Sunday’s Red Sox-Blue Jays matchups: Felix Doubront vs. R.A. Dickey
|09.22.13 at 10:13 am ET|
Felix Doubront will make his first start in more than two weeks on Sunday afternoon against R.A. Dickey and the Blue Jays at Fenway Park.
Doubront (10-6, 4.15 ERA) takes the mound for Boston for the first time since Sept. 6, after receiving time off to rest his arm.
On that day, Doubront allowed six runs on three hits and six walks at Yankee Stadium in just 3 2/3 innings. In the start before that, Doubront also lasted just 3 2/3 innings, as the White Sox pushed across four runs against the lefty at Fenway on Sept. 1.
“Mechanically, it’s a little bit off,” Doubront said after the start in New York. “I don’t know. I’ve got no words for what happened today. Just that I wasn’t able to repeat the fastball. I have to figure out something.”
On Aug. 4, Doubront shut out the Diamondbacks in seven innings and decreased his ERA to a season-low 3.56. But since then, Doubront has posted a 6.60 ERA and eclipsed four innings just twice in six starts.
With Clay Buchholz back, and John Lackey, Jake Peavy and Jon Lester looking strong, Doubront appears headed to the bullpen — if he’s on the roster at all — for the postseason.
Doubront has faced Toronto twice this season. He’s recorded a 3.97 ERA and a 1.500 WHIP in 11 1/3 innings.
The Blue Jays shipped away a number of top prospects and ate some unappealing contracts this offseason so they could contend for a playoff spot this year. But with a week remaining on the season, Toronto sits in last place in the AL East at 71-83.
One of the reasons for the Blue Jays’ disappointing season is a disappointing Dickey (13-12, 4.21 ERA).
The 38-year-old was acquired by Toronto in a trade with the Mets, one year after he won the NL Cy Young award. But his Cy Young form has not carried over into the American League.
Many predicted a spike in Dickey’s ERA, particularly in the unfriendly confines of the Rogers Centre for a pitcher, but not an increase of nearly 1.50 points, for a guy who averaged a 2.95 ERA in the last three years with New York in 91 starts.
Dickey comes off a 2-0 win against the Yankees on Sept. 17, in which he shut out New York over seven innings, recording eight strikeouts.
The Red Sox clubbed Dickey in his only start against them this season, on April 7 at Fenway. He allowed a season-high eight runs (seven earned), along with 10 hits and two walks in just 4 2/3 innings.
Blue Jays vs. Doubront (LHP)
Rajai Davis (15 plate appearances): .231/.333/.308, 1 double, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts
J.P. Arencibia (13): .167/.231/.500, 1 HR, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts
Brett Lawrie (13): .385/.385/.538, 2 doubles, 2 strikeouts
Jose Reyes (12): .500/.500/.917, 1 HR, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs, 1 strikeout
Adam Lind (10): .222/.300/.222, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts
Mark DeRosa (5): .250/.250/1.000, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 1 strikeout
Moises Sierra (2): 1.000/1.000/4.000, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 1 walk
Mike Nickeas, Josh Thole, Ryan Goins, Munenori Kawasaki, Anthony Gose and Kevin Pillar have not faced Doubrant.
Red Sox vs. Dickey (RHP)
Shane Victorino (23): .286/.348/.524, 1 HR, 2 doubles, 3 RBIs, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts
David Ortiz (10): .250/.400/.375, 1 double, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts
Jacoby Ellsbury (9): .333/.333/.444, 1 double, 1 RBI
Dustin Pedroia (9): .250/.333/.250, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts
Mike Napoli (9): .375/.444/.625, 2 doubles, 3 RBIs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts
Stephen Drew (7): .286/.286/.429, 1 double
David Ross (5): .200/.200/.200, 1 strikeout
John McDonald (5): .400/.400/.600, 1 double
Will Middlebrooks (3): 1.000/1.000/3.333, 2 HRs, 1 double, 3 RBIs
Jarrod Saltalamacchia (3): .000/.000/.000
Jackie Bradley (3): .000/.333/.000, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
Daniel Nava (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 RBI
Jonny Gomes (2): .000/.000/.000
Brock Holt (1): 1.000/1.000/1.000
Ryan Lavarnway, Xander Bogaerts, Brandon Snyder, Quintin Berry and Mike Carp have not faced Dickey.
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