|TORONTO ( ANDERSON )|
BOSTON ( POMERANZ )
|917||TORONTO||+205||Ov 9.5,-110||+187||Ov 9,-110|
|918||BOSTON||-225||Un 9.5,-110||-205||Un 9,-110|
|vs Left-handed Starters||15-23||-12.6||13-22||3.8||0.233||0.301||0.378||0.679||4.8||0.260||0.321||0.411||0.731|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1||4-3||5.0||0.201||0.274||0.356||0.630||6.0||0.277||0.347||0.471||0.818|
|vs Left-handed Starters||18-17||-4.8||17-18||4.7||0.250||0.326||0.380||0.706||4.2||0.246||0.299||0.412||0.712|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+4.8||2-5||5.3||0.203||0.302||0.353||0.655||2.7||0.214||0.275||0.298||0.574|
|9/14/2017||ANDERSON(L)||@ MINNESOTA||BERRIOS(R)||2-3||L||145||9.5 un||U||8||12||1||7||9||0|
|9/15/2017||HAPP(L)||@ MINNESOTA||COLON(R)||4-3||W||-115||9.5 ov||U||8||9||0||7||5||0|
|9/16/2017||ESTRADA(R)||@ MINNESOTA||MEJIA(L)||7-2||W||115||9.5 ov||U||11||7||0||4||3||1|
|9/17/2017||BIAGINI(R)||@ MINNESOTA||GIBSON(R)||7-13||L||125||9 ev||O||6||5||2||16||8||0|
|9/19/2017||STROMAN(R)||KANSAS CITY||KENNEDY(R)||5-2||W||-175||9 un||U||8||2||0||6||4||1|
|9/20/2017||ANDERSON(L)||KANSAS CITY||JUNIS(R)||5-15||L||-120||9 un||O||6||5||1||18||8||1|
|9/21/2017||HAPP(L)||KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)||0-1||L||-145||9 un||U||2||4||1||8||7||0|
|9/22/2017||ESTRADA(R)||NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)||8-1||W||+170||8.5 ov||O||7||3||0||3||5||1|
|9/23/2017||BIAGINI(R)||NY YANKEES||GRAY(R)||1-5||L||+170||9 un||U||4||6||0||7||3||0|
|9/24/2017||STROMAN(R)||NY YANKEES||GARCIA(L)||9-5||W||-115||8.5 un||O||11||8||0||9||7||1|
|9/25/2017||ANDERSON(L)||@ BOSTON||POMERANZ(L)|| |
|9/26/2017||HAPP(L)||@ BOSTON||SALE(L)|| |
|9/27/2017||ESTRADA(R)||@ BOSTON||PORCELLO(R)|| |
|9/29/2017||BIAGINI(R)||@ NY YANKEES||GARCIA(L)|| |
|9/30/2017|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|10/1/2017|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|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)||9-0||W||-215||8.5 un||O||10||8||0||6||5||2|
|9/22/2017||PORCELLO(R)||@ CINCINNATI||ROMANO(R)||5-4||W||-135||9.5 un||U||6||4||0||9||8||1|
|9/23/2017||RODRIGUEZ(L)||@ CINCINNATI||STEPHENSON(R)||5-0||W||-130||9.5 ev||U||7||8||0||3||5||2|
|9/24/2017||FISTER(R)||@ CINCINNATI||STEPHENS(R)||5-4||W||-135||10 ov||U||5||5||2||9||5||0|
|9/30/2017|| ||HOUSTON|| || |
|10/1/2017|| ||HOUSTON|| || |
|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, inching toward division title, start series with Jays|
BOSTON -- Drew Pomeranz can't pitch the Boston Red Sox Red Sox into an American League East championship with a win over the Toronto Blue Jays in the opener of a three-game series Monday night.
However, the left-hander can bring his team to the brink.
The Red Sox enter the final week of the regular season with a magic number of three. Any combination of Boston wins and losses by the New York Yankees adding up to three and the Red Sox will have back-to-back division titles for the first time in franchise history -- and the Yankees, currently five games out, would play in the AL wild-card game.
Boston finishes with seven straight games at home, the last four against the Houston Astros, a likely opponent in the American League Division Series -- with the chance of having nine straight games against the same team.
"We love Fenway Park," Red Sox manager John Farrell said Sunday before his team finished off an 8-1 road trip by completing a sweep of a three-game series in Cincinnati. "Our guys thrive on the environment there. We've had a good year there from a record standpoint.
"Our team's built for that ballpark. It'll be good to get home and sleep in our own beds. To get back home, to play in Fenway, it'll be good to finish the regular season there."
No pitcher on Farrell's staff has enjoyed Fenway more than Pomeranz, who takes a 9-2 record and 3.11 ERA at home as he faces Brett Anderson on Monday night.
Chris Sale gets the hype, but Pomeranz, 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA against Toronto this season, also has been a rock in the rotation.
Pomeranz (16-5, 3.15 ERA) is 13-2 with a 2.61 ERA in his past 22 starts and is 7-1 with a 2.62 in 13 starts since the All-Star break. He has allowed three runs on 12 hits over 18 1/3 innings in his past three starts.
The last-place Blue Jays just took two out of three from the Yankees and are making their second trip to Fenway this month.
Jose Bautista, 36, had two hits in what was likely his final home game at Toronto on Sunday, his teammates waiting in the dugout as he took the field alone for the first inning. The Blue Jays are expected to decline Bautista's $17 million option for 2018.
"The focus was Jose today -- what he's done in this town, for this organization and really the country," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "He helped rebuild the team. He was the face of the franchise for a number of years, and he did it the right way."
The Jays are just 4-12 against the Red Sox this season -- and Anderson (3-4, 7.15 ERA overall) is coming off a terrible start.
After fighting a blister in his previous outing, he lasted just 1 1/3 innings and gave up eight runs on seven hits on Wednesday against the Kansas City Royals. He is 5-4 with a 3.32 ERA against the Red Sox lifetime (0-1 this year) -- 2-2 with a 5.54 in five career starts at Fenway.
By the way, the two lefties, Pomeranz and Anderson, were once traded for each other.
The current Jays roster has a cumulative .198 batting average against Pomeranz. Justin Smoak is 4-for-9 (.444) and Darwin Barney 4-for-12 (.333), but Steve Pearce is 0-for-7, Josh Donaldson 1-for-12 (.083), Kendrys Morales 1-for-8 (.125) and Kevin Pillar 2-for-13 (.154).
Bautista, however, has hit 25 homers in 72 career games at Fenway.
For the Red Sox, Mitch Moreland is 3-for-8 (.375) and Dustin Pedroia 6-for-18 (.333) against Anderson. The current Red Sox are 16-for-50 (.320) against Anderson, but without a homer and with just one RBI.
|Last Updated: 12/16/2017 9:08:52 AM EST|