|LA ANGELS ( WILSON )|
SEATTLE ( HARANG )
|977||LA ANGELS||-150||Ov 7.5,-105||-135||Ov 7.5,-105|
|978||SEATTLE||+140||Un 7.5,-115||+125||Un 7.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||7-10||-5.8||12-5||3.9||0.271||0.321||5.1||0.256||0.337|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.7||5-2||5.1||0.290||0.343||4.6||0.265||0.334|
|vs Left-handed Starters||2-3||-1.2||3-1||4.8||0.225||0.287||6.6||0.282||0.340|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.1||3-4||3.0||0.258||0.317||5.3||0.270||0.325|
|4/15/2013||BLANTON(R)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)||2-8||L||-130||8.5 un||O||9||6||1||12||8||1|
|4/16/2013||VARGAS(L)||@ MINNESOTA||PELFREY(R)||6-8||L||-135||9 un||O||10||6||0||15||11||1|
|4/25/2013||RICHARDS(R)||@ SEATTLE||MAURER(R)||0-6||L||-125||7.5 ov||U||7||5||0||11||2||0|
|4/26/2013||WILSON(L)||@ SEATTLE||HARANG(R)|| |
|4/27/2013||BLANTON(R)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|4/28/2013||VARGAS(L)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)|| |
|4/29/2013||HANSON(R)||@ OAKLAND||ANDERSON(L)|| |
|4/30/2013||RICHARDS(R)||@ OAKLAND||PARKER(R)|| |
|5/1/2013||WILSON(L)||@ OAKLAND||MILONE(L)|| |
|5/3/2013|| ||BALTIMORE|| || |
|4/19/2013||SAUNDERS(L)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)||0-7||L||200||8 un||U||5||8||1||10||7||1|
|4/20/2013||MAURER(R)||@ TEXAS||TEPESCH(R)||0-5||L||160||9.5 un||U||5||8||0||5||4||0|
|4/21/2013||HARANG(R)||@ TEXAS||GRIMM(R)||3-11||L||145||9.5 un||O||8||9||1||11||6||1|
|4/22/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ HOUSTON||PEACOCK(R)||7-1||W||-160||7.5 ov||O||12||6||0||7||6||2|
|4/23/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||@ HOUSTON||NORRIS(R)||2-3||L||-125||7.5 ov||U||9||7||2||8||11||0|
|4/24/2013||SAUNDERS(L)||@ HOUSTON||HARRELL(R)||3-10||L||100||8 ev||O||9||7||0||14||4||0|
|4/25/2013||MAURER(R)||LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)||6-0||W||+115||7.5 ov||U||11||2||0||7||5||0|
|4/26/2013||HARANG(R)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)|| |
|4/27/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)|| |
|4/28/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)|| |
|5/3/2013|| ||@ TORONTO|| || |
|LA ANGELS: HITTING: SS ERICK AYBAR will likely get another crack at the leadoff spot by default. DH/OF BOBBY ABREU can still draw walks and run a little. 2B HOWIE KENDRICK traded batting average for more power last year. He's still one of baseball's better middle infield bats. 1B ALBERT PUJOLS should benefit from DH-ing a couple of times a year. OF TORII HUNTER is fading fast and may not provide middle-of-the-order power. OF VERNON WELLS has a better chance than Hunter to bounce back, and the Angels have to be patient considering his monster contract. MARK TRUMBO will get a look at 3B. If he can't get it done, ALBERTO CALLASPO would start and Trumbo would back-up first and DH. Speedy OF PETER BOURJOS will start in left, and top prospect MIKE TROUT will soon replace free agents-to-be Abreu or Hunter. KENDRYS MORALES could DH regularly if his ankle is healthy. CHRIS IANNETTA is no Mike Napoli, but he's a monster upgrade over Jeff Mathis. |
STARTING PITCHING: JERED WEAVER had a lot of things go right in 2011, and it's not hard to picture him as a Cy Young candidate again. But he faded late in the year, and may not belong in the upper echelon or pitchers. A cutter has led to DAN HAREN's rebirth. He's right there with Weaver, just a step behind the elite arms. C.J. WILSON may not get the same run support, but he should benefit from getting out of hitter-friendly Arlington; he had a 2.31 road ERA last year. ERVIN SANTANA never developed into a top-of-the-line starter, but he's become more consistent and settled in as a solid starter. Once a washed-out former prospect, JEROME WILLIAMS came back to the States from Taiwan and delivered three quality starts last September. He's not likely to have sustained success, but he does have the inside track for a rotation spot. Middling prospect GARRETT RICHARDS seems like the most likely candidate to step into the rotation in case of injury.
