|MINNESOTA ( WORLEY )|
BALTIMORE ( TILLMAN )
|973||MINNESOTA||+130||Ov 9,+105||+130||Ov 8.5,-115|
|974||BALTIMORE||-140||Un 9,-125||-140||Un 8.5,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||2-2||+0.8||2-2||4.5||0.244||0.333||4.2||0.273||0.336|
|Past 7 Games||2-2||+0.8||2-2||4.5||0.244||0.333||4.2||0.273||0.336|
|vs Right-handed Starters||2-1||+1||3-0||7.3||0.312||0.364||5.3||0.307||0.340|
|Past 7 Games||3-1||+2.5||4-0||7.2||0.320||0.375||5.0||0.282||0.314|
|4/5/2013||HENDRIKS(R)||@ BALTIMORE||ARRIETA(R)||5-9||L||140||9 un||O||10||7||1||14||10||0|
|4/6/2013||WORLEY(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)|| |
|4/7/2013||HERNANDEZ(L)||@ BALTIMORE||HAMMEL(R)|| |
|4/8/2013||CORREIA(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)|| |
|4/9/2013||PELFREY(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)|| |
|4/10/2013|| ||@ KANSAS CITY|| || |
|4/12/2013|| ||NY METS|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||NY METS|| || |
|4/2/2013||HAMMEL(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||7-4||W||150||7 un||O||13||8||1||6||2||0|
|4/3/2013||CHEN(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||7-8||L||125||7 ov||O||11||5||0||14||3||0|
|4/4/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)||6-3||W||100||8 ev||O||9||7||0||7||4||0|
|4/8/2013||CHEN(L)||@ BOSTON||BUCHHOLZ(R)|| |
|4/10/2013|| ||@ BOSTON|| || |
|4/11/2013|| ||@ BOSTON|| || |
|4/12/2013|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|MINNESOTA: HITTING: OF BEN REVERE's slap-and-run style fits well in spacious Target Field. He will compete with lefty Chris Parmelee for the starting RF job. OF DENARD SPAN should be over his concussion problems. He works the count well as a steady presence near the top of the order. C JOE MAUER will see more time at first in an attempt to keep him healthy. Offensively, he'll be limited by a pitcher-friendly home park and no support in the lineup. RYAN DOUMIT has a chance to play regularly and stay healthy as a full-time DH and/or backing up Mauer behind the dish. 1B JUSTIN MORNEAU's concussion symptoms came back late last year. It's a bad omen. OF JOSH WILLINGHAM is being relied on to produce runs, but he's going from one pitcher-friendly home park (Oakland) to another. 3B DANNY VALENCIA showed enough power in 2011 to secure an everyday job heading into 2012. Newly signed SS JAMEY CARROLL has done a nice job off the bench, but hasn't been tested in an everyday role. If hamstring problems are still holding him back, 2B ALEXI CASILLA has won the second-base job ahead of disappointing import TSUYOSHI NISHIOKA, who will start the year in the minors. |
STARTING PITCHING: Who would have thought CARL PAVANO would emerge as the picture of consistency and durability? While he's far from a star, the veteran continues to be a rock for Minnesota, throwing strikes and eating innings. SCOTT BAKER got hurt again last year. If he could ever stay healthy, he's the prototype for success at Target Field'lots of strikeouts, few walks, lots of flyouts. The FRANCISCO LIRIANO rollercoaster nosedived again last year. The Twins have gotten so desperate to keep him healthy that they actually let him pitch more over the offseason. He's obviously a huge risk again. BRIAN DUENSING, NICK BLACKBURN and JASON MARQUIS are all the definition of fifth starter. They serve it up, give up a lot of hard-hit balls, and hope they get hit right at their defenders. If Duensing and Blackburn falter, ANTHONY SWARZAK probably pitched well enough last year to get a shot in the rotation. LIAM HENDRICKS, one of the organization's better prospects, would be a slightly more exciting option.
RELIEF PITCHING: Despite his underwhelming performance last year, MATT CAPPS will pitch the ninth inning again because of his 'closer's experience.' He figures to be on an undeservedly long leash. GLEN PERKINS certainly proved he deserves to close. He was Minnesota's best reliever in his first full season in the 'pen. His velocity was up as a short reliever, and the lefty was truly overpowering. If things go sour for the Twins again this season (and it seems likely they will), perhaps they'll get serious about Perkins later this year.
