|BOSTON ( POMERANZ )|
BALTIMORE ( GAUSMAN )
|917||BOSTON||-105||Ov 9,+105||+100||Ov 8.5,-120|
|918||BALTIMORE||-105||Un 9,-125||-110||Un 8.5,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||69-47||+10.6||49-62||4.9||0.262||0.327||0.399||0.727||4.1||0.244||0.302||0.394||0.696|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.1||3-3||6.9||0.273||0.318||0.414||0.731||4.0||0.219||0.301||0.352||0.652|
|vs Left-handed Starters||26-21||+5||22-24||4.8||0.266||0.318||0.424||0.742||4.8||0.265||0.337||0.421||0.757|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.6||5-2||4.0||0.223||0.296||0.380||0.676||6.9||0.288||0.359||0.477||0.837|
|9/8/2017||POMERANZ(L)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||9-3||W||-120||8.5 un||O||12||6||0||5||7||1|
|9/9/2017||SALE(L)||TAMPA BAY||ANDRIESE(R)||9-0||W||-270||7.5 ov||O||15||11||0||8||8||2|
|9/10/2017||PORCELLO(R)||TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||1-4||L||-140||9 un||U||5||5||1||9||8||1|
|9/15/2017||SALE(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||ANDRIESE(R)||13-6||W||-200||7.5 un||O||21||16||1||13||13||3|
|9/16/2017||PORCELLO(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||3-1||W||105||8 ov||U||7||5||2||5||4||0|
|9/17/2017||RODRIGUEZ(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)||2-3||L||-130||8.5 un||U||3||2||2||8||7||0|
|9/18/2017||FISTER(R)||@ BALTIMORE||BUNDY(R)||10-8||W||115||9 ev||O||12||6||2||11||8||0|
|9/19/2017||POMERANZ(L)||@ BALTIMORE||GAUSMAN(R)|| |
|9/20/2017||SALE(L)||@ BALTIMORE||MILEY(L)|| |
|9/22/2017||PORCELLO(R)||@ CINCINNATI||ROMANO(R)|| |
|9/23/2017||RODRIGUEZ(L)||@ CINCINNATI||STEPHENSON(R)|| |
|9/24/2017||FISTER(R)||@ CINCINNATI||STEPHENS(R)|| |
|9/25/2017|| ||TORONTO|| || |
|9/26/2017|| ||TORONTO|| || |
|9/5/2017||HELLICKSON(R)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||7-6||W||-110||9.5 ov||O||9||5||1||9||9||0|
|9/7/2017||GAUSMAN(R)||NY YANKEES||GRAY(R)||1-9||L||-115||8.5 ov||O||7||7||0||13||7||1|
|9/8/2017||MILEY(L)||@ CLEVELAND||CLEVINGER(R)||0-5||L||145||9 un||U||4||6||0||7||6||0|
|9/9/2017||YNOA(R)||@ CLEVELAND||TOMLIN(R)||2-4||L||160||9.5 ev||U||5||3||0||9||7||0|
|9/10/2017||HELLICKSON(R)||@ CLEVELAND||BAUER(R)||2-3||L||180||9.5 un||U||7||3||1||5||4||0|
|9/11/2017||JIMENEZ(R)||@ TORONTO||ESTRADA(R)||3-4||L||-105||10 un||U||6||4||2||8||7||0|
|9/12/2017||BUNDY(R)||@ TORONTO||BIAGINI(R)||2-3||L||-140||9 un||U||6||4||0||10||9||0|
|9/13/2017||GAUSMAN(R)||@ TORONTO||STROMAN(R)||2-1||W||-105||8.5 ov||U||7||8||1||7||5||1|
|9/14/2017||MILEY(L)||@ NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)||5-13||L||175||9.5 un||O||12||9||2||14||6||1|
|9/15/2017||YNOA(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SEVERINO(R)||2-8||L||245||9 ov||O||3||3||2||10||5||1|
|9/16/2017||HELLICKSON(R)||@ NY YANKEES||MONTGOMERY(L)||3-9||L||170||10 un||O||6||10||0||10||5||1|
|9/17/2017||JIMENEZ(R)||@ NY YANKEES||GRAY(R)||6-4||W||205||9.5 un||O||9||4||1||7||8||0|
|9/21/2017||YNOA(R)||TAMPA BAY||ANDRIESE(R)|| |
|9/22/2017||HELLICKSON(R)||TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)|| |
|9/23/2017||JIMENEZ(R)||TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)|| |
|9/24/2017||BUNDY(R)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|9/26/2017|| ||@ PITTSBURGH|| || |
|BOSTON: 2016: 93-69, first place
Manager: John Farrell (fifth season)
Who's new? LHP Chris Sale, RHP Tyler Thornburg, 1B Mitch Moreland, OF Steve Selsky
Who's gone? DH David Ortiz, 3B Travis Shaw, 3B Yoan Moncada, 2B Aaron Hill, C Ryan Hanigan, RHP Clay Buchholz, RHP Junichi Tazawa, RHP Koji Uehara, RHP Brad Ziegler
