Red Sox at Blue Jays Match-ups, 8/20
|08.20.09 at 1:16 pm ET|
The 38th overall pick in the 2008 draft, Brett Cecil looked nothing like the highly-touted prospect he was considered back when he faced the Red Sox on May 20. Baseball America ranked Cecil as Toronto’s third-best prospect entering the season, but the five homers he served up to Red Sox hitters begged to differ with any promise he may have previously shown.
Jason Varitek led the charge in the 8-3 Boston victory, belting two solo shots and claiming responsibility for two of the eight runs allowed by Cecil in four and two-thirds innings. Mike Lowell, Jason Bay, and David Ortiz also contributed dingers against the lefty.
Unfortunately for the Red Sox, Cecil has gotten his act together since then. In his last five starts, the Maryland native is 3-0 with a 2.01 ERA and has given up just one home run in 31.1 innings. Tonight’s lineup card will again be difficult for Sox manager Terry Francona to fill out, as Ortiz, Lowell, Varitek, and Victor Martinez have all had success against Cecil.
Victor Martinez (7 career plate appearances vs. Cecil): 2-for-5, BB, HBP
Jason Bay (3): 2-for-2, homer, 2 RBI, BB
Jacoby Ellsbury (3): 1-for-2, BB
Mike Lowell (3): 1-for-3, homer, SO
David Ortiz (3): 1-for-3, homer, 2 RBI, SO
Dustin Pedroia (3): 1-for-3, double
Kevin Youkilis (3): 2-for-3, SO
Jason Varitek (2): 2-for-2, 2 HR
BLUE JAYS VS. JON LESTER
The last time Jon Lester faced the Blue Jays back on July 19, the lefty was a hard-luck loser. Though he turned in a quality start, Lester’s three earned over seven innings were no match for Roy Halladay‘s one -run complete-game effort. Catcher Rod Barajas was the thorn in Lester’s side in that game, driving in all three runs and collecting two of his team’s six hits.
Lifetime, Lester is just 1-3 with a 5.28 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 29 innings at the Rogers Centre/SkyDome. Those numbers would be much worse were it not for what he was able to accomlish back on May 31. In the 8-2 Red Sox win, Lester fanned a career-high 12 Blue Jays over six innings of three-hit ball. The win remains his only victory in Toronto to date.
As was seen coming a mile away by Alex Speier, Jon Lester is currently on pace for a 240 strikeout season. No Red Sox left-hander has ever even reached the 200-K mark, as Lester enters tonight just 14 strikeouts shy of Bruce Hurst‘s team-record 190. Pedro Martinez struck out 313 in ’99, giving him the club’s record for righties.
Kevin Millar (27): .190 average / .333 on-base / .238 slugging, RBI, 5 BB, 4 SO
Marco Scutaro (21): .316 / .381 / .368, 2 RBI, 2 BB, SO
Vernon Wells (21): .250 / .381 / .500, homer, 3 RBI, 3 BB, SO, HBP
Jose Bautista (18): .267 / .333 / .467, homer, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 4 SO
Aaron Hill (16): .000 / .125 / .000, 2 BB, 6 SO
Adam Lind (15): .143 / .200 / .214, BB, 8 SO
Lyle Overbay (15): .308 / .400 / .462, RBI, 2 BB, 3 SO
Rod Barajas (10): .375 / .400 / .500, 4 RBI, SO, HBP
John McDonald (8): 1-for-6, SO, HBP
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