Talk about a roller-coaster of a series. The first game was never really in doubt. After the 1st inning things were just put on cruise control and we coasted the rest of the way to a dominant game over our division rivals. Yesterday was a completely different story, a tight back and forth game that goes into extras believe Janssen unfortunately gave up the solo HR shot to Lowrie to end the game in walk off fashion.
The one plus to all of the relievers we used and the bullpen tinkering that Cito was doing is that they mostly all should be available again tonight as none of them threw a lot of pitches or was in the game all of that long.
For this afternoon's game we have what is shaping up to be another very good pitching matchup in Marcum taking on Buchholz. So far this year Buchholz has been excellent against the Jays. He has started two games and won both of them going 8 innings while only giving up 1 Run in each contest. Overall his numbers have been excellent so Marcum is going to have to be on top of his game. Marcum has actually faced the Sox 3 times this year and two of those times came against Buchholz. Last time out against the Sox he wasn't good only lasting 4 innings and giving up 8 Earned runs, but the two times before that he was quite good going 7 innings each time and giving up 0 and 1 earned run respectively in those contests.
|2010 - Shaun Marcum||11-6||23||23||1||0||0||0||144.0||134||63||59||18||33||120||3.69||1.16|
|2010 - Clay Buchholz||14-5||21||21||1||1||0||0||133.1||109||43||35||7||50||89||2.36||1.19|
Buchholz is definately a contact/control pitcher with those low Strikeout totals and higher BB totals but with his 1.11 GO/FO ratio and his low LD% of 18% he can work himself in and out of trouble fairly easily (not that he gets himself into trouble often).
For the lineup we have yet another head scratcher. Lind is going to be back in the lineup at DH and that moves Lewis back into Left field. Snider is still in the lineup and shifts over to Right at Bautista moves into 3rd. The top part of the lineup remains the same with Lewis, Escobar, Bautista and Wells. Then things start to change and get a little weird. Lind slots back into the 5 hole after he couple days off with Overbay coming up behind him. Then McDonald gets back into the lineup, this time to spell Aaron Hill for the game, Then Snider and then Molina.
I don't get why Snider can bat in front of Molina but Not McDonald. Maybe they want to avoid 3 lefties in a row which is probably a good idea but then I think I would flip McDonald and Molina. Dah well who knows. As I said yesterday I am tired about complaining about these things.
Tune in after the jump for Lineups and Series info.
3 game series vs Red Sox @ Fenway Park
|Fri 08/20|| WP: Brett Cecil (10 - 6) |
LP: Jon Lester (13 - 8)
|16 - 2 win|
|Sat 08/21|| WP: Jonathan Papelbon (5 - 5) |
LP: Casey Janssen (4 - 2)
|4 - 5 loss|
Sunday, Aug 22, 2010, 1:35 PM EDT
Shaun Marcum vs Clay Buchholz
Partly cloudy,rain. Winds blowing from right to left field at 5-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 75.
08/22/10 1:35 PM EDT
|Toronto Blue Jays||Boston Red Sox|
|Fred Lewis - LF||Marco Scutaro - SS|
|Yunel Escobar - SS||J.D. Drew - RF|
|Jose Bautista - 3B||Victor Martinez - C|
|Vernon Wells - CF||David Ortiz - DH|
|Adam Lind - DH||Adrian Beltre - 3B|
|Lyle Overbay - 1B||Mike Lowell - 1B|
|John McDonald - 2B||Jed Lowrie - 2B|
|Travis Snider - RF||Bill Hall - LF|
|Jose Molina - C||Ryan Kalish - CF|
Keep it Civil and Go Jays Go
Today's title is from The Green Mile.