|KANSAS CITY ( SHIELDS )|
PHILADELPHIA ( HAMELS )
|929||KANSAS CITY||+120||Ov 7.5,+110||+110||Ov 7,-110|
|930||PHILADELPHIA||-130||Un 7.5,-130||-120||Un 7,-110|
|vs Left-handed Starters||0-2||-2||0-2||1.5||0.206||0.254||2.5||0.183||0.269|
|Past 7 Games||2-3||-0.8||1-4||4.2||0.246||0.291||3.0||0.229||0.284|
|vs Right-handed Starters||2-2||-0.2||2-2||3.7||0.229||0.308||5.7||0.270||0.310|
|Past 7 Games||2-3||-1.2||3-2||3.4||0.234||0.304||6.4||0.271||0.326|
|4/1/2013||SHIELDS(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||0-1||L||125||7 un||U||7||8||0||8||8||0|
|4/3/2013||SANTANA(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||PEAVY(R)||2-5||L||130||7.5 un||U||5||6||0||8||3||3|
|4/4/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||FLOYD(R)||3-1||W||105||8 un||U||5||3||0||8||9||1|
|4/5/2013||DAVIS(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)||13-4||W||110||8 un||O||19||9||0||9||4||0|
|4/6/2013||MENDOZA(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LANNAN(L)||3-4||L||100||8 un||U||6||4||0||3||5||2|
|4/7/2013||SHIELDS(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)|| |
|4/10/2013|| ||MINNESOTA|| || |
|4/12/2013|| ||TORONTO|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||TORONTO|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||TORONTO|| || |
|4/1/2013||HAMELS(L)||@ ATLANTA||HUDSON(R)||5-7||L||-110||7 un||O||10||8||0||10||5||0|
|4/3/2013||HALLADAY(R)||@ ATLANTA||MAHOLM(L)||2-9||L||140||7 un||O||9||9||0||9||6||1|
|4/4/2013||LEE(L)||@ ATLANTA||MEDLEN(R)||2-0||W||110||6.5 un||U||8||9||1||2||2||0|
|4/5/2013||KENDRICK(R)||KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)||4-13||L||-120||8 un||O||9||4||0||19||9||0|
|4/6/2013||LANNAN(L)||KANSAS CITY||MENDOZA(R)||4-3||W||-110||8 un||U||3||5||2||6||4||0|
|4/7/2013||HAMELS(L)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)|| |
|4/8/2013||HALLADAY(R)||NY METS||HARVEY(R)|| |
|4/9/2013||LEE(L)||NY METS||GEE(R)|| |
|4/10/2013|| ||NY METS|| || |
|4/12/2013|| ||@ MIAMI|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||@ MIAMI|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||@ MIAMI|| || |
|KANSAS CITY: HITTING: With Melky Cabrera gone, OF LORENZO CAIN will get first crack at leadoff and centerfield. If he falters, speedster JASON BOURGEOIS, vet MITCH MAIER and prospect WIL MYERS are waiting. Former Brewer YUNIESKY BETANCOURT will start at 2B and has good life in his bat for a middle infielder. OF ALEX GORDON may not hit for average, but his approach and power are there. DH BILLY BUTLER is rock solid, but it's fair to wonder whether his power will ever progress. 1B ERIC HOSMER has MVP-type upside, and he's on the verge of figuring out MLB pitching. OF JEFF FRANCOEUR still chases too many bad pitches, but the organization likes him and he still has some pop and speed. 3B MIKE MOUSTAKAS is too good for the minors, but he still hasn't caught up to major-league pitching. There's a good chance he finds his groove this year. C HUMBERTO QUINTERO will be the main backstop with BRAYAN PENA backing him up. Speedy SS ALCIDES ESCOBAR's bat hasn't caught up to his glove. |
STARTING PITCHING: K.C. once again hopes this is the year LUKE HOCHEVAR puts it all together. His velocity picked up late last year, allowing him to be more than a groundball guy. Lefty BRUCE CHEN's late-career renaissance continues. He'll be a reliable veteran arm in the middle of K.C.'s rotation again. FELIPE PAULINO has the biggest upside in this rotation. He's always had one of MLB's best fastballs. His problem was that, when he missed (which has been often), it was usually belt-high and over the middle of the plate. If he hits his spots as he did late last year, he's got potential. But Paulino will start the season on the DL with a sore elbow. The Royals hope to solve JONATHAN SANCHEZ's command issues. The lefty is a risk, but has legitimate No. 3 potential. Top prospect DANNY DUFFY will get every chance to pitch his way into the Opening Day rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: JOAKIM SORIA is out for the season with Tommy John surgery, leaving GREG HOLLAND to pick up closer duties. Holland was the Royals' best bullpen arm in 2011 and his stuff has always been nearly unhittable. It's just a matter of whether last year's vastly improved walk rate was for real. JONATHAN BROXTON was a disaster last season, but he'll be given every chance to become the No. 2 guy in this bullpen because of his experience in Los Angeles. AARON CROW was a first-round pick (twice) for his college career as a starter, but wore down late last year, and walked too many batters.
