|BOSTON ( LESTER )|
BALTIMORE ( HAMMEL )
|921||BOSTON||+100||Ov 9.5,+100||-115||Ov 9,+100|
|922||BALTIMORE||-110||Un 9.5,-120||+105||Un 9,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||41-30||+5.8||36-32||5.2||0.277||0.344||4.4||0.249||0.318|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.4||2-5||3.4||0.219||0.263||4.4||0.280||0.326|
|vs Left-handed Starters||17-15||+1.5||12-17||4.4||0.256||0.304||4.2||0.264||0.315|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.4||2-4||4.0||0.275||0.322||3.6||0.243||0.302|
|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)||7-3||W||110||9 ov||O||10||6||0||9||9||0|
|7/28/2013||LESTER(L)||@ BALTIMORE||HAMMEL(R)|| |
|7/29/2013||DOUBRONT(L)||TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)|| |
|8/4/2013|| ||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|
|8/4/2013|| ||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 (61-43) at Baltimore (58-46), 1:35 p.m. EDT
It's been more than two years since the Boston Red Sox won two straight against the Baltimore Orioles.
Just as surprising is Jon Lester's lack of success lately in this matchup.
The visiting Red Sox look to avoid a seventh consecutive series loss to the Orioles on Sunday.
Wins against Baltimore have been very hard to come by lately for Boston, which had lost six of eight in the season series and 25 of 35 overall to the Orioles before Stephen Drew homered twice and matched a career high with five RBIs in a 7-3 victory Saturday.
"The past couple of games, I've felt good at the plate but had no luck," Drew said. "It's just good to turn around and have a good outcome. It was also a good win. That's what we really needed."
The Red Sox (62-43) have lost the last six series to their AL East rivals and haven't won two in a row over the Orioles during that 35-game span. Their last back-to-back wins against them came during a 7-0 run April 28-July 18, 2011.
Boston posted a 71-28 record against Baltimore starting in 2006 and ending with those seven consecutive wins.
Lester was responsible for a good portion of that success, going 14-0 with a 2.33 ERA in his first 17 starts against the Orioles. But he's 0-2 with a 5.25 ERA in the past four, allowing five runs and nine hits over five innings in a 6-3 loss at Camden Yards on June 16.
Lester (9-6, 4.50 ERA) has a chance for three straight quality starts for the first time since May. He has a 3.55 ERA in his last two outings after compiling a 7.08 mark in his previous six.
Extra rest seemed to help the left-hander Tuesday in a 6-2 win over Tampa Bay. He allowed two runs with no walks over 6 1-3 innings and matched a season high with eight strikeouts. Lester had been scheduled to make his first start after the All-Star break on Sunday, but that was delayed to give him nine days of rest.
"He was strong," manager John Farrell said of Lester, who has a 5.37 ERA in 11 starts on regular rest in 2013. "It seems like the added rest did him some good."
Catcher Matt Wieters is batting a team-best .378 (14 for 37) against Lester, but backup Taylor Teagarden, who is 4 for 38 (.105) this season, is expected to start.
Saturday's loss was the fourth in five games for the Orioles (58-47), who had their home-run streak against the Red Sox stopped at 11 games - one shy of the club record.
Chris Davis went 1 for 3 with a walk and two strikeouts, the 21st consecutive game in which the major league home run leader has struck out. He has fanned eight times in his last three contests and hasn't homered since hitting No. 37 on July 14.
Asked how he was feeling at the plate, Davis replied, "I felt really awesome, like a unicorn riding through a rainbow with a pot of gold at the end of it. You know, you go through slumps during the season. I was very fortunate to have very few in the first half."
Struggling Jason Hammel (7-7, 5.20) will try to reverse his own fortunes and help the Orioles avoid their first series home loss since May.
Hammel is 0-5 with a 5.47 ERA in nine starts since beating Washington on May 27. He allowed 10 hits for the second straight start and walked a season-high four, but limited Kansas City to three runs over six innings in a 3-2 loss Tuesday.
Hammel went 1-0 with a 2.31 ERA in two starts against the Red Sox last season, both at Fenway Park.
Davis Ortiz, though, is 6 for 14 with a homer against him, and Shane Victorino (5 for 11) and Dustin Pedroia (4 for 9) also have fared well in this matchup.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 8:38:39 PM EST|