|BOSTON ( DEMPSTER )|
BALTIMORE ( FELDMAN )
|973||BOSTON||+105||Ov 9.5,+100||+110||Ov 9,-115|
|974||BALTIMORE||-115||Un 9.5,-120||-120||Un 9,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||40-30||+4.6||35-32||5.2||0.278||0.344||4.5||0.249||0.318|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.6||1-6||3.0||0.216||0.258||4.3||0.268||0.318|
|vs Right-handed Starters||41-31||+9.4||36-33||4.9||0.273||0.320||4.5||0.260||0.322|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.8||2-4||4.6||0.302||0.343||3.1||0.258||0.306|
|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)||2-3||L||145||8.5 un||U||9||9||1||5||4||0|
|7/19/2013||DOUBRONT(L)||NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||4-2||W||-170||9.5 ev||U||8||5||1||5||6||0|
|7/20/2013||LACKEY(R)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||2-5||L||-150||9 ov||U||7||5||1||12||7||1|
|7/21/2013||DEMPSTER(R)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||8-7||W||-140||8.5 un||O||11||10||3||13||12||1|
|7/22/2013||WORKMAN(R)||TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)||0-3||L||+115||9 un||U||2||2||0||8||8||0|
|7/23/2013||LESTER(L)||TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)||6-2||W||-140||9.5 ev||U||12||7||0||7||5||1|
|7/24/2013||DOUBRONT(L)||TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||1-5||L||+100||8.5 un||U||5||3||1||11||8||0|
|7/26/2013||LACKEY(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)||0-6||L||-105||9 un||U||4||6||1||10||5||0|
|7/27/2013||DEMPSTER(R)||@ BALTIMORE||FELDMAN(R)|| |
|7/28/2013||LESTER(L)||@ BALTIMORE||HAMMEL(R)|| |
|7/29/2013||DOUBRONT(L)||TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|8/3/2013|| ||ARIZONA|| || |
|7/19/2013||CHEN(L)||@ TEXAS||HOLLAND(L)||3-1||W||130||9 un||U||6||5||0||9||10||0|
|7/20/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||@ TEXAS||WOLF(R)||7-4||W||-105||9.5 ev||O||17||8||1||14||10||1|
|7/21/2013||TILLMAN(R)||@ TEXAS||PEREZ(L)||4-2||W||120||9.5 un||U||10||11||0||6||6||2|
|7/22/2013||FELDMAN(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)||9-2||W||-120||9 un||O||18||13||0||5||5||1|
|7/23/2013||HAMMEL(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||CHEN(L)||2-3||L||100||8.5 ov||U||5||5||0||11||12||1|
|7/24/2013||CHEN(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)||3-4||L||-110||7.5 ov||U||8||6||1||9||5||2|
|7/25/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||1-7||L||-135||8 ov||P||8||7||0||10||5||0|
|8/3/2013|| ||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.
|BALTIMORE: HITTING: The leadoff spot is 2B BRIAN ROBERTS' if he can stay on the field. His recent injury history is very troubling, though his talent makes him a risk worth taking. 2B ROBERT ANDINO and 2B RYAN ADAMS would compete for time if Roberts is out. The O's best hitter last year was arguably SS J.J. HARDY. He was healthy for the first time in years and flexed his legit 30-HR power. If Roberts and Hardy stay healthy, OF NICK MARKAKIS will likely hit third and see an increase in RBI chances. OF ADAM JONES seems to have the highest ceiling of any Baltimore hitter. 3B MARK REYNOLDS will probably end up at 1B. His horrendous average cancels out some of his 40-HR potential. OF NOLAN REIMOLD revived his MLB career with an impressive end of the season. He's got a shot to start in left. 1B CHRIS DAVIS is a candidate to start at first, third or DH as sort of a Junior Mark Reynolds. C MATT WIETERS is already one of the best two-way backstops in baseball at age 25. |
STARTING PITCHING: WEI-YIN CHEN pitched well enough in Japan (2.48 ERA, 1.06 WHIP in past four seasons) to become the de-facto ace of this horrible pitching staff. JAKE ARRIETA is a mediocre talent, but is good enough to secure a spot as a Baltimore starter. JASON HAMMEL hopes the switch from Coors Field will help lower his career ERA of 4.99. The highest-risk, highest-potential O's pitcher may be BRIAN MATUSZ. His 2011 line is frightening (10.69 ERA, 2.11 WHIP), but he has the raw skills and pitch repertoire to turn it around. TOMMY HUNTER came over from Texas midseason and should round out the rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: There was talk of JIM JOHNSON being converted into a starter, but he'll open the season as the team's closer. Johnson established himself as the O's best option to close after going 7-for-7 in that role last September. KEVIN GREGG would step in as the ninth-inning man if Johnson falters. He was unstable in that role last year. Gregg is a trade candidate this midseason, in which case he'd probably end up a set-up man elsewhere. Flame-throwing MATT LINDSTROM is a darkhorse for saves. He saved 23 games for Houston in 2010 before being used as a set-up man in Colorado last year. TSUYOSHI WADA brings his finesse game from Japan. He's a heady hurler who hides the ball well, but he's in for a rude awakening in the A.L. East. BRAD BERGESEN and CHRIS JAKUBAUSKAS are long relievers who may get bumped into the rotation if the young Baltimore SPs struggle again.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (BOSTON-BALTIMORE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Red Sox-Orioles Preview* =========================
By JON PALMIERI STATS Editor
Boston (61-42) at Baltimore (57-46), 7:05 p.m. EDT
For years the Baltimore Orioles served as personal punching bags for the Boston Red Sox.
