|OAKLAND ( MILONE )|
TAMPA BAY ( HERNANDEZ )
|919||OAKLAND||+100||Ov 8.5,-105||-110||Ov 8,-110|
|920||TAMPA BAY||-110||Un 8.5,-115||+100||Un 8,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||8-6||+1.8||10-4||4.6||0.242||0.319||4.4||0.259||0.318|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1||5-2||4.1||0.232||0.328||5.1||0.269||0.327|
|vs Left-handed Starters||3-1||+2.1||2-2||4.7||0.267||0.317||3.0||0.252||0.331|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.3||2-3||3.9||0.224||0.300||4.0||0.230||0.293|
|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)||0-1||L||120||8 ev||U||3||3||0||6||5||1|
|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)|| |
|4/28/2013|| ||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||MOORE(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)|| |
|4/28/2013|| ||@ 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 (12-5) at Tampa Bay (6-10), 1:40 p.m. EDT
The Tampa Bay Rays have cooled off the Oakland Athletics and continue to build some much-needed momentum at the same time.
Looking to complete a three-game sweep, the Rays try to prevent Oakland's Tommy Milone from starting 4-0 on Sunday at Tropicana Field.
Tampa Bay (7-10) has bounced back nicely from a 2-7 road trip by winning the first two of a weekend set versus Oakland (12-6), which carried a three-game winning streak into the series and was 6-0 on the road.
The Rays have not swept a three-game set from the A's at home since 2005.
One night after matching a season high for runs in an 8-3 win, the Rays got seven strong innings from Jeremy Hellickson and a homer by Matt Joyce during Saturday's 1-0 win. All three Oakland hits came off Hellickson, who struck out six and walked one.
"We're going to take a win any way we can get it," Joyce said.
"To know you can pitch play defense well enough to make one run stand, it's a good confidence builder."
To help his team unwind and relax, Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon brought a disc jockey into the clubhouse to provide some pregame entertainment.
"I want our guys to chill out a little bit, go out there and play hard and not be afraid of making mistakes - ever," Maddon said. "This is my way of getting the point across."
Joyce is batting .316 (6 for 19) in his last five games after going 4 for 30 (.133) in his first 10.
Teammate Evan Longoria did not homer, but had a hit and has reached base safely in all 17 games.
Longoria has never faced Milone (3-0, 3.86 ERA), who allowed two runs and struck out six in 6 2-3 innings of an 11-2 win over Houston on Monday to improve to 5-0 with a 3.11 ERA in his last eight regular-season starts.
"You pretty much know what you're going to get out of Tommy every time he goes out there," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "He works quick, he knows what he wants to do and has conviction in what he's doing. Since the day he's gotten here his first spring training he's been a model of consistency."
Though the left-hander split his two appearances against the Rays last season, he posted an 8.18 ERA in those starts.
The A's averaged 8.5 runs and 12.7 hits while sweeping Houston and the Los Angeles Angels in their first road trip, but did not have a hit past the fourth inning Saturday.
Coco Crisp went 0 for 4 to snap his 12-game hitting streak, but he's 9 for 22 (.409) with a double and home run against scheduled Tampa Bay starter Roberto Hernandez (0-3, 5.79).
The right-hander allowed five runs - three earned - and walked three while striking out seven in 5 1-3 innings of a 5-4 loss at Baltimore on Tuesday.
Formerly known as Fausto Carmona, Hernandez is 4-7 with a 5.14 ERA in 12 starts versus Oakland.
|Last Updated: 10/23/2014 1:25:54 AM EST|