|LA ANGELS ( WEAVER )|
SEATTLE ( BEAVAN )
|969||LA ANGELS||-175||Ov 7,-115||-180||Ov 7,-115|
|970||SEATTLE||+165||Un 7,-105||+170||Un 7,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||61-50||-4.9||55-48||4.8||0.274||0.328||4.3||0.244||0.307|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-0.3||5-0||5.1||0.306||0.363||5.4||0.258||0.324|
|vs Right-handed Starters||49-55||+3.1||49-51||3.7||0.225||0.288||4.1||0.248||0.306|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-1.9||4-1||4.3||0.238||0.303||5.3||0.279||0.343|
|9/21/2012||SANTANA(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||PEAVY(R)||6-2||W||-130||7.5 un||O||9||5||0||5||4||0|
|9/22/2012||HAREN(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||4-2||W||-170||8 ev||U||7||7||0||8||5||2|
|9/23/2012||WEAVER(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||FLOYD(R)||4-1||W||-205||7.5 ev||U||7||2||0||6||7||0|
|9/28/2012||WEAVER(R)||@ TEXAS||DEMPSTER(R)||7-4||W||-115||9 un||O||11||9||0||7||4||0|
|9/30/2012||GREINKE(R)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)||5-4||W||-105||8.5 ov||O||11||8||0||6||4||0|
|9/30/2012||SANTANA(R)||@ TEXAS||HOLLAND(L)||7-8||L||115||10 ov||O||12||8||0||12||8||0|
|10/1/2012||WILSON(L)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)||8-4||W||-110||6.5 ov||O||16||9||2||9||11||2|
|10/2/2012||HAREN(R)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)||1-6||L||-135||7 ov||P||9||11||3||9||5||2|
|10/3/2012||WEAVER(R)||@ SEATTLE||BEAVAN(R)|| |
|9/25/2012||RAMIREZ(L)||@ LA ANGELS||GREINKE(R)||4-5||L||215||7 ev||O||11||9||1||8||6||0|
|9/26/2012||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)||3-4||L||140||7 ev||P||5||4||1||10||9||0|
|9/27/2012||IWAKUMA(R)||@ LA ANGELS||HAREN(R)||9-4||W||182||8 un||O||12||7||1||10||8||2|
|9/28/2012||BEAVAN(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRIFFIN(R)||2-8||L||180||7.5 un||O||6||8||2||7||6||0|
|9/29/2012||VARGAS(L)||@ OAKLAND||STRAILY(R)||4-7||L||145||7.5 un||O||5||5||0||10||5||2|
|9/30/2012||RAMIREZ(L)||@ OAKLAND||MILONE(L)||2-5||L||180||7.5 ev||U||11||8||0||6||5||0|
|10/1/2012||HERNANDEZ(R)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)||4-8||L||+100||6.5 ov||O||9||11||2||16||9||2|
|10/2/2012||IWAKUMA(R)||LA ANGELS||HAREN(R)||6-1||W||+125||7 ov||P||9||5||2||9||11||3|
|10/3/2012||BEAVAN(R)||LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)|| |
|LA ANGELS: HITTING: SS ERICK AYBAR will likely get another crack at the leadoff spot by default. DH/OF BOBBY ABREU can still draw walks and run a little. 2B HOWIE KENDRICK traded batting average for more power last year. He's still one of baseball's better middle infield bats. 1B ALBERT PUJOLS should benefit from DH-ing a couple of times a year. OF TORII HUNTER is fading fast and may not provide middle-of-the-order power. OF VERNON WELLS has a better chance than Hunter to bounce back, and the Angels have to be patient considering his monster contract. MARK TRUMBO will get a look at 3B. If he can't get it done, ALBERTO CALLASPO would start and Trumbo would back-up first and DH. Speedy OF PETER BOURJOS will start in left, and top prospect MIKE TROUT will soon replace free agents-to-be Abreu or Hunter. KENDRYS MORALES could DH regularly if his ankle is healthy. CHRIS IANNETTA is no Mike Napoli, but he's a monster upgrade over Jeff Mathis. |
STARTING PITCHING: JERED WEAVER had a lot of things go right in 2011, and it's not hard to picture him as a Cy Young candidate again. But he faded late in the year, and may not belong in the upper echelon or pitchers. A cutter has led to DAN HAREN's rebirth. He's right there with Weaver, just a step behind the elite arms. C.J. WILSON may not get the same run support, but he should benefit from getting out of hitter-friendly Arlington; he had a 2.31 road ERA last year. ERVIN SANTANA never developed into a top-of-the-line starter, but he's become more consistent and settled in as a solid starter. Once a washed-out former prospect, JEROME WILLIAMS came back to the States from Taiwan and delivered three quality starts last September. He's not likely to have sustained success, but he does have the inside track for a rotation spot. Middling prospect GARRETT RICHARDS seems like the most likely candidate to step into the rotation in case of injury.
