|TORONTO ( HAPP )|
BOSTON ( JOHNSON )
|965||TORONTO||+115||Ov 10,-105||-110||Ov 9.5,-130|
|966||BOSTON||-125||Un 10,-115||+100||Un 9.5,+110|
|vs Left-handed Starters||8-15||-10.9||9-12||3.4||0.229||0.296||0.381||0.677||5.6||0.275||0.333||0.450||0.782|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1||4-2||3.9||0.211||0.304||0.375||0.679||7.9||0.300||0.390||0.522||0.911|
|vs Left-handed Starters||10-9||-1.7||11-8||4.9||0.262||0.337||0.376||0.713||4.6||0.253||0.295||0.436||0.731|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-4.2||2-5||2.1||0.195||0.272||0.264||0.536||3.0||0.223||0.283||0.339||0.622|
|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)||4-3||W||-105||9.5 un||U||8||8||1||6||5||0|
|7/18/2017||HAPP(L)||@ BOSTON||JOHNSON(L)|| |
|7/19/2017||SANCHEZ(R)||@ BOSTON||POMERANZ(L)|| |
|7/20/2017||LIRIANO(L)||@ BOSTON||SALE(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|| || |
|7/25/2017|| ||OAKLAND|| || |
|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|| || |
|7/25/2017|| ||@ 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.
|Possible trade bait Happ starts for Jays vs. Red Sox|
BOSTON -- Amid reports and speculation he could be on the move before the July 31 trade deadline, Toronto Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ faces the Boston Red Sox and rookie Brian Johnson in the second game of a four-game series at Fenway Park on Tuesday night.
Happ, a 34-year-old veteran who went 20-4 last season, is just 3-6 with a 3.54 ERA through 11 starts in 2017. He has one year, at $13 million, remaining on the three-year deal he signed with the Blue Jays, making him potentially attractive to a contending team that would have him under control for next season as well as this year's stretch run.
The question is whether the Blue Jays view themselves as contenders. Even though they are game tied with the Baltimore Orioles for the last two spots in the American League East, the Jays are a somewhat-manageable four games out of a wild-card spot.
After Toronto's 11-inning loss in Detroit on Sunday, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said: "The way we've been playing, we're where we should be, the way we've been playing in all phases of the game."
On Monday, the Blue Jays blew a three-run lead for the second straight game, but this time they won, beating the Red Sox 4-3 in the series opener on Steve Pearce's tiebreaking single in the eighth.
"(Momentum) went right back to us," Pearce said. "We responded great."
The Blue Jays' tenuous position means they possibly could deal away important parts such as Happ unless they can turn things around.
Happ stumbled his last time out when he allowed six runs (two earned) and seven hits in four innings of a 19-1 loss to the Houston Astros on July 9. Overall, he has allowed nine earned runs over 35 2/3 innings in his last six starts (2.27 ERA).
He is 5-3 with a 3.66 ERA in 13 games (12 starts) lifetime against the Red Sox, a team he will face for the first time in 2017. He is 2-1 with a 3.56 ERA in five games (four starts) at Fenway Park.
Johnson continues to fight a long battle to stay healthy and stay in the big leagues. His latest injury was a left shoulder impingement, and he comes back to Boston as part of a shuffle that drops Chris Sale out of a potential Thursday start against the Blue Jays and into the opener of a road trip against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim on Friday.
"He's the one guy that this is his normal rest, this will be his regular fifth day (Tuesday)," manager John Farrell said of Johnson, who is 2-0 with a 4.29 ERA in four starts with the Red Sox this season. "Rather than being 10 to 14 days down from his previous start, which other guys would have been, it kind of lined up right in line with Brian's work."
The shuffle was caused by Doug Fister having to work in relief Saturday during Boston's 16-inning loss against the New York Yankees. Fister, who lost that game to fall to 0-3 in a Boston uniform, was slated to pitch Tuesday but now gets the extra day.
Johnson won at Toronto on April 18, but allowed seven hits, including two home runs, and four runs in five innings. The Jays went a collected 7-for-22 (.318) against him.
Red Sox hitters have had all kinds of trouble against Happ. Christian Vazquez is 3-for-9 (.333), but Xander Bogaerts is 1-for-16 (.063), Jackie Bradley Jr. 1-for-10 (.100), Mookie Betts 3-for-17 (.176), Dustin Pedroia 6-for-29 (.207) and Hanley Ramirez 5-for-22 (.227) against Happ. Pedroia does have two home runs vs. the lefty.
|Last Updated: 7/26/2017 7:49:03 AM EST|