|BOSTON ( WORKMAN )|
OAKLAND ( COLON )
|925||BOSTON||+145||Ov 8.5,-110||+150||Ov 8.5,+110|
|926||OAKLAND||-155||Un 8.5,-110||-160||Un 8.5,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||39-27||+7.2||35-28||5.3||0.280||0.348||4.5||0.249||0.320|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.2||4-3||5.4||0.264||0.328||5.4||0.275||0.335|
|vs Right-handed Starters||36-27||+7.3||33-28||4.7||0.249||0.319||4.0||0.242||0.294|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.9||1-6||3.1||0.212||0.280||2.7||0.226||0.282|
|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)||4-2||W||100||7.5 un||U||6||5||1||3||6||2|
|7/13/2013||LESTER(L)||@ OAKLAND||GRIFFIN(R)||0-3||L||110||8 un||U||7||8||0||8||6||1|
|7/14/2013||WORKMAN(R)||@ OAKLAND||COLON(R)|| |
|7/19/2013|| ||NY YANKEES|| || |
|7/20/2013|| ||NY YANKEES|| || |
|7/21/2013|| ||NY YANKEES|| || |
|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|| || |
|7/20/2013|| ||@ LA ANGELS|| || |
|7/21/2013|| ||@ 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) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(CORRECTS to Midsummer Classic in eighth graf.)
*Red Sox-Athletics Preview* ===========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Boston (58-38) at Oakland (55-39), 4:05 p.m. EDT
The 40-year-old Bartolo Colon has been sensational in his 16th big league campaign.
He appears to be just as surprised as the rest of us.
Colon caps off a remarkable first half Sunday as the Oakland Athletics conclude a three-game set against the visiting Boston Red Sox in a matchup of division leaders.
Colon (12-3, 2.69 ERA) has been especially good over his last 10 starts, going 9-1 with a 1.48 ERA to climb within one win of tying Matt Moore and Max Scherzer for the most in the majors. He received his third All-Star nod, with the previous two coming in 1998 and 2005.
"I've never had a year like this," Colon, who also won the AL Cy Young Award in 2005, told MLB's official website. "I believe this year is my best year. It was always in my thoughts, but I never imagined having the kind of numbers that I do right now before the All-Star break."
Third in the AL in ERA, Colon outpitched fellow All-Star Jeff Locke in Monday's 2-1 win at Pittsburgh. The right-hander allowed one run and seven hits in seven innings.
"He probably has one of the best personalities I've ever played with," center fielder Coco Crisp said. "He just goes about his day and does the best he can and doesn't let too many things bother him. He's been doing good for us the whole year and is fun to play behind."
Colon, Oakland's lone All-Star representative, still has a chance to pitch in Tuesday's Midsummer Classic despite starting Sunday.
"As an organization, based on his age and where we are with him and how much we lean on him, that we would like him to get the time off," manager Bob Melvin said. "Pitching on Sunday, you look at it and say, 'Is that prudent?' But we'll leave it up to him. It's his decision."
Colon went the distance in a rain-shortened 13-0 win at Boston on April 23, striking out seven over seven innings of three-hit ball. He is 1-1 with a 1.90 ERA in four starts against the Red Sox since 2011.
Colon has had David Ortiz's number over the years, holding him to six hits in 46 at-bats (.130) in their matchups. Dustin Pedroia (2 for 13) and Jacoby Ellsbury (2 for 9) also have struggled.
After taking Friday's opener 4-2, the Red Sox (58-38) saw their four-game winning streak snapped Saturday with a 3-0 defeat. They couldn't come through against A.J. Griffin, who threw eight innings before Grant Balfour recorded his team-record 43rd consecutive save.
"I just tried to act like number 40 in situations like that," said Griffin, who worked his way out of a pair of two-on, two-out jams. "That's something I've learned a lot just watching Bartolo pitch."
Oakland (55-39), which is a major league-best 19-5 at home since May 17, has 55 victories before the All-Star break for the first time since 1975.
The Red Sox, meanwhile, give the ball to Brandon Workman (0-0, 13.50) for his first major league start. The right-hander surrendered three runs in two innings of relief in his big league debut Wednesday in an 11-4 win at Seattle.
Workman went 3-1 with a 2.80 ERA in six starts with Triple-A Pawtucket before getting called up Tuesday.
"We know he's going to throw strikes, that's the one thing he's proven over his minor league career," manager John Farrell said of Workman, Boston's minor league pitcher of the year last season. "We're looking forward to seeing him in the starter's role."
|Last Updated: 8/27/2014 8:19:25 PM EST|