|LA ANGELS ( BLANTON )|
CINCINNATI ( ARROYO )
|971||LA ANGELS||+120||Ov 8.5,-110||-115||Ov 8,-105|
|972||CINCINNATI||-130||Un 8.5,-110||+105||Un 8,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||1-1||+0.1||1-1||3.5||0.190||0.281||3.0||0.123||0.238|
|Past 7 Games||1-1||+0.1||1-1||3.5||0.190||0.281||3.0||0.123||0.238|
|vs Right-handed Starters||0-1||-1.2||0-1||1.0||0.071||0.170||3.0||0.133||0.250|
|Past 7 Games||1-1||-0.1||1-1||3.0||0.123||0.238||3.5||0.190||0.281|
|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)||4-5||L||110||7.5 un||O||9||6||2||6||9||1|
|4/4/2013||BLANTON(R)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)|| |
|4/5/2013|| ||@ TEXAS|| || |
|4/6/2013|| ||@ TEXAS|| || |
|4/7/2013|| ||@ TEXAS|| || |
|4/9/2013|| ||OAKLAND|| || |
|4/10/2013|| ||OAKLAND|| || |
|4/11/2013|| ||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)||5-4||W||-120||7.5 un||O||6||9||1||9||6||2|
|4/4/2013||ARROYO(R)||LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)|| |
|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 ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Los Angeles (1-0) at Cincinnati (0-1), 12:35 p.m. EDT
A lackluster start from one high-priced slugger in 2012 hardly helped the Los Angeles Angels' chances for an AL West title. The Angels are now hoping they don't have two slumping high-profile players.
While Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton try to get on track, Joe Blanton will look to get off to a winning start with his new club when he faces the Cincinnati Reds in Thursday's series finale at Great American Ball Park.
After signing a 10-year, $240 million deal in January 2012, Pujols batted .190 in his first 30 games last season and didn't hit a home run until May 6, but he finished with a .285 average, 30 homers and 105 RBIs.
With Pujols slumping, the Angels started 6-14 en route to finishing five games back of division-winning Oakland and four behind wild cards Tampa Bay and Texas.
Pujols is 0 for 7 in the first two games this season and Hamilton, signed to a five-year, $125 million contract in December, is 0 for 8 with three strikeouts. Fifth hitter Mark Trumbo has four strikeouts in nine at-bats, but manager Mike Scioscia expressed confidence in all three after a 5-4 loss to Cincinnati (1-1) on Wednesday.
"Those guys are going to hit in the middle," Scioscia said. "We just have to keep constant on the defensive side and we're going to be fine."
Los Angeles (1-1) could have used some help from its sluggers after rallying from a four-run deficit Wednesday only to fall short. The Reds' Joey Votto singled in the winning run in the ninth off Pujols' glove.
"This team never gives up. Everybody picks each other up. We stayed in the game and got it done," second baseman Brandon Phillips said.
Blanton, who signed a two-year deal with the Angels in December, will try to help Los Angeles bounce back by improving to 3-0 in six career starts against the Reds. The right-hander allowed one run and four hits over 5 2-3 innings in the most recent matchup Sept. 21 in Cincinnati while with the Dodgers.
Blanton will pitch opposite Bronson Arroyo, who is coming off a solid 2012 in which he went 12-10 with a 3.74 ERA that was his lowest since posting a 3.29 in 2006 - his first season in Cincinnati.
Arroyo was 8-1 with a 3.03 ERA from July 21-Sept. 8 before losing his final three decisions. He hasn't started against the Angels since 2007, but is 0-3 with a 7.33 ERA in his last four interleague outings.
He'll try to get some help in this start from Brandon Phillips, who hit a three-run homer while batting cleanup Wednesday. The second baseman could stay in the No. 4 spot in the lineup with Ryan Ludwick expected to miss at least three months after injuring his shoulder in Monday's opener.
Phillips is batting .344 with seven homers and 25 RBIs in his last 29 interleague games but is 4 for 17 all-time against Blanton.
Pujols is a career .274 hitter (20 for 73) with four homers and six doubles versus Arroyo, while Hamilton has never faced the right-hander.
|Last Updated: 10/23/2014 10:08:32 AM EST|