RELIEF PITCHING: JORDAN WALDEN will have the closer's role again entering the spring, but while he was overpowering he was also very shaky at times. He gave up seven runs over 2.2 innings in his last three appearances. RICH THOMPSON decided to lean on his cutter last year and the results were excellent. If Walden slips up, Thompson has to be in the closer conversation. LaTROY HAWKINS was solid with Milwaukee (2.42 ERA) and joins his ninth different team since 2003. He is expected to set up Walden as well. Lefty SCOTT DOWNS was far from dominant last year, despite his 1.34 ERA. But Scioscia does trust him in high-leverage situations, making him a possible fallback if Walden struggles. The Angels don't seem to have big plans for HISANORI TAKAHASHI, the most well-compensated long reliever in baseball.
|SEATTLE: HITTING: C/DH JESUS MONTERO was brought over from the Yankees to hit in the heart of the order. At age 22, his offensive potential is scary. OF ICHIRO SUZUKI is entering the twilight of his career, but he might still have another .300 season left. 2B DUSTIN ACKLEY is the kind of line-drive hitter who fits well in Safeco, but he needs to catch up to MLB pitching. 1B JUSTIN SMOAK has disappointed, but he's making strides and has 30-HR upside. OF CASPER WELLS could play everyday. He won't hit for average, but has the power Seattle needs. MIKE CARP figures to at least grab early at-bats against righties. He'll strike out, but has lots of power. OF FRANKLIN GUTIERREZ is out for at least a month with a pectoral injury, but will reclaim his starting gig based on his defense. Seattle would love to see OF MICHAEL SAUNDERS step up to replace Gutierrez, but he's shown no signs of being able to handle MLB pitching. C MIGUEL OLIVO still has solid power, but he's an all-or-nothing hitter. 3B CHONE FIGGINS isn't quite done, but he's close. He'll have to battle line-drive hitting KYLE SEAGER for a job. SS BRENDAN RYAN will stick around for defense, but his bat is barely good enough for a regular gig. |
STARTING PITCHING: FELIX HERNANDEZ had a touch of bad luck last year, but he's one of the few pitchers in baseball who's a lock for 200 strikeouts. JASON VARGAS just keeps throwing strikes and letting his defense make plays. He'll get by fine again in spacious Safeco. BLAKE BEAVAN doesn't have a strikeout pitch, but he'll make few mistakes and get some outs thanks to a strong defense. HECTOR NOESI, who also came over from New York with Montero, isn't a big strikeout pitcher, but has good control and is savvy enough to get his shot in Seattle's rotation this year. 37-year-old journeyman KEVIN MILLWOOD will fill out the fifth spot in the rotation after a solid spring. Top prospect DANNY HULTZEN could break into the bigs in 2012. The lefty has the polish of a big leaguer right now, though his ceiling is more good-not-great.
RELIEF PITCHING: Like many rebuilding teams, the Mariners will continue to shop their closer. BRANDON LEAGUE will pick up saves in Seattle, but he's more of a groundball pitcher than a strikeout artist. He'd likely be ticketed for a set-up role elsewhere. If League is traded, the closer role is wide open. SHAWN KELLEY came back from Tommy John surgery late last year and looked as good as ever. If he picks up where he left off last year, he'd be an obvious choice for ninth inning duties. CHANCE RUFFIN, part of the Doug Fister trade, has a strong minor-league track record. He could carve out a big role in this bullpen if he can improve his command.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (LA ANGELS-SEATTLE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Angels-Mariners Preview* =========================
By ANDY LEFKOWITZ STATS Writer
Los Angeles (89-72) at Seattle (74-87), 6:40 p.m. EDT
A season that started with high hopes after making two of the biggest moves in free agency will end without a playoff appearance for the Los Angeles Angels.
Jered Weaver, though, has still had a season to remember.
Weaver looks to become the AL's only 21-game winner Wednesday when the Angels wrap up the 2012 campaign against the host Seattle Mariners.
Weaver (20-4, 2.73 ERA) has been dominant down the stretch, winning his last four starts behind a 1.98 ERA. That late surge could put him in the conversation to become the third Angels hurler to win the AL Cy Young Award, joining Bartolo Colon (2005) and Dean Chance (1964).
The right-hander went 18-8 with a 2.41 ERA last year but finished second to Detroit's Justin Verlander.
With a win in the season finale, Weaver would tie Washington's Gio Gonzalez for the major league lead, but he has lost both of his starts against the last-place Mariners this year. Rookie catcher Jesus Montero has four homers among five hits in nine at-bats against Weaver.
Despite their ace's success - and the signing of Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson - the Angels (89-72) again failed to make the postseason for the first time since 2009.
They were 6-14 before calling up Mike Trout, who is a lock for AL rookie of the year honors and a strong contender for AL MVP. The 21-year-old Trout is one stolen base shy of joining Eric Davis (1987) and Barry Bonds (1990) as the only players with 30 homers and 50 steals in a season.
"We had a lot of positive things happen, we had a fair number of negative things happen," general manager Jerry Dipoto told the Angels' official website. "Now we have to pick up, we have to reset and build for 2013."
Seattle (74-87) will finish at the bottom of the AL West for the third straight year, but has seen its win total increase each season.
Kyle Seager became the first Mariner with 20 homers since 2009 when he went deep in the first inning of Tuesday's 6-1 win.
"It's a nice personal accomplishment," said Seager, who's 0 for 8 against Weaver. "I don't really consider myself a home run hitter."
Blake Beavan (10-11, 4.68) looks to avoid his fourth loss in five starts for Seattle. The right-hander allowed four runs and five hits - two homers - in 4 2-3 innings of a 8-2 loss at Oakland on Friday.
Beavan is 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA in two starts versus Los Angeles this year.
Pujols has gone 3 for 6 with a homer against him this year while Mark Trumbo is 3 for 6 with two homers. Trout, second in the AL to Detroit's Miguel Cabrera with a .324 average, is 0 for 8 lifetime against Beavan.
This will be the final game with Safeco Field's current dimensions. Weaver has never found the ballpark to be too comfortable, going 5-5 with a 4.40 ERA in 12 career starts there, but the Mariners announced Tuesday they will move in the fences at the pitcher-friendly park for the 2013 season.
"It's all about just the ballpark playing fair and I think they've done a great job with the changes they are planning on making. I just think it's a win-win situation," Seattle manager Eric Wedge said. "I think it's fantastic for our younger position players, it's a more attractive location now for players outside the organization who might consider coming this direction, so I think it's a good decision."
|Last Updated: 5/29/2017 10:25:12 AM EST|