|OAKLAND ( PARKER )|
TAMPA BAY ( HELLICKSON )
|973||OAKLAND||+105||Ov 8,-120||+125||Ov 8,+105|
|974||TAMPA BAY||-115||Un 8,+100||-135||Un 8,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||8-5||+2.8||10-3||5.0||0.251||0.331||4.7||0.261||0.321|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1||5-2||4.7||0.242||0.337||5.4||0.273||0.323|
|vs Right-handed Starters||3-9||-7.9||4-5||3.3||0.207||0.290||5.2||0.255||0.319|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.3||2-3||3.9||0.217||0.295||4.3||0.241||0.308|
|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)||8-1||W||135||8 un||O||16||11||0||5||4||1|
|4/19/2013||ANDERSON(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||3-8||L||105||7.5 un||O||11||9||1||10||6||0|
|4/20/2013||PARKER(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)|| |
|4/21/2013||MILONE(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|4/22/2013||GRIFFIN(R)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)|| |
|4/23/2013||COLON(R)||@ BOSTON||ACEVES(R)|| |
|4/24/2013||ANDERSON(L)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)|| |
|4/27/2013|| ||BALTIMORE|| || |
|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)||6-10||L||-130||7.5 ov||O||11||9||0||14||3||1|
|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||HELLICKSON(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||PEAVY(R)|| |
|4/26/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||FLOYD(R)|| |
|4/27/2013|| ||@ CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|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.
|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).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (OAKLAND-TAMPA BAY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Athletics-Rays Preview* ========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Oakland (12-4) at Tampa Bay (5-10), 7:10 p.m. EDT
Evan Longoria's power surge has helped the Tampa Bay Rays get off to a good start to their homestand.
The star third baseman looks to continue his home run binge when the Rays try for a second straight victory over the Oakland Athletics on Saturday night.
Longoria hit a two-run homer Friday as Tampa Bay (6-10) scored four times in the first inning of an 8-3 win over Oakland.
The A's (12-5) had a six-game road winning streak to start the season snapped as the Rays pounded out 10 hits and matched a season high for runs. Tampa Bay opened a six-game home stretch against Oakland and the New York Yankees that followed a 2-7 road trip.
Tampa Bay averaged 3.0 runs in its first 13 games, but 6.7 while winning two of the last three.
"It's still not there," manager Joe Maddon said. "We still need to improve in certain areas, but it's wins like this that can get you going in the right direction. It's all about confidence."
Longoria has six hits in 25 at-bats, but four have been homers in the last five games. He has reached base in all 16 contests, with only two players in franchise history recording longer such streaks to begin a season - Rocco Baldelli with 24 in 2003 and Jorge Cantu with 20 in 2005.
"I think Longo is definitely getting toasty," Maddon said
The Rays hand the ball to Jeremy Hellickson (0-1, 4.91 ERA), who gave up two runs and three hits in seven innings while striking out nine in a 3-2 loss at Boston on Monday. He didn't get a decision.
The right-hander is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA in four starts versus Oakland, which scored twice in the first inning Friday but did little else against four Rays pitchers.
With 11 hits in the series opener, the A's have posted double-digit hit totals in each road contest, though they scored fewer than six runs in a game away from home for the first time in 2013.
Shortstop Jed Lowrie went 4 for 4 to raise his average to .413.
"He's been as about as consistent as you can be," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "Up over .400 now at this time of year is pretty good."
Coco Crisp homered and extended his hitting streak to 12 games, during which he's batting .392 with five home runs and nine RBIs. He's 3 for 9 with a double against Hellickson.
The A's hope Jarrod Parker (0-2, 10.80) can regroup after lasting 3 1-3 innings in each of his last two outings. He gave up eight runs and nine hits in a 10-1 loss to Detroit on Sunday.
"I made a couple of good pitches, and they hit them," said Parker, who has walked eight and struck out four in three starts. "And I made a couple of bad pitches and they hit them. I'm just a tick away. I feel fine."
The right-hander went 0-1 in two starts against the Rays in 2012, allowing three runs in six innings in both.
|Last Updated: 8/29/2014 9:17:36 AM EST|