Advance Scout: Pawtucket Red Sox

vs. PAWSOX – The Bisons and Red Sox have just played six of the scheduled 16 games to this point in the year. The Bisons begin the four game set in Pawtucket Friday night and have six games scheduled in five days at Coca-Cola Field August 21-25. The two clubs are scheduled to play 10 games in a span of 13 days!

The Bisons lead the season series against Pawtucket, 4-2. Buffalo swept of a rain-shortened two-game series over the PawSox at Coca-Cola Field, April 14-15. Dating back to last season, the Bisons have now won nine of their last 14 meetings with the Red Sox. The Herd faced Pawtucket for their home opener and four times overall for the event, beating the PawSox 5-2 on April 5, 2001 and 10-8 on April 3, 2003. Pawtucket earned the 6-4 win last year in the Home Opener on April 9. This season, RA Dickey and the Herd beat the PawSox 8-2 on April 14 downtown.

Fri. 7:05 pm RHP Dillon Gee 11-7, 4.75 vs. RHP Ramon Ramirez 2-3, 5.20
Sat. 6:05 pm LHP Michael Antonini 1-0, 0.00 vs. RHP Adam Mills 2-8, 5.13
Sun. 1:05 pm Pat Misch 11-4, 3.23 vs. LHP Rich Hill 1-0, 3.08
Mon. 7:05 pm (COX-TV) RHP Fernando Nieve 1-0, 4.26 vs. LHP Fabio Castro 5-7, 4.74

Carlos Delgado – The 17-year major league veteran first baseman who has a career big league average of .280 with 473 HR & 1512 RBI in 2035 games, made his PawSox debut on Monday as the DH in Scranton/WB going 0-for-3. Delgado, 38, was signed by the Red Sox to a minor league deal last Saturday and activated on Monday to officially begin his comeback from two surgeries on his right hip that have kept him out of action since May of 2009. Carlos has hit at least 30 HR in 11 different seasons including a career-high 44 homers for Toronto in 1999 followed by a monster 2000 season for the Blue Jays when he hit .344 in 162 games with 57 2B, 41 HR, and 137 RBI.

Dustin the Wind? – There are several media reports floating about that injured Red Sox All-Star 2B Dustin Pedroia will be sent to Pawtucket for an injury rehab assignment this weekend at McCoy Stadium when the PawSox host Buffalo on Saturday at 6:05 pm and Sunday at 1:05 pm. Pedroia has been on Boston’s disabled list since June 26 with a fracture of the navicular bone in his left foot suffered when he fouled a ball of his left foot while batting in the 3rd-inning on June 25 in San Francisco. He was hitting .292 in 73 games for Boston at the time of his injury along with 24 2B (T1st in the American League), 12 HR & 41 RBI and was also T4th in the AL in runs scored (52) before going on the DL. He played all 73 of his games at second base and had made only 2 errors all season (May 20 & June 6). Pedroia, the 2007 AL Rookie of the Year and the 2008 AL MVP, has a career average of .305 in 554 games with the Red Sox (666-for-2183) since being called-up to Boston from Pawtucket in August of 2006.

Rehab Central – Pedroia would join an illustrious list of Boston players to rehab with the PawSox this season including: Josh Beckett, Boof Bonser, Clay Buchholz, Mike Cameron, Jacoby Ellsbury (twice), Jeremy Hermida, Jed Lowrie, Daisuke Matsuzaka, and Mike Lowell.

Streak Busted – The PawSox ended their 4-game losing streak Tuesday night with their 6-5, 11-inning win at Scranton/WB. The 4-game losing skid (last Friday through this Monday) immediately came on the heels of a 3-game winning streak (August 2-5). Pawtucket also recently suffered a 4-game losing streak from July 23-26 and a 5-game losing skid from July 17-21. The Sox have still not won more than 3 straight since their season-high 6-game winning streak from May 11-16 (which all came at McCoy). What Have You Done for Me Lately – The PawSox are 7-8 in their last 15 games after dropping 9 of their previous 10 games from July 17-26. However, the Sox have still lost 22 of their last 35 since July 4.

A Series Situation – The PawSox are 7-11-15 in their first 33 series this season (7 wins, 11 losses, and 15 splits thus far). Pawtucket had just a 7-17-19 series record last season. The PawSox won just 2 of their final 23 series last year dating back to
late-June. So, the Sox have now won 9 of their last 55 series in over a year span.

Home vs. Road – Pawtucket is 20-39 on the road and 31-28 at home. They are hitting .253 on the road (515-for-2032) with 255 runs scored in 59 games (4.4 per game) compared to .251 at home (469-for-1866) with 224 runs scored in 59 games (3.85 per game). PawSox pitchers are faring much better at McCoy thus far going 31-28 with a 3.69 ERA (214 ER in 522.1 IP) compared to 20-39 with a 5.52 ERA on the road (309 ER in 503.2 IP).

Rankings – Pawtucket is presently 13th in the International League with a Team ERA of 4.59 (it was 5.52 on May 2 which was their season-high). The PawSox are up to 11th (after being last for much of July) in Team Batting at .252 after peaking at .261 on May 18. Pawtucket’s .253 average last Friday and this Tuesday was their highest since May 23 also at .253. They were as low as .241 on June 13 which was their lowest since the 4th game of the season (April 11 at .239).

Northern Exposure – Pawtucket’s final 33 games of the season (from August 5 – September 6) have been or will be all against IL North rivals. The PawSox are 25-29 vs. Northern foes. The Sox finished last season with a losing record against four of their five IL North division rivals (the only IL North club they had a winning record against was Buffalo at 9-7). Pawtucket went 32-48 within their division last season after going 49-31 vs. the North in 2008 en route to winning the IL wild card.

PawSox Short Hops – Lars Anderson has hit safely in 5 of his last 7 games, going 6-for-25 (.240) with 2 2B and 2 RBI. Drove in the only PawSox run last night on a sac fly in a 5-1 loss to Lehigh Valley… Bubba Bell went 1-4 Wednesday night, had 2 straight multiple hit games, going 5-for-9 with 2 2B. In his last 34 games is 41-for-119 (.345) with 5 2B, 3B, 4 HR, and 18 RBI… Daniel Nava went 0-3 Wednesday and snapped an 11-game hitting streak with Pawtucket, during which he went 15-for-46 (.326) with 2 2B and 1 HR. Hit a grand slam in his first major league at-bat off of Philadelphia’s Joe Blanton on June 12th. Is 1 of 4 players in history to hit a grand slam in his first at-bat (Bill Duggleby-1898, current PawSox Jeremy Hermida-2005, and former Bison, Kevin Kouzmanoff-2006)…. Josh Reddick ist the current IL Batter of the Week and is 2-for-15 in his last 3 games after a 9-game hitting streak (20-for-42, .476, with 7 2B, 1 3B, and 3 HR). In his last 19 games is 31-for-84 (.369) with 10 2B, 1 3B, and 4 HR… Ryan Shealey is hitless in his last 13 at-bats. In his last 10 games, is 4-32 (.125).

Looking back at the Bisons & Red Sox season-series:
4/14/10: BUF 8, PAW 2
GAME RECAP: Home Opener for Bisons

4/15/10: BUF 3, PAW 2
GAME RECAP: Herd rallies when Dice-K exits

4/23/10: PAW 5, BUF 3
GAME RECAP: PawSox push past Bisons

4/24/10: BUF 4, PAW 2
GAME RECAP: Dickey, Bisons win

4/25/10: BUF 10, PAW 3
GAME RECAP: Jacobs & bats never let up

4/26/10: PAW 5, BUF 1
GAME RECAP: Bisons fall in finale

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