|TORONTO ( ROGERS )|
BOSTON ( LESTER )
|921||TORONTO||+205||Ov 8.5,-120||+190||Ov 8.5,-105|
|922||BOSTON||-225||Un 8.5,+100||-210||Un 8.5,-115|
|vs Left-handed Starters||19-20||-2.1||23-16||4.7||0.269||0.322||5.1||0.259||0.325|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.8||1-6||2.9||0.238||0.282||3.4||0.229||0.300|
|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|
|9/6/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ MINNESOTA||PELFREY(R)||6-5||W||-120||7.5 ov||O||7||3||2||10||6||2|
|9/7/2013||HAPP(L)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)||11-2||W||100||8.5 ov||O||15||5||1||11||13||0|
|9/8/2013||ROGERS(R)||@ MINNESOTA||ALBERS(L)||2-0||W||100||8.5 un||U||7||5||0||5||6||1|
|9/10/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)||6-12||L||-130||9 un||O||9||4||2||18||8||0|
|9/11/2013||DICKEY(R)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)||4-5||L||-105||8.5 ov||O||4||4||0||8||5||2|
|9/12/2013||HAPP(L)||LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)||3-4||L||+110||9 un||U||11||9||1||8||8||0|
|9/17/2013||DICKEY(R)||NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||2-0||W||+105||8 un||U||9||8||1||5||7||0|
|9/18/2013||HAPP(L)||NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||3-4||L||+100||8.5 un||U||8||5||0||9||7||0|
|9/19/2013||REDMOND(R)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|9/20/2013||ROGERS(R)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)|| |
|9/21/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)|| |
|9/22/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ BOSTON||BUCHHOLZ(R)|| |
|9/23/2013||HAPP(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|9/24/2013||REDMOND(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)|| |
|9/25/2013||ROGERS(R)||@ BALTIMORE||HAMMEL(R)|| |
|9/26/2013|| ||@ BALTIMORE|| || |
|9/27/2013|| ||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|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)|| |
|9/27/2013|| ||@ BALTIMORE|| || |
|TORONTO: HITTING: SS YUNEL ESCOBAR brings a little pop and could score runs in bunches atop a solid lineup. OF JOSE BAUTISTA has simply been the best hitter in baseball the past two seasons. 1B ADAM LIND will have plenty of RBI chances, but his average stinks and he faded late last year. 3B BRETT LAWRIE will be a 30-30 candidate in his prime and he's a solid slugger already. Expect big power numbers but a painful average in C J.P. ARENCIBIA's sophomore season. OF COLBY RASMUS should have his head right this year and could see an uptick in power numbers. 2B KELLY JOHNSON improved his dreadful average after being traded to Toronto. He has great potential as a 20-20 candidate. DH EDWIN ENCARNACION raked at home last season and has the position flexibility to stay in the lineup every day. OF ERIC THAMES will start in left field. Thames has 15-15 potential. OF RAJAI DAVIS' speed makes him worthy of staying in the fourth outfielder role. |
STARTING PITCHING: He's not really an ace, but RICKY ROMERO is a solid innings-eater at the front of the Jays' staff. He's a low-risk, low-reward starting pitcher. BRANDON MORROW's talent is intriguing. His mid-90s heat and deceptive slider lead to huge strikeout tallies, but also leads to a lot of gopher balls. Questionable conditioning was an issue for BRETT CECIL last year, as he gave up a whopping 37 HR between the majors and Triple-A. He seemed to straighten things out over the second half of last season. HENDERSON ALVAREZ's performance as a 21-year-old gives him an inside track for a rotation spot. He has intriguing upside. DUSTIN McGOWAN returned in September from a 38-month layoff to put himself in the mix for the rotation. His mid-90s gas is still there, giving him 175-K potential. KYLE DRABEK has great potential, but he was a disaster in 2011. He could not command his promising arsenal of pitches, and broke down mentally at times.
