|SEATTLE ( SAUNDERS )|
OAKLAND ( MILONE )
|927||SEATTLE||+130||Ov 7,-115||+140||Ov 7.5,+105|
|928||OAKLAND||-140||Un 7,-105||-150||Un 7.5,-125|
|vs Left-handed Starters||1-0||+1||0-1||2.0||0.161||0.257||0.0||0.100||0.182|
|Past 7 Games||2-0||+2.2||1-1||4.5||0.212||0.333||0.5||0.100||0.156|
|Past 7 Games||0-2||-2.4||1-1||0.5||0.100||0.156||4.5||0.212||0.333|
|4/1/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ OAKLAND||ANDERSON(L)||2-0||W||105||6.5 un||U||5||6||0||3||6||1|
|4/2/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||@ OAKLAND||PARKER(R)||7-1||W||120||7 ov||O||9||10||0||3||3||0|
|4/3/2013||SAUNDERS(L)||@ OAKLAND||MILONE(L)|| |
|4/4/2013|| ||@ OAKLAND|| || |
|4/5/2013|| ||@ CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|4/6/2013|| ||@ CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|4/7/2013|| ||@ CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|4/8/2013|| ||HOUSTON|| || |
|4/9/2013|| ||HOUSTON|| || |
|4/10/2013|| ||HOUSTON|| || |
|4/4/2013|| ||SEATTLE|| || |
|4/5/2013|| ||@ HOUSTON|| || |
|4/6/2013|| ||@ HOUSTON|| || |
|4/7/2013|| ||@ HOUSTON|| || |
|4/9/2013|| ||@ LA ANGELS|| || |
|4/10/2013|| ||@ LA ANGELS|| || |
|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.
|OAKLAND: HITTING: 2B JEMILE WEEKS may not be a legitimate .300 hitter, but he's still the best option they have at the leadoff spot. C KURT SUZUKI seemingly hits as many line outs as anyone in baseball. He has a solid bat for a catcher and qualifies as a middle-of-the-order option in Oakland. OF JOSH REDDICK is more of a line-drive hitter than a 25-HR guy, and he doesn't yet have the plate discipline to approach .300. 1B BRANDON ALLEN is an all-or-nothing hitter, but his potential for much-needed power should be enough for him to beat out DARIC BARTON. SS CLIFF PENNINGTON has quietly developed into a serviceable regular. With 3B SCOTT SIZEMORE out for the season with a torn ACL, either ERIC SOGARD or JOSH DONALDSON will win the job at third base. Neither player has reached 80 career at-bats yet. Highly-coveted Cuban OF YOENIS CESPEDES inked a four-year deal with Oakland, and will be expected to produced in the heart of the lineup immediately. OF COLLIN COWGILL is undersized, but has shown impressive power in the minors. The DH spot will fall to Allen when Barton is in the lineup. When he's not, it will be filled by such Quadruple-A types as KILA KA'AIHUE and CHRIS CARTER. |
STARTING PITCHING: BRANDON McCARTHY reclamation project worked out nicely. He's an injury risk, but when healthy he's one of baseball's better middle-of-the-rotation arms. BARTOLO COLON pitched better than expected with the Yankees last year (7.4 K/9, 4.00 ERA), and should perform just as well in his new spacious ballpark. DALLAS BRADEN (shoulder) and BRETT ANDERSON (elbow) are both question marks after major surgeries. Braden's return date has been pushed back to early May, while Anderson will might not take the hill until June. The jewel of the Trevor Cahill trade, hard-throwing righty JARROD PARKER has a chance to make a big impact if his arm is recovered from 2009 Tommy John surgery. The Gio Gonzalez trade landed Oakland TOMMY MILONE and BRAD PEACOCK, both of whom are coming off impressive minor-league seasons. They'll compete for rotation spots this spring. TYSON ROSS could get a few starts, but he's gotten very hittable over the past year. They're in no hurry to start the arbitration clock of top prospect SONNY GRAY, but he should make some late-season starts.
RELIEF PITCHING: With Andrew Bailey gone, righty GRANT BALFOUR (2.47 ERA, 1.03 WHIP) will get the first chance to close games. Though his occasional bouts with command issues make him a risk. If Balfour falters, BRIAN FUENTES will get the next look because of his ninth-inning experience and strong second half of 2011 . . . Long a favorite inside the organization, injury-prone righty JOEY DEVINE has long been considered a future closer and should get some late-innings duties. The highest upside option for a future closer is 25-year-old righty FAUTINO DE LOS SANTOS. He has overpowering stuff but his command comes and goes.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (SEATTLE-OAKLAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Mariners-Athletics Preview* ============================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Seattle (2-0) at Oakland (0-2), 10:05 p.m. EDT
The Oakland Athletics surprised many last year when they used a rookie-dominated rotation to help lead them into the playoffs. Now, they'll look to one of those young pitchers as they try to avoid their worst start in 17 years.
Oakland will send Tommy Milone to the mound for Wednesday night's home game against the Seattle Mariners, who will trot out Joe Saunders for his first start with his new club in a matchup of left-handers.
Seattle won 2-0 in the opener of the four-game set Monday before following with a 7-1 victory Tuesday.
Milone led Oakland in innings (190) last year and went 13-10 with a 3.74 ERA as one of five rookies in the club's starting rotation at the end of the regular season.
The Athletics, at risk of their first 0-3 start since 1996, will be counting on Milone after Jarrod Parker - another one of last season's rookies - struggled Tuesday. Parker gave up four runs on five hits and three walks, needing 95 pitches to get through five innings.
Milone was 3-0 this spring with a 4.63 ERA across six starts and is one of four second-year pitchers in Oakland's stable of starters this year.
"We're all just confident in the type of pitchers we are," Milone said. "We try to be our own person, but together we have the same goal. We go out to compete. We have a friendly competition among ourselves that we're always trying to out-do each other."
Opposing Milone will be a Seattle lineup that was reworked in the offseason after finishing last in the majors with a .234 batting average.
Tuesday's game showed some promise from new additions in the middle of the order. Cleanup man Michael Morse provided a three-run homer as well as a solo shot, and No. 3 hitter Kendrys Morales recorded an RBI single.
"Guys are confident up there," Morse said. "We had a good spring and guys are carrying it over."
Saunders had a rough spring after signing a one-year contract with Seattle in February. He was 1-1 with an 11.57 ERA in 11 2-3 innings over four games - three starts - but said he puts little stock in exhibition numbers.
"You never want to give up hits or runs, but I don't really focus on results," he told the team's official website. Saunders was 9-13 with a 4.07 ERA in 28 starts between Arizona and Baltimore last season.
"I focus solely on how my body feels, how my arm bounces back. I feel like I'm right on track."
Saunders has had success versus the A's, going 13-5 with a 3.39 ERA in 20 career starts. He's won four of his last five starts against them, posting a 1.70 ERA.
The Athletics' offense has struggled out of the gate, producing one run and six hits over the first two games. Yoenis Cespedes accounted for the lone run with a solo homer Tuesday.
They hope to get a jolt from outfielder Chris Young, who is expected to make his first start of the season Wednesday, according to the team's website. Young was acquired from Arizona in an offseason trade after hitting 61 homers over the last three years.
After a breakout second season in 2012 in which he hit 20 home runs for Seattle, third baseman Kyle Seager is off to a hot start, going 4 for 7 with two doubles and two walks.
|Last Updated: 10/23/2014 12:49:42 AM EST|