|OAKLAND ( COLON )|
BOSTON ( ACEVES )
|915||OAKLAND||+100||Ov 8.5,-125||+105||Ov 8.5,-115|
|916||BOSTON||-110||Un 8.5,+105||-115||Un 8.5,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||8-7||+0.7||11-4||4.4||0.233||0.313||4.7||0.263||0.321|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.1||5-2||4.6||0.224||0.329||5.1||0.261||0.316|
|vs Right-handed Starters||10-4||+5.1||9-5||5.6||0.266||0.341||3.4||0.218||0.291|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.2||5-2||5.4||0.260||0.342||3.7||0.220||0.301|
|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)||1-8||L||-110||8 ev||O||3||9||1||11||6||1|
|4/22/2013||GRIFFIN(R)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)||6-9||L||120||8 un||O||5||8||2||9||8||0|
|4/23/2013||COLON(R)||@ BOSTON||ACEVES(R)|| |
|4/24/2013||ANDERSON(L)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)|| |
|4/29/2013||ANDERSON(L)||LA ANGELS||HANSON(R)|| |
|4/30/2013|| ||LA ANGELS|| || |
|4/13/2013||LESTER(L)||TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||2-1||W||-120||8 un||U||7||8||0||6||7||1|
|4/14/2013||BUCHHOLZ(R)||TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||5-0||W||-135||8.5 un||U||8||5||0||3||5||1|
|4/15/2013||DEMPSTER(R)||TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||3-2||W||-145||8.5 un||U||4||3||0||4||3||0|
|4/16/2013||DOUBRONT(L)||@ CLEVELAND||JIMENEZ(R)||7-2||W||-115||8 un||O||6||8||0||6||9||0|
|4/17/2013||ACEVES(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)||6-3||W||120||8 un||O||15||10||0||7||6||1|
|4/18/2013||LESTER(L)||@ CLEVELAND||MCALLISTER(R)||6-3||W||-120||8 ov||O||9||7||0||6||4||1|
|4/20/2013||BUCHHOLZ(R)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||4-3||W||-135||8 un||U||7||6||1||10||7||1|
|4/21/2013||DEMPSTER(R)||KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)||2-4||L||-150||8 un||U||8||7||0||8||5||0|
|4/21/2013||WEBSTER(R)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||4-5||L||-150||8 un||O||9||9||1||9||7||1|
|4/30/2013|| ||@ TORONTO|| || |
|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.
|BOSTON: HITTING: OF JACOBY ELLSBURY's 2011 breakout was no fluke. He has real power to complement his elite speed. 2B DUSTIN PEDROIA bounced back from a slow start to finish with career highs in HR and RBI. He benefits from hitting behind Ellsbury. 3B KEVIN YOUKILIS is a huge injury risk. His best seasons are behind him. 1B ADRIAN GONZALEZ wasted no time winning over Boston fans last year, and should hit even more HR in 2012. DH DAVID ORTIZ has put together two straight impressive years after being left for dead in 2009. 2011 Super Bust OF CARL CRAWFORD will bounce back, just not as much as most experts think. Most of the catcher duties will go to C JARROD SALTALAMACCHIA, with C KELLY SHOPPACH getting ABs against lefties. Right field will be filled by former Giants playoff hero CODY ROSS. SS NICK PUNTO replaces Marco Scutaro, who is now in Colorado. 3B MIKE AVILES is a solid hitter with the defensive flexibility to end up with semi-regular ABs. |
STARTING PITCHING: JON LESTER seems to have leveled off as a very good pitcher instead of ascending into an elite class. He lost some speed on his pitches and got hit a little harder in 2011. Coming off the best season of his up-and-down career, JOSH BECKETT's numbers are bound to regress a bit in 2012. Back problems limited CLAY BUCHHOLZ last season, and he lost some of the zip on his fastball. He'll tally a low ERA and 15+ wins if he can stay healthy. ALFREDO ACEVES was outstanding out of the bullpen last year, and will compete for a rotation spot this year. He was a starter for years in the Mexican League and the minors. Former setup man DANIEL BARD is being converted to a starter, but he may wind up back in the bullpen later on. After Tommy John surgeries, DAISUKE MATSUZAKA is due to return around July, while JOHN LACKEY won't be back until 2013.
