|BOSTON ( SALE )|
BALTIMORE ( MILEY )
|969||BOSTON||-190||Ov 8.5,+100||-185||Ov 8.5,+105|
|970||BALTIMORE||+180||Un 8.5,-120||+175||Un 8.5,-125|
|vs Left-handed Starters||17-17||-5.8||16-18||4.6||0.249||0.324||0.375||0.699||4.3||0.247||0.302||0.417||0.719|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.1||2-4||5.4||0.239||0.291||0.355||0.646||3.9||0.219||0.289||0.351||0.640|
|vs Left-handed Starters||26-22||+3.9||22-25||4.7||0.263||0.315||0.419||0.733||4.7||0.262||0.334||0.415||0.750|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.3||5-2||3.7||0.215||0.292||0.360||0.652||6.6||0.268||0.341||0.451||0.792|
|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)||1-0||W||100||9 ev||U||6||6||1||5||8||0|
|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)|| |
|9/27/2017|| ||TORONTO|| || |
|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||GAUSMAN(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||TAILLON(R)|| |
|9/27/2017|| ||@ 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.
|Orioles to get one more crack at Red Sox's Sale|
BALTIMORE -- Not many teams have found success against Boston Red Xox left-hander Chris Sale this season.
The Baltimore Orioles will get another chance Wednesday in the finale of their three-game series with the Red Sox.
Sale (16-7, 2.86 ERA), one of baseball's top pitchers, will try to help Boston sweep the series. Thanks to a second straight 11-inning victory over the Orioles on Tuesday night, the first-place Red Sox (87-64) maintained their three-game lead in the American League East over the New York Yankees.
Baltimore (73-79) counters with Wade Miley (8-13, 5.32 ERA).
Sale is looking for his 17th victory, which would match his career high. He is also 13 strikeouts away from 300 for the season as he bids to become the first AL pitcher to reach that number since Pedro Martinez did it for Boston in 1999.
This season, Sale is 2-0 with a 3.21 ERA in two starts against the Orioles, holding them to a .176 average. He is 4-2 with a 3.35 ERA in 13 career games (seven starts) vs. Baltimore.
Miley has struggled most of this season, often battling to get into the sixth inning because of high pitch counts.
He pitched well in August, going 3-1, but dropped his past three starts, including his most recent outing. The left-hander lasted just 19 pitches and allowed six runs in one-third of an inning in a 13-5 loss to the Yankees on Thursday.
"You can't go out there and lay an egg like that," Miley said after that game. "You have to go out there, and I have to give us a chance, and I didn't. It just hurts more. Every game right now that we're not in the win column hurts. First-inning six spot doesn't help."
For the Red Sox, second baseman Dustin Pedroia did not start Tuesday after a foul ball he hit Monday bounced back up and hit him in the nose. He was diagnosed with a nasal contusion.
Manager John Farrell said no new medical imaging was taken Tuesday but the club hopes to have Pedroia back in the starting lineup Wednesday. Pedroia pinch-hit late in Boston's 1-0 victory on Tuesday, grounding into a double play.
"He's sore, there's no question," Farrell said. "I would expect him to be back in the lineup (Wednesday)."
As for Hanley Ramirez (sore arm/biceps), he apparent felt fine after pinch-hitting Monday. He did not play Tuesday, and Farrell wants to see him back in the lineup Wednesday against Miley.
The Orioles are healthier now, but the September call-ups have given outfielder Austin Hays a chance to get noticed.
Hays never played above Double-A before coming to the Orioles earlier this month from the Bowie Baysox, but he made his sixth start -- and fifth in a row -- Tuesday. He doubled and stretched his hitting streak to four games. Hays has a .304 average.
He has shown some good defensive skills in center and right field, including a solid throwing arm. Plus, Hays isn't afraid to take a chance on the basepaths -- in a good way.
"That's the part of it I really like, that he's anticipating taking an extra base," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "It's not a reckless aggressiveness so far."
Showalter also said the team took precautionary X-rays on Adam Jones' right hand after the center fielder was hit by a Craig Kimbrel pitch in the ninth Tuesday. Jones finished the game.
"He looks fine," Showalter said, according to the Baltimore Sun.
|Last Updated: 12/17/2017 1:27:51 PM EST|