|BOSTON ( LACKEY )|
OAKLAND ( PARKER )
|925||BOSTON||+115||Ov 7.5,-115||+100||Ov 7.5,-105|
|926||OAKLAND||-125||Un 7.5,-105||-110||Un 7.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||38-26||+7.2||35-26||5.4||0.282||0.351||4.5||0.251||0.321|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.4||5-2||6.7||0.291||0.365||6.3||0.300||0.345|
|vs Right-handed Starters||36-26||+8.4||33-27||4.8||0.251||0.321||4.0||0.243||0.295|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3||1-5||3.4||0.221||0.276||2.6||0.213||0.273|
|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)||11-4||W||-135||8 un||O||12||10||0||9||7||1|
|7/11/2013||DEMPSTER(R)||@ SEATTLE||RAMIREZ(L)||8-7||W||-135||8 ov||O||10||10||2||12||9||0|
|7/12/2013||LACKEY(R)||@ OAKLAND||PARKER(R)|| |
|7/13/2013||LESTER(L)||@ OAKLAND||GRIFFIN(R)|| |
|7/14/2013||WEBSTER(R)||@ OAKLAND||COLON(R)|| |
|7/19/2013|| ||NY YANKEES|| || |
|6/28/2013||COLON(R)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||6-1||W||-110||7.5 un||U||9||7||0||7||5||0|
|6/29/2013||PARKER(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||1-7||L||+110||7.5 ev||O||5||5||0||10||5||1|
|6/30/2013||MILONE(L)||ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)||7-5||W||-130||8.5 ov||O||12||6||1||8||5||2|
|7/2/2013||GRIFFIN(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||RUSIN(L)||8-7||W||-215||8 ev||O||10||4||0||13||5||1|
|7/3/2013||COLON(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||GARZA(R)||1-3||L||-190||7.5 un||U||4||7||0||12||9||0|
|7/4/2013||STRAILY(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||1-0||W||-160||8 ov||U||5||6||1||2||4||0|
|7/5/2013||MILONE(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)||6-3||W||-115||9 un||P||9||5||0||7||4||1|
|7/6/2013||PARKER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)||3-4||L||105||8.5 ov||U||8||6||3||6||9||1|
|7/7/2013||GRIFFIN(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||MENDOZA(R)||10-4||W||-130||9 ov||O||15||7||1||10||10||0|
|7/8/2013||COLON(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LOCKE(L)||2-1||W||-115||7.5 un||U||3||3||1||9||10||0|
|7/9/2013||STRAILY(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)||2-1||W||-105||7.5 un||U||5||4||0||3||4||0|
|7/10/2013||MILONE(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||LIRIANO(L)||0-5||L||130||7 ev||U||5||5||1||12||9||1|
|7/19/2013|| ||@ LA ANGELS|| || |
|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.
|OAKLAND: HITTING: 2B JEMILE WEEKS may not be a legitimate .300 hitter, but he's still the best option they have at the leadoff spot. C KURT SUZUKI seemingly hits as many line outs as anyone in baseball. He has a solid bat for a catcher and qualifies as a middle-of-the-order option in Oakland. OF JOSH REDDICK is more of a line-drive hitter than a 25-HR guy, and he doesn't yet have the plate discipline to approach .300. 1B BRANDON ALLEN is an all-or-nothing hitter, but his potential for much-needed power should be enough for him to beat out DARIC BARTON. SS CLIFF PENNINGTON has quietly developed into a serviceable regular. With 3B SCOTT SIZEMORE out for the season with a torn ACL, either ERIC SOGARD or JOSH DONALDSON will win the job at third base. Neither player has reached 80 career at-bats yet. Highly-coveted Cuban OF YOENIS CESPEDES inked a four-year deal with Oakland, and will be expected to produced in the heart of the lineup immediately. OF COLLIN COWGILL is undersized, but has shown impressive power in the minors. The DH spot will fall to Allen when Barton is in the lineup. When he's not, it will be filled by such Quadruple-A types as KILA KA'AIHUE and CHRIS CARTER. |
STARTING PITCHING: BRANDON McCARTHY reclamation project worked out nicely. He's an injury risk, but when healthy he's one of baseball's better middle-of-the-rotation arms. BARTOLO COLON pitched better than expected with the Yankees last year (7.4 K/9, 4.00 ERA), and should perform just as well in his new spacious ballpark. DALLAS BRADEN (shoulder) and BRETT ANDERSON (elbow) are both question marks after major surgeries. Braden's return date has been pushed back to early May, while Anderson will might not take the hill until June. The jewel of the Trevor Cahill trade, hard-throwing righty JARROD PARKER has a chance to make a big impact if his arm is recovered from 2009 Tommy John surgery. The Gio Gonzalez trade landed Oakland TOMMY MILONE and BRAD PEACOCK, both of whom are coming off impressive minor-league seasons. They'll compete for rotation spots this spring. TYSON ROSS could get a few starts, but he's gotten very hittable over the past year. They're in no hurry to start the arbitration clock of top prospect SONNY GRAY, but he should make some late-season starts.
