|TAMPA BAY ( ODORIZZI )|
OAKLAND ( GOSSETT )
|923||TAMPA BAY||-115||Ov 9,+105||-105||Ov 9,-105|
|924||OAKLAND||+105||Un 9,-125||-105||Un 9,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||37-27||+8.7||36-26||4.9||0.267||0.333||0.453||0.785||4.2||0.239||0.307||0.379||0.686|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.6||2-4||3.4||0.256||0.307||0.432||0.739||2.9||0.212||0.289||0.338||0.627|
|vs Right-handed Starters||32-40||-6||39-32||4.3||0.234||0.307||0.403||0.710||5.2||0.258||0.315||0.419||0.734|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+5.1||4-3||4.3||0.211||0.298||0.399||0.697||3.4||0.238||0.286||0.390||0.676|
|7/4/2017||ARCHER(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||LESTER(L)||6-5||W||125||7.5 un||O||9||4||1||11||10||1|
|7/5/2017||SNELL(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||LACKEY(R)||3-7||L||165||9.5 ev||O||8||4||0||10||8||0|
|7/14/2017||FARIA(R)||@ LA ANGELS||NOLASCO(R)||2-1||W||110||8.5 ov||U||4||3||1||5||8||0|
|7/15/2017||COBB(R)||@ LA ANGELS||RAMIREZ(R)||6-3||W||115||9 ov||P||14||9||0||8||6||0|
|7/16/2017||ARCHER(R)||@ LA ANGELS||BRIDWELL(R)||3-4||L||-145||9 un||U||9||4||0||8||8||0|
|7/17/2017||ODORIZZI(R)||@ OAKLAND||GOSSETT(R)|| |
|7/18/2017||SNELL(L)||@ OAKLAND||SMITH(R)|| |
|7/19/2017||FARIA(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRAY(R)|| |
|7/24/2017|| ||BALTIMORE|| || |
|7/3/2017||COTTON(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||RODON(L)||2-7||L||-125||8.5 un||O||5||8||2||12||13||1|
|7/4/2017||GOSSETT(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SHIELDS(R)||7-6||W||-150||9.5 un||O||8||3||0||13||6||0|
|7/5/2017||GRAY(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||PELFREY(R)||7-4||W||-180||9 un||O||9||5||0||5||2||0|
|7/6/2017||BLACKBURN(R)||@ SEATTLE||GAVIGLIO(R)||7-4||W||145||9.5 ov||O||10||6||0||11||5||0|
|7/7/2017||MANAEA(L)||@ SEATTLE||PAXTON(L)||2-7||L||145||8 ov||O||3||3||0||11||4||1|
|7/8/2017||SMITH(R)||@ SEATTLE||MOORE(R)||4-3||W||140||10 un||U||9||10||1||7||5||0|
|7/9/2017||GOSSETT(R)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)||0-4||L||155||9.5 un||U||2||6||0||7||3||1|
|7/17/2017||GOSSETT(R)||TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)|| |
|7/18/2017||SMITH(R)||TAMPA BAY||SNELL(L)|| |
|7/19/2017||GRAY(R)||TAMPA BAY||FARIA(R)|| |
|7/21/2017||BLACKBURN(R)||@ NY METS||MATZ(L)|| |
|7/22/2017||MANAEA(L)||@ NY METS||WHEELER(R)|| |
|7/23/2017||GOSSETT(R)||@ NY METS||MONTERO(R)|| |
|7/24/2017|| ||@ TORONTO|| || |
|TAMPA BAY: 2016: 68-94, fifth place
Manager: Kevin Cash (third season)
Who's new? OF Colby Rasmus, OF/1B Rickie Weeks Jr., RHP Tommy Hunter, RHP Jumbo Diaz, C Wilson Ramos, C Derek Norris, OF Mallex Smith, RHP Jose De Leon, RHP Shawn Tolleson
Who's gone? 2B Logan Forsythe, IF/OF Steve Pearce, OF Desmond Jennings, OF Mikie Mahtook, C Hank Conger, IF/OF Taylor Motter, C Bobby Wilson, LHP Drew Smyly, LHP Enny Romero, RHP Steve Geltz, LHP Dana Eveland, RHP Kevin Jepsen, RHP Tyler Sturdevant, RHP Dylan Floro
Projected lineup: DH Corey Dickerson (.245, 24, 70), CF Kevin Kiermaier (.246, 12, 37, 21 SB), 3B Evan Longoria (.273, 36, 98), 2B Brad Miller (.243, 30, 81), RF Steven Souza (.247, 17, 49), LF Colby Rasmus (.206, 15, 54 with Astros), SS Tim Beckham (.247, 5, 16), 1B Logan Morrison (.238, 14, 43), C Curt Casali (.186, 8, 25)
