|Tuesday’s Red Sox-Yankees matchups: Jon Lester vs. Hiroki Kuroda||09.11.12 at 8:41 am ET|
After a day off on Monday, the Red Sox will send Jon Lester to the mound as they begin the final home series against the Yankees this season.
Lester (9-11, 4.99 ERA) last faced the Yankees on Aug. 18, in one of his best outings of the season, giving up one run (a Curtis Granderson solo homer) in seven innings of work. The outing was a vast improvement upon his previous two outings against the Yankees in 2012, both of which came in July. In his first outing against New York this year, Lester gave up four earned runs in just 4 1/3 innings of work in a 7-3 loss on July 3. Lester earned the win in his second start, a serviceable outing in which he gave up four runs in six innings of work in an 8-6 Sox win.
In his career against the Yankees, Lester has posted a 9-4 record with a 4.23 ERA in 20 career starts. Against the lineup he will see on Tuesday, Lester has posted decent numbers (.268 BA against and a .780 OPS against) but has given up disconcerting power numbers, namely the 16 home runs he has surrendered. These numbers likely will be an important factor for the Yankees, who lead the major leagues with 208 home runs, in a year when Lester already has set a career high in home runs allowed with 22.
The Yankees’ best matchups against Lester will come in the form of Derek Jeter, who has gotten on base at a .387 tick but has had meager power numbers, Nick Swisher (.981 OPS), Granderson (.891 OPS) and Jayson Nix (1.223 OPS).
Making his fourth career start against the Red Sox on Tuesday will be the Yankees’ Hiroki Kuroda, who has outpitched ace CC Sabathia this season, leading New York starters with a 3.14 ERA and 1.11 WHIP.
In those four starts against the Red Sox, three of which came this season, Kuroda has a 1-1 record with a 3.45 ERA and is coming off of easily his best outing against them. On Aug. 19, Kuroda lasted eight innings and gave up one run, a solo home run by Adrian Gonzalez, in a 4-1 Yankees win. Kuroda had another great outing against Boston less than a month earlier on July 29, when he gave up two runs over eight innings, but took the no-decision on a 3-2 Red Sox win. In his first start, though, Kuroda gave up six earned runs over 5 2/3 innings but earned the win in a 10-8 victory.
Kuroda has a great matchup against the current Red Sox lineup, recording a .216 batting average against along with a .563 OPS against in 90 career plate appearances. Even more impressive than the overall numbers is Kuroda’s consistency against the Red Sox lineup, allowing only Cody Ross to record more than two hits against him and allowing one walk against 15 strikeouts.
Yankees vs. Lester (LHP)
Derek Jeter (62 plate appearances): .333 BA/.387 OBP/.386 SLG, 1 home run, 6 RBIs, 4 walks, 11 strikeouts
Robinson Cano (57) .226/.263/.302, 4 doubles, 4 RBIs, 3 walks, 11 strikeouts
Nick Swisher (51): .317/.420/.561, 4 doubles, 2 home runs, 8 RBIs, 7 walks, 12 strikeouts
Mark Teixeira (44): .250/.318/.350, 1 double, 1 home run, 4 RBIs, 3 walks, 16 strikeouts
Alex Rodriguez (40): .189/.250/.541, 2 doubles, 1 triple 3 home runs, 7 RBIs, 3 walks, strikeouts
Andruw Jones (36): .259/.417/.370, 1 home run, 6 RBIs, 8 walks, 8 strikeouts
Ichiro Suzuki (35): .294/.314/.471, 2 home runs, 3 RBIs, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts
Curtis Granderson (31): .286/.355/.536, 2 home runs, 4 RBIs, 2 walks, 13 strikeouts
Jayson Nix (21): .316/.381/.842, 1 double, 3 home runs, 5 RBIs, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts
Russell Martin (16): .182/.438/.182, 2 RBIs, 4 walks, 2 strikeouts
Raul Ibanez (12): .333/.333/.500, 2 doubles, 5 strikeouts
Casey McGehee (7): .143/.143/.143, 1 RBI, 3 strikeouts
Eduardo Nunez (7): .167/.286/.167, 1 RBI
Francisco Cervelli (5): .250/.400/.250
Chris Stewart (4): .500/.333/2.000, 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 1 strikeout
Steve Pearce (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout
Red Sox vs. Kuroda (RHP)
Cody Ross (25 plate appearances): .240 BA/.240 OBP/.440 SLG, 2 doubles, 1 home run, RBIs, 4 strikeouts
Scott Podsednik (14): .143/.143/.286, 2 double, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts
Dustin Pedroia (9): .222/.222/.222
Jarrod Saltalamacchia (9): .250/.250/.375, 1 home run, 3 RBIs, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout
Jacoby Ellsbury (8): .250/.250/.375, 1 double, 1 strikeout
Pedro Ciriaco (7): .000/.000/.000, 2 strikeouts
Ryan Kalish (4): .333/.250/.333, 1 RBI
Mike Aviles (3): .333/.333/.333, 1 strikeout
Mauro Gomez (3): .333/.333/.333, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout
Ryan Lavarnway (3): .333/.333/.333, 1 double
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