|OAKLAND ( MILONE )|
LA ANGELS ( BLANTON )
|975||OAKLAND||+100||Ov 8.5,-110||+115||Ov 8.5,+100|
|976||LA ANGELS||-110||Un 8.5,-110||-125||Un 8.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||4-2||+1.5||5-1||5.3||0.241||0.311||3.3||0.223||0.290|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+5||7-0||6.7||0.286||0.354||3.6||0.243||0.301|
|vs Left-handed Starters||1-1||+0.2||1-1||5.0||0.273||0.351||3.5||0.296||0.315|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.3||5-2||4.1||0.265||0.336||4.9||0.236||0.302|
|4/5/2013||STRAILY(R)||@ HOUSTON||PEACOCK(R)||8-3||W||-135||8.5 ov||O||10||11||0||9||7||1|
|4/6/2013||COLON(R)||@ HOUSTON||NORRIS(R)||6-3||W||-130||8 ov||O||11||6||0||8||4||1|
|4/7/2013||ANDERSON(L)||@ HOUSTON||HARRELL(R)||9-3||W||-150||8 un||O||11||7||2||6||7||0|
|4/9/2013||PARKER(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)||9-5||W||130||7.5 un||O||12||6||2||13||13||0|
|4/10/2013||MILONE(L)||@ LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)|| |
|4/11/2013||GRIFFIN(R)||@ LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)|| |
|4/12/2013|| ||DETROIT|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||DETROIT|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||DETROIT|| || |
|4/15/2013|| ||HOUSTON|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||HOUSTON|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||HOUSTON|| || |
|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||L||-115||8 un||O||11||9||1||7||3||0|
|4/5/2013||VARGAS(L)||@ TEXAS||HOLLAND(L)||2-3||L||110||9.5 un||U||6||4||0||12||11||0|
|4/6/2013||HANSON(R)||@ TEXAS||HARRISON(L)||8-4||W||120||10 un||O||12||9||0||9||5||1|
|4/7/2013||WEAVER(R)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)||3-7||L||125||8 ov||O||10||10||0||8||5||0|
|4/12/2013|| ||HOUSTON|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||HOUSTON|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||HOUSTON|| || |
|4/15/2013|| ||@ MINNESOTA|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||@ MINNESOTA|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||@ MINNESOTA|| || |
|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.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (OAKLAND-LA ANGELS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Athletics-Angels Preview* ==========================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Oakland (5-2) at Los Angeles (2-4), 10:05 p.m. EDT
Joe Blanton wasn't at his best in his first game with his new team. Perhaps a matchup with one of his former clubs will lead to a better performance.
The right-hander will try to help the Los Angeles Angels snap out of another early funk when he faces the red-hot Oakland Athletics for the first time Wednesday night.
Blanton was signed to a two-year, $15 million deal in December, but the Angels are hoping to get better results than what he delivered in Thursday's 5-4 loss in Cincinnati. Blanton, who spent the previous four-plus seasons in the NL, was tagged for five runs and seven hits, including three home runs, in five innings.
"I gave up three homers. Two of them were off mistakes, and I felt I made maybe a handful of them all day," Blanton said. "That happens sometimes in baseball."
The money given to Blanton was spare change compared to what the Angels handed out to sluggers Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton over the past two seasons. Los Angeles, though, is once again off to a slow start despite that big spending.
After landing Pujols, the Angels lost 14 of their first 20 games in 2012 en route to a third-place finish in the AL West. They enter this game at 2-5 after a 9-5 defeat in Tuesday's home debut against the A's (6-2).
After falling behind by four runs early, Los Angeles rallied to take a 5-4 lead in the sixth, but Oakland's John Jaso and Brandon Moss homered off reliever Kevin Jepsen in a five-run seventh.
"That's part of who we are," manager Bob Melvin said. "We feel like we always have a chance to come back, so we keep grinding through the whole thing, and sometimes we have a chance."
The victory was the A's sixth in a row overall and eighth in the last 10 games in Anaheim. Blanton will try to end Oakland's dominance when he faces the club that drafted him 24th overall in 2002. He pitched for the A's from September 2004 until a trade to Philadelphia in July 2008.
Oakland, meanwhile, will look to Tommy Milone to help secure its best start since 2003. After tying for the team lead with 13 wins in 2012, the left-hander opened this season with a 6-2 victory over Seattle on Wednesday.
Milone gave up two solo homers in the first inning but yielded only two singles and a walk over his final six.
"If there's anybody that can recover from a little bit of a difficult start, it's Tommy," Melvin said. "He doesn't let too much get to him. He just concentrates on where he's throwing that particular pitch and doesn't get too far ahead of himself."
Milone had a more difficult time in his most recent matchup with the Angels, allowing five runs and 10 hits in just three innings of an 8-3 defeat Sept. 3. He was 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA in his two previous starts versus Los Angeles.
Erick Aybar is 4 for 7 against Milone but he's expected to miss this game. The shortstop exited Tuesday's loss with a bruised left heel.
Hamilton is 4 for 9 with a home run against Milone and Pujols has four doubles in his eight at-bats.
The six current A's players who have faced Blanton are a combined 5 for 36 (.139), with Coco Crisp going 2 for 15.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 2:00:13 PM EST|