|TAMPA BAY ( PRICE )|
BALTIMORE ( GONZALEZ )
|965||TAMPA BAY||-120||Ov 7.5,+100||-130||Ov 7.5,+100|
|966||BALTIMORE||+110||Un 7.5,-120||+120||Un 7.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||3-8||-6.6||3-5||3.1||0.198||0.284||4.7||0.244||0.313|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.9||0-5||2.3||0.179||0.259||3.3||0.208||0.299|
|vs Left-handed Starters||1-3||-2.3||1-2||3.5||0.252||0.318||4.7||0.223||0.304|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.5||1-4||3.6||0.223||0.291||4.0||0.237||0.310|
|4/8/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||@ TEXAS||OGANDO(R)||4-5||L||140||9 un||P||7||8||1||8||5||1|
|4/9/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ TEXAS||TEPESCH(R)||1-6||L||115||10.5 un||U||4||5||1||10||8||0|
|4/10/2013||MOORE(L)||@ TEXAS||HOLLAND(L)||2-0||W||110||8.5 un||U||6||7||0||5||10||1|
|4/13/2013||PRICE(L)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)||1-2||L||110||8 un||U||6||7||1||7||8||0|
|4/14/2013||COBB(R)||@ BOSTON||BUCHHOLZ(R)||0-5||L||125||8.5 un||U||3||5||1||8||5||0|
|4/15/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)||2-3||L||135||8.5 un||U||4||3||0||4||3||0|
|4/16/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ BALTIMORE||ARRIETA(R)||4-5||L||110||9 un||P||6||7||1||6||6||0|
|4/17/2013||MOORE(L)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)||6-2||W||-120||8 ev||P||11||7||0||5||8||0|
|4/18/2013||PRICE(L)||@ BALTIMORE||GONZALEZ(R)|| |
|4/22/2013||MOORE(L)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|4/23/2013||PRICE(L)||NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)|| |
|4/24/2013||COBB(R)||NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)|| |
|4/25/2013|| ||@ CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|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)||1-3||L||135||9 ov||U||5||7||0||5||2||0|
|4/10/2013||ARRIETA(R)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)||8-5||W||130||9 un||O||6||4||0||5||3||2|
|4/11/2013||TILLMAN(R)||@ BOSTON||ACEVES(R)||3-2||W||115||9 un||U||9||10||0||8||8||0|
|4/12/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||2-5||L||135||8 un||U||9||4||1||6||8||1|
|4/13/2013||HAMMEL(R)||@ NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||5-3||W||-105||9 un||U||11||6||1||11||9||1|
|4/14/2013||CHEN(L)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||0-3||L||105||8.5 un||U||5||5||0||7||5||2|
|4/16/2013||ARRIETA(R)||TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)||5-4||W||-120||9 un||P||6||6||0||6||7||1|
|4/17/2013||TILLMAN(R)||TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)||2-6||L||+110||8 ev||P||5||8||0||11||7||0|
|4/18/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)|| |
|4/19/2013||HAMMEL(R)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)|| |
|4/20/2013||CHEN(L)||LA DODGERS||BECKETT(R)|| |
|4/21/2013||ARRIETA(R)||LA DODGERS||BILLINGSLEY(R)|| |
|4/25/2013|| ||@ OAKLAND|| || |
|TAMPA BAY: HITTING: OF DESMOND JENNINGS' on-base skills will lead to tons of runs and SBs despite his mediocre batting average. 2B BEN ZOBRIST bounced back from a disappointing 2010, and will continue to produce near the top of the batting order. Though a series of nagging injuries plagued his 2011 season, 3B EVAN LONGORIA slugged 17 HR in his last 53 games. Fully healthy this season, he'll be an elite power-hitter with double-digit SB potential. OF B.J. UPTON's days in Tampa may be numbered. He's an elite athlete, but he just might lose his head if he's traded into a tough situation. After a hot start, OF MATT JOYCE settled in as the productive hitter he is. He should get to play every day in right field. SSs SEAN RODRIGUEZ and REID BRIGNAC will battle for ABs but neither hits on a consistent basis. C JOSE MOLINA was acquired for his defense much more than his hitting. DH LUKE SCOTT can also play some 1B when slugger CARLOS PENA, who is returning to Tampa after hitting 28 homers for the Cubs in 2011, needs a rest. |
