.297||4.5||0.256||0.326|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.2||6-1||3.3||0.232||0.281||5.0||0.243||0.316|
|vs Left-handed Starters||15-11||+1.6||11-14||4.5||0.261||0.336||3.7||0.260||0.328|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.6||4-3||6.0||0.341||0.395||4.7||0.258||0.318|
|6/18/2013||CASHNER(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)||4-5||L||135||6.5 un||O||9||6||0||13||7||0|
|6/19/2013||STULTS(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||2-4||L||150||7 un||U||4||5||0||11||7||1|
|6/20/2013||MARQUIS(R)||LA DODGERS||FIFE(R)||6-3||W||-125||7.5 un||O||9||7||0||11||8||2|
|6/21/2013||RICHARD(L)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||5-2||W||+140||6.5 ov||O||8||4||0||8||7||2|
|6/22/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||1-6||L||-105||7.5 un||U||5||4||2||7||10||0|
|6/23/2013||CASHNER(R)||LA DODGERS||CAPUANO(L)||1-3||L||-160||7.5 un||U||7||4||0||8||4||0|
|6/28/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ MIAMI||NOLASCO(R)||9-2||W||110||7.5 ev||O||15||7||0||9||9||1|
|6/29/2013||STULTS(L)||@ MIAMI||TURNER(R)||1-7||L||-110||7.5 un||O||7||5||1||9||5||0|
|6/30/2013||CASHNER(R)||@ MIAMI||EOVALDI(R)||2-6||L||-110||7 ov||O||5||6||1||7||4||0|
|7/1/2013||MARQUIS(R)||@ MIAMI||FERNANDEZ(R)||0-4||L||135||7.5 un||U||3||5||1||6||8||1|
|7/2/2013||ERLIN(L)||@ BOSTON||LACKEY(R)|| |
|7/3/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)|| |
|7/4/2013||STULTS(L)||@ BOSTON||WEBSTER(R)|| |
|7/5/2013||CASHNER(R)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)|| |
|7/6/2013||MARQUIS(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)|| |
|7/7/2013||ERLIN(L)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)|| |
|7/9/2013|| ||COLORADO|| || |
|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||LACKEY(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)|| |
|7/8/2013||LESTER(L)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|7/9/2013|| ||@ SEATTLE|| || |
|SAN DIEGO: HITTING: This was by far the worst lineup in the National League in runs (3.66 per game), HR (91), and OPS (.653). 1B JESUS GUZMAN had 44 RBI in just 247 at-bats thanks to a 1.094 OPS with RISP. 1B YONDER ALONSO, the key piece of the Mat Latos trade, will play first every day, moving Guzman to a back-up role. OF CAMERON MAYBIN used his speed to steal 40 bases and score 82 runs. OF CARLOS QUENTIN was acquired from the White Sox and will provide much-needed power in the middle of the batting order when he returns to the field sometime in late April/early May after having knee surgery. Slugger KYLE BLANKS will fill the void. In 420 career at-bats, he has 20 homers, but also has a .219 BA and 152 strikeouts. SS JASON BARTLETT had a disappointing first season in San Diego, hitting only two home runs in 554 at-bats and posting a pathetic .615 OPS as the team's No. 2 hitter in the lineup. Mediocre OF WILL VENABLE (.705 OPS) would not start for any other team in the majors. 3B CHASE HEADLEY batted .289 with a .374 OBP, but failed to provide any power from the three-hole. Oft-injured C NICK HUNDLEY had an .824 OPS and 9 HR in half a season. SS ORLANDO HUDSON batted just .246 with 92 strikeouts and just 31 walks. |
STARTING PITCHING: This young staff finished sixth in the majors with a 3.62 ERA. TIM STAUFFER struggled to pitch outside of spacious Petco Park, posting a 4.95 ERA and 1.39 WHIP on the road (2.57 ERA, 1.13 WHIP at home). Two starters both underwent surgery on their throwing shoulders last summer, but are expected to be ready for the start of the season. Lefty CLAYTON RICHARD had just 53 K and 38 BB in 99.2 innings, but he posted a strong 2.30 ERA and 1.11 WHIP at home last year. The 2011 campaign was the year to judge whether EDINSON VOLQUEZ was all the way back from major arm surgery. Well, the jury's in and the verdict isn't kind. The move to San Diego can only cure so much. Right-hander DUSTIN MOSELEY enjoyed his first season in the NL, posting career-best marks in ERA (3.30) and WHIP (1.28). But like Richard, his 64 K and 36 BB in 120 innings were unimpressive. CORY LUEBKE began 2011 in the bullpen, but was moved the rotation, which is where he'll stay in 2012. In 17 starts last year, he shined with a 3.31 ERA and 111 K in 100.2 IP.
