|BOSTON ( RODRIGUEZ )|
CINCINNATI ( STEPHENSON )
|929||BOSTON||-140||Ov 9.5,-105||-140||Ov 9.5,+100|
|930||CINCINNATI||+130||Un 9.5,-115||+130||Un 9.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||71-47||+12.6||49-64||4.9||0.260||0.326||0.397||0.723||4.0||0.243||0.301||0.392||0.693|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+4.9||3-4||6.1||0.233||0.301||0.362||0.663||3.1||0.216||0.276||0.330||0.606|
|vs Left-handed Starters||8-25||-15.8||18-13||4.1||0.244||0.309||0.412||0.721||6.1||0.278||0.357||0.504||0.861|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1||3-4||4.1||0.230||0.305||0.423||0.728||5.0||0.230||0.313||0.423||0.736|
|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)||9-0||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)|| |
|9/24/2017||FISTER(R)||@ CINCINNATI||STEPHENS(R)|| |
|9/30/2017|| ||HOUSTON|| || |
|9/9/2017||BAILEY(R)||@ NY METS||MONTERO(R)||1-6||L||-105||8.5 un||U||4||9||0||9||7||0|
|9/10/2017||ROMANO(R)||@ NY METS||DEGROM(R)||10-5||W||135||8 un||O||10||8||0||13||9||0|
|9/12/2017||STEPHENSON(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||4-13||L||145||8.5 un||O||9||3||2||14||11||1|
|9/13/2017||MAHLE(R)||@ ST LOUIS||FLAHERTY(R)||6-0||W||140||9 un||U||8||3||0||5||8||1|
|9/14/2017||GARRETT(L)||@ ST LOUIS||WEAVER(R)||2-5||L||190||9 ev||U||6||4||1||6||9||1|
|9/19/2017||STEPHENS(R)||ST LOUIS||FLAHERTY(R)||7-8||L||+100||10 ev||O||8||6||1||8||5||0|
|9/20/2017||DAVIS(R)||ST LOUIS||WEAVER(R)||2-9||L||+175||9.5 ov||O||6||4||0||11||8||0|
|9/21/2017||BAILEY(R)||ST LOUIS||MARTINEZ(R)||5-8||L||+180||9 ov||O||11||9||0||14||12||1|
|9/26/2017||DAVIS(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||DAVIES(R)|| |
|9/27/2017||BAILEY(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||WOODRUFF(R)|| |
|9/28/2017||ROMANO(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||SUTER(L)|| |
|9/29/2017||STEPHENSON(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|9/30/2017|| ||@ CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|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.
|CINCINNATI: 2016: 68-94, fifth place
Manager: Bryan Price (third season)
Who's new? RHP Scott Feldman, RHP Drew Storen, RHP Lisalverto Bonilla, OF Ryan Raburn, OF Desmond Jennings, IF/OF Arismendy Alcantara
Who's gone? 2B Brandon Phillips, C Ramon Cabrera, RHP Dan Straily, RHP Ross Ohlendorf, RHP Alfredo Simon, LHP John Lamb, RHP Josh Smith
Projected lineup: CF Billy Hamilton (.260, 3 HR, 17 RBI, 58 SB), SS Zack Cozart (.252, 16, 50), 1B Joey Votto (.326, 29, 97), LF Adam Duvall (.241, 33, 103), RF Scott Schebler (.265, 9, 40), 3B Eugenio Suarez (.248, 21, 70), C Devin Mesoraco (.140, 0, 1 in 16 games), 2B Jose Peraza (.324, 3, 25, 21 SB)
Rotation: RH Anthony DeSclafani (9-5, 3.28 ERA), RH Scott Feldman (7-4, 3.97 with Astros and Blue Jays), LH Brandon Finnegan (10-11, 3.98), RH Tim Adleman (4-4, 4.00), RH Robert Stephenson (2-3, 6.08) or Cody Reed (0-7, 7.36) or Amir Garrett (2-5, 3.46 for Triple-A Louisville)
Key relievers: RH Raisel Iglesias (3-2, 2.53, 6/8 SV), RH Drew Storen (3-0, 3.44 with Mariners), RH Michael Lorenzen (2-1, 2.88), LH Tony Cingrani (2-5, 4.14, 17/23 SV), RH Jumbo Diaz (1-1, 3.14), RH Blake Wood (6-5, 3.99)
Hot spot: Rotation. The Reds' rebuilding effort is just beginning to bear fruit on the mound. DeSclafani, 26, made a big leap in his second full season in 2016. Finnegan, 23, will try to do the same this year. If the next wave of pitchers isn't ready for the major leagues, Stephenson, Reed, Garrett, Sal Romano and Rookie Davis would make a mean rotation at Triple-A. Meanwhile, 40-year-old Bronson Arroyo will try to hold down a job like it's 2004.
