|BOSTON ( DOUBRONT )|
LA ANGELS ( WILSON )
|977||BOSTON||+130||Ov 9,+100||+125||Ov 8.5,+105|
|978||LA ANGELS||-140||Un 9,-120||-135||Un 8.5,-125|
|vs Left-handed Starters||17-11||+3.6||11-16||4.6||0.271||0.343||3.5||0.256||0.324|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+4.6||2-5||5.0||0.331||0.380||3.3||0.229||0.291|
|vs Left-handed Starters||10-11||-3.8||10-11||4.0||0.251||0.324||4.3||0.271||0.323|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+5.5||2-4||4.3||0.264||0.315||3.4||0.235||0.301|
|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)||4-1||W||-215||9.5 un||U||9||7||0||6||6||0|
|7/3/2013||LESTER(L)||SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)||2-1||W||-190||10 un||U||9||9||0||6||6||0|
|7/4/2013||WEBSTER(R)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||8-2||W||-160||10.5 un||U||18||9||0||7||10||0|
|7/5/2013||DOUBRONT(L)||@ LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)|| |
|7/6/2013||DEMPSTER(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)|| |
|7/7/2013||LACKEY(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)|| |
|7/8/2013||LESTER(L)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|7/9/2013||WEBSTER(R)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)|| |
|7/10/2013||DOUBRONT(L)||@ SEATTLE||HARANG(R)|| |
|7/11/2013||DEMPSTER(R)||@ SEATTLE||BONDERMAN(R)|| |
|7/12/2013|| ||@ OAKLAND|| || |
|6/25/2013||WILSON(L)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)||14-8||W||120||9.5 un||O||16||11||1||10||6||6|
|6/26/2013||BUCKNER(R)||@ DETROIT||ALVAREZ(L)||7-4||W||135||10 ov||O||10||5||0||12||7||1|
|6/27/2013||WEAVER(R)||@ DETROIT||FISTER(R)||3-1||W||135||8.5 un||U||11||10||0||7||7||0|
|6/28/2013||WILLIAMS(R)||@ HOUSTON||NORRIS(R)||4-2||W||-140||9 un||U||7||7||0||7||7||2|
|6/29/2013||BLANTON(R)||@ HOUSTON||LYLES(R)||7-2||W||-145||9 un||P||11||7||0||4||4||2|
|6/30/2013||WILSON(L)||@ HOUSTON||HARRELL(R)||3-1||W||-150||9 un||U||8||7||1||5||7||2|
|7/2/2013||WEAVER(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||5-1||W||-120||8 ov||U||9||4||1||9||8||1|
|7/3/2013||WILLIAMS(R)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||2-12||L||-110||8.5 ov||O||6||5||1||13||8||0|
|7/4/2013||BLANTON(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||6-5||W||+125||8 un||O||11||4||1||10||6||0|
|7/9/2013||BLANTON(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)|| |
|7/10/2013||WILSON(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|7/12/2013|| ||@ SEATTLE|| || |
|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.
|LA ANGELS: HITTING: SS ERICK AYBAR will likely get another crack at the leadoff spot by default. DH/OF BOBBY ABREU can still draw walks and run a little. 2B HOWIE KENDRICK traded batting average for more power last year. He's still one of baseball's better middle infield bats. 1B ALBERT PUJOLS should benefit from DH-ing a couple of times a year. OF TORII HUNTER is fading fast and may not provide middle-of-the-order power. OF VERNON WELLS has a better chance than Hunter to bounce back, and the Angels have to be patient considering his monster contract. MARK TRUMBO will get a look at 3B. If he can't get it done, ALBERTO CALLASPO would start and Trumbo would back-up first and DH. Speedy OF PETER BOURJOS will start in left, and top prospect MIKE TROUT will soon replace free agents-to-be Abreu or Hunter. KENDRYS MORALES could DH regularly if his ankle is healthy. CHRIS IANNETTA is no Mike Napoli, but he's a monster upgrade over Jeff Mathis. |
STARTING PITCHING: JERED WEAVER had a lot of things go right in 2011, and it's not hard to picture him as a Cy Young candidate again. But he faded late in the year, and may not belong in the upper echelon or pitchers. A cutter has led to DAN HAREN's rebirth. He's right there with Weaver, just a step behind the elite arms. C.J. WILSON may not get the same run support, but he should benefit from getting out of hitter-friendly Arlington; he had a 2.31 road ERA last year. ERVIN SANTANA never developed into a top-of-the-line starter, but he's become more consistent and settled in as a solid starter. Once a washed-out former prospect, JEROME WILLIAMS came back to the States from Taiwan and delivered three quality starts last September. He's not likely to have sustained success, but he does have the inside track for a rotation spot. Middling prospect GARRETT RICHARDS seems like the most likely candidate to step into the rotation in case of injury.