RELIEF PITCHING: For the first time since 2008, somebody other than Heath Bell will close games for the Padres. HUSTON STREET will certainly benefit from the move to hitter haven Coors Field to pitcher-friendly Petco Park. Street had a 4.20 home ERA in three seasons in Colorado, while posting a stellar 2.59 ERA on the road. If Street gets hurt, the two leading candidates for the closer role are LUKE GREGERSON and ERNESTO FRIERI. Gregerson is the more consistent pitcher of the two, but Frieri throws harder than Gregerson and has a stellar 11.1 strikeout rate in his three-year career.
|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 NL PREVIEW (SAN DIEGO-BOSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Padres-Red Sox Preview* ========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
San Diego (40-42) at Boston (50-34), 7:10 p.m. EDT
Owners of the AL's best record, the Boston Red Sox aren't showing any signs of slowing down.
The Red Sox try to stay hot behind John Lackey as they open a three-game set against the visiting San Diego Padres on Tuesday night.
Leading the majors with 5.13 runs per game, Boston's 2012 last-place finish in the AL East has long since been forgotten. The Red Sox (50-34) became the league's first team to 50 wins Sunday after beating Toronto 5-4 in walkoff fashion.
Blue Jays first baseman Josh Thole couldn't handle Shane Victorino's grounder, allowing Jonathan Diaz to score the winning run. Boston has hit .346 in winning five of six.
"I think a lot of people doubted this team," said Victorino, who despite going 0 for 5 is batting .350 with a homer and 10 RBIs in his last nine games. "We've got that target on our back because we're in first place. But you know what? We're up for the challenge.
"With 50 wins, people are going to keep talking about that. It's not enough. We've got to keep going."
The Red Sox are surely feeling good about their chances of doing just that with Lackey (5-5, 2.99 ERA) on the mound. The right-hander has gone 4-1 with a 2.44 ERA over his last eight starts, throwing seven innings in each of his last three.
"I've been feeling pretty good," said Lackey, who missed all of last season rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. "I still feel like I'm getting stronger. It was a process, a lot of work, I'm still building."
Lackey was at his best in Wednesday's 5-3 win over Colorado, allowing two runs while striking out a career high-tying 12.
"That's the Lackey of old," Victorino told MLB's official website. "Going out there and doing what he is doing, going deep into the ballgames. His velocity is back, too. I think that's what makes it important."
The former All-Star has been especially good at home, going 3-1 with a 1.36 ERA and 37 strikeouts in five starts spanning 33 innings.
"It speaks to where my stuff's at right now," he said of the strikeouts.
In his only start versus San Diego (40-43), Lackey surrendered five runs, four hits and four walks over 3 1-3 innings in a 5-1 loss June 22, 2011. A repeat performance seems unlikely against a Padres team that's hit .224 and scored 25 runs during a 2-7 slide.
San Diego took Friday's opener 9-2 before dropping three straight at Miami by a 17-3 margin, including Monday's 4-0 defeat.
"It's not the results you want. To come out with a loss is not a good day," said losing pitcher Jason Marquis, whose team was limited to three hits.
The Padres will try to regroup behind rookie Robbie Erlin (1-0, 3.60), who allowed three runs and four hits in 6 1-3 innings Wednesday in a 7-5, 13-inning loss to Philadelphia.
"That's a good, experienced lineup over there. He did a great job," manager Bud Black said. "I'm very proud of Robbie. He pitched with the fastball, both sides of the plate."
The left-hander will need to be careful against Jacoby Ellsbury, who's batting .404 with seven RBIs and nine runs during an 11-game hitting streak. The speedy center fielder has also hit safely in each of his last nine interleague contests, going 19 for 40 (.475) with 10 runs and seven stolen bases.
Padres infielder Pedro Ciriaco, acquired from Boston on June 14 in exchange for future considerations, faces his former club for the first time.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 10:42:20 AM EST|