Outlook: After trading Phillips to the Braves, only Votto and pitcher Homer Bailey remain from the Reds' last season as a contending team. Cincinnati was basically a .500 team (36-37) after the All-Star break last season, so maybe a return to respectability isn't far off. Hamilton and infielder Jose Peraza, electric on the bases and in the field, have breakout potential. There might not be another star on the roster besides Votto, but that's OK for now. With no veterans blocking their best prospects, the Reds can use this season to figure out what their system holds.
|Red Sox look to continue dominance of Reds|
CINCINNATI -- Boston Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi attended four or five Reds' games every summer at Great American Ball Park while growing up in Madeira, Ohio, located about 12 miles northeast of downtown Cincinnati.
He often sat in the pricey Diamond Seats behind home plate where he fostered his own big-league dreams
"I would watch those guys play and picture myself out there," Benintendi said. "That I'm here now, is crazy."
Benintendi returned to his hometown this weekend as the Red Sox played a three-game interleague series against the Cincinnati Reds. Benintendi entered this season as the No. 1 rated prospect in all of baseball. Through 142 games, Benintendi was batting .278 with 19 home runs and 87 RBIs. He had 28 doubles and 19 steals.
"For a guy that's two years removed from the draft .... we're glad to have him here," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "He has the physical ability and talent. He's a graceful athlete out there."
Benintendi said he lost count of how many ticket requests he had for friends and family during the weekend, but estimated it at around 1,000. They packed two sections of the left-field bleachers during Friday night's series opener, during which he went 0-for-3 with a walk but flirted with a homer on a deep fly to center in Boston's 5-4 win.
Benintendi said he's doing his best to maintain focus during this weekend's games, especially with the Red Sox (89-64) chasing an American League East Division title. They lead the New York Yankees by four games in the standings.
"I'm going to focus on baseball, approach it like any other game," Benintendi said.
Boston leads the all-time series 10-1 and has swept three of the four series played between the clubs. The Reds and Red Sox haven't played each other since 2014. The most memorable meeting, of course, was in the 1975 World Series, won by Cincinnati in seven games. It is regarded by many to be the most exciting Fall Classic ever played.
Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez will start for Boston on Saturday afternoon. He's 1-1 with a 2.55 ERA in his past three starts. It will be his first career start versus Cincinnati.
Cincinnati (66-88) will counter with rookie right-hander Robert Stephenson who will make his 24th appearance and 10th start of the season. He is one of four rookies in the Reds' rotation. Stephenson, who has never faced Boston, is 5-1 with a 2.84 ERA in his past six starts.
The Reds have lost four straight games.
Tucker Barnhart likely will start behind the plate for the Reds on Saturday. Barnhart agreed on Friday to a four-year contract extension reportedly worth $23 million. He's been a key element in the development of many of the Reds' young starters, including Stephenson.
"Having the opportunity to manage a ballclub with such a young group of pitchers and seeing the influence Tucker has on them is bigger than I can say," Reds manager Bryan Price said.
Friday's win reduced Boston's magic number to six to clinch the AL East title.
"It's a fairly hotly contested pennant race," said Farrell. "And, while New York has won almost nightly, we've been able to answer that bell. And, we need to continue to do so. We'll see what next week holds."
|Last Updated: 12/17/2017 11:53:14 AM EST|