|BOSTON ( FISTER )|
CINCINNATI ( STEPHENS )
|979||BOSTON||-135||Ov 10,-110||-135||Ov 10,-115|
|980||CINCINNATI||+125||Un 10,-110||+125||Un 10,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||72-47||+13.6||49-65||4.9||0.260||0.327||0.397||0.724||4.0||0.242||0.300||0.390||0.690|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+4.9||2-5||5.0||0.210||0.297||0.358||0.655||2.3||0.200||0.260||0.281||0.541|
|vs Right-handed Starters||58-63||+4.1||63-55||4.9||0.256||0.328||0.428||0.756||5.2||0.262||0.336||0.438||0.773|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3||3-4||3.6||0.205||0.281||0.352||0.633||5.4||0.231||0.325||0.429||0.753|
|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)||5-0||W||-130||9.5 ev||U||7||8||0||3||5||2|
|9/24/2017||FISTER(R)||@ CINCINNATI||STEPHENS(R)|| |
|9/30/2017|| ||HOUSTON|| || |
|10/1/2017|| ||HOUSTON|| || |
|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|| || |
|10/1/2017|| ||@ 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's Fister looks for better start against Reds|
CINCINNATI -- Boston Red Sox right-hander Doug Fister adjusted his pregame schedule in an effort to improve his first-inning command. He's scheduled to make his 13th start of the season on Sunday afternoon when the Red Sox wrap up a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park.
Boston's magic number to clinch the American League East title now is five. The Red Sox (90-64) lead the second-place New York Yankees by four games in the division standings after the Yankees won on Saturday at Toronto.
In the first inning this season, Fister owns a 9.69 ERA with three home runs, seven doubles, and a triple allowed this season. By the fourth inning, Fister's ERA plummets to 0.77.
"That's the biggest issue for him, just to come out and command the baseball a little more regularly," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "To me, the biggest key for him is the first out of every inning.
"When he records the first out of each inning, that's when he's in a much better position to put up a zero. Because he is a contact pitcher, first out is key for him."
Fister is 2-2 with a 5.00 ERA and 15 earned runs allowed in 27 innings in his past five starts. Most of that damage has been done in the first and second innings. He has allowed 11 earned runs in his past two starts, five in the first.
"There was an adjustment, getting the warmups started pregame closer to game time," Farrell said. "Every guy has their own routine. He had one, he would finish prior to the start of the game earlier than most. Just thought maybe that had something to do with re-establishing a release point and repeating the delivery. So we've shortened that up. The first inning has been somewhat of a challenge for him."
Fister is 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA in three career starts against the Reds. Fister owns a career 2.97 ERA in interleague games. He issued a season-high five walks in his last start at Baltimore.
"His start in Baltimore was uncharacteristic in terms of the number of walks issued," Farrell said. "He's a guy who's going to throw the ball over the plate and have good command. He's a contact pitcher."
Cincinnati (66-89) will send rookie right-hander Jackson Stephens to the mound on Sunday for his third career start. Stephens is 1-0 as a starter with an 8.31 ERA and eight earned runs and four home runs in 8 2/3 innings.
The Red Sox hope to have right fielder Mookie Betts back in the lineup on Sunday. He was scratched from his Saturday start with a left foot contusion. He fouled a pitch off the top of his foot in his second at-bat on Friday.
Boston leads the all-time series 11-1. The Red Sox have 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's regarded by many to be the most exciting Fall Classic ever played.
|Last Updated: 12/17/2017 1:35:16 PM EST|