|OAKLAND ( GOSSETT )|
BOSTON ( POMERANZ )
|963||OAKLAND||+205||Ov 9.5,-115||+195||Ov 10.5,-110|
|964||BOSTON||-225||Un 9.5,-105||-215||Un 10.5,-110|
|vs Left-handed Starters||16-23||-4.6||20-16||4.2||0.240||0.312||0.403||0.714||5.2||0.266||0.334||0.420||0.754|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+8.5||5-1||7.4||0.287||0.376||0.529||0.905||4.3||0.264||0.326||0.431||0.757|
|vs Right-handed Starters||65-46||+7.7||47-59||4.9||0.263||0.329||0.400||0.729||4.1||0.244||0.301||0.395||0.696|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+1.8||3-3||6.0||0.282||0.340||0.403||0.743||2.6||0.187||0.247||0.286||0.534|
|9/1/2017||MANAEA(L)||@ SEATTLE||LEAKE(R)||2-3||L||130||9.5 un||U||8||6||0||8||6||0|
|9/2/2017||COTTON(R)||@ SEATTLE||GALLARDO(R)||6-7||L||125||9.5 ov||O||11||9||2||10||8||0|
|9/3/2017||GOSSETT(R)||@ SEATTLE||ALBERS(L)||2-10||L||135||9.5 ov||O||5||4||1||17||11||0|
|9/4/2017||SMITH(R)||LA ANGELS||BRIDWELL(R)||9-11||L||+135||9.5 ov||O||16||7||1||14||8||0|
|9/5/2017||GRAVEMAN(R)||LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)||7-8||L||+130||9.5 un||O||13||11||0||9||8||0|
|9/6/2017||MANAEA(L)||LA ANGELS||SKAGGS(L)||3-1||W||+115||9.5 ov||U||7||7||0||7||9||1|
|9/12/2017||MANAEA(L)||@ BOSTON||RODRIGUEZ(L)||1-11||L||160||9.5 un||O||3||8||2||16||5||0|
|9/13/2017||COTTON(R)||@ BOSTON||FISTER(R)||7-3||W||170||10 ev||P||8||3||0||9||7||0|
|9/14/2017||GOSSETT(R)||@ BOSTON||POMERANZ(L)|| |
|9/15/2017||MENGDEN(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LEITER JR.(R)|| |
|9/16/2017||GRAVEMAN(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LIVELY(R)|| |
|9/17/2017||MANAEA(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||PIVETTA(R)|| |
|9/18/2017||COTTON(R)||@ DETROIT||FARMER(R)|| |
|9/19/2017||GOSSETT(R)||@ DETROIT||BELL(L)|| |
|9/20/2017|| ||@ DETROIT|| || |
|8/31/2017||RODRIGUEZ(L)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||2-6||L||125||9 ov||U||4||12||0||14||11||2|
|9/1/2017||FISTER(R)||@ NY YANKEES||GRAY(R)||4-1||W||165||9 un||U||7||5||0||4||4||0|
|9/2/2017||POMERANZ(L)||@ NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)||1-5||L||150||8 un||U||6||6||1||10||7||0|
|9/3/2017||SALE(L)||@ NY YANKEES||SEVERINO(R)||2-9||L||-115||7 un||O||5||7||0||13||9||2|
|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||FARIA(R)|| |
|9/16/2017||PORCELLO(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)|| |
|9/17/2017||RODRIGUEZ(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)|| |
|9/18/2017||FISTER(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GAUSMAN(R)|| |
|9/19/2017||POMERANZ(L)||@ BALTIMORE||MILEY(L)|| |
|9/20/2017|| ||@ BALTIMORE|| || |
|OAKLAND: 2016: 69-93, fifth place
Manager: Bob Melvin (seventh season)
Who's new? CF Rajai Davis, OF Matt Joyce, 3B Trevor Plouffe, IF Adam Rosales, RHP Santiago Casilla
Who's gone? IF/OF Danny Valencia, OF Brett Eibner, 2B Eric Sogard, 2B Tyler Ladendorf, LHP Dillon Overton, RHP Fernando Rodriguez
Projected lineup: CF Rajai Davis (.249, 12 HR, 48 RBI, 43 SB with Indians), C Stephen Vogt (.251, 14, 56), DH Ryon Healy (.305, 13, 37 in 72 games), LF Khris Davis (.247, 42, 102), RF Matt Joyce (.242, 13, 42 with Pirates) or Mark Canha (.122, 3, 6 in 16 games), SS Marcus Semien (.238, 27, 75, 10 SB), 3B Trevor Plouffe (.260, 12, 47 with Twins), 1B Yonder Alonso (.253, 7, 56), 2B Jed Lowrie (.263, 2, 27 in 87 games)
Rotation: RH Kendall Graveman (10-11, 4.11), LH Sean Manaea (7-9, 3.86), RH Jharel Cotton (2-0, 2.15 in five games), RH Andrew Triggs (1-1, 4.31), RH Jesse Hahn (2-4, 6.02 in nine games) and Frankie Montas (0-0, 2.38 in four games at Triple-A)
Key relievers: RH Ryan Madson (6-7, 3.62, 30/37 SV), LH Sean Doolittle (2-3, 3.23), RH Santiago Casilla (2-5, 3.57 with Giants), RH Ryan Dull (5-5, 2.42), RH John Axford (6-4, 3.97), RH Liam Hendriks (0-4, 3.76), LH Daniel Coulombe (3-1, 4.53)
Hot spots: Fifth Starter and Second Base. Triggs, Hahn and Montas are the top candidates to fill out the rotation. Montas, who turns 24 before the season, is the youngest and has the highest ceiling. Hahn is the only one with something resembling a track record of success in the majors. Triggs showed potential in five starts last year. Second base will belong to prospect Franklin Barreto at some point. For now the position belongs to Lowrie, who figures to become trade bait as the A's begin their annual migration toward mathematical elimination.