Projected lineup: 2B Dustin Pedroia (.318, 15 HR, 74 RBI), LF Andrew Benintendi (.295, 2, 14 in 34 games), SS Xander Bogaerts (.294, 21, 89, 13 SB), RH Mookie Betts (.318, 31, 113), DH Hanley Ramirez (.286, 30, 111) CF Jackie Bradley Jr. (.267, 26, 87), 3B Pablo Sandoval (.000, 0, 0 in three games), 1B Mitch Moreland (.233, 22, 60 with Rangers), C Sandy Leon (.310, 7, 35) or Christian Vazquez (.224, 1, 12)
Rotation: LH Chris Sale (17-10, 3.34 ERA), RH Rick Porcello (22-4, 3.15), RH Steven Wright (13-6, 3.33), LH Drew Pomeranz (3-5, 4.59), LH Eduardo Rodriguez (3-7, 4.71)
Key relievers: RH Craig Kimbrel (2-6, 3.40, 31/33 SV), RH Tyler Thornburg (8-5, 2.15 with Brewers), RH Joe Kelly (4-0, 5.18), LH Robbie Ross (3-2, 3.25), RH Matt Barnes (4-3, 4.05), LH Fernando Abad (1-6, 3.66 with Twins and Red Sox), RH Heath Hembree (4-1, 2.65)
Hot spots: Third base. Is this the year Sandoval is known more for his ability to play baseball than his physique? Sandoval, who missed all but three games last year because of a shoulder injury, showed up to spring training looking slimmer than years past. His production at the plate and agility on the field followed suit in the Grapefruit League. The Red Sox have shown they aren't afraid to take playing time away from the Panda if he doesn't deserve it. Josh Rutledge, a competent fielder and perhaps a better hitter against left-handers, is around just in case.
Outlook: Boston scored more runs than any team in baseball last year, and this year's club has the pitching to avoid another early playoff exit. Newcomer Sale is the best left-hander in the AL, an ace in his prime. Porcello is the reigning Cy Young Award winner. David Price, when he returns from an elbow injury, gives the Red Sox arguably the best 1-2-3 punch in the league. Ortiz retired, but he'll leave a bigger hole in the hearts of fans than in the lineup. Benintendi is a candidate for the AL Rookie of the Year award, while Betts played like an MVP at age 23. A bounceback season from Sandoval would give opposing pitchers no chance to breathe. Triple-A depth shouldn't be enough of an issue to prevent the Sox from challenging the Indians for the pennant.
|BALTIMORE: 2016: 89-73, second place
Manager: Buck Showalter (eighth season)
Who's new? C Welington Castillo, OF Seth Smith, OF Craig Gentry, OF Michael Bourn, LHP Vidal Nuno
Who's gone? C Matt Wieters, OF Nolan Reimold, INF/OF Steve Pearce, RHP Vance Worley, RHP Odrisamer Despaigne, LHP T.J. McFarland, LHP Brian Duensing, RHP Tommy Hunter
Projected lineup: LF Hyun-Soo Kim (.302, 6 HR, 22 RBI), CF Adam Jones (.265, 29, 83), 3B Manny Machado (.294, 37, 96), 1B Chris Davis (.221, 38, 84), DH Mark Trumbo (.256, 47, 108), RF Seth Smith (.249, 16, 63 with Mariners), 2B Jonathan Schoop (.267, 25, 82), C Welington Castillo (.264, 14, 68 with Diamondbacks), SS J.J. Hardy (.269, 9, 48)
Rotation: RH Kevin Gausman (9-12, 3.61 ERA), RH Dylan Bundy (10-6, 4.02), LH Wade Miley (9-13, 5.37), RH Ubaldo Jimenez (8-12, 5.44), RH Mike Wright (3-4, 5.79) or Chris Lee (5-0, 2.98 at Double-A) or Gabriel Ynoa (1-0, 6.38 with Mets) or Tyler Wilson (4-6, 5.27) or Jayson Aquino (0-0, 0.00 in three games)
Key relievers: LH Zach Britton (2-1, 0.54, 47/47 SV), RH Brad Brach (10-4, 2.05), RH Darren O'Day (3-1, 3.77), RH Mychal Givens (8-2, 3.13), LH Donnie Hart (0-0, 0.49), LH Vidal Nuno (1-1, 3.53 with Mariners)
Hot spots: Fifth starter and bullpen. A shoulder injury in camp left 16-game winner Chris Tillman in doubt for opening day. That opened the floodgates for a pair of competitions that are somewhat intertwined, since the Orioles value long relievers more than perhaps any team. Wright and Wilson, who shuttled between the bullpen and the rotation last season, are the top candidates for the final rotation job. Aquino is a candidate to start or relieve. Logan Verrett, Richard Bleier and Zach Stewart are all potential long men. Keep an eye on Lee, a 24-year-old lefty who missed most of last season with a lat strain.
