|TORONTO ( STROMAN )|
BOSTON ( RODRIGUEZ )
|vs Left-handed Starters||7-15||-11.9||9-11||3.4||0.228||0.294||0.381||0.675||5.7||0.278||0.335||0.457||0.793|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.6||5-1||4.3||0.230||0.314||0.396||0.710||8.0||0.314||0.398||0.550||0.948|
|vs Right-handed Starters||42-32||+0.3||31-40||4.7||0.264||0.332||0.403||0.735||3.9||0.248||0.304||0.401||0.704|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.2||3-4||2.9||0.210||0.287||0.310||0.596||2.9||0.231||0.293||0.351||0.644|
|7/3/2017||STROMAN(R)||@ NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)||3-6||L||130||9 un||P||8||6||1||8||5||1|
|7/4/2017||HAPP(L)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||4-1||W||-115||10 ov||U||9||7||0||4||6||0|
|7/5/2017||ESTRADA(R)||@ NY YANKEES||PINEDA(R)||7-6||W||165||9 ov||O||11||9||0||6||5||1|
|7/6/2017||LIRIANO(L)||HOUSTON||MCCULLERS JR.(R)||7-4||W||+145||9 ov||O||13||9||0||11||8||2|
|7/14/2017||SANCHEZ(R)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)||7-2||W||110||9.5 ev||U||8||11||1||10||9||1|
|7/15/2017||LIRIANO(L)||@ DETROIT||FULMER(R)||1-11||L||130||9.5 ov||O||2||1||0||14||8||0|
|7/16/2017||ESTRADA(R)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)||5-6||L||110||10 ov||O||10||7||3||8||11||0|
|7/17/2017||STROMAN(R)||@ BOSTON||RODRIGUEZ(L)|| |
|7/18/2017||HAPP(L)||@ BOSTON||FISTER(R)|| |
|7/19/2017||SANCHEZ(R)||@ BOSTON||POMERANZ(L)|| |
|7/20/2017||LIRIANO(L)||@ BOSTON||POMERANZ(L)|| |
|7/21/2017||ESTRADA(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)|| |
|7/22/2017||STROMAN(R)||@ CLEVELAND||BAUER(R)|| |
|7/23/2017||HAPP(L)||@ CLEVELAND||TOMLIN(R)|| |
|7/24/2017|| ||OAKLAND|| || |
|7/3/2017||PORCELLO(R)||@ TEXAS||PEREZ(L)||7-5||W||-110||10.5 ov||O||10||10||0||7||5||1|
|7/4/2017||PRICE(L)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)||11-4||W||-105||9 un||O||19||11||0||10||10||2|
|7/5/2017||FISTER(R)||@ TEXAS||CASHNER(R)||2-8||L||-115||10.5 ov||U||3||4||1||8||6||1|
|7/6/2017||SALE(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||FARIA(R)||1-4||L||-185||7 un||U||5||8||1||8||5||1|
|7/7/2017||POMERANZ(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)||8-3||W||-135||8.5 un||O||11||7||0||10||10||0|
|7/8/2017||PORCELLO(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||0-1||L||-115||9 un||U||3||7||0||6||7||1|
|7/9/2017||PRICE(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||3-5||L||-110||7.5 un||O||9||9||0||7||6||0|
|7/14/2017||POMERANZ(L)||NY YANKEES||MONTGOMERY(L)||5-4||W||-135||8.5 un||O||10||12||0||6||3||2|
|7/15/2017||SALE(L)||NY YANKEES||SEVERINO(R)||1-4||L||-160||7.5 ev||U||8||9||2||9||14||0|
|7/16/2017||PRICE(L)||NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)||3-0||W||-135||8.5 ov||U||8||4||0||8||9||1|
|7/16/2017||PORCELLO(R)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||0-3||L||-135||9.5 ov||U||4||10||1||12||10||0|
|7/21/2017||SALE(L)||@ LA ANGELS||RAMIREZ(R)|| |
|7/22/2017||PRICE(L)||@ LA ANGELS||BRIDWELL(R)|| |
|7/23/2017||PORCELLO(R)||@ LA ANGELS||CHAVEZ(R)|| |
|7/24/2017|| ||@ SEATTLE|| || |
|TORONTO: 2016: 89-73, second place
Manager: John Gibbons (10th season)
Who's new? 1B/DH Kendrys Morales, C Jarrod Saltalamacchia, IF/OF Steve Pearce, IF Lourdes Gurriel, LHP J.P. Howell, RHP Joe Smith
Who's gone? 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion, OF Michael Saunders, C Josh Thole, C Dioner Navarro, OF Junior Lake, RHP R.A. Dickey, LHP Brett Cecil, RHP Joaquin Benoit
Projected lineup: 2B Devon Travis (.300, 11 HR, 50 RBI), 3B Josh Donaldson (.284, 37, 99), RF Jose Bautista (.234, 22, 69), DH Kendrys Morales (.263, 30, 93 with Royals), SS Troy Tulowitzki (.254, 24, 79), C Russell Martin (.231, 20, 74), 1B Justin Smoak (.217, 14, 34), CF Kevin Pillar (.266, 7, 53, 14 SB), LF Ezequiel Carrera (.248, 6, 23)
Rotation: RH Marco Estrada (9-9, 3.48 ERA), LH J.A. Happ (20-4, 3.18), RH Marcus Stroman (9-10, 4.37), RH Aaron Sanchez (15-2, 3.00), LH Francisco Liriano (8-13, 4.69 with Pirates and Blue Jays)
Key relievers: RH Roberto Osuna (4-3, 2.68, 36/42 SV), RH Jason Grilli (6-4, 3.64), RH Joe Biagini (4-3, 3.06), LH J.P. Howell (1-1, 4.09 with Dodgers), RH Joe Smith (1-4, 3.82 with Angels), LH Aaron Loup (0-0, 5.02)
Hot spots: bullpen. The Blue Jays signed only a couple high-profile free agents (retaining Bautista, adding Morales) and brought in many lower-profile veterans mostly to compete for bullpen jobs. Howell and Smith, signed to low-risk deals, are all but guaranteed jobs. But what of Dominic Leone, Mat Latos, Mike Bolsinger, Lucas Harrell and Leonel Campos? Toronto seems to be crowd-sourcing its middle innings with low-risk, right-handed options. Up to a half-dozen pitchers could be competing for one or two jobs.
