6 more games to go on trip
David Ortiz helped the Red Sox avoid the four-game sweep in Oakland on Sunday with his go-ahead solo homer in the 10th inning Sunday, and now the road trip continues through Seattle and New York. Let’s take a look at the matchups for the next six road games.
Hernandez vs. Lackey in Game 1
The Red Sox travel from Oakland to visit the Mariners, who sit in third place in the AL West. The The Mariners are stuggling on offense as much as the Red Sox, battting .239 as a team, good for 27th place in MLB. The well-paid Robinson Cano leads the M’s with a .329 batting average but has hit only four homers on the season. The Mariners rotation is led by King Felix Hernandez who checks in at 8-2 with a 2.22 ERA. He is set to square off against John Lackey on Monday night in a marquee pitcher’s duel. Lackey pitched nine scoreless innings vs. the Twins his last time out.
Ramirez vs. Peavy in Game 2
Although he’s pitched better of late, Jake Peavy has just one win for the Red Sox this season to go along with five losses and a 4.52 ERA. Peavy gave up three earned runs in Thursday’s 4-2 loss at Oakland in his last outing. He’ll be opposed by the M’s Erasmo Ramirez. The 24-year-old righthander from Nicaragua has trouble picking up W’s as well. He’s 1-4 with a 4.62 ERA on the season. He went six innings, giving up no runs, in his last outing against the Padres.
Iwakuma vs. Buchholz in Game 3?
The Red Sox to name a starter for Wednesday, but it’s looking like Clay Buchholz could be making his return to the rotation. Buchholz has made progress working on his mechanics while he rehabs from a hyperextended left knee that landed him on the DL last month. For Seattle, Hisashi Iwakuma will face the struggling Red Sox offense. The 33-year-old Japanese righthander is 5-3 with a 3.04 ERA on the season with a 1.01 WHIP. Iwakuma gave up five runs to the Royals his last time out.
Nuno vs. Doubront in Game 1
The Red Sox wrap up the road trip in the Bronx for three games this weekend. The Yankees have had trouble scoring runs all season and are hitting just .254 as a team. Brett Gardner leads NY with a .287 average while veteran Mark Teixeira is their home run leader with 12 on the season. It looks like Felix Doubront will get the start for the Red Sox after being pushed back with the offday Thursday. In Doubront’s first start since coming off the DL, he was hit hard early and could not maintain his fastball velocity in 4 2/3 innings and 90 pitches against the A’s. For the season, Doubront is 2-4 with a large 5.19 ERA. He’ll be opposed by Vidal Nuno, the fill-in lefthander who was smacked around the Orioles Saturday, giving up three homers in a 6-1 loss. Nuno is 1-4 with a 5.88 ERA on the season. The Yankees remain hot on the tail of the division leading Blue Jays in the AL East race.
Lester slated to face Tanaka in Game 2
The key matchup looks to be Saturday when Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka will take on Sox ace Jon Lester. Tanaka has a dominating 2.11 ERA on the season along with an 11-2 record. Beyond Tanaka’s emergence as an ace, the Yankees rotation has been decimated by injuries and they check in with a staff ERA of 3.97, 21st overall in the league. Tanaka picked up just his second loss when the Orioles spanked the Yankees 8-0 on Sunday. Lester is 8-7 with a 3.14 ERA and did not earn a decision in Sunday’s extra inning win in Oakland where he went 7 2/3 innings, giving up two earned runs.
Whitley vs. Lackey in Game 3
Chase Whitley gets the start in the series finale for the Yankees against John Lackey. Whitley, another of the Yankees fill-in starters, is 3-0 with a 2.56 ERA for the Bombers. The 25-year-old righthander beat the division leading Blue Jays in his last start, giving up two runs in five inning of work. Lackey has been tremendous for the Red Sox all season long, sporting an 8-4 record with a 2.96 ERA. Lackey went nine innings in his last outing against the Twins at Fenway, giving up just three hits and no runs on the day although he was not involved in the decision.
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