|OAKLAND ( GRIFFIN )|
LA ANGELS ( VARGAS )
|911||OAKLAND||+130||Ov 8,-110||+115||Ov 8,-105|
|912||LA ANGELS||-140||Un 8,-110||-125||Un 8,-115|
|vs Left-handed Starters||2-0||+2.3||2-0||7.5||0.333||0.403||3.5||0.265||0.315|
|Past 7 Games||7-0||+7.5||7-0||8.1||0.321||0.396||3.3||0.258||0.304|
|vs Right-handed Starters||1-4||-3.5||4-1||3.8||0.262||0.330||5.4||0.211||0.297|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-5.6||6-1||4.4||0.302||0.364||6.3||0.287||0.353|
|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)||11-5||W||120||8.5 ev||O||16||13||1||14||13||2|
|4/11/2013||GRIFFIN(R)||@ LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)|| |
|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|
|4/13/2013|| ||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 (7-2) at Los Angeles (2-6), 10:05 p.m. EDT
After finishing ahead of the big-spending Los Angeles Angels in last year's AL West race, the Oakland Athletics are well on their way to pulling off that feat again.
Following a lopsided victory, the streaking A's will try to secure their best start since 1992 and finish off their first three-game sweep of the slumping Angels in nine years Thursday night.
Despite Los Angeles' big offseason spending spree last season, Oakland finished two spots ahead of the Angels in the division, winning its first AL West title since 2006. Los Angeles brought in another high-priced free agent in slugger Josh Hamilton before this season but finds itself once again looking up at the A's (7-2).
The Angels (2-6) have the AL's worst record after an 11-5 drubbing to Oakland on Wednesday. Brandon Moss finished a double shy of the cycle, hit his second homer in as many nights and matched a career high with five RBIs, giving him nine in the first two games of the series.
"Obviously, I've hit some balls well," Moss said. "But no matter what it might look like, I've just had some hits that have found holes and broken bats and roll-overs that have gone through. Sometimes baseball's like that."
The A's finished with a season-high 16 hits and have reached double digits in each of their seven consecutive victories, two shy of their longest win streak from all of last season. Oakland now has a chance to open 6-0 on the road for the first time since 1990 as well as post its best 10-game start overall since beginning 8-2 21 years ago.
Coco Crisp has keyed the win streak, hitting safely in all seven games while batting .406 with 13 runs. The veteran leadoff man failed to homer for a fifth straight game Wednesday but did steal a base for the second consecutive day and scored twice.
The loss spoiled a 4-for-4 performance from Los Angeles' Albert Pujols, who bumped his average from .227 to .346. Hamilton, meanwhile, is batting .156 (5 for 32) with 13 strikeouts.
The Angels will try to salvage the series finale with help from Jason Vargas, who had a strong debut for the team Friday. The California native, acquired from Seattle in the offseason, gave up one run over 5 2-3 innings at Texas in a 3-2 loss.
Vargas (0-0, 1.59 ERA) has allowed two runs or fewer in six of his last seven starts against Oakland, going 3-1 with a 2.01 ERA.
The A's will counter with A.J. Griffin (1-0, 3.00), who was splendid in his only start against the Angels. The right-hander tossed eight scoreless innings and struck out six in a 4-1 victory Sept. 12.
In his season debut, the 25-year-old Griffin allowed two runs over six innings in an 8-2 victory over Seattle last Thursday and improved to 8-1 with a 3.06 ERA in 16 major league starts.
The A's haven't swept a series of more than two games against the Angels since June 29-July 1, 2004. Their last sweep in Anaheim featured four victories from Oct. 4-7, 2001.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 8:51:33 PM EST|