Outlook: It's been a long two years since the A's played postseason baseball. Rather than rebuilding outright, the A's spent their offseason stocking up on veteran position players. Their strength is a young rotation led by right-hander Sonny Gray ' another trade candidate who's coming off the worst of his four major league seasons (5-11, 5.69 ERA) and will miss time with a lat strain. If Cotton, Manaea and Triggs pick up where they left off, pitching won't be the problem. No team scored fewer runs than the A's in 2016, and it still isn't obvious that their lineup improved. Their home turf will be renamed in honor of Rickey Henderson when the Angels visit Oakland for the opener; maybe Rickey can hit leadoff, too.
|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 Pomeranz tries for win No. 16 vs. A's|
BOSTON -- Drew Pomeranz, one of the truly pleasant surprises for the Boston Red Sox as they steam toward the postseason, is proving especially tough at home.
And Fenway Park is where he will work Thursday in the matinee series finale against the Oakland Athletics.
Pomeranz (15-5, 3.35 ERA) is 8-2 with a 3.24 ERA at home as he gets set to face Oakland rookie Daniel Gossett while working against one of his old teams.
The left-hander was a combined 10-10 for the A's in 2014 and 2015, and comes into this start with a 40-41 lifetime record in the major leagues.
It is clearly a career year for Pomeranz, who is 9-1 with a 2.61 ERA in 16 starts since June 16. He was 4-0 in August and is 1-1 in September, and he is likely the Red Sox' Game 2 starter in the postseason if things can be lined up correctly.
On Thursday, he will try to give his team a series win over the pesky young A's, who seem to be enjoying their role as a spoiler.
They have won six of their past seven games, the first of those over the wild-card-contending Los Angeles Angels, then four straight over the first-place Houston Astros and a split of two games at Fenway.
"I think we've been pretty energized since our younger guys have gotten here," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said after his team downed the Red Sox 7-3 on Wednesday night.
Rookie first baseman Matt Olson hit his 18th homer in 49 games to key a four-run first inning, and the A's never trailed in improving to 4-2 this season against the Red Sox.
In his last start, Pomeranz worked six innings, allowing two runs on two hits against the Tampa Bay Rays. He picked up his 15th win as he and Chris Sale became the first pair of Red Sox left-handers to win at least 15 games since 1953, when Mel Parnell and Mickey McDermott did it.
Sale won his 16th the next night.
"Chris is the best pitcher in baseball. I don't really feel too competitive with him because he's unreal," Pomeranz said.
Pomeranz has pitched only once against Oakland, earlier this season working four innings and allowing two runs (one earned). He threw too many pitches -- 97 -- in that short a span.
Gossett (4-8, 5.02 ERA) is coming off one of his best starts as a major-leaguer. As part of Oakland's sweep of the Astros over the weekend, the right-hander went six innings, yielding a run on five hits, walking three and striking out seven.
"Maybe not his best command at times, he got behind some guys, but he made some big pitches when he had to," Melvin said after the game. "There were a lot of 2-1, 2-0 counts, but he was able to recover, which is not easy to do."
Gossett had runners on second and third and one out with Houston's two best hitters coming up in the third inning. He got Jose Altuve on a comebacker and then struck out Carlos Correa.
While Gossett will be facing the Red Sox for the first time in his career, active Oakland hitters have a .333 average (7-for-21) against Pomeranz. Jed Lowrie is 4-for-7 with a home run vs. the lefty.
|Last Updated: 9/22/2017 11:05:43 PM EST|