RELIEF PITCHING: With Andrew Bailey gone, righty GRANT BALFOUR (2.47 ERA, 1.03 WHIP) will get the first chance to close games. Though his occasional bouts with command issues make him a risk. If Balfour falters, BRIAN FUENTES will get the next look because of his ninth-inning experience and strong second half of 2011 . . . Long a favorite inside the organization, injury-prone righty JOEY DEVINE has long been considered a future closer and should get some late-innings duties. The highest upside option for a future closer is 25-year-old righty FAUTINO DE LOS SANTOS. He has overpowering stuff but his command comes and goes.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (BOSTON-OAKLAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Red Sox-Athletics Preview* ===========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Boston (56-37) at Oakland (54-38), 10:05 p.m. EDT
After a disappointing start, John Lackey feels like he's throwing the ball as well as any time during his successful career.
The right-hander hopes for another strong start while trying to help the Boston Red Sox avoid a seventh consecutive road loss to the Oakland Athletics in a matchup of division leaders Friday night.
Returning from elbow surgery that erased his entire 2012 season and a biceps strain that sidelined him for most of April, Lackey started 1-4 with a 4.05 ERA. Since then, he's 5-2 with a 2.30 ERA in 10 starts.
"It's probably the best first half I've had," said the 34-year-old Lackey, who possibly forgot about going 11-5 with a 2.91 ERA before the break in 2007.
Lackey (6-6, 2.80) lost for the first time in seven starts Sunday, allowing two solo homers among five hits and striking out nine in seven innings of a 3-0 defeat to the Los Angeles Angels.
"John's pitching as well as he has I think at any point in time in his career - and that's not to shortchange anything he did early on," manager John Farrell said. "But he's in a very good place right now."
Lackey is 18-6 with a 2.91 ERA in 33 starts against the Athletics (54-38), going 8-5 with a 2.85 ERA in 17 outings in Oakland. He's dropped two straight there despite a 2.77 ERA.
The AL East-leading Red Sox (57-37) scored 30 runs to win the final three of a four-game set at Seattle, coming away with an 8-7, 10-inning victory Thursday after trailing by four runs early.
"We continue to grind away and play it right to the last out," Farrell said.
Boston took two of three at home from the A's in May but has dropped 16 of 20 at Oakland and been outscored 45-10 during its slide there.
Jacoby Ellsbury is batting .413 with two homers and 11 RBIs during his AL-high 19-game hitting streak, but he's 4 for 34 in his last nine at Oakland.
Teammate Daniel Nava's only hit in six at-bats Thursday drove home the go-ahead run with two outs in the 10th. He's hit .375 in his last seven games but is 3 for 17 on the road against the A's.
Owner of a one-game lead over Texas in the AL West, Oakland has won 10 of 14 overall and 18 of 22 at home. The A's lost 5-0 at Pittsburgh on Wednesday to conclude a 4-2 trip.
Coco Crisp had three hits in that game but is batting .156 (5 for 32) with two homers against Lackey.
Third baseman Josh Donaldson went 5 for 9 with three doubles and four RBIs at Boston in May.
Scheduled Oakland starter Jarrod Parker (6-6, 4.04) went 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA against the Red Sox last season.
The right-hander is 4-0 with a 2.24 ERA in his last eight starts, but the A's have totaled seven runs while losing his last three. After leaving his previous outing with hamstring tightness, Parker allowed three runs in 6 1-3 innings of a 4-3 loss at Kansas City on Saturday.
"I'm semi-happy with the health stuff," Parker told the Athletics' official website. "It felt OK. I'd be lying if I told you it didn't affect my stuff though."
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 1:59:53 PM EST|