Now, it appears those roles have been reversed.
A seventh consecutive series win against the slumping Red Sox will be the Orioles' goal Saturday night at Camden Yards.
Beating up on the Orioles was common while they struggled through 15 straight losing seasons, but few teams did it as well as the Red Sox, who won 55 of 72 over Baltimore from 2006-09.
The tide began to turn at the end of 2011, when Baltimore won four of the final five meetings, including a memorable season-ending victory to knock Boston out of playoff contention. That seemed to springboard the Orioles into 2012, when their run of futility ended with 93 wins and the franchise's first playoff appearance since 1997.
A big part of that success was a 13-5 record against the Red Sox. Baltimore (58-46) has continued that prosperity with six wins in eight meetings this year, including a 6-0 victory in Friday's series opener.
Chris Tillman pitched seven innings of two-hit ball and Adam Jones homered twice as the Orioles snapped a three-game skid overall and improved to 21-8 at home since dropping seven straight there in mid-May.
Manny Machado and J.J. Hardy also homered for the Orioles, raising their major league-leading total to 141.
"That's our style of play," Jones said. "Tonight, it worked."
Machado is batting .444 (16 for 36) with two home runs, five doubles and eight RBIs against the Red Sox this season.
The Red Sox dropped out of first place in the AL East for the first time since May 27 with their sixth loss in nine games.
"We've got a lot of guys that are really great hitters," losing pitcher John Lackey said. "They'll come through and we'll get it going."
Most surprising is how little offense Boston (61-43) has managed versus Baltimore. The Red Sox lead the majors with 519 runs, but only 22 have come against the team that ranks 27th in the majors in ERA. They are batting .187 against the Orioles this year, with Jacoby Ellsbury going 7 for 34, Dustin Pedroia 5 for 26 and David Ortiz 3 for 19.
Scott Feldman (2-1, 4.73 ERA) will try to help send Boston to a season high-tying third straight loss as he makes his fifth start for the Orioles.
The right-hander had his best outing with his new team in a 9-2 win at Kansas City on Monday. He allowed two runs and five singles over eight innings in his longest start since throwing a complete game for the Cubs on May 1.
Feldman beat the Red Sox with seven strong innings for Texas on July 23, 2012, in his most recent meeting.
He'll want to be especially careful with Mike Napoli, who is 11 for 23 with two homers in their matchups.
Ryan Dempster (5-8, 4.28) seeks his first win in five starts for Boston. The right-hander has no record and a 4.87 ERA in his last four outings, walking 10 and striking out 14 over 20 1-3 innings during that stretch. He allowed five runs - three earned - and four walks in 5 1-3 innings Sunday against the Yankees in an 8-7 win in 11.
Though he is 1-2 with a 4.64 ERA in six road starts, Dempster was very good in a 2-0 loss at Baltimore on June 14. He worked around five walks, giving up two runs and five hits over 7 2-3 innings.
Dempster hasn't had much trouble with the Orioles, going 1-1 with a 1.73 ERA in four career starts. He's been particularly tough on Hardy, holding him to two hits in 30 at-bats (.067).
|Last Updated: 10/21/2014 12:53:11 AM EST|