|BALTIMORE ( TILLMAN )|
BOSTON ( LACKEY )
|969||BALTIMORE||+120||Ov 8.5,-120||+125||Ov 8.5,+100|
|970||BOSTON||-130||Un 8.5,+100||-135||Un 8.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||56-45||+7.1||49-47||4.9||0.263||0.317||4.3||0.257||0.317|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.3||1-5||4.0||0.246||0.293||3.4||0.230||0.284|
|vs Right-handed Starters||59-41||+9.8||48-48||5.3||0.277||0.346||4.2||0.249||0.314|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.7||3-4||5.3||0.266||0.349||3.1||0.188||0.272|
|9/5/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||3-1||W||-160||8.5 ev||U||7||3||0||5||4||0|
|9/6/2013||FELDMAN(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)||4-0||W||-185||8 un||U||9||4||0||5||4||1|
|9/7/2013||CHEN(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)||4-3||W||-170||8.5 un||U||13||12||1||7||5||3|
|9/8/2013||NORRIS(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||RIENZO(R)||2-4||L||-205||9 un||U||6||8||0||10||7||1|
|9/9/2013||TILLMAN(R)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||4-2||W||-130||8.5 un||U||7||5||0||5||3||1|
|9/10/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)||5-7||L||-115||8.5 ov||O||6||4||1||11||7||1|
|9/11/2013||FELDMAN(R)||NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||4-5||L||-125||9 un||P||13||7||0||6||3||0|
|9/12/2013||CHEN(L)||NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||5-6||L||-155||9 un||O||10||6||1||8||6||1|
|9/13/2013||HAMMEL(R)||@ TORONTO||REDMOND(R)||5-3||W||-115||9 un||U||10||9||0||7||3||0|
|9/14/2013||TILLMAN(R)||@ TORONTO||ROGERS(R)||3-4||L||-130||9 un||U||8||8||0||6||2||1|
|9/15/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||@ TORONTO||BUEHRLE(L)||3-1||W||-120||9 un||U||6||8||0||10||11||1|
|9/17/2013||FELDMAN(R)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)||3-2||W||105||8.5 ev||U||6||6||3||3||7||0|
|9/18/2013||CHEN(L)||@ BOSTON||PEAVY(R)||5-3||W||130||8.5 un||U||10||7||0||15||9||0|
|9/19/2013||TILLMAN(R)||@ BOSTON||LACKEY(R)|| |
|9/20/2013||HAMMEL(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)|| |
|9/21/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)|| |
|9/22/2013||FELDMAN(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)|| |
|9/23/2013||CHEN(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|9/26/2013|| ||TORONTO|| || |
|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)||2-0||W||135||7 un||U||4||3||0||4||4||0|
|9/11/2013||DEMPSTER(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||7-3||W||130||7.5 un||O||9||6||0||6||10||0|
|9/12/2013||PEAVY(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||3-4||L||-105||8 un||U||6||7||1||6||7||0|
|9/13/2013||LACKEY(R)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||8-4||W||-130||8.5 un||O||11||8||1||8||6||0|
|9/14/2013||LESTER(L)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||5-1||W||-155||9 un||U||9||8||0||3||4||1|
|9/15/2013||BUCHHOLZ(R)||NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)||9-2||W||-155||8.5 un||O||11||8||1||5||6||0|
|9/24/2013||DEMPSTER(R)||@ COLORADO||CHATWOOD(R)|| |
|9/25/2013||PEAVY(R)||@ COLORADO||OSWALT(R)|| |
|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.
|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 (BALTIMORE-BOSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Orioles-Red Sox Preview* =========================
By JONAH ROSENBLUM STATS Writer
Baltimore (80-70) at Boston (92-60), 7:10 p.m. EDT
The Baltimore Orioles became the first team to take a series from the Boston Red Sox since mid-August.
They'll look to become the first club to sweep the Red Sox at Fenway Park all season as they continue their climb toward the final AL wild-card spot on Thursday night.
Trailing Texas by a one game for the second wild-card spot, Baltimore's playoff hopes will likely go down to the wire.
Boston is one win or a Cleveland loss away from its first postseason berth since 2009, and its magic number for its first AL East title since 2007 stands at three after Tampa Bay beat the Rangers on Wednesday.
"We know where the playoffs are. We know how far away we are. We're not stupid," Boston catcher David Ross said.
The Red Sox (92-61) had won their last eight series before Chris Davis snapped a 3-for-22 skid with his go-ahead single in the top of the 12th Wednesday to give Baltimore a 5-3 win.
"Any time you're in a game like that you want to be the guy to get the hit - whether it's a squibber up the middle or a home run or whatever it is," Davis said. "You can feel the intensity of both teams trying to get a run. I'll take it whatever way I can get it."
The Orioles (81-70) will give the Red Sox their best shot with Chris Tillman (16-6, 3.70 ERA), who aims to become Baltimore's first 17-game winner since Mike Mussina in 1999.
No pitcher has more wins against Boston since Sept. 28 than Tillman, who has since gone 4-0 with a 1.08 ERA in five starts against the Red Sox. He held Boston to two runs while striking out eight in seven innings of a 3-2 win Aug. 29.
David Ortiz is hitless in 10 at-bats against Tillman. Jarrod Saltalamacchia hasn't been much better, with one hit and six strikeouts in 16 at-bats.
Will Middlebrooks, who snapped an 0-for-17 skid with three hits Wednesday, is 0 for 8 off Tillman.
Only Mike Napoli (.375) and Shane Victorino (.364), who homered off Tillman on Aug. 29, have seen the right-hander particularly well.
Tillman threw a six-hitter in a 4-3 loss in Toronto on Saturday.
"He was solid, just got a couple of changeups up," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "It's been a big pitch for him all year. Just elevated a couple and they made him pay for it."
The Red Sox give the ball to John Lackey (9-12, 3.56), who is 1-1 with a 4.35 ERA in three starts against the Orioles this season. He failed to record a decision while giving up three runs in 7 1-3 innings of a 4-3 win over Baltimore on Aug. 28.
He's surrendered five home runs in his last 13 2-3 innings against the Orioles, including two apiece to Manny Machado and Adam Jones.
The right-hander allowed four runs in 6 1-3 innings of an 8-4 win over the New York Yankees on Friday, but didn't record a decision.
|Last Updated: 8/30/2014 7:32:55 PM EST|