|BOSTON ( LESTER )|
SAN FRANCISCO ( LINCECUM )
|923||BOSTON||-120||Ov 7,-115||-120||Ov 7,-120|
|924||SAN FRANCISCO||+110||Un 7,-105||+110||Un 7,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||50-34||+9.2||42-39||5.3||0.279||0.348||4.4||0.253||0.319|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-4.7||2-5||3.7||0.270||0.337||4.6||0.279||0.331|
|vs Left-handed Starters||16-23||-9.7||14-22||3.6||0.264||0.315||3.9||0.246||0.311|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.2||5-2||5.4||0.284||0.354||6.1||0.280||0.361|
|8/5/2013||LACKEY(R)||@ HOUSTON||OBERHOLTZER(L)||0-2||L||-185||8.5 un||U||5||8||0||8||7||1|
|8/6/2013||WRIGHT(R)||@ HOUSTON||LYLES(R)||15-10||W||-170||9 un||O||15||9||0||11||4||2|
|8/7/2013||DEMPSTER(R)||@ HOUSTON||COSART(R)||7-5||W||-165||8.5 ov||O||12||11||0||8||2||0|
|8/8/2013||LESTER(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||CHEN(L)||1-5||L||-110||7.5 un||U||7||5||3||6||5||0|
|8/9/2013||PEAVY(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)||6-9||L||-110||7.5 un||O||11||10||0||16||8||0|
|8/10/2013||DOUBRONT(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||5-3||W||-135||8.5 un||U||12||9||0||10||10||0|
|8/11/2013||LACKEY(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||3-4||L||-105||8 un||U||7||7||0||9||7||1|
|8/13/2013||DEMPSTER(R)||@ TORONTO||REDMOND(R)||4-2||W||-125||10 un||U||10||11||0||6||5||1|
|8/14/2013||LESTER(L)||@ TORONTO||ROGERS(R)||3-4||L||-145||9.5 un||U||8||10||3||8||9||1|
|8/15/2013||PEAVY(R)||@ TORONTO||BUEHRLE(L)||1-2||L||-120||8.5 ov||U||11||12||1||6||4||0|
|8/16/2013||DOUBRONT(L)||NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||3-10||L||-180||9 un||O||10||7||3||15||9||2|
|8/17/2013||LACKEY(R)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||6-1||W||-130||8.5 un||U||14||11||0||8||8||2|
|8/18/2013||DEMPSTER(R)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||6-9||L||-120||9 ev||O||9||9||0||17||13||0|
|8/19/2013||LESTER(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)|| |
|8/20/2013||PEAVY(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)|| |
|8/21/2013||DOUBRONT(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||GAUDIN(R)|| |
|8/23/2013||LACKEY(R)||@ LA DODGERS||NOLASCO(R)|| |
|8/24/2013||DEMPSTER(R)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)|| |
|8/25/2013||LESTER(L)||@ LA DODGERS||CAPUANO(L)|| |
|8/13/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)||2-4||L||120||6.5 ov||U||10||12||0||9||8||1|
|8/14/2013||LINCECUM(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)||5-6||L||140||7 ev||O||13||9||1||8||4||0|
|8/15/2013||VOGELSONG(R)||@ WASHINGTON||HAREN(R)||4-3||W||145||8 ov||U||6||5||1||8||11||2|
|8/16/2013||GAUDIN(R)||@ MIAMI||EOVALDI(R)||14-10||W||-110||6.5 ev||O||19||11||1||16||12||2|
|8/17/2013||CAIN(R)||@ MIAMI||ALVAREZ(R)||6-4||W||-130||7 un||O||5||5||1||5||5||0|
|8/18/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||@ MIAMI||KOEHLER(R)||5-6||L||-150||7 un||O||13||11||2||9||7||0|
|8/26/2013|| ||@ COLORADO|| || |
|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.