RELIEF PITCHING: ANDREW BAILEY was a acquired from Oakland in December for a heap of prospects. He's one of the best closers in baseball, and may even be an upgrade from departed Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth. Time will tell how he'll handle the increased scrutiny of playing in Boston. Coming over in a trade for infielder Jed Lowrie, MARK MELANCON was excellent as a closer last season in Houston and should be Bailey's main set-up man in the eighth inning. BOBBY JENKS has ninth-inning experience, but he will be out at least two months coming off a pulmonary embolism.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (OAKLAND-BOSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Athletics-Red Sox Preview* ===========================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Oakland (12-7) at Boston (12-6), 6:35 p.m. EDT
Mike Napoli is on a tear for the Boston Red Sox, and that's been fairly common for him at Fenway Park.
The Oakland Athletics' production at the plate has suddenly slowed.
Napoli will try to continue his torrid stretch as the Red Sox go for another win over the A's in the middle game of this series Tuesday night.
Napoli leads Boston (13-6) with 25 RBIs, driving in 14 over the past seven games. The first baseman has been superb over that stretch, going 11 for 29 with two homers, five doubles and one triple while his average jumped 58 points to .278.
A career .259 hitter, Napoli is very productive at Fenway, where he owns a .365 average with six homers and 22 RBIs over his last 14 games - 10 with the Red Sox.
He connected for his fourth career grand slam and added an RBI double to spur Monday's 9-6 win over Oakland (12-8).
"I've been feeling good on the road, too, but I just love hitting here," Napoli said. "You've got the wall right there and you can get away with some stuff that you don't necessarily have to hit it so good. Sometimes you can hit a pop fly that would be an out at some other parks and it goes off the wall."
An All-Star as a catcher with Texas last year, Napoli has homered in each of the last two games, totaling five hits with seven RBIs.
He homered on three of his five hits over his past five meetings with the A's and is 3 for 8 versus Bartolo Colon, their scheduled starter for Tuesday.
While Napoli is looking to continue swinging a hot bat, Will Middlebrooks hopes that he's snapped out of his funk after hitting a three-run shot Monday. The third baseman had a .093 average with one RBI over the previous 11 games.
Alfredo Aceves (1-0, 6.28 ERA) is staying in the rotation while John Lackey rehabs a right biceps strain in the minors.
The right-hander is 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA in two starts, winning 6-3 at Cleveland on Wednesday. He threw five scoreless innings before giving up three runs and two homers while getting pulled before managing an out in the sixth.
"My fastball, curveball, cutter, changeup, they were real good," Aceves told the team's official website.
He's 3-1 with a 5.17 ERA in nine games - all out of the bullpen - against Oakland, going 2-0 while yielding one run in eight innings over three meetings at Fenway.
The A's are struggling during a four-game slide, batting .175 with 10 runs after hitting .289 and averaging 6.8 runs during a 12-2 run.
Playing outside of the AL West is proving to be a challenge. The A's are 11-2 with a .291 average within the division compared to batting .174 with a 1-6 record versus other teams.
Colon (2-0, 3.32) is trying to beat the Red Sox for the first time since Aug. 18, 2005, with the Los Angeles Angels. Since then, the right-hander is 0-2 with a 2.57 ERA in four games - three starts - against his former team.
Colon spent an injury-plagued 2008 with Boston, as a back problem limited him to seven starts. That was also the last time he started a season with three straight winning decisions.
All three of his starts this season have ended in Oakland victories, and they've registered as quality outings. His latest performance was his best yet, as he tossed six innings while yielding one run and two hits in Wednesday's 7-5 win over Houston.
|Last Updated: 8/29/2014 2:32:50 AM EST|