|LA ANGELS ( WILSON )|
CINCINNATI ( LATOS )
|929||LA ANGELS||+105||Ov 7.5,+120||+115||Ov 7,-115|
|930||CINCINNATI||-115||Un 7.5,-140||-125||Un 7,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||1-0||+1||0-1||3.0||0.133||0.250||1.0||0.071||0.170|
|Past 7 Games||1-0||+1||0-1||3.0||0.133||0.250||1.0||0.071||0.170|
|Past 7 Games||0-1||-1.2||0-1||1.0||0.071||0.170||3.0||0.133||0.250|
|4/1/2013||WEAVER(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CUETO(R)||3-1||W||105||7.5 un||U||6||12||3||3||10||1|
|4/3/2013||WILSON(L)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)|| |
|4/4/2013|| ||@ CINCINNATI|| || |
|4/5/2013|| ||@ TEXAS|| || |
|4/6/2013|| ||@ TEXAS|| || |
|4/7/2013|| ||@ TEXAS|| || |
|4/9/2013|| ||OAKLAND|| || |
|4/10/2013|| ||OAKLAND|| || |
|4/1/2013||CUETO(R)||LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)||1-3||L||-115||7.5 un||U||3||10||1||6||12||3|
|4/3/2013||LATOS(R)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)|| |
|4/4/2013|| ||LA ANGELS|| || |
|4/5/2013|| ||WASHINGTON|| || |
|4/6/2013|| ||WASHINGTON|| || |
|4/7/2013|| ||WASHINGTON|| || |
|4/8/2013|| ||@ ST LOUIS|| || |
|4/9/2013|| ||@ ST LOUIS|| || |
|4/10/2013|| ||@ ST LOUIS|| || |
|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.
|CINCINNATI: HITTING: 2B BRANDON PHILLIPS sparked the Reds offense after moving to the top of the order. But his free-swinging makes him a bad fit there. SS ZACK COZART played in only 11 games for the Reds before wrecking his non-throwing elbow, but it was still enough to convince the team they'd seen enough of PAUL JANISH in the starting role. 1B JOEY VOTTO keeps punishing pitchers. OF JAY BRUCE is in his gawky, teenage phase, but he's already emerged as a major power source. OF DREW STUBBS must cut down on his MLB-leading 206 strikeouts. He's out of the leadoff spot now, but those whiffs don't play well anywhere in the lineup. OF CHRIS HEISEY should get the starting nod in left now that Yonder Alonso is out of the picture. 3B SCOTT ROLEN is a permanent health question mark. His backup, JUAN FRANCISCO, swings for the fences. C DEVIN MESORACO is the most hyped catching prospect since Matt Wieters. RYAN HANIGAN will split squatting responsibilities with him. |
STARTING PITCHING: Considered a source of strength entering the 2011 campaign, the Reds rotation directly caused their undoing. The first step toward a remedy was trading for MAT LATOS, who began 2011 slow and got stronger as the year went on. The 24-year-old threw at least six innings with 5+ K in 16 of his final 17 starts (2.94 ERA). But that was in a much more pitcher-friendly environment. He has a decent career road ERA (3.57), and Cincy will surely give him much better run support than he received in San Diego. Last year's pitching problems began with BRONSON ARROYO, who gave up more home runs in a season than any pitcher in this millennium. He allowed more HR (46) than walks (45). JOHNNY CUETO was the one big bright spot; he hasn't maintained the strikeout rates he flashed early in his career, but he's All-Star caliber. HOMER BAILEY was a disappointment, going 9-7 with a 4.43 ERA. MIKE LEAKE actually pitched pretty well after he got his first taste of the minors to get his mechanics worked out.
RELIEF PITCHING: With Francisco Cordero flying the coop, and newcomer RYAN MADSON lost for the season with Tommy John Surgery, Cincinnati will use a closer-by-committee approach. The Reds gave up three players, including starter Travis Wood, to acquire SEAN MARSHALL, who should fit in nicely as a set-up man who's tough on both right-and left-handed batters. AROLDIS CHAPMAN is listed as the main set-up man for Marshall, but he missed out on winter ball and could be too raw to trust in the ninth inning. LOGAN ONDRUSEK is also capable of being a decent closer, with a big fastball.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (LA ANGELS-CINCINNATI) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Angels-Reds Preview* =====================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
Los Angeles (1-0) at Cincinnati (0-1), 7:10 p.m. EDT
Los Angeles Angels manger Mike Scioscia knows his power hitters will need to produce if the team is going to end a two-year postseason drought.
The bullpen will also have to play a crucial role - and it did in the season opener.
After a strong pitching performance earned Los Angeles a win in its first game, C.J. Wilson will try to turn in one of his own in his first career start against the Cincinnati Reds and Mat Latos on Wednesday night.
With the offseason signing of former MVP Josh Hamilton, the Angels have one of the most feared lineups in the majors with reigning AL rookie of the year Mike Trout and three-time NL MVP Albert Pujols. That trio, however, went 1 for 14 with four strikeouts in a 3-1, 13-inning victory Monday.
The Angels were able to win because six relievers allowed one hit in seven scoreless innings, striking out nine, in the first-ever interleague season opener. They followed Jered Weaver, who allowed two hits in his six innings.
Los Angeles tied Boston for the most blown saves in the AL last season with 22.
"We are built on the offensive side, no doubt," Scioscia told the Angels' official website. "But we're not going to get our goal done unless we're able to hold leads, and we did it tonight."
Catcher Chris Iannetta provided all his team's offense with a homer and a two-run single.
Now the Angels go for their fourth straight victory in Cincinnati with Wilson on the hill. The left-hander is looking to bounce back after going 4-5 with a 5.54 ERA in 16 post-All-Star break outings last year, finishing 13-10 with a 3.83 ERA in his debut season with Los Angeles.
"If last year's my down year, in a nine-year cycle, and it's the worst year I have, perspective-wise, I think a lot of pitchers would take those results," Wilson said. "Not me. I'm not happy with that."
He also can't feel good about a 7.11 spring training ERA, though he's posted a 0.00 ERA in 2 1/3 innings of relief against the Reds.
Like the Angels, who struck out 17 times Monday, Cincinnati is looking to get on track at the plate after leaving 10 men on base. Newcomer Shin-Soo Choo had a double and two of the Reds' three hits out of the leadoff spot, but Brandon Phillips, Joey Votto and Jay Bruce had no hits in 14 total at-bats.
"We just have to get better at putting the ball in play," manager Dusty Baker told the Reds' official website.
Left fielder Ryan Ludwick might not be able to help with that for a while after suffering a dislocated right shoulder during a head-first slide into third base. Chris Heisey would be his likely replacement.
Latos begins his second year in Cincinnati after a strong first one, going 14-4 with a 3.48 ERA despite a 1-2 record and 5.97 ERA in April.
Latos is 2-8 with a 5.73 ERA in 13 career starts in that month.
"I don't know what it is for me," he said. "I should have pitched in the (World Baseball Classic this year). I would have gotten my April out of the way."
Latos has never faced the Angels.
Pujols is 2 for 6 with a double against Latos, while Choo has two hits and a homer in 11 at-bats off Wilson.
Los Angeles has taken two of three in the previous two series with Cincinnati.
|Last Updated: 8/29/2014 2:33:55 AM EST|