Outlook: The Blue Jays' roster is enviably balanced, albeit among the older ones in the league. Toronto led the AL in ERA last year. Their entire starting rotation returns, and their veteran bullpen is set up well to support second-year closer Osuna. Ironically, the youngest player in the Jays' starting lineup, 26-year-old Travis, has the biggest health concern of the bunch. He didn't appear in a spring training game until recently because of offseason knee surgery. Encarnacion, who was good for .270/30/100 every year, will be missed. The question now is whether Morales (33), Bautista (36), Tulowitzki (32) and Martin (34) are still close enough to their primes to power another playoff run.
|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.
|Red Sox's Rodriguez returns to face Blue Jays|
BOSTON -- Eduardo Rodriguez's return to the rotation figures to be a boost for the Boston Red Sox, but it is the offensive side of the ball where the team needs the most help.
Rodriguez comes off the disabled list to start Monday as the American League East-leading Red Sox host the Toronto Blue Jays in the opener of a four-game series at Fenway Park.
Boston (52-41) managed a split in its doubleheader with the New York Yankees on Sunday and a split of the four-game set that began the second half of the season, but Red Sox manager John Farrell suggested a lineup change might be in store Monday.
"Getting into the next series, there's a possibility of a little bit of a different look," Farrell said after his team's 3-0 loss in Game 1 of the twin bill. "Maybe (we will) try to jump-start some things, shake things up a little bit. (I) have not ruled that out."
After losing to the Yankees 4-1 in a 16-inning game Saturday that lasted five hours and 50 minutes, Boston was blanked in the day game Sunday and extended its scoreless streak to 22 innings entering the nightcap.
Mookie Betts' two-run homer in the third inning Sunday night ended the scoreless stretch and propelled the Red Sox to a 3-0 victory.
With the win, Boston moved three games clear of the Tampa Bay Rays and 3 1/2 games ahead of the Yankees atop the American League East. Toronto (42-29) is tied for last place in the division with the Baltimore Orioles, nine games behind the Red Sox.
Toronto fell 6-5 to Detroit on a bases-loaded walk in the 11th inning Sunday, giving the Blue Jays back-to-back losses as the Tigers took two of three games in the series.
"Really, the way we've been playing, we're where we should be, the way we've been playing in all phases of the game," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "Tough one (Sunday), tough long one."
Marcus Stroman (9-5, 3.28 ERA) hopes to reverse that trend on Monday as he seeks a fourth straight effective outing.
After coughing up seven runs on seven hits in four innings against the Texas Rangers on June 22, Stroman has gone 2-1 with a 1.37 ERA in three outings since.
Stroman is 4-2 with a 5.07 ERA in eight career starts against Boston and 1-1 with a 4.97 mark in two starts at Fenway.
On April 18, Stroman was tagged for six runs on 11 hits and a walk with four punchouts in a 4 2/3-inning loss to the Red Sox in Toronto.
Xander Bogaerts is 10-for-20 (.500) with a solo home run lifetime against Stroman.
Dustin Pedroia (7-for-15, .467), Mookie Betts (6-for-19, .316), Hanley Ramirez (3-for-11, .273) and Mitch Moreland (3-for-3) have three RBIs apiece against the pitcher.
Rodriguez (4-2, 3.54 ERA) sustained a right knee subluxation on June 1 and has not pitched since, missing 39 games and making three minor league rehab starts.
In his last rehab outing, on July 9 for Triple-A Pawtucket, Rodriguez pitched 6 1/3 innings and gave up one run on six hits, no walks and one hit batter with seven strikeouts.
The 24-year-old left-hander is 1-3 with a 6.35 ERA in six career outings (five starts) against Toronto.
Jose Bautista (3-for-13, .231), Russell Martin (3-for-9), Ryan Goins (1-for-2) and Darwin Barney (1-for-1) have hit one home run apiece versus Rodriguez. Bautista and Martin each have three RBIs against the left-hander.
|Last Updated: 7/25/2017 1:34:37 PM EST|