|PHILADELPHIA: HITTING: This Phillies lineup had another subpar season, finishing 18th in the majors in homers (153) and 13th in runs (4.4 per game). The team re-signed free-agent SS JIMMY ROLLINS, especially because light-hitting WILSON VALDEZ is his backup. Raul Ibanez has left town, which allows OF JOHN MAYBERRY JR. to display his power on a daily basis. He had 15 HR in 267 at-bats last year. 1B RYAN HOWARD will not be ready for Opening Day after Achilles surgery in October, and will be replaced by a platoon of newcomers, JIM THOME and TY WIGGINTON. 2B CHASE UTLEY continues to be bothered by tendinitis in his knee, which has caused his numbers to drop significantly in the past two years. He will not be ready for Opening Day and no timetable has been set for his return. Veterans OF SHANE VICTORINO and C CARLOS RUIZ are both coming off typical productive seasons. OF HUNTER PENCE batted .324 with 11 HR after his trade from Houston and is poised for a huge 2012 campaign at age 28. 3B PLACIDO POLANCO is coming off his third Gold Glove season at the hot corner, but his .277 BA in 2011 was his lowest mark since 1999. Stud prospect OF DOMONIC BROWN is expected to begin the season in Triple-A. |
STARTING PITCHING: ROY HALLADAY won the Cy Young Award in 2010 in his first year in Philadelphia, but he was even better in 2011, posting a career-best 2.35 ERA and also reaching a personal best with 220 strikeouts. CLIFF LEE was also outstanding in his first full season in a Phillies uniform, tallying six shutouts, which included a stretch of three straight blankings midway through the year. He wasn't afraid to pitch in Citizens Bank Park, going 11-3 with a 1.94 ERA at his new home. Like Halladay and Lee, COLE HAMELS also notched a career-best ERA (2.79) and held batters to a .214 average. Although he has the stigma of being oft-injured, Hamels was able to start 30+ games for the fourth straight season. VANCE WORLEY was impressive once he was inserted into the rotation, going 11-3 with a 3.02 ERA as a starter and fanning 73 over 74.2 innings of his final dozen starts. JOE BLANTON rounds out the rotation, but he could be limited a bit after an elbow injury cost him much of the 2011 season.
RELIEF PITCHING: Not willing to shell out the big money for inconsistent and oft-injured closer Brad Lidge, the Phillies decided to spend their dough on JONATHAN PAPELBON instead. The former Red Sox closer was 31-of-34 in save chances last year with a career-high 87 strikeouts and just 10 walks. With the departure of free agent Ryan Madson, ANTONIO BASTARDO assumes eighth-inning duties. The southpaw allowed a microscopic .144 opponents' BA, won six games and saved eight others last season. JOSE CONTERAS (age 40) returns for his seventh-inning duty and appears healthy enough to pitch following last year's season-ending elbow surgery. He is 9-of-10 in save chances since 2010.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (KANSAS CITY-PHILADELPHIA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Royals-Phillies Preview* =========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Kansas City (2-2) at Philadelphia (1-3), 1:35 p.m. EDT
Though the Philadelphia Phillies endured a slow start to the year, they're hoping a thrilling walkoff win will help get them going.
With Cole Hamels set to take the mound against James Shields, the Phillies look for their momentum to carry into Sunday as they conclude a three-game set against the visiting Kansas City Royals.
After dropping three of its first four games, including a 13-4 loss in Friday's home opener, Philadelphia (2-3) pulled out a come-from-behind 4-3 win Saturday. Royals closer Greg Holland walked Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Michael Young before pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen came through with a bases-clearing double with two outs in the ninth inning.
"We shot ourselves in the foot," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "We walked (three) guys and they scored."
The Phillies, meanwhile, avoided losing their first two home games for the first time since 2009.
"It's a surreal moment, one that you hope to repeat," Frandsen said. "You don't want to start 0-2 at home, especially in front of these fans with the energy they bring."
While Philadelphia has to be feeling good about its chances of keeping things going with Hamels (0-1, 9.00) on the hill, the All-Star left-hander failed to live up to expectations in his first career opening-day start Monday. Hamels, who won a career-high 17 games last year, gave up three homers and yielded five runs in five innings of a 7-5 loss at Atlanta.
"You have to be able to establish the fastball down in the zone, and I wasn't able to do that as much as I'd like," he told MLB's official website. "Most of the pitches that were hit out were fastballs up in the zone. I want to claim that's uncharacteristic, but there are times when you have to be able to make the adjustment and I wasn't able to make the adjustment fast enough."
Hamels, 4-3 with a 3.27 ERA over 10 interleague starts since 2010, will be making his first career appearance versus Kansas City (2-3).
Acquired from Tampa Bay in a seven-player trade this offseason, Shields (0-1, 1.50) was saddled with a tough-luck loss in his Royals debut Monday. The right-hander struck out six and did not walk a batter in six innings of a 1-0 defeat to the Chicago White Sox.
"That's exactly what I expected," said Yost, who pulled Shields after throwing 102 pitches. "We get farther into the year and he'd go back out. That's how good he was throwing the ball."
Though he wasn't able to lead his team to victory, Shields made a good first impression.
"If he throws like that every day, we're going to get him a lot of wins," teammate Billy Butler said.
Shields had a 2.31 ERA in winning his first two career starts against Philadelphia - including an impressive performance in Game 2 of the 2008 World Series - before allowing five runs in as many innings during a 7-6 walkoff loss June 23.
Shields has had his way with Young, who is 1 for 19 in their matchups over the past five years. Young, a career .301 hitter, is batting .188 through five games.
Alex Gordon, Alcides Escobar, Butler and Salvador Perez, the team's 1-2-3-4 hitters Saturday, went a combined 2 for 16. The Royals are last in the AL with one home run.
|Last Updated: 10/23/2014 5:00:14 AM EST|