|BOSTON ( LESTER )|
SEATTLE ( HERNANDEZ )
|921||BOSTON||+100||Ov 7,+105||+105||Ov 7,+110|
|922||SEATTLE||-110||Un 7,-125||-115||Un 7,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||36-25||+5.9||32-26||5.3||0.280||0.348||4.4||0.247||0.318|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.2||1-6||4.6||0.298||0.352||3.1||0.249||0.301|
|vs Left-handed Starters||14-15||+0.4||14-13||3.9||0.235||0.299||4.4||0.260||0.309|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+3.2||4-3||4.9||0.266||0.330||4.6||0.252||0.293|
|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)||6-2||W||125||8.5 un||U||13||8||0||6||5||2|
|7/6/2013||DEMPSTER(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)||7-9||L||-110||8.5 un||O||12||14||2||17||9||3|
|7/7/2013||LACKEY(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)||0-3||L||120||8 ev||U||5||7||0||7||5||1|
|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||LACKEY(R)||@ OAKLAND||PARKER(R)|| |
|7/13/2013||LESTER(L)||@ OAKLAND||GRIFFIN(R)|| |
|7/14/2013||WEBSTER(R)||@ OAKLAND||COLON(R)|| |
|6/28/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||5-4||W||-150||7 un||O||9||11||1||7||2||0|
|6/29/2013||HARANG(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||3-5||L||+100||7 ov||O||10||8||0||10||6||0|
|6/30/2013||BONDERMAN(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||6-7||L||-115||8 ov||O||10||7||1||9||6||0|
|7/2/2013||SAUNDERS(L)||@ TEXAS||GRIMM(R)||9-2||W||150||9.5 un||O||13||8||1||11||9||1|
|7/3/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ TEXAS||HOLLAND(L)||4-2||W||130||8 un||U||10||9||0||8||7||0|
|7/4/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||@ TEXAS||PEREZ(L)||4-5||L||130||8.5 un||O||14||13||1||8||3||2|
|7/5/2013||HARANG(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)||4-2||W||182||8.5 ev||U||6||3||1||6||5||0|
|7/6/2013||BONDERMAN(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)||4-13||L||235||8.5 un||O||8||11||2||13||8||0|
|7/7/2013||SAUNDERS(L)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)||3-1||W||170||8.5 ov||U||6||5||1||6||5||1|
|7/12/2013||SAUNDERS(L)||LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)|| |
|7/13/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)|| |
|7/14/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)|| |
|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.
|SEATTLE: HITTING: C/DH JESUS MONTERO was brought over from the Yankees to hit in the heart of the order. At age 22, his offensive potential is scary. OF ICHIRO SUZUKI is entering the twilight of his career, but he might still have another .300 season left. 2B DUSTIN ACKLEY is the kind of line-drive hitter who fits well in Safeco, but he needs to catch up to MLB pitching. 1B JUSTIN SMOAK has disappointed, but he's making strides and has 30-HR upside. OF CASPER WELLS could play everyday. He won't hit for average, but has the power Seattle needs. MIKE CARP figures to at least grab early at-bats against righties. He'll strike out, but has lots of power. OF FRANKLIN GUTIERREZ is out for at least a month with a pectoral injury, but will reclaim his starting gig based on his defense. Seattle would love to see OF MICHAEL SAUNDERS step up to replace Gutierrez, but he's shown no signs of being able to handle MLB pitching. C MIGUEL OLIVO still has solid power, but he's an all-or-nothing hitter. 3B CHONE FIGGINS isn't quite done, but he's close. He'll have to battle line-drive hitting KYLE SEAGER for a job. SS BRENDAN RYAN will stick around for defense, but his bat is barely good enough for a regular gig. |
STARTING PITCHING: FELIX HERNANDEZ had a touch of bad luck last year, but he's one of the few pitchers in baseball who's a lock for 200 strikeouts. JASON VARGAS just keeps throwing strikes and letting his defense make plays. He'll get by fine again in spacious Safeco. BLAKE BEAVAN doesn't have a strikeout pitch, but he'll make few mistakes and get some outs thanks to a strong defense. HECTOR NOESI, who also came over from New York with Montero, isn't a big strikeout pitcher, but has good control and is savvy enough to get his shot in Seattle's rotation this year. 37-year-old journeyman KEVIN MILLWOOD will fill out the fifth spot in the rotation after a solid spring. Top prospect DANNY HULTZEN could break into the bigs in 2012. The lefty has the polish of a big leaguer right now, though his ceiling is more good-not-great.