STARTING PITCHING: DAVID PRICE was a little more hittable than in 2010, but he increased his already-high strikeout rate while cutting back on walks. His win total should rise from a disappointing 12 last year. JAMES SHIELDS put his 2010 disaster season behind him and became a Cy Young candidate. His peripheral stats and skills weren't all that different the past two years, it was a big swing of luck. Some people are putting out the Bust Alert on Rookie of the Year JEREMY HELLICKSON. He had the league's luckiest batting average on balls in play (.217), but he improved as last season progressed. MATT MOORE may be this year's R.O.Y. after a dominant late-season call up. He'll be among the league leaders in strikeouts for years to come. WADE DAVIS is a mediocre pitcher who eats innings at the back of the rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: KYLE FARNSWORTH looked as strong as he has in years, converting 25 of 31 saves in his first season with the Rays. He's the closer again this year, but it won't take much for him to lose that job after an unsteady last third of the 2011 season. JOEL PERALTA may overtake Farnsworth for ninth-inning duties at some point this season. Peralta was 5-for-5 on saves in September when Farnsworth was hurt, and gave up only one run in his final 21.3 innings. Possible future closer JAKE McGEE progressed nicely after a tough start to 2011. He's got potentially lethal stuff. Former Angels hurler FERNANDO RODNEY is looking to bounce back after a wild season (28 walks, 26 strikeouts in 32 IP).
|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 (TAMPA BAY-BALTIMORE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rays-Orioles Preview* ======================
By DAN BURCH STATS Writer
Tampa Bay (4-9) at Baltimore (7-6), 7:05 p.m. EDT
The bats for the Tampa Bay Rays finally came alive. Now the Rays hope their Cy Young winner can build on an encouraging outing as they go for consecutive victories for just the second time this season in Thursday's finale with the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards.
The Rays' offensive struggles were well documented as they stumbled during a recent stretch of poor play. They were just 2 for 35 with runners in scoring position over their previous five games and had scored only 14 runs while losing seven of eight contests.
Tampa Bay (5-9) busted out in a 6-2 win over the Orioles on Wednesday, snapping a four-game losing streak. James Loney had three RBIs and Kelly Johnson and Shelly Duncan both homered for the Rays, who avoided matching the 2001 squad for the worst start through 14 games in franchise history.
Tampa Bay's only other back-to-back wins came on April 5 and 6 against Cleveland.
The Rays' 11 hits Wednesday were their second-best performance this season and the team scored at least six runs for the first time in nearly two weeks.
"We have guys with many abilities within our lineup," manager Joe Maddon said. "What I liked was the swarming offense."
Now it's David Price's turn to get untracked. Last year's AL Cy Young winner has had an up-and-down start, and the Rays are winless in his three outings. After giving up two runs over six innings on opening day against the Orioles, Price (0-1, 5.82 ERA) was tagged for eight runs in five innings in a 13-0 loss to Cleveland on April 7. He bounced back with a solid start in Saturday's 2-1, 10-inning loss to Boston, giving up a run and four hits in six innings.
Price is 3-0 with a 5.24 ERA in six career starts at Camden Yards, and is 6-2 with a 2.27 ERA lifetime against Baltimore.
The Orioles (7-7) have alternated wins and losses in their last six games.
Adam Jones had a two-run homer for Baltimore, which managed only five hits off Tampa Bay starter Matt Moore.
"He was good. I mean, he's not a prospect no more," Jones said of Moore. "They needed a big start out of him, and they got it. They swung the bats better than they have in the previous four or five games. They came out and hit some balls. They beat us tonight, pretty pure and simple."
Miguel Gonzalez (1-1, 2.92) takes the mound for the Orioles after giving up three runs over six innings in Friday's 5-2 loss to the New York Yankees.
His victory came against the Rays on April 4, and he's 2-1 with a 3.49 ERA in five career starts against Tampa Bay.
Gonzalez has frustrated Ben Zobrist, who is 0 for 10 with four strikeouts lifetime against the right-hander.
Jones had two hits off Price in the opener after going 2 for 9 against him last season.
|Last Updated: 10/20/2014 3:00:29 PM EST|