Wednesday’s Red Sox-Rockies matchups: John Lackey vs. Roy Oswalt
|06.26.13 at 12:50 pm ET|
The Red Sox will send John Lackey to the mound to take on Roy Oswalt and the Rockies on Wednesday in Game 2 of the interleague series at Fenway Park.
Lackey (4-5, 3.03 ERA) has not received a loss in any of his last four starts and holds a 3.16 ERA over that span. The 34-year-old has pitched seven innings in each of his last two starts, holding opponents to two runs on seven hits in each of the outings.
Overall this year Lackey has been significantly better than his last full season in a Red Sox uniform, when he went 12-12 with a 6.41 ERA. This season, he is keeping his walk totals relatively low and has only allowed four or more runs in a start twice out of his 12 outings. His 17 walks on the season is the fewest of any Red Sox starter with five or more starts this season.
Lackey has only faced a few of the Rockies batters in his career, but he has not fared well in his matchup with Michael Cuddyer. Cuddyer has hit three home runs in 21 plate appearances against Lackey and has a .381 on-base percentage against him.
Oswalt (0-1, 7.20 ERA) has only started one game this season since signing with the Rockies in May. The 35-year-old was pitching to junior college players a little more than a month ago, but now that he is back in the majors he is trying to make the most of his opportunity.
While Oswalt lost his only start of the season, he was relatively effective in it — striking out 11 of the 24 batters he faced. However, he made a few mistakes — including allowing a home run and an RBI triple — that gave the Nationals the four runs they needed to top the Rockies. Still, Oswalt threw an impressive 69.3 percent of his pitches for strikes and showed he belongs in the big leagues again.
Like Lackey, Oswalt does not have too much experience against the Red Sox lineup. However, Stephen Drew has had no trouble with Oswalt in his career, batting .321 against him with three doubles.
Rockies vs. Lackey (RHP)
Michael Cuddyer (21 plate appearances): .316 BA/.381 OBP/.789 SLG, 3 home runs, 5 RBIs, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts
Yorvit Torrealba (11): .273/.273/.455, 2 doubles, 5 strikeouts
Carlos Gonzalez (8): .250/.250/.375, 1 double, 2 strikeouts
Todd Helton (8): .429/.500/.857, 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 1 strikeout
Jonathan Herrera (4): .250/.250/.250, 1 strikeout
Nolan Arenado, Tyler Colvin, Corey Dickerson, Dexter Fowler, DJ LeMahieu, Jordan Pacheco, Wilin Rosario and Josh Rutledge have not faced Lackey.
Red Sox vs. Oswalt (RHP)
Stephen Drew (29 plate appearances): .321 BA/.345 OBP/.429 SLG, 3 doubles, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts
Shane Victorino (15): .333/.333/.400, 1 double
Jonny Gomes (3): .500/.667/.500, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
Mike Napoli (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout
Jacoby Ellsbury (1): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout
Will Middlebrooks (1): 1.000/1.000/4.000, 1 home run, 3 RBIs
Dustin Pedroia (1): 1.000/1.000/1.000
Mike Carp, Jose Iglesias, Ryan Lavarnway, Daniel Nava, David Ortiz and Jarrod Saltalamacchia have not faced Oswalt.
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