|BOSTON ( DOUBRONT )|
SEATTLE ( HARANG )
|923||BOSTON||-125||Ov 8,+100||-130||Ov 8,+100|
|924||SEATTLE||+115||Un 8,-120||+120||Un 8,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||37-26||+6.2||34-26||5.3||0.282||0.350||4.6||0.251||0.322|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.4||3-4||5.4||0.312||0.358||5.1||0.285||0.338|
|vs Left-handed Starters||15-15||+1.4||15-13||4.1||0.241||0.305||4.4||0.261||0.310|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+2.5||4-3||5.4||0.285||0.349||5.4||0.271||0.318|
|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)||4-11||L||110||7 un||O||10||9||1||15||10||0|
|7/9/2013||WEBSTER(R)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)||11-8||W||125||7.5 ov||O||16||10||0||13||6||0|
|7/10/2013||DOUBRONT(L)||@ SEATTLE||HARANG(R)|| |
|7/11/2013||DEMPSTER(R)||@ SEATTLE||RAMIREZ(L)|| |
|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* ==========================
Boston (55-37) at Seattle (40-50), 10:10 p.m. EDT
David Ortiz is on the cusp of history after racking up plenty of hits in this series against the Seattle Mariners.
Ortiz's next hit as a designated hitter will make him baseball's all-time leader at that position and he figures to get that chance Wednesday night for the visiting Boston Red Sox.
Boston (55-37) evened this four-game set and ended a three-game slide with Tuesday's 11-8 victory.
Ortiz homered and doubled twice as part of his 18th career four-hit effort. He raised his hit total to 1,688 in his career as a DH, tying Harold Baines for the most in major league history.
"It means I'm getting old, man. You've got to play for a while to put numbers together," Ortiz said.
The slugger, 6 for 7 in this series, is hitting .403 with 13 RBIs over his last 20 games.
Ortiz is 3 for 6 with two doubles against Seattle starter Aaron Harang (4-7, 4.92 ERA), who seeks consecutive wins for the first time since Aug. 13-18.
Harang yielded two runs over six innings Friday in a 4-2 victory at Cincinnati - where he spent the bulk of his career.
"The fans appreciated him," manager Eric Wedge said. "He went out and threw a good ballgame."
The veteran right-hander is 2-1 with a 3.63 ERA in three starts against Boston, with the last one in 2008. The Red Sox hitter he has faced the most is Shane Victorino, 8 for 24 against him.
Victorino homered in his return Tuesday after missing two straight games with a hamstring injury.
Dustin Pedroia, Mike Napoli and Jackie Bradley Jr. also went deep as Boston homered five times at Safeco Field for the first time since July 21, 2006.
The Red Sox played their second straight game without Jacoby Ellsbury, out with a left wrist injury. Ellsbury is batting .389 during a 17-game hit streak and leads the majors with 36 steals.
Bradley was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to give Boston depth in the outfield because of Ellsbury's injury. The center fielder, who started opening day, batted .154 over two earlier stints with the club this year.
Both teams used five relievers Tuesday since starters Allen Webster and Hisashi Iwakuma were ineffective. Boston's bullpen worked 6 2-3 innings and Seattle's pitched six.
That means there is more of a need for Harang and Red Sox starter Felix Doubront (5-3, 4.11) to provide length Wednesday.
Doubront is 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA over his last four outings, yielding two runs over 6 2-3 innings to earn Friday's 6-2 win over the Angels. He owns a 2.80 ERA over his last nine outings.
"Just want to keep that pace and help the team win," he said. "My arm feels good now. All my pitches are pretty good."
The left-hander gave up one run in 4 1-3 innings in his lone career start against Seattle, a 2-1 road win July 1, 2012.
The Mariners (40-50) have 19 runs and 28 hits in this series for their highest totals over consecutive games. Kendrys Morales homered twice Tuesday and Brad Miller had three hits and four RBIs.
|Last Updated: 9/21/2017 7:58:29 PM EST|