RELIEF PITCHING: Like many rebuilding teams, the Mariners will continue to shop their closer. BRANDON LEAGUE will pick up saves in Seattle, but he's more of a groundball pitcher than a strikeout artist. He'd likely be ticketed for a set-up role elsewhere. If League is traded, the closer role is wide open. SHAWN KELLEY came back from Tommy John surgery late last year and looked as good as ever. If he picks up where he left off last year, he'd be an obvious choice for ninth inning duties. CHANCE RUFFIN, part of the Doug Fister trade, has a strong minor-league track record. He could carve out a big role in this bullpen if he can improve his command.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (BOSTON-SEATTLE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Red Sox-Mariners Preview* ==========================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Boston (54-36) at Seattle (39-49), 10:10 p.m. EDT
After the Seattle Mariners' successful road trip, Felix Hernandez will try to help his club start posting better results at home.
He'll be opposed by Jon Lester, who will attempt to end the Boston Red Sox's recent road woes by adding to his dominance over the Mariners on Monday night.
Seattle (39-49) went 4-2 in visits to Texas and Cincinnati, completing the trek with a 3-1 victory over the Reds on Sunday. The Mariners never trailed after Nick Franklin's second home run in three-game series in the first inning.
"It's a real good trip for us," manager Eric Wedge told the team's official website. "I think we would have liked to have won one more, but you don't get greedy this time of year. You work hard to win series. Our guys fought hard and played pretty good baseball."
Seattle hasn't performed as well lately at home, dropping six of nine, but having its ace on the mound could help. Hernandez (8-4, 2.69 ERA) has won his last three decisions, though he hasn't received one in his past three outings.
He's given up two runs in seven innings each of his last two starts while totaling 18 strikeouts, but received two runs of support in both contests. He's coming off a 4-2 win over the Rangers on Wednesday.
Hernandez was superb in his most recent matchup with the Red Sox on June 28, 2012, tossing a five-hitter and matching a career high with 13 strikeouts in a 1-0 home victory.
Headed to his fourth All-Star game, the right-hander will try to outpitch Lester (8-4, 4.41), who's been dominant in his last three starts against the Mariners.
The left-hander has won all three of those games with a 1.96 ERA, the most recent Sept. 4 when he have up three runs in six innings of a 4-3 victory at Seattle.
Lester is coming off a strong outing that snapped an eight-start stretch of shaky performances. He allowed one run in seven innings of a 2-1 win over San Diego, though he didn't get the decision.
Lester had posted a 6.99 ERA in his previous eight games, though he's 2-0 in his past three outings.
He'll try to help the Red Sox to a rare win on the road, as they've dropped eight of 11 there.
Boston (54-36) earned its ninth victory in 10 games Friday against the Los Angeles Angels but dropped the final two contests of the set, including a 3-0 loss Sunday. The Red Sox blew a four-run lead in the ninth inning Saturday and lost in 11.
"I still like this team. Tonight, we didn't create a whole lot for ourselves, but this is a team that continues to battle," manager John Farrell told the team's website after the series finale. "There's a lot of good at-bats. We're going to put a lot of people on base. Tonight just wasn't one of them."
AL East-leading Boston will be trying to avoid its first three-game skid since May 11-14.
Seattle's Raul Ibanez, batting .360 during a 12-game hit streak, has two singles and five strikeouts in his past nine at-bats against Lester. Kyle Seager, hitting .500 in his last seven games, is 1 for 7 all-time versus Lester and is a career .205 hitter against the Red Sox.
|Last Updated: 10/22/2014 6:40:04 AM EST|