|SEATTLE ( MAURER )|
OAKLAND ( GRIFFIN )
|965||SEATTLE||+140||Ov 7,-125||+150||Ov 7,-125|
|966||OAKLAND||-150||Un 7,+105||-160||Un 7,+105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||1-0||+1.2||1-0||7.0||0.257||0.395||1.0||0.100||0.129|
|Past 7 Games||2-1||+1.2||2-1||3.7||0.196||0.291||2.3||0.187||0.253|
|vs Right-handed Starters||0-2||-2.4||1-1||0.5||0.100||0.156||4.5||0.212||0.333|
|Past 7 Games||1-2||-1.5||2-1||2.3||0.187||0.253||3.7||0.196||0.291|
|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)||2-6||L||135||7.5 un||O||5||3||0||11||7||0|
|4/4/2013||MAURER(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRIFFIN(R)|| |
|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|| || |
|4/11/2013|| ||TEXAS|| || |
|4/5/2013|| ||@ HOUSTON|| || |
|4/6/2013|| ||@ HOUSTON|| || |
|4/7/2013|| ||@ HOUSTON|| || |
|4/9/2013|| ||@ LA ANGELS|| || |
|4/10/2013|| ||@ LA ANGELS|| || |
|4/11/2013|| ||@ 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 NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Seattle (2-0) at Oakland (0-2), 3:35 p.m. EDT
After a quiet first two games, the Oakland Athletics finally showed some punch their last time out.
The Athletics look to stay hot at the plate Thursday afternoon and salvage a four-game split with the visiting Seattle Mariners.
Oakland (1-2) went a combined 6 for 60 and scored just one run in opening 0-2 before breaking out during Wednesday's 6-2 victory. Jed Lowrie and fellow newcomer Chris Young hit back-to-back homers in the seventh inning for the A's, who had 11 hits and stormed back after falling behind 2-0 in the first.
"To get some run support and know the team has got your back, especially going down 2-0, it's a big deal," Tommy Milone said after throwing seven sharp innings. "It kind of lit a fire under my butt and told me that I needed to keep this game close."
Lowrie, who was acquired from Houston on Feb. 4, finished 3 for 3 with three RBIs. First baseman Nate Freiman also came up big with two hits and an RBI in his major league debut.
The A's now give the ball to A.J. Griffin, who's looking to build on last season's impressive rookie campaign. The right-hander went 7-1 with a 3.06 ERA over 15 starts after getting called up June 24.
Griffin, though, struggled down the stretch, going 1-1 with a 7.27 ERA in his last four regular season outings.
"The numbers at the end weren't as good as they were in the beginning, but he's definitely somewhere between," manager Bob Melvin told the team's official website. "He's a good pitcher, and he's going to get better and better."
Griffin also got knocked around during spring training, going 2-2 with a 5.40 ERA in five starts.
"I just try to focus on what makes me good and how I'm going to help the team the most," he said. "Just more about the process in trying to get on the right track."
Griffin won both his outings against Seattle (2-1) last year while posting a 1.64 ERA and striking out 11 in as many innings. While he's limited Dustin Ackley, Franklin Gutierrez and Justin Smoak to a combined one hit in 13 at-bats, Griffin will need to be wary of Michael Morse, who's homered three times over the last two games. Gutierrez also went deep Wednesday.
The Mariners counter with 22-year-old Brandon Maurer, who's set to make his big league debut. The promising right-hander earned a spot in the rotation after going 3-1 with a 1.50 ERA over seven games - four starts - in spring training. He struck out 25 and walked seven in 24 innings.
"He had a great camp," manager Eric Wedge told the team's official website. "You're talking about a young man that has multiple plus pitches. The way it worked out, he faced a lot of big league lineups and handled it well. Different situations, he handled all of them. He showed great stuff, poise, and had some presence out there. He came in here and took it."
Smoak, who's 1 for 10 this season, is 9 for 82 (.110) over his last 22 games against the A's.
Oakland's Scott Sizemore went 1 for 4 on Wednesday, his first game since suffering a torn left ACL on the first day of spring training in 2012.
|Last Updated: 9/18/2014 6:47:40 PM EST|