RELIEF PITCHING: JORDAN WALDEN will have the closer's role again entering the spring, but while he was overpowering he was also very shaky at times. He gave up seven runs over 2.2 innings in his last three appearances. RICH THOMPSON decided to lean on his cutter last year and the results were excellent. If Walden slips up, Thompson has to be in the closer conversation. LaTROY HAWKINS was solid with Milwaukee (2.42 ERA) and joins his ninth different team since 2003. He is expected to set up Walden as well. Lefty SCOTT DOWNS was far from dominant last year, despite his 1.34 ERA. But Scioscia does trust him in high-leverage situations, making him a possible fallback if Walden struggles. The Angels don't seem to have big plans for HISANORI TAKAHASHI, the most well-compensated long reliever in baseball.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (BOSTON-LA ANGELS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Red Sox-Angels Preview* ========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Boston (53-34) at Los Angeles (41-44), 10:05 p.m. EDT
If the Boston Red Sox are to build on the momentum generated from a stellar homestand and improve their recent road play, they'll need to cool off the surging Los Angeles Angels.
The Red Sox look for a fifth straight victory Friday night while trying to prevent C.J. Wilson from winning a career-high fifth consecutive start for the Angels.
Boston (53-34) hit .349 and outscored Colorado, Toronto and San Diego 51-30 during an 8-1 homestand. Jacoby Ellsbury had three of the Red Sox's 18 hits and Dustin Pedroia delivered a two-run double in Thursday's 8-2 victory over the Padres.
The Red Sox have hit .319 and averaged 6.0 runs while winning 18 of 23 at Fenway Park, but batted .247 and scored 3.8 while losing seven of 10 on the road.
Boston manager John Farrell hopes his club can turn things around this week at Los Angeles, Seattle and Oakland before the All-Star break.
"I think it's important to have that momentum going into the break," he told the Red Sox's official website. "You never want to have a stretch where you start to maybe slide back from the confidence that's been built or the wins that we've been able to amass.
"So we're going to be challenged not only in terms of the teams we're playing. Obviously the Angels are playing better now than when they were in town here last."
Los Angeles (41-44) lost two of three at Fenway last month, but has won eight of nine heading into this three-game set.
"It's all about momentum," slugger Josh Hamilton said after the Angels scored three in the ninth to rally for a 6-5 win over St. Louis on Thursday. "We kind of feed off each other, especially during this little but of a stretch we've had."
The Angels swept a three-game home set from Boston last season after the Red Sox won the previous seven at Anaheim.
Pedroia is batting .486 with eight RBIs in his last 10 games overall, and .378 in his last nine versus Los Angeles.
He's 8 for 17 with a homer and three doubles against Wilson (8-5, 3.63 ERA), who has posted a 2.42 ERA while winning four in a row. The left-hander allowed an unearned run, three hits and struck out 10 during Sunday's 3-1 victory at Houston.
Wilson has yielded two runs and seven hits over 14 innings to win two straight at home. However, he's 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA in three starts against the Red Sox after he went 4-0 with a 1.08 ERA in his first five.
In his most recent loss, Wilson allowed four runs and eight hits in five innings of a 7-2 defeat at Boston on June 8.
Mike Trout, who had a two-run single Thursday for Los Angeles, is batting .415 with a homer and six RBIs in nine games versus Boston.
Hamilton went 2 for 14 at Fenway last month but is 12 for 30 (.400) with six RBIs in nine games to raise his average from .207 to .226. His lone home run during that stretch was a tying two-run shot in the ninth Thursday.
He's 4 for 9 with two doubles and a triple against scheduled Red Sox starter Felix Doubront (4-3, 4.22), who allowed three runs in six innings of a 9-5 loss to the Angels last month.
That's the only decision the left-hander has earned while posting a 3.00 ERA in his last five starts. He gave up two runs in 6 1-3 innings of a 6-2 loss to Toronto on Saturday.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 3:57:42 PM EST|