|BOSTON ( BUCHHOLZ )|
TAMPA BAY ( PRICE )
|921||BOSTON||+130||Ov 7,-115||+130||Ov 7,+100|
|922||TAMPA BAY||-140||Un 7,-105||-140||Un 7,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||31-19||+7.8||20-27||5.1||0.273||0.341||3.7||0.249||0.315|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.6||4-3||8.4||0.324||0.388||5.3||0.262||0.322|
|vs Right-handed Starters||51-42||-1.6||45-43||4.2||0.258||0.329||4.3||0.248||0.303|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.7||5-2||3.4||0.254||0.361||4.6||0.273||0.340|
|8/30/2013||DEMPSTER(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)||4-3||W||-170||9 ov||U||6||10||0||6||5||0|
|8/31/2013||PEAVY(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)||7-2||W||-215||9 un||P||15||11||0||5||5||1|
|9/1/2013||DOUBRONT(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||RIENZO(R)||7-6||W||-235||9.5 ev||O||8||8||0||11||7||1|
|9/5/2013||PEAVY(R)||@ NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)||9-8||W||-105||8 un||O||16||11||0||10||6||1|
|9/6/2013||DOUBRONT(L)||@ NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||12-8||W||-110||9 un||O||15||10||0||7||5||0|
|9/7/2013||LACKEY(R)||@ NY YANKEES||HUFF(L)||13-9||W||-115||9 un||O||14||4||0||12||9||0|
|9/8/2013||LESTER(L)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||3-4||L||100||8.5 ov||U||9||8||0||11||8||0|
|9/10/2013||BUCHHOLZ(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)|| |
|9/11/2013||DEMPSTER(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)|| |
|9/12/2013||PEAVY(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)|| |
|9/13/2013||LACKEY(R)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|9/14/2013||LESTER(L)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|9/15/2013||BUCHHOLZ(R)||NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)|| |
|9/17/2013|| ||BALTIMORE|| || |
|8/27/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)||5-6||L||-130||7.5 un||O||10||12||1||10||8||0|
|8/28/2013||ARCHER(R)||LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)||4-1||W||-170||7.5 ev||U||8||7||1||5||3||1|
|8/29/2013||ODORIZZI(R)||LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)||0-2||L||-175||8.5 un||U||3||8||0||6||5||1|
|8/30/2013||PRICE(L)||@ OAKLAND||PARKER(R)||3-4||L||-110||6.5 ov||O||8||8||1||7||4||0|
|8/31/2013||COBB(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRAY(R)||1-2||L||100||7 ov||U||7||9||0||5||4||0|
|9/1/2013||WRIGHT(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRIFFIN(R)||1-5||L||120||8 un||U||7||5||2||9||7||0|
|9/2/2013||ARCHER(R)||@ LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)||2-11||L||-135||8 ev||O||6||12||0||16||11||1|
|9/3/2013||MOORE(L)||@ LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)||7-1||W||-130||7.5 ov||O||15||13||1||4||7||1|
|9/4/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)||3-1||W||115||7.5 ov||U||7||6||0||7||7||1|
|9/5/2013||PRICE(L)||@ LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)||2-6||L||-180||7.5 ov||O||6||7||0||11||4||0|
|9/6/2013||COBB(R)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)||4-6||L||-125||7 un||O||12||12||1||8||4||1|
|9/7/2013||ARCHER(R)||@ SEATTLE||PAXTON(L)||2-6||L||-145||7.5 ov||O||5||7||1||11||7||1|
|9/8/2013||MOORE(L)||@ SEATTLE||RAMIREZ(L)||4-1||W||-140||7.5 un||U||10||11||0||5||8||1|
|9/13/2013||ARCHER(R)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)|| |
|9/14/2013||MOORE(L)||@ MINNESOTA||ALBERS(L)|| |
|9/15/2013||PRICE(L)||@ MINNESOTA||HERNANDEZ(L)|| |
|9/17/2013|| ||TEXAS|| || |
|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.
|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).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (BOSTON-TAMPA BAY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Red Sox-Rays Preview* ======================
By JONAH ROSENBLUM STATS Writer
Boston (87-58) at Tampa Bay (78-64), 7:10 p.m. EDT
Clay Buchholz looked like a solid candidate for this year's AL Cy Young Award until he missed three months with a strained neck.
Last year's winner, David Price, has hardly looked like one at all.
Buchholz will make his return for the Red Sox on Tuesday night as he opposes Price and a Tampa Bay Rays team struggling offensively as it tries to hang on to a wild-card spot.
Buchholz (9-0, 1.71 ERA) declared himself ready to go after a Sunday bullpen session at Yankee Stadium.
"Everything was good," Buchholz told the team's official website. "I threw all my pitches. Curveball was probably the sharpest pitch I threw, and that's usually the last one I get the feel for in spring training. I threw everything: cutter, sinker, fastball. It all felt fine."
He previously gave up two runs and struck out five in 3 2-3 innings for Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday.
Though manager John Farrell indicated Buchholz will be limited to 75-80 pitches, he has high expectations.
"We're hopeful we get a guy that's close to what he was prior to the injury, and it would be an additional lift to this rotation," Farrell said.
The Red Sox have won 11 of his 12 starts this year as he allowed two or fewer runs in all but one of them.
Buchholz said he wants to get back in that kind of form in time for a potential trip to the postseason.
"I want to make sure that I'm ready for that," he said.
The Rays are likely less than thrilled to see Buchholz. He has a 2.53 lifetime ERA against them including eight innings of two-hit ball in a 5-0 win April 14.
That doesn't bode well for a Tampa Bay team which has scored a major league-low 41 runs since Aug. 25. Matt Joyce hasn't homered in that span and is in 2-for-29 slump, and Evan Longoria is hitting .176 with three RBIs in the last 14 games.
The Rays have lost 11 of 15, with the four wins coming when their pitchers held the opposition to one run.
Four teams are within four games of the Rays (78-64) for the AL's second wild-card spot.
"We've got enough baseball left. We're still in a position to make the postseason," Price told the team's official website. "We still control our own destiny."
Price (8-7, 3.51) has been a bit shaky in his last five starts, posting a 4.78 ERA with 37 hits allowed in 32 innings.
The left-hander yielded six runs and 11 hits in seven innings of a 6-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday.
"It's frustrating when you go out there and don't perform well for your team," said Price, who also mentioned he needs to "make better pitches earlier in the count."
Price has defeated the Red Sox in two starts against them since the All-Star break, allowing two runs in 16 1-3 innings, but both were in Boston. They tagged him for four runs in 2 1-3 innings at Tropicana Field on May 15, and he left with triceps tightness in the 9-2 loss. Price is 6-1 with a 1.88 ERA at Fenway Park but 4-4 with a 4.33 ERA versus the Red Sox at home.
Boston has won three straight series on the road and six in a row overall after taking three of four from the Yankees despite losing 4-3 on Sunday on Brandon Workman's wild pitch in the ninth.
The Red Sox (87-58) are batting .361 with 18 home runs over their last five games.
|Last Updated: 9/22/2014 1:13:59 PM EST|