Red Sox Limp In To Toronto For The Jays Home Opener

Just over 24 hours after blowing a lead in Detroit, the 0-3 Red Sox limp into Toronto licking their wounds from the thrashing they took at the hands of the Tigers to open the 2012 season.  Today, the Blue Jays are coming off a loss in Cleveland but still riding high after a great spring and 2 amazing victories over the Indians to start the season.  The Red Sox are a hurting team, and their fan base is a bit restless seeing as they blew a 9-game lead in September of 2011 and are having trouble getting batters out so far here in 2012.  Alfredo Acevas and Mark Melancon both blew leads in Sunday’s 13-12 loss, and Josh Beckett gave up 5 home runs in one game to an admittedly immensely powerful Tigers lineup.  Beckett, for the record, hadn’t given up 5 home runs total until mid-June in 2011.

The Blue Jays immediately sent Sunday’s starter Joel Carreno down to Triple-A Las Vegas after the game yesterday, and called up Aaron Laffey who will go into the bullpen as the Jays don’t need a 5th starter again for a while. Carreno pitched well, with just 2 mistakes to Carlos Santana being the difference between the loss and sweeping the Tribe.  Unfortunately it is not Carreno’s time just yet and he will be back undoubtedly before the end of the season.  Rajai Davis, who has appeared in all 3 games this season, will make his first start of the year in LF giving Marcus Thames at least the beginning of the day off.  JP Arencibia returns to the backstop after getting Sunday off.  Henderson Alvarez will take the mound for the 36th home opener.  He’s coming off a 2011 where he joined the team in August and made his Major League debut on August 10.  Throughout the half season, Alvarez went 1-3 with a 3.53 ERA.  There were times that he looked untouchable, and other times that you could see his rookie stripes.  Since his promotion last August he’s been working on his cutter, and all accounts state that the pitch is better now than its ever been.  He says he just wants to get out of innings quickly, which is the key for him to go the 7-innings that the Jays want out of their starters.  Henderson Alvarez may not have ever felt any pressure like the pressure he will be under tonight as a sold out Rogers Centre welcomes the Jays home.

Quick Hits

  • Travis Snider jammed his hand sliding into first base with Triple-A Las Vegas on Friday night.  He hasn’t played since but is expected to rejoin the lineup tonight.
  • Felix Doubront, the Red Sox starting pitcher, had 3 appearances against the Blue Jays in 2011.  He allowed 1 run on 3 hits in 3 innings of work.

Lineups

Red Sox

  1. Ellsbury, J – CF (.154)
  2. Pedroia, D – 2B (.231)
  3. Gonzalez, Ad – 1B (.385)
  4. Youkilis, K – 3B (.000)
  5. Ortiz, D – DH (.417)
  6. Ross, C – LF (.111)
  7. Sweeney, R – RF (.455)
  8. Saltalamacchia, J – C (.143)
  9. Aviles, M – SS (,273)

LHP – Felix Doubront (2011 – 0-0  6.10 ERA)

Blue Jays

  1. Escobar, Y – SS (.105)
  2. Johnson, K – 2B (.357)
  3. Bautista, J – RF (.333)
  4. Encarnacion, E – DH (.250)
  5. Lind, A – 1B (.250)
  6. Lawrie, B – 3B (.214)
  7. Davis, R – LF (.200)
  8. Arencibia, J – C (.083)
  9. Rasmus, C – CF (.067)

RHP – Henderson Alvarez (2011 – 1-3  3.53 ERA)

1 Comment

Among Jays starters in 2011, only Romero & Luis Perez had higher ground ball % than Henderson Alvarez (53.5%)

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