|BOSTON ( LESTER )|
BALTIMORE ( GONZALEZ )
|vs Right-handed Starters||28-18||+5.5||25-19||5.4||0.273||0.346||4.3||0.235||0.314|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.3||3-4||4.9||0.228||0.293||4.7||0.259||0.346|
|vs Left-handed Starters||11-8||+3||9-9||4.7||0.274||0.328||4.3||0.251||0.302|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.4||2-5||4.7||0.272||0.318||4.3||0.239||0.282|
|6/2/2013||BUCHHOLZ(R)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||3-0||W||110||7.5 ov||U||8||4||0||2||2||0|
|6/8/2013||DOUBRONT(L)||LA ANGELS||HANSON(R)||5-9||L||-165||10.5 ov||O||14||14||1||12||12||2|
|6/8/2013||BUCHHOLZ(R)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)||7-2||W||-160||8.5 ov||O||13||10||0||7||6||3|
|6/9/2013||DEMPSTER(R)||LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)||10-5||W||-155||10.5 un||O||11||7||0||9||9||2|
|6/10/2013||LACKEY(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||10-8||W||130||7.5 ov||O||15||10||0||17||13||1|
|6/11/2013||LESTER(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)||3-8||L||-115||8 un||O||8||8||1||10||9||1|
|6/12/2013||ACEVES(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||2-1||W||130||9 un||U||5||8||0||6||7||1|
|6/13/2013||DOUBRONT(L)||@ BALTIMORE||GAUSMAN(R)||4-5||L||-115||9.5 un||U||9||4||2||12||16||1|
|6/14/2013||DEMPSTER(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)||0-2||L||100||9.5 un||U||3||7||0||5||8||0|
|6/15/2013||LACKEY(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GARCIA(R)||5-4||W||-105||9.5 un||U||9||4||1||10||4||0|
|6/16/2013||LESTER(L)||@ BALTIMORE||GONZALEZ(R)|| |
|6/18/2013||BUCHHOLZ(R)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|6/18/2013||MORALES(L)||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|6/19/2013||DEMPSTER(R)||TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)|| |
|6/20/2013||LACKEY(R)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)|| |
|6/21/2013||LESTER(L)||@ DETROIT||FISTER(R)|| |
|6/22/2013||DOUBRONT(L)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)|| |
|6/23/2013|| ||@ DETROIT|| || |
|6/4/2013||TILLMAN(R)||@ HOUSTON||HARRELL(R)||4-1||W||-165||9 ov||U||8||5||0||5||5||2|
|6/5/2013||GARCIA(R)||@ HOUSTON||KEUCHEL(L)||7-11||L||-150||9 un||O||13||9||0||14||5||0|
|6/6/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||@ HOUSTON||NORRIS(R)||3-1||W||-155||8.5 ev||U||11||9||1||6||6||0|
|6/7/2013||HAMMEL(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||1-2||L||105||8.5 ov||U||2||4||0||6||6||0|
|6/8/2013||GAUSMAN(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||0-8||L||115||8.5 ov||U||4||4||0||13||9||0|
|6/9/2013||TILLMAN(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)||10-7||W||135||7.5 ov||O||16||8||0||12||5||1|
|6/10/2013||GARCIA(R)||LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)||4-3||W||+115||9 ov||U||7||3||0||8||8||1|
|6/11/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)||3-2||W||-115||9.5 ov||U||8||6||0||6||2||1|
|6/12/2013||HAMMEL(R)||LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)||5-9||L||-110||9.5 ev||O||10||6||2||12||6||1|
|6/17/2013||HAMMEL(R)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)|| |
|6/18/2013||GAUSMAN(R)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)|| |
|6/19/2013||TILLMAN(R)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)|| |
|6/21/2013||GARCIA(R)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)|| |
|6/22/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||@ TORONTO||WANG(R)|| |
|6/23/2013|| ||@ TORONTO|| || |
|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.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (BOSTON-BALTIMORE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Red Sox-Orioles Preview* =========================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Boston (41-28) at Baltimore (39-29), 1:35 p.m. EDT
After rallying to end their skid in Baltimore, the Boston Red Sox are hoping Jon Lester can deliver another win by adding to his stellar record against the Orioles.
Lester, though, has hardly been at his best lately and is slated to pitch opposite a red-hot Miguel Gonzalez in Sunday's series finale.
Boston (42-28) had dropped five in a row at Camden Yards and four in a row overall to the Orioles before holding on for a 5-4 win Saturday. The Red Sox trailed 2-0 after the first inning, but Mike Carp hit a two-run homer in the fourth and Stephen Drew followed with an RBI double to put them ahead for good.
Those efforts snapped an 18-inning scoreless streak in this four-game series.
"We feel like we're going to mash every day. It just takes one guy to get going, fortunately today it was me," Carp said. "Tomorrow it's going to be another guy and so on and so forth."
That rally pushed the Red Sox 2 1/2 games ahead of Baltimore (39-30) in the AL East and they'll try to leave town with a bigger lead with help from Lester (6-3, 4.12 ERA). The left-hander is 14-1 with a 2.63 ERA in 21 career starts against the Orioles and is 7-0 with a 2.52 ERA in 10 all-time games in Baltimore.
Lester, though, also suffered his lone defeat to the Orioles in his most recent matchup Sept. 21 and enters this game having gone 0-3 with a 6.90 ERA in his last five starts overall.
He gave up a season-worst seven runs and matched a career high with seven walks in an 8-3 defeat in Tampa Bay on Tuesday.
"This one, obviously, it is what it is," Lester said. "It's just terrible. I did a terrible job of helping our bullpen out, a terrible job of keeping the ball down in the zone. The list goes on. This is solely on me. These guys count on me to go out there and throw innings, and I didn't do that tonight. I just flat out didn't get it done."
Lester might have to outduel Gonzalez (4-2, 3.71) when he attempts to win for the first time since May 15. The Orioles right-hander is 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA in his last two starts and gave up one run over a season-high eight innings in a 3-2 victory against the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday.
"Miggy was tough. Boy, he was good. He was really good," manager Buck Showalter said.
Gonzalez, who is expecting his first child to arrive sometime during the upcoming week, is 2-0 with a 2.92 ERA in two career starts against Boston, both last season.
In this matchup, Gonzalez will try to get some help from major league hits leader Manny Machado, who is riding a career-best 13-game hit streak. Machado extended that run with his major league-best 31st double and finished 2 for 4 Saturday.
The third baseman is batting .426 (20 for 47) in his last 11 games against Boston. He went 0 for 3 in his only matchup with Lester.
Red Sox rookie Jose Iglesias has a 16-game hit streak. He has one single in three career at-bats against Gonzalez.
|Last Updated: 8/21/2018 2:25:05 PM EST|