Outlook: Boston landed the biggest trade chip of the winter and Baltimore couldn't (or didn't try to) acquire the number-one starter it badly needed. When the dust settled, the Orioles look like another 80-something win team that will lean on its organizational depth to overachieve. Machado is already one of the five best players in the game, and at 24 his prime years might still lie ahead. Only three teams in history have had three 40-home run hitters, but Machado, Davis and Trumbo are capable of making it four. Expect some high-scoring games: the Orioles' outfield earned low marks on defense last year, while their starting rotation is iffy at best. Bridging the gap to closer Britton will be key.
|Red Sox face Orioles with eye toward AL East title|
BALTIMORE -- The Boston Red Sox scored a big victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night. Now they want to keep going in the second game of the series on Tuesday and move one step closer to the American League East title.
The 10-8, 11-inning win on Monday allowed the Red Sox (86-64) to keep a three-game lead over the New York Yankees (83-67), who beat the Minnesota Twins. The Red Sox and Yankees each have 12 games left.
Boston manager John Farrell said that even though his club is in first place, nothing is going to change in the last two weeks.
The Red Sox simply are trying to gain some wins and take the AL East for a second consecutive season.
"Our approach is to win every night," Farrell said. "That hasn't changed. Nothing has been taken for granted. Nothing will be taken for granted."
The Red Sox should feel good about the second game of the three-game set with left-hander Drew Pomeranz (16-5, 3.28 ERA) taking on Kevin Gausman (11-10, 4.83).
Pomeranz has been hot in the second half of the season. He is 7-1 with a 2.86 ERA in 12 starts since the All-Star break.
In his career, Pomeranz is 2-3 with a 4.24 ERA against the Orioles. He is 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA in three starts vs. Baltimore this year.
Gausman has been the Orioles' second-best starter in recent weeks, behind Dylan Bundy. The right-hander has posted an 8-3 record since June 27, giving an inconsistent rotation some help.
Gausman is 4-6 with a 4.25 ERA against Boston in his career, including a 1=2 mark with a 3.86 ERA in three starts this year.
He could also be helped by the fact that the Orioles play much better at home than on the road. Baltimore is 44-31 at home and just 29-47 on the road.
For Boston, Mookie Betts didn't miss a full game after sustaining a right thumb contusion and leaving in the fifth inning of a Sunday loss at Tampa Bay. He started Monday and went 2-for-6 with four RBIs, including a key three-run double in a five-run fifth inning.
That was his 600th career hit -- in his 500th game. He also has 999 total bases.
Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia left the game in the fourth inning after fouling off a ball off the plate that came back and hit him right in the nose. The team called it a "nasal contusion," and Farrell said the nose wasn't broken.
Pedroia is day-to-day.
Farrell said Hanley Ramirez (left arm soreness) will be back in starting lineup at some point in this series. Ramirez pinch-hit in the Monday win.
Adam Jones returned to the Baltimore lineup on Monday after sitting out two of the last three games of the weekend series against the Yankees due to general soreness. He went 1-for-5 in the opener against Boston.
"He got shortened up a couple of games in New York, so I'm hoping (he's OK)," Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said.
The Orioles' defense, usually very strong, made eight errors last week as the team was in the midst of a 2-8 road trip. Showalter said the club needs to improve on that in the season's final two weeks.
|Last Updated: 4/21/2018 1:00:53 AM EST|