RELIEF PITCHING: SERGIO SANTOS has unhittable stuff, but will have to battle newcomer FRANCISCO CORDERO as Toronto's closer. Cordero's strikeout rate dropped down to a putrid 5.4 K/9 last year, but he showed great command with a stellar 1.02 WHIP. CASEY JANSSEN was Toronto's most improved pitcher in 2011. He has a sinking fastball, a pretty good K rate and performed quite well against the AL East last season. Prospect JOEL CARRENO, a starter in the minors, is a closer-in-waiting. He was impressive out of the pen after a late-August call-up, and averaged better than a strikeout per inning, albeit with shaky control, in the minors.
|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 (TORONTO-BOSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Blue Jays-Red Sox Preview* ===========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Toronto (69-82) at Boston (92-61), 7:10 p.m. EDT
While the Boston Red Sox are officially headed back to the postseason, they aren't satisfied just yet.
The Red Sox can clinch the AL East in Friday night's series opener against the visiting Toronto Blue Jays.
Stephen Drew hit a two-run homer and John Lackey threw a two-hitter in Thursday's 3-1 win over Baltimore, helping Boston (93-61) lock up its first playoff berth since 2009.
"We've still got some other goals ahead of us," Lackey said. "Hopefully, here in the next night or two we can get a party going."
Coming off a last-place finish in 2012, the Red Sox's magic number to clinch the division was later cut to one with Tampa Bay's loss to Texas. Boston can also clinch if the Rays lose to Baltimore on Friday.
"The next step is a more important one than this," manager John Farrell said. "Winning the East, that's been the stated goal since day one of spring training. That's getting closer and I think that will probably be a little bit more the realization of where we've come from and where we are at that moment."
Boston has to be feeling good about giving the ball to Jon Lester (14-8, 3.75 ERA), who is 4-1 with a 1.81 ERA in his last six outings and 6-2 since the All-Star break.
"It's not uncommon for power pitchers to really hit their stride in the second half of the season," Farrell told MLB's official website. "He's an example of that. His delivery becomes that much more efficient, and he repeats it more consistently. With that rhythm comes power, and that's what we've all seen in Jon over the course of the time here."
The left-hander allowed one run and three hits in eight innings to beat the New York Yankees 5-1 on Saturday, his eighth consecutive quality start.
"He's been doing great," teammate Mike Napoli said. "You can see he's confident out there. He's just getting the ball and throwing."
Lester has gone 3-0 with a 2.80 ERA in five starts versus Toronto this season, improving to 14-7 with a 3.64 ERA in his career against the Blue Jays. Adam Lind (3 for 29 with 12 strikeouts), Brett Lawrie (3 for 22), Jose Reyes (1 for 12) and J.P. Arencibia (8 for 41 with 16 strikeouts) have all struggled in their matchups.
Toronto (70-82) took two of three from the Yankees this week, winning 6-2 on Thursday. Anthony Gose went 3 for 4 with a home run and Lind added a three-run shot for his third homer in six games.
The Blue Jays now turn to Esmil Rogers (5-7, 4.47), who is 2-0 with a 2.32 ERA in his last five starts. After throwing 14 scoreless innings in winning back-to-back outings, the right-hander allowed three runs in six innings and didn't receive a decision in Saturday's 4-3 victory over Baltimore.
"I just think about giving the opportunity to win the game, and try to help the team," said Rogers, who matched a career high with seven strikeouts. "The only way you can get out people is when you make good pitches."
Rogers has posted a 0.75 ERA and struck out 12 in as many innings in two starts versus the Red Sox this year, both Blue Jays wins. Dustin Pedroia is 5 for 10 with two doubles against him.
Boston outfielder Shane Victorino missed Thursday's win with a jammed right thumb, leaving his status for Friday unclear. Victorino is hitting .359 with seven homers, 21 RBIs and 25 runs in his last 26 games.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 8:18:15 AM EST|