|SAN FRANCISCO: HITTING: The Giants scored the second-fewest runs in the majors. But the additions of OF MELKY CABRERA (.305 BA, 18 HR, 87 RBI, 102 runs) and OF ANGEL PAGAN (32 SB) at the top of the order will certainly help. C BUSTER POSEY's surgically repaired ankle should be fully healed for the start of the season, and the 25-year-old's .368 OBP is certainly needed. 3B PABLO SANDOVAL was the team's best hitter in 2011 (.315 BA, 23 HR, 70 RBI) and was the only legitimate power source. The right side of the infield consists of veteran players past their prime. 1B AUBREY HUFF had his worst season, hitting .246 with 12 HR, but the 35-year-old will continue to bat in the middle of the lineup. 2B FREDDY SANCHEZ, 34, missed 50+ games for the third straight year as he suffered a torn labrum. SS BRANDON CRAWFORD has a slick glove but he's not close to being a legitimate major-league hitter (.204 career BA). OF BRANDON BELT, 23, has future star potential, but will be in a reserve role. OF NATE SCHIERHOLTZ (.756 OPS) provides a reliable bat in right field. |
STARTING PITCHING: San Francisco ranked second in the majors in ERA (3.28), strikeouts (5.4 per game) and Opp. BA (.237). TIM LINCECUM was the ace once again with a 2.74 ERA and 220 strikeouts, but carried a sub-.500 record (13-14). Including playoffs, Lincecum has thrown an average of 230 innings per season since 2008. MATT CAIN also had a phenomenal year, carting a 2.88 ERA, team-best 1.08 WHIP and fanning 179 batters. He allowed only nine home runs in 221.2 innings of work. 22-year-old lefty MADISON BUMGARNER had a solid first full season, finishing with a 3.21 ERA, and a 4.2 K-to-BB ratio (191 strikeouts, 46 walks). RYAN VOGELSONG was an unbelievable story, returning to the majors for the first time since 2006 and going 13-7 with a 2.71 ERA. Although he's 34, his arm has plenty of innings left. BARRY ZITO will likely earn the final spot in the rotation as prospect ERIC SURKAMP gets more seasoning in Triple-A. Zito posted a career-worst 5.87 ERA while Surkamp carted a 1.84 WHIP in six starts.
RELIEF PITCHING: The success of the San Francisco bullpen hinges on BRIAN WILSON, who had a down year (1.47 WHIP, 54 K, 31 BB) because of elbow problems. Surgery was not required for his ailment, so expect a nice bounce-back season from this elite closer. If Wilson gets injured again, SERGIO ROMO could get called upon in the late innings. But even if he doesn't save a game, he still has plenty of value as a set-up man, notching a gaudy 13.1 strikeout rate and 0.71 WHIP last year. In 48 innings, he struck out 70 batters and only walked five. JEREMY AFFELDT is the top lefty in the Giants pen. He notched a strong 2.63 ERA and also tallied a career-best 1.15 WHIP last year.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (BOSTON-SAN FRANCISCO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
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*Red Sox-Giants Preview* ========================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Boston (73-53) at San Francisco (55-68), 10:15 p.m. EDT
The last time Boston and San Francisco met more than three years ago, Jon Lester gave the Red Sox a victory in a marquee pitching matchup with Tim Lincecum, who ended up helping the Giants win the 2010 World Series.
Neither San Francisco nor its former Cy Young Award winner are nearly as successful heading into this meeting.
Lester opposes Lincecum again as AL East-leading Boston visits the last-place Giants in the opener of a three-game set Monday night.
These teams haven't faced each other since June 27, 2010, when Lester struck out nine and gave up one run while tossing a five-hitter in a 5-1 Boston victory at AT&T Park. He would go on to win a career-best 19 games, though the Red Sox missed the postseason for the first time in four years.
Lincecum's performance in that contest was one to forget as he allowed four runs in three innings, but his season ended soaked in champagne as the Giants won their first of two World Series in three seasons.
San Francisco (55-68) sits at the bottom of the NL West in 2013, though, with Lincecum (6-12, 4.38 ERA) having an up-and-down season. He gave up six runs in six innings of a 6-5 loss at Washington on Wednesday after going 1-1 with a 1.23 ERA over his previous three outings.
The Giants had won three straight before falling 6-5 to Miami on Sunday despite Hunter Pence hitting his first homer in 111 at-bats.
"The focus is on each individual at-bat, so when you don't (hit a home run) for a long time that can be frustrating, but it doesn't change the constant of being ready for the next at-bat and the next at-bat after that and trusting that eventually it will happen," Pence said. "At the end of the day, we didn't get the win."
Manager Bruce Bochy wasn't pleased that Madison Bumgarner and the bullpen couldn't make a lead from Pence's first-inning, two-run shot stick.
"We gave up too many runs and missed a couple of good opportunities," Bochy said. "We let this one get away, the way I look at it."
Pence is hitting .467 during an eight-game hitting streak versus Boston (73-53), which also let a victory slip away Sunday.
The Red Sox blew a three-run lead in a 9-6 loss to the New York Yankees despite two hits each from Shane Victorino, David Ortiz, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Will Middlebrooks.
Boston, which has lost four of five and leads Tampa Bay by only one game in the East, will look to bounce back with help from Lester, who has pitched well on the road since the All-Star break.
Lester (10-7, 4.31) has been solid in three of his last four starts, with the major blemish coming when he gave up six runs in 4 1-3 innings of a 7-6 loss to Arizona on Aug. 2. The other three outings came away from home as Lester went 1-1 with a 1.33 ERA.
The left-hander allowed three runs - two earned - in 6 1-3 innings of Boston's 4-3, 10-inning loss at Toronto on Wednesday.
Boston has lost five of its last seven on the road, though San Francisco has dropped 17 of 24 at home.
Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli has missed the last two games with plantar fasciitis in his left foot and likely won't play in San Francisco. Boston plans to give Ortiz at least two starts at first against the Giants, a position he's played for only six innings this season.
|Last Updated: 8/28/2014 8:23:00 AM EST|