Friday’s Red Sox-Athletics matchups: John Lackey vs. Jarrod Parker
|07.12.13 at 8:33 am ET|
When the Red Sox start a three-game weekend set with the Athletics at O.co Coliseum on Friday, their final series before the Wednesday’s All-Star Game, they will send the right-hander who is arguably their biggest All-Star snub — John Lackey — to the mound to do battle with Oakland righty Jarrod Parker.
Lackey (6-6, 8.49 K/9) has been nothing short of dominant the last month. He has lasted at least seven innings in each of his five starts dating back to June 15, posting a 2.25 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP while averaging exactly one strikeout per inning. Opposing batters are batting .241 with a .262 OBP and .387 slugging mark in that time.
That stretch is part of the 34-year-old’s renaissance season after missing all of 2012 recovering from Tommy John surgery. His 2.80 ERA and 1.15 WHIP would be good for career lows.
Lackey’s latest feat included seven innings of two-run ball against the Angels on Sunday afternoon. He struck out nine — his second-highest total of the season — as Los Angeles collected five hits and a walk, forcing Lackey to throw a season-high 116 pitches. Solo home runs from Mike Trout and Hank Conger were the only blemishes on Lackey’s ledger.
“He was outstanding once again,” manager John Farrell said after the game. “Two solo home runs through seven innings. I thought he was powerful. Held his stuff throughout the full seven innings. A lot of strikes.
“John’s pitching as well as any point and time in his career. It’s not to shortchange anything he’s done early on, but he’s in a very good place right now.”
Parker (6-6, 4.04 ERA), meanwhile, has made just one start since missing a week with a tight right hamstring. He limited the Royals to three runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings Saturday.
Although his numbers on the season don’t necessarily indicate it, Parker has pitched very well the last two months. Since May 11 he owns a 2.48 ERA and 0.89 WHIP, and hasn’t given up more than three earned runs in any of those 11 starts.
Red Sox vs. Parker (RHP)
Mike Napoli (8 plate appearances): .167 BA/.375 OBP/.667 SLG, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 2 walks
David Ortiz (6): .167/.167/.167, 1 RBI
Dustin Pedroia (6): .500/.500/.500, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout
Jarrod Saltalamacchia (6): .200/.333/.200, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts
Daniel Nava (3): .333/.333/.667, 1 double
No other Red Sox hitters have faced Parker.
Athletics vs. Lackey (RHP)
Coco Crisp (33 plate appearances): .167 BA/.242 OBP/.367 SLG, 2 home runs, 2 RBIs, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts
John Jaso (13): .417/.462/.667, 1 home run, 3 RBIs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts
Chris Young (4): .250/.250/.500, 1 double, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts
Seth Smith (3): .500/.333/1.500, 1 triple, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout
No other Oakland batters have faced Lackey.
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