Obviously, those other starts did happen and are included in his full body of work, but it makes most sense to look at what he's done for us lately. And lately, he's gone 6 2/3 innings and given up 3 runs against the Orioles and 2 runs against the Yankees. So recently, Doubront has pitched well for the Red Sox and well against the Yankees. Let's hope for more of the same tonight.
Sabathia has also had 2 good starts in a row. One came against the Reds Sox where he went 7 innings giving up 6 hits and 4 runs. Since then he has had one more start where he went 7 innings and gave up 1 run. The one troubling trend for Sabathia this season is that 43% of the hits he has given up have been for extra bases.
Neither team has a player that "owns" the opposing pitcher. Two good matchups to watch will be Sabathia vs. Gomes and Sizemore. Both players have 2 homeruns against Sabathia with their most recent ones coming this spring. Gomes is 11/40 against Sabathia with 10 strikeouts. It's a good thing it is David Ross' turn to catch, as he has hit Sabathia pretty well over the past 3 years while A.J. Pierzynski hasn't faced him since 2011.
Last time out against Doubront, Carlos Beltran went 3 for 4 with a double and homerun. Alfonso Soriano and Mark Teixeira have both hit 2 homers off Doubront in their careers.
According to weather.com it looks like the wind will die down as the game progresses. Regardless, NW winds of 19 mph to start the game will definitely have an effect on the game.
- Pedroia, 2B
- Victorino, RF
- Ortiz, DH
- Napoli, 1B
- Gomes, LF
- Bogaerts, SS
- Holt, 3B
- Ross, C
- Bradley Jr., CF