Wednesday's Red Sox-Blue Jays matchups: Jon Lester vs. Esmil Rogers

August 14, 2013 - 6:33 am

The Red Sox will send Jon Lester to the mound Wednesday to take on Esmil Rogers and the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Lester (10-7, 4.37 ERA) will be looking to build off a strong start last time out against the Royals, when he allowed one earned run on five hits and two walks in 121 pitches through seven innings. However, Lester only got one run in support in the game, and was tabbed with his seventh loss of the season. Lasting seven innings in the game was impressive for Lester, who threw 41 pitches while facing eight batters in the first inning. '€œObviously it was a long first, a lot of pitches," Lester said to reporters after the game. "I knew I had to somehow grind my way through it and get seven, save the bullpen. That's something you have to learn to do, to find a way in those outings to go six or seven or maybe eight, and I was able to do that.'€ That outing was Lester'€™s third since the beginning of July in which he allowed one earned run or fewer through seven innings. However, he also has two starts in which he has allowed at least five runs in five innings or fewer in that same stretch. Lester has had a lot of success against the Blue Jays in his career, going 14-7 with a 3.67 ERA in 26 starts against Toronto. That success is represented in his numbers against the Blue Jays sluggers, as he has held Jose Bautista to a .212 batting average and Edwin Encarnacion to a .152 batting average. Rogers (3-7, 5.12 ERA) is making his return to the starting rotation after being moved to the bullpen following his Aug. 9 start. The right-hander allowed seven runs on seven hits and two walks through three innings, capping off a three-game stretch in which he was 0-3 with a 14.59 ERA and a .450 opponent batting average. However, with Josh Johnson landing on the 15-day disabled list, it appears Rogers will be moving to the rotation over Thad Weber. The last three starts have made up the worst stretch of his season, as he was 2-2 with a 3.71 ERA in his previous nine starts. Rogers had better numbers as a reliever than he did as a starter, as he held a 4.23 ERA with a .280 opponent batting average as a reliever. He has a 5.48 ERA with a .307 opponent batting average as a starter this season. Stephen Drew, who just ended his 12-game hitting streak Tuesday night, has had a lot of success against Rogers, as he is 3-for-6 with a triple and two RBIs in matchups against him. Dustin Pedroia has had success too, going 4-for-7 with two doubles off of Rogers. Red Sox vs. Rogers (RHP) Mike Napoli (7 plate appearances): .286 BA/.286 OBP/.714 SLG, 1 home run, 4 RBIs, 3 strikeouts Dustin Pedroia (7): .571/.571/.857, 2 doubles, 1 strikeout Stephen Drew (6): .500/.500/.833, 1 triple, 2 RBIs, 1 strikeout Daniel Nava (6): .000/.500/.000, 3 walks, 1 strikeout Jonny Gomes (4): .500/.750/.500, 1 walk David Ortiz (4): .333/.500/.333, 1 walk Jacoby Ellsbury (3): .333/.333/.333 Jarrod Saltalamacchia (3): .333/.333/.333, 2 strikeouts Shane Victorino (3): .333/.333/.667, 1 double Will Middlebrooks (2): .000/.500/.000 Mike Carp, Brock Holt and Ryan Lavarnway have not faced Rogers. Blue Jays vs. Lester (LHP) Jose Bautista (61 plate appearances): .212 BA/.295 OBP/.500 SLG, 4 home runs, 3 doubles, 8 RBIs, 7 walks, 11 strikeouts J.P. Arencibia (40): .184/.225/.368, 2 home runs, 1 double, 6 RBIs, 2 walks, 15 strikeouts Edwin Encarnacion (37): .152/.243/.394, 2 home runs, 2 doubles, 6 RBIs, 4 walks, 7 strikeouts Rajai Davis (34): .267/.353/.533, 1 home run, 2 triples, 1 double, 5 RBIs, 3 walks, 9 strikeouts Adam Lind (30): .103/.133/.138, 1 double, 1 walk, 12 strikeouts Maicer Izturis (28): .333/.357/.519, 5 doubles, 4 RBIs, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts Brett Lawrie (22): .150/.227/.350, 1 home run, 1 double, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts Mark DeRosa (15): .143/.200/.429, 1 home run, 1 double, 3 RBIs, 3 strikeouts Colby Rasmus (15): .200/.200/.200, 1 RBI, 5 strikeouts Emilio Bonifacio (11): .100/.182/.100, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts Jose Reyes (9): .125/.222/.125, 1 walk Josh Thole has not faced Lester.