Tuesday's Red Sox-Yankees matchups: Jon Lester vs. David Phelps

October 02, 2012 - 11:00 am
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After being swept by the Orioles over the weekend and after a disappointing start to the series with the Yankees, the Sox look to make it through the final two games with a chance to reach 70 wins on the season. Jon Lester (9-14, 4.94 ERA) takes the ball for the final time this season. In a season that included the departure of Josh Beckett, many expected Lester would step up and be the Sox' No. 1 starter. However, Lester has walked 67 batters and his ERA is nearly 5.00. Lester has lost his last three starts, though he lacked run support. On Sept. 16, Lester gave up three runs in seven innings against the Blue Jays and the Sox lost that game 5-0. On Sept. 21, he pitched seven innings and allowed four runs against the Orioles. The Sox lost that game 4-2. In his most recent start, last Wednesday, Lester allowed just three runs through six innings. The Sox lost that game 4-2. His last win was against the Mariners on Sept. 4 when he went six innings and allowed three runs. The Yankees send David Phelps (4-4, 3.34) to the mound. Phelps began the season in the bullpen, appearing in middle relief. His last appearance was in relief against the Blue Jays last Thursday. He pitched 1 2/3 innings and allowed two runs in a game the Yankees won 11-4. His last start was Sept. 19 in the nightcap of a doubleheader against the Jays. He had a strong outing, going 6 2/3 innings allowing just one run and striking out six in a game the Yankees won 2-1. Red Sox vs. Phelps (RHP) Dustin Pedroia (9 plate appearances): .333 AVG/.333 OBP/.444 SLG, 1 double Cody Ross (8): .125/.125/.500, 1 home run, 2 RBIs Pedro Ciriaco (7): .429/.429/.429 Jacoby Ellsbury (6): .167/.167/.167, 1 strikeout Scott Podsednik (5): .000/.000/.000, 2 strikeouts Jarrod Saltalamacchia (4): 1.000/1.000/2.000, 1 double, 1 triple, 1 walk Mike Aviles (3): .333/.333/.333, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout Ryan Lavarnway (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout Jose Iglesias (2): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout James Loney (2): .500/.500/.500, 1 RBI Daniel Nava (2): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout Yankees vs. Lester (LHP) Derek Jeter (66 plate appearances): .333 AVG/.394 OBP/.400 SLG, 1 home run, 8 RBIs, 11 strikeout Robinson Cano (60): .218/.267/.291, 4 doubles, 5 RBIs, 4 walks Nick Swisher (54): .318/.415/.568, 5 doubles, 2 home runs, 8 RBIs Mark Teixeria (44): .250/.318/.350, 1 home run, 4 RBIs Alex Rodriguez (43): .179/.256/.513 Andruw Jones (39): .276/.436/.379, 6 RBIs, 9 walks Ichiro Suzuki (35): .294/.314/.471,2 home runs, 3 RBIs Curtis Granderson (34): .267/.353/.500, 2 home runs, 4 RBIs Jayson Nix (24): .333/.391/.857, 5 RBIs, 5 strikeouts Russell Martin (19): .231/.474/.308, 2 RBIs, 5 walks Raul Ibanez (12): .333/.333/.500, 2 doubles, 5 strikeouts Casey McGehee (7): .143/.143/.143 Eduardo Nunez (7): .167/.286/.167, 1 walk Brett Gardner (6): .167/.167/.167, 1 strikeout Francisco Cervelli (5): .250/.400/.250 Chris Stewart (4): .500/.333/2.000, 1 home run, 2 RBIs