|BALTIMORE: HITTING: The leadoff spot is 2B BRIAN ROBERTS' if he can stay on the field. His recent injury history is very troubling, though his talent makes him a risk worth taking. 2B ROBERT ANDINO and 2B RYAN ADAMS would compete for time if Roberts is out. The O's best hitter last year was arguably SS J.J. HARDY. He was healthy for the first time in years and flexed his legit 30-HR power. If Roberts and Hardy stay healthy, OF NICK MARKAKIS will likely hit third and see an increase in RBI chances. OF ADAM JONES seems to have the highest ceiling of any Baltimore hitter. 3B MARK REYNOLDS will probably end up at 1B. His horrendous average cancels out some of his 40-HR potential. OF NOLAN REIMOLD revived his MLB career with an impressive end of the season. He's got a shot to start in left. 1B CHRIS DAVIS is a candidate to start at first, third or DH as sort of a Junior Mark Reynolds. C MATT WIETERS is already one of the best two-way backstops in baseball at age 25. |
STARTING PITCHING: WEI-YIN CHEN pitched well enough in Japan (2.48 ERA, 1.06 WHIP in past four seasons) to become the de-facto ace of this horrible pitching staff. JAKE ARRIETA is a mediocre talent, but is good enough to secure a spot as a Baltimore starter. JASON HAMMEL hopes the switch from Coors Field will help lower his career ERA of 4.99. The highest-risk, highest-potential O's pitcher may be BRIAN MATUSZ. His 2011 line is frightening (10.69 ERA, 2.11 WHIP), but he has the raw skills and pitch repertoire to turn it around. TOMMY HUNTER came over from Texas midseason and should round out the rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: There was talk of JIM JOHNSON being converted into a starter, but he'll open the season as the team's closer. Johnson established himself as the O's best option to close after going 7-for-7 in that role last September. KEVIN GREGG would step in as the ninth-inning man if Johnson falters. He was unstable in that role last year. Gregg is a trade candidate this midseason, in which case he'd probably end up a set-up man elsewhere. Flame-throwing MATT LINDSTROM is a darkhorse for saves. He saved 23 games for Houston in 2010 before being used as a set-up man in Colorado last year. TSUYOSHI WADA brings his finesse game from Japan. He's a heady hurler who hides the ball well, but he's in for a rude awakening in the A.L. East. BRAD BERGESEN and CHRIS JAKUBAUSKAS are long relievers who may get bumped into the rotation if the young Baltimore SPs struggle again.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (MINNESOTA-BALTIMORE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Twins-Orioles Preview* =======================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Minnesota (2-1) at Baltimore (2-1), 7:05 p.m. EDT
Chris Davis had a breakout season for the Baltimore Orioles in 2012, but perhaps no one expected this kind of start to 2013.
After homering for a fourth consecutive game, Davis looks to stay hot while helping Baltimore earn a third straight victory Saturday night as it continues this set with the visiting Minnesota Twins.
Davis hit .270 while setting career highs in home runs (33) and RBIs (85) last season while helping Baltimore (3-1) reach the postseason. He's on pace to shatter those numbers in 2013.
The first baseman joined San Francisco's Willie Mays (1971), St. Louis' Mark McGwire (1998) and Texas' Nelson Cruz (2011) as the only players to homer in four games to start a season when he hit a tie-breaking, opposite-field grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning of the Orioles' 9-5 win over Minnesota in Friday's home opener.
The previous three to go deep in their first four all failed to leave the yard in their fifth.
"If you put him in the Grand Canyon, he'll hit it out," teammate Adam Jones said. "Whatever he's doing, stick to it. Show up tomorrow and do it again."
Davis, who also added a sacrifice fly Friday, is 9 for 15 with four homers, three doubles and 16 RBI. After finishing tied for the fourth-most strikeouts in the AL with 169 in 2012, he's struck out only once this season.
Davis was hitting only .152 with two homers and 17 strikeouts in 13 career games versus Minnesota entering this series.
Jones went 3 for 5 with a pair of RBIs - including a run-scoring single in the eighth to tie the score - and is hitting .412 with three homers during an eight-game hitting streak against the Twins.
He's had three hits apiece in three of his first four games, going 10 for 19 with eight runs scored.
The Twins (2-2) couldn't hold their late lead Friday after taking two of three from defending AL champion Detroit to open the season. Brian Dozier went 2 for 4 with a two-run triple and three RBIs.
Minnesota will turn to Vance Worley on Saturday in its attempt to slow down Davis, Jones and the rest of the Orioles' lineup.
Worley (0-1, 4.50 ERA) allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings in his Minnesota debut, falling 4-2 to Detroit on Monday. He gave up all three runs and five hits through the first two innings before settling down.
"The first couple of innings I was up in the zone," said Worley, acquired from Philadelphia for Ben Revere in the offseason. "I was just trying to get comfortable out there."
The right-hander gave up three unearned runs and four hits in six innings for the Phillies June 9 in his only career start versus Baltimore.
The Orioles will counter with Chris Tillman, who went 9-3 with a 2.93 ERA in 15 starts after being called up in July last season.
His worst outing, though, came against the Twins as he allowed seven runs - one earned - and five hits while walking two in two-thirds of an inning in a 19-7 loss July 16.
The right-hander has lost each of his three career starts versus Minnesota while posting a 4.26 ERA.
Baltimore second baseman Brian Roberts was placed on the 15-day disabled list prior to Friday's game. He's expected to miss 2-4 weeks with a strained right hamstring suffered when he slid into second base during Thursday's win over Tampa Bay.
|Last Updated: 8/31/2014 7:33:45 AM EST|