Rotation: RH Chris Archer (9-19, 4.02 ERA), RH Jake Odorizzi (10-6, 3.69), RH Alex Cobb (1-2, 8.59 in five starts), LH Blake Snell (6-8, 3.54), RH Matt Andriese (8-8, 4.37)
Key relievers: RH Alex Colome (2-4, 1.91, 37/40 SV), RH Tommy Hunter (2-2, 3.18 with Indians), RH Danny Farquhar (1-0, 3.06), LH Xavier Cede'o (3-4, 3.70), RH Erasmo Ramirez (7-11, 3.77), RH Jumbo Diaz (1-1, 3.14), RH Chase Whitley (0-0, 2.51)
Hot spots: Shortstop and catcher. Tim Beckham and the combination of Curt Casali and newly signed Derek Norris are holding down the fort while Matt Duffy and Wilson Ramos recover from injuries. Beckham and Casali or Norris can at least try to make the situation awkward by hitting. That wasn't their strong suit last year, but the Rays will need someone to bat eighth and ninth while Ramos (knee surgery; out until July) and Duffy (Achilles surgery; out until May) heal.
Outlook: How do you fix a team that ranked eighth in the AL in ERA and 14th in runs scored? If you're the Rays, you trade away your second-best hitter (Forsythe) for a pitcher who will start the season in Triple-A (De Leon), then sign an outfielder with a .641 OPS (Rasmus) to be your second-highest paid player. Expectations for a team with the third-lowest payroll in the game shouldn't be high to begin with. Getting Duffy and Ramos back from the DL will help, but not enough to slow rumors of Archer, Cobb and Odorizzi getting traded if they pitch well.
|OAKLAND: 2016: 69-93, fifth place
Manager: Bob Melvin (seventh season)
Who's new? CF Rajai Davis, OF Matt Joyce, 3B Trevor Plouffe, IF Adam Rosales, RHP Santiago Casilla
Who's gone? IF/OF Danny Valencia, OF Brett Eibner, 2B Eric Sogard, 2B Tyler Ladendorf, LHP Dillon Overton, RHP Fernando Rodriguez
Projected lineup: CF Rajai Davis (.249, 12 HR, 48 RBI, 43 SB with Indians), C Stephen Vogt (.251, 14, 56), DH Ryon Healy (.305, 13, 37 in 72 games), LF Khris Davis (.247, 42, 102), RF Matt Joyce (.242, 13, 42 with Pirates) or Mark Canha (.122, 3, 6 in 16 games), SS Marcus Semien (.238, 27, 75, 10 SB), 3B Trevor Plouffe (.260, 12, 47 with Twins), 1B Yonder Alonso (.253, 7, 56), 2B Jed Lowrie (.263, 2, 27 in 87 games)
Rotation: RH Kendall Graveman (10-11, 4.11), LH Sean Manaea (7-9, 3.86), RH Jharel Cotton (2-0, 2.15 in five games), RH Andrew Triggs (1-1, 4.31), RH Jesse Hahn (2-4, 6.02 in nine games) and Frankie Montas (0-0, 2.38 in four games at Triple-A)
Key relievers: RH Ryan Madson (6-7, 3.62, 30/37 SV), LH Sean Doolittle (2-3, 3.23), RH Santiago Casilla (2-5, 3.57 with Giants), RH Ryan Dull (5-5, 2.42), RH John Axford (6-4, 3.97), RH Liam Hendriks (0-4, 3.76), LH Daniel Coulombe (3-1, 4.53)
Hot spots: Fifth Starter and Second Base. Triggs, Hahn and Montas are the top candidates to fill out the rotation. Montas, who turns 24 before the season, is the youngest and has the highest ceiling. Hahn is the only one with something resembling a track record of success in the majors. Triggs showed potential in five starts last year. Second base will belong to prospect Franklin Barreto at some point. For now the position belongs to Lowrie, who figures to become trade bait as the A's begin their annual migration toward mathematical elimination.
