|TAMPA BAY ( PRICE )|
BOSTON ( DOUBRONT )
|967||TAMPA BAY||-120||Ov 8.5,+105||-115||Ov 8,-110|
|968||BOSTON||+110||Un 8.5,-125||+105||Un 8,-110|
|vs Left-handed Starters||22-11||+9.1||14-17||5.2||0.274||0.339||3.2||0.218||0.292|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.7||2-5||4.3||0.261||0.314||3.1||0.227||0.272|
|vs Left-handed Starters||21-13||+5.8||13-20||4.6||0.264||0.334||3.7||0.256||0.324|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1||2-5||3.9||0.230||0.287||3.7||0.257||0.311|
|7/19/2013||PRICE(L)||@ TORONTO||ROGERS(R)||8-5||W||-130||8.5 un||O||14||9||0||8||6||2|
|7/20/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||@ TORONTO||BUEHRLE(L)||4-3||W||-105||9 ov||U||12||10||1||6||10||1|
|7/21/2013||ARCHER(R)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)||4-3||W||115||9 ov||U||8||7||1||8||11||0|
|7/22/2013||MOORE(L)||@ BOSTON||WORKMAN(R)||3-0||W||-125||9 un||U||8||8||0||2||2||0|
|7/23/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)||2-6||L||130||9.5 ev||U||7||5||1||12||7||0|
|7/24/2013||PRICE(L)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)||5-1||W||-110||8.5 un||U||11||8||0||5||3||1|
|7/26/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||10-6||W||-110||8 un||O||12||7||0||11||8||2|
|7/27/2013||ARCHER(R)||@ NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)||1-0||W||-105||8 un||U||8||10||1||2||2||0|
|7/28/2013||MOORE(L)||@ NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||5-6||L||-145||8 un||O||10||8||0||12||9||0|
|7/29/2013||PRICE(L)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)|| |
|8/2/2013||ARCHER(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)|| |
|8/3/2013||MOORE(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)|| |
|8/4/2013||PRICE(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)|| |
|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)||5-0||W||-115||9 un||U||10||7||1||5||6||0|
|7/29/2013||DOUBRONT(L)||TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)|| |
|8/5/2013|| ||@ HOUSTON|| || |
|TAMPA BAY: HITTING: OF DESMOND JENNINGS' on-base skills will lead to tons of runs and SBs despite his mediocre batting average. 2B BEN ZOBRIST bounced back from a disappointing 2010, and will continue to produce near the top of the batting order. Though a series of nagging injuries plagued his 2011 season, 3B EVAN LONGORIA slugged 17 HR in his last 53 games. Fully healthy this season, he'll be an elite power-hitter with double-digit SB potential. OF B.J. UPTON's days in Tampa may be numbered. He's an elite athlete, but he just might lose his head if he's traded into a tough situation. After a hot start, OF MATT JOYCE settled in as the productive hitter he is. He should get to play every day in right field. SSs SEAN RODRIGUEZ and REID BRIGNAC will battle for ABs but neither hits on a consistent basis. C JOSE MOLINA was acquired for his defense much more than his hitting. DH LUKE SCOTT can also play some 1B when slugger CARLOS PENA, who is returning to Tampa after hitting 28 homers for the Cubs in 2011, needs a rest. |
STARTING PITCHING: DAVID PRICE was a little more hittable than in 2010, but he increased his already-high strikeout rate while cutting back on walks. His win total should rise from a disappointing 12 last year. JAMES SHIELDS put his 2010 disaster season behind him and became a Cy Young candidate. His peripheral stats and skills weren't all that different the past two years, it was a big swing of luck. Some people are putting out the Bust Alert on Rookie of the Year JEREMY HELLICKSON. He had the league's luckiest batting average on balls in play (.217), but he improved as last season progressed. MATT MOORE may be this year's R.O.Y. after a dominant late-season call up. He'll be among the league leaders in strikeouts for years to come. WADE DAVIS is a mediocre pitcher who eats innings at the back of the rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: KYLE FARNSWORTH looked as strong as he has in years, converting 25 of 31 saves in his first season with the Rays. He's the closer again this year, but it won't take much for him to lose that job after an unsteady last third of the 2011 season. JOEL PERALTA may overtake Farnsworth for ninth-inning duties at some point this season. Peralta was 5-for-5 on saves in September when Farnsworth was hurt, and gave up only one run in his final 21.3 innings. Possible future closer JAKE McGEE progressed nicely after a tough start to 2011. He's got potentially lethal stuff. Former Angels hurler FERNANDO RODNEY is looking to bounce back after a wild season (28 walks, 26 strikeouts in 32 IP).
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (TAMPA BAY-BOSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rays-Red Sox Preview* ======================
Tampa Bay (62-42) at Boston (62-43), 6:10 p.m. EDT
David Price can put himself in the history books Monday night with first place on the line in the AL East between his Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox.
Price can become the first starting pitcher in more than 82 years to beat the Red Sox twice in Fenway Park within a five-day span in this makeup game.
Last Thursday's finale of a four-game set between these clubs was postponed due to rain, giving Price (5-5, 3.75 ERA) this unusual opportunity. He pitched a five-hitter in last Wednesday's 5-1 victory over the Red Sox.
The last starter to win twice at Fenway in a five-day span was Rip Collins of the St. Louis Browns, who accomplished the feat on May 14 and 17, 1931.
The left-hander overpowered Boston's hitters last week, relying on a hard mid-90s fastball and sharp slider to lower his career ERA to 1.96 in Fenway Park with a 5-1 mark in nine starts. The ERA is the lowest mark among active pitchers with at least 20 innings at Fenway.
Price is 4-1 with a 1.76 ERA in five starts since being activated off the disabled list July 2 after missing more than six weeks with a left triceps strain.
"I didn't know what to expect when he came back," manager Joe Maddon said. "It's just hard to imagine a guy pitching better than he is now. I don't think I've seen it in regards to quality of pitches and stuff, location against a good hitting ballclub."
Price's victory last week pulled Tampa Bay (62-43) within one-half game of Boston (63-43) for the AL East lead. That's the same gap between them now as both clubs took two of three on the road this weekend.
The Rays intend to leave town in first this time.
"Deja vu all over again," Maddon told the Rays' official website. "I was hoping to get up there and see us on top of that (standings) board. We're not, just keep plugging away."
Price has limited David Ortiz to seven hits in 31 at-bats with no homers.
Ortiz went 4 for 4 with a homer in Sunday's 5-0 win over Baltimore. He bounced back after shattering the casing of two dugout phones with his bat after he was ejected Saturday.
"You've got to make sure you don't get out of your game," Ortiz said. "Sometime when you get excited it gets worse. Just go out there like I normally do."
Price will once again be opposed by Felix Doubront (7-4, 3.78), who allowed three runs over 6 2-3 innings. The Red Sox had won Doubront's previous five starts against the Rays.
The left-hander had been 3-0 with a 1.83 ERA in his previous six starts, allowing two earned runs or fewer in all of them and winning the last three in that stretch.
Tampa Bay fell for just the fourth time in 25 games with Sunday's 6-5 defeat to the Yankees.
Rookie Wil Myers homered twice and drove in four runs. Myers is 18 for 38 with four home runs and 11 RBIs during a nine-game hit streak.
Red Sox manager John Farrell says he plans to start catcher Ryan Lavarnway to give the night off to Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who has caught the last five games.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 4:02:13 PM EST|