|BALTIMORE ( CHEN )|
OAKLAND ( MILONE )
|975||BALTIMORE||+110||Ov 7.5,-105||+105||Ov 7.5,+110|
|976||OAKLAND||-120||Un 7.5,-115||-115||Un 7.5,-130|
|vs Left-handed Starters||4-3||+0.9||3-3||4.7||0.269||0.332||4.4||0.225||0.312|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3||4-3||5.4||0.265||0.344||3.6||0.203||0.309|
|vs Left-handed Starters||4-2||+2.7||6-0||7.5||0.298||0.397||4.2||0.246||0.301|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-5.4||6-1||4.3||0.222||0.327||6.0||0.282||0.351|
|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)||10-2||W||125||8 un||O||15||10||2||6||8||1|
|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||TILLMAN(R)||@ LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)|| |
|5/3/2013|| ||@ LA ANGELS|| || |
|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)|| |
|5/3/2013|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|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 MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Baltimore (13-9) at Oakland (13-10), 10:05 p.m. EDT
Based on the way Wei-Yin Chen fared in two outings against the Oakland Athletics during his 2012 rookie season, the Baltimore Orioles would appear to have a good chance to continue their rare winning stretch in the East Bay.
Trying to improve to 3-0 against the struggling A's, Chen looks to help the Orioles to a third consecutive victory at Oakland on Friday night.
Chen (1-2, 3.38 ERA) allowed one earned run, nine hits and struck out 16 in 12 2-3 innings while winning both starts - at home - versus Oakland a year ago. It helped that his teammates scored 16 runs in those contests.
Baltimore (13-9) pounded out a season-high 15 hits and matched its most runs of 2013 in Thursday's 10-2 win over the A's. The Orioles have not won three straight in Oakland since Aug. 15-17, 2005, and prior to snapping a four-game skid there last season, dropped 16 of 18 at the Coliseum.
Chen, however, hopes to pitch better than Saturday when he gave up a run, three hits and overcame four walks in six innings of a 6-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
"My stuff was terrible (Saturday), not really good," he told the Orioles' official website. "I was lucky to get a win."
The left-hander might not need to be at his best if the Orioles hit like they did in the opener. Adam Jones had three hits while Chris Davis homered for the eighth time and drove in two runs.
Leadoff hitter Nate McLouth reached base four times and is 8 for 18 (.444) with seven walks in the last six games.
"I'm swinging at good pitches, that's what I'm most happy about," McLouth said. "I'm working the count and swinging at the pitches I want instead of having to swing at what a pitcher wants."
Jones, who has hit safely in all but two games this season, is batting .359 with 17 RBIs. He's hit .357 in his last seven at Oakland.
Davis is batting .442 (19 for 43) with four homers and 10 RBIs during a 12-game hitting streak against the A's.
Oakland (13-10) swept a three-game home set from Houston April 15-17, then followed with a 1-5 road trip and blew an early 2-0 lead Thursday. Josh Donaldson had a two-run double for the A's, who have scored 30 runs in the last seven games, with 13 coming in their only win Tuesday at Boston.
Center fielder Coco Crisp is 4 for 23 (.174) in six games following a 12-game hitting streak in which he batted .392. He's 2 for 16 in his last four against the Orioles.
Oakland's Tommy Milone (3-1, 4.26) takes the mound looking to bounce back from his first loss of the season. The left-hander allowed six runs - four earned - and eight hits in 6 2-3 innings of an 8-1 loss at Tampa Bay on Sunday.
The A's totaled 28 runs in Milone's first three starts, but managed only three hits in the last one.
"That's the game. It happens. We're not going to score 10 runs every game, as much as we would like that as pitchers," Milone said. "We've got to do our best to keep the team in the game. That's our job."
He gave up two runs, including a solo homer to Davis, in 6 1-3 innings in his only previous start versus Baltimore, a 3-2 home win Sept. 14.
|Last Updated: 9/24/2014 1:29:36 AM EST|