|BALTIMORE ( HAMMEL )|
OAKLAND ( PARKER )
|921||BALTIMORE||+110||Ov 7.5,-115||+115||Ov 8,+110|
|922||OAKLAND||-120||Un 7.5,-105||-125||Un 8,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||8-6||+1.8||7-6||4.9||0.249||0.315||4.2||0.240||0.312|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3||4-3||5.4||0.260||0.326||4.1||0.218||0.320|
|vs Right-handed Starters||9-7||+1.7||12-4||4.9||0.243||0.327||4.4||0.257||0.314|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3||6-1||5.0||0.243||0.350||5.3||0.267||0.324|
|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)||10-6||W||+120||7.5 ov||O||14||3||1||11||9||0|
|4/20/2013||HAMMEL(R)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||7-5||W||-115||8.5 un||O||10||5||0||8||8||1|
|4/20/2013||CHEN(L)||LA DODGERS||BECKETT(R)||6-1||W||-125||8 un||U||8||6||0||6||8||2|
|4/21/2013||ARRIETA(R)||LA DODGERS||FIFE(R)||4-7||L||-130||9 un||O||10||7||0||8||9||0|
|4/25/2013||HAMMEL(R)||@ OAKLAND||PARKER(R)|| |
|4/26/2013||CHEN(L)||@ OAKLAND||MILONE(L)|| |
|4/27/2013||TILLMAN(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRIFFIN(R)|| |
|4/28/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||@ OAKLAND||COLON(R)|| |
|4/29/2013||STINSON(R)||@ SEATTLE||SAUNDERS(L)|| |
|4/30/2013||HAMMEL(R)||@ SEATTLE||MAURER(R)|| |
|5/1/2013||CHEN(L)||@ SEATTLE||HARANG(R)|| |
|5/2/2013|| ||@ LA ANGELS|| || |
|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)||13-0||W||105||8.5 ev||O||13||8||0||3||4||2|
|4/24/2013||ANDERSON(L)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)||5-6||L||145||8 ov||O||9||8||0||10||9||0|
|4/29/2013||ANDERSON(L)||LA ANGELS||HANSON(R)|| |
|4/30/2013||PARKER(R)||LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)|| |
|5/1/2013||MILONE(L)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)|| |
|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.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (BALTIMORE-OAKLAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Orioles-Athletics Preview* ===========================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Baltimore (12-8) at Oakland (13-8), 10:05 p.m. EDT
The Baltimore Orioles are coming off a solid homestand, but their upcoming road trip begins in a place they haven't had much success in recent seasons.
Baltimore kicks off an 11-game trip Thursday night with a four-game set against the Oakland Athletics.
The Orioles (12-9) went 6-3 on their homestand after falling 6-5 in 11 innings to Toronto on Wednesday, ending their 17-game winning streak in extra-inning contests - the longest since Pittsburgh's 21-game run that ended in 1960.
Chris Davis went 0 for 5 and finished 1 for 11 with five strikeouts in the three-game series versus the Blue Jays. He has three homers and five RBIs in his last 16 games after hitting four and driving in 17 over his first five.
Baltimore took two of three from Tampa Bay, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Toronto on the homestand.
"When you can win any series, especially in your division, that's big. So we'll take it," said closer Jim Johnson, who suffered the loss. "This is not going to dampen our spirits."
Looking back on their recent history in Oakland just might. The Orioles have lost 16 of the last 19 road matchups and haven't won consecutive meetings there since a three-game sweep Aug. 15-17, 2005.
Jason Hammel will be on the mound attempting to end that drought for Baltimore, which won 9-5 at Oakland on Sept. 16 in the last matchup.
Hammel (2-1, 4.74 ERA) allowed four runs and walked three in six innings of Baltimore's 7-5 win over the Dodgers on Saturday, though he didn't allow a run over his last four innings.
"That's why Ham kind of graduated a little bit as a starter, because what you see in the first inning isn't necessarily what you're going to be seeing in the fifth or sixth inning," manager Buck Showalter told the team's official website. "It's not, 'Woe is me and the sky is falling.' It's, 'OK, let's make an adjustment and let's get our team through this.'"
The right-hander has made two starts versus the A's, with the most recent coming in 2009 while pitching for Colorado.
Oakland (13-9) will be looking to bounce back after dropping five of six on its road trip to Tampa Bay and Boston, falling 6-5 to the Red Sox on Wednesday. Chris Young hit a three-run homer and added a solo shot, while Jed Lowrie went 3 for 5.
That kind of offense would have been plenty for scheduled starter Jarrod Parker in his last outing.
Parker (0-3, 7.50) struggled in his first three starts, though he gave up one run and six hits through 6 1-3 innings of a 1-0 loss to the Rays on Saturday.
"That's what we're used to seeing out of him," manager Bob Melvin said of Parker, who won 13 games as a rookie last season. "This is the first game he's pitched really well for us."
The right-hander made two starts versus Baltimore in 2012, giving up six runs in five innings of Oakland's 14-9 win July 27 before allowing two runs in seven innings of a 5-2 victory Sept. 15.
Adam Jones went 3 for 5 with a three-run homer off Parker in those matchups.
|Last Updated: 9/3/2014 4:06:04 AM EST|