Outlook: It's been a long two years since the A's played postseason baseball. Rather than rebuilding outright, the A's spent their offseason stocking up on veteran position players. Their strength is a young rotation led by right-hander Sonny Gray ' another trade candidate who's coming off the worst of his four major league seasons (5-11, 5.69 ERA) and will miss time with a lat strain. If Cotton, Manaea and Triggs pick up where they left off, pitching won't be the problem. No team scored fewer runs than the A's in 2016, and it still isn't obvious that their lineup improved. Their home turf will be renamed in honor of Rickey Henderson when the Angels visit Oakland for the opener; maybe Rickey can hit leadoff, too.
|Athletics look to continue winning ways vs. Rays|
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland Athletics spent their 52nd day in the American League West cellar on Sunday, but they completed a three-game sweep of the reigning American League champion Cleveland Indians with a 7-3 victory.
Now the A's, who are in full rebuilding mode, will try to play spoilers again when they open a three-game series Monday night against the Tampa Bay Rays, another team in the thick of a playoff race.
Before the Sunday game, the A's traded veteran relievers Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson to the Washington Nationals in exchange for reliever Blake Treinen and two highly touted minor league prospects, shortstop/third baseman Sheldon Neuse and left-hander Jesus Luzardo.
"I think it sort of fits into everything and the direction we're going," said Billy Beane, Oakland's executive vice president, baseball operations. "First of all, we have to take a look at where we are. We're in last place. And the direction we are heading in and we're going to continue to head in is we're going to try to get younger, and we need to be disciplined with it, particularly as it aligns with what we're trying to do within the community as it relates to a new stadium.
"There's only one way to open a stadium successfully. That's with a good young team, so this is part of that process."
Meanwhile, the A's will have to readjust the pieces in their bullpen, minus Doolittle and Madson. Treinen, a hard-throwing right-hander, is expected to join the team for the Monday game. A's manager Bob Melvin said Treinen would serve as one of his setup men. Right-hander Liam Hendriks and lefty Daniel Coulombe likely will see more time later in games, as will John Axford.
The A's (42-50) also called up right-handed reliever Simon Castro from Triple-A Nashville, and he gave up two hits, including a solo home run, but struck out three in the ninth inning against Cleveland.
"We'll figure it out on the fly a little bit," Melvin said.
The Rays (49-44) fell 4-2 on Sunday in Anaheim to the Los Angeles Angels in the series finale but took two of three. They are in second place in the American League East, three games behind the Boston Red Sox. The Rays won three of four against Oakland in a series at Tropicana Field last month.
Tampa Bay will send right-hander Jake Odorizzi to the mound Monday for his 17th start. He is 5-4 with a 4.63 ERA, but he lasted only 4 1/3 innings in his most recent outing, an 8-3 loss to the Red Sox on July 7. Odorizzi gave up seven runs on eight hits, including two home runs.
He has allowed home runs in a franchise-record 13 consecutive appearances, giving up 17 blasts in that stretch.
After his loss to Boston, Odorizzi said he hoped he could get recharged during the All-Star break.
"I just need a restart," Odorizzi said. "Get some time away and get back to throwing the ball in the second half like I did last year. I'm kind of in a familiar spot. I was able to rebound last year, and I need to do the same thing."
A's rookie right-hander Daniel Gossett will try to get untracked, too. He is 1-4 with a 6.23 ERA through his first six major league starts. Gossett gave up three runs on five hits, including a two-run home run to Nelson Cruz, over 4 1/3 innings in a 4-0 loss to the Seattle Mariners on July 9 in his last start. He has allowed eight home runs in 30 1/3 innings.
"It's frustrating," Gossett said after losing the Mariners. "It's the same thing. Giving up the homer, throwing the pitch that I can't throw. I had one job on that curveball, and it was to not leave it up. It just happens like that, and it's frustrating to only be able to go 4 1/3."
Odorizzi is 0-2 with a 3.97 ERA in four career starts against the A's. He will face them for the first time this season. Gossett will make his first career appearance against Tampa Bay.
|Last Updated: 9/19/2017 11:14:01 PM EST|