RELIEF PITCHING: JORDAN WALDEN will have the closer's role again entering the spring, but while he was overpowering he was also very shaky at times. He gave up seven runs over 2.2 innings in his last three appearances. RICH THOMPSON decided to lean on his cutter last year and the results were excellent. If Walden slips up, Thompson has to be in the closer conversation. LaTROY HAWKINS was solid with Milwaukee (2.42 ERA) and joins his ninth different team since 2003. He is expected to set up Walden as well. Lefty SCOTT DOWNS was far from dominant last year, despite his 1.34 ERA. But Scioscia does trust him in high-leverage situations, making him a possible fallback if Walden struggles. The Angels don't seem to have big plans for HISANORI TAKAHASHI, the most well-compensated long reliever in baseball.
|SEATTLE: HITTING: C/DH JESUS MONTERO was brought over from the Yankees to hit in the heart of the order. At age 22, his offensive potential is scary. OF ICHIRO SUZUKI is entering the twilight of his career, but he might still have another .300 season left. 2B DUSTIN ACKLEY is the kind of line-drive hitter who fits well in Safeco, but he needs to catch up to MLB pitching. 1B JUSTIN SMOAK has disappointed, but he's making strides and has 30-HR upside. OF CASPER WELLS could play everyday. He won't hit for average, but has the power Seattle needs. MIKE CARP figures to at least grab early at-bats against righties. He'll strike out, but has lots of power. OF FRANKLIN GUTIERREZ is out for at least a month with a pectoral injury, but will reclaim his starting gig based on his defense. Seattle would love to see OF MICHAEL SAUNDERS step up to replace Gutierrez, but he's shown no signs of being able to handle MLB pitching. C MIGUEL OLIVO still has solid power, but he's an all-or-nothing hitter. 3B CHONE FIGGINS isn't quite done, but he's close. He'll have to battle line-drive hitting KYLE SEAGER for a job. SS BRENDAN RYAN will stick around for defense, but his bat is barely good enough for a regular gig. |
STARTING PITCHING: FELIX HERNANDEZ had a touch of bad luck last year, but he's one of the few pitchers in baseball who's a lock for 200 strikeouts. JASON VARGAS just keeps throwing strikes and letting his defense make plays. He'll get by fine again in spacious Safeco. BLAKE BEAVAN doesn't have a strikeout pitch, but he'll make few mistakes and get some outs thanks to a strong defense. HECTOR NOESI, who also came over from New York with Montero, isn't a big strikeout pitcher, but has good control and is savvy enough to get his shot in Seattle's rotation this year. 37-year-old journeyman KEVIN MILLWOOD will fill out the fifth spot in the rotation after a solid spring. Top prospect DANNY HULTZEN could break into the bigs in 2012. The lefty has the polish of a big leaguer right now, though his ceiling is more good-not-great.
RELIEF PITCHING: Like many rebuilding teams, the Mariners will continue to shop their closer. BRANDON LEAGUE will pick up saves in Seattle, but he's more of a groundball pitcher than a strikeout artist. He'd likely be ticketed for a set-up role elsewhere. If League is traded, the closer role is wide open. SHAWN KELLEY came back from Tommy John surgery late last year and looked as good as ever. If he picks up where he left off last year, he'd be an obvious choice for ninth inning duties. CHANCE RUFFIN, part of the Doug Fister trade, has a strong minor-league track record. He could carve out a big role in this bullpen if he can improve his command.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (LA ANGELS-SEATTLE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Angels-Mariners Preview* =========================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Los Angeles (8-13) at Seattle (9-15), 10:10 p.m. EDT
The Seattle Mariners have been hampered by one of baseball's worst offenses, but they hope to keep taking advantage of a Los Angeles Angels pitching staff that has been just as bad.
Kyle Seager and the Mariners look for another big day at the plate Friday night as they seek another win over Los Angeles at Safeco Field.
Seattle (9-15) entered this four-game set having scored three runs or fewer in eight of its last nine games, so a 6-0 victory Thursday felt explosive.
Carlos Peguero, called up from Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday to help fill in for the injured Franklin Gutierrez, launched the third-longest home run in Safeco history with a 451-foot shot in his first at-bat of the season.
Also sparking the offense with a homer was Seager, who extended his career-best hitting streak to 14 games. Seager has raised his average from .147 to .306 during the streak, going 21 for 51 (.412) with seven doubles and 11 RBIs. All three of his home runs have come in the last five games.
Seager credited a closed-door meeting held by manager Eric Wedge following Wednesday's 10-3 loss to Houston.
"He got everyone's attention," Seager said. "We know we had to play better. We played with more of an edge today."
Seattle may need another strong night from its offense with Aaron Harang (0-2, 10.24 ERA) on the mound. He's fresh off a shellacking at Texas in which he gave up eight runs and eight hits in 4 2-3 innings of an 11-3 loss Sunday.
"I started guiding pitches, and ended up falling behind in counts and having to throw pitches over the plate, and that's where I got myself in trouble," said Harang, acquired from Colorado earlier this month.
While Harang has seen his individual struggles, the entire staff for the Angels (8-13) has generally been bad. Los Angeles pitchers own a 4.96 ERA, ranking near the bottom of baseball, and have allowed 28 runs and 45 hits in 37 innings this week with 15 walks and just 19 strikeouts.
The only Angels starting pitcher yet to suffer a loss is C.J. Wilson (1-0, 4.13). He's lasted six innings in each of his four starts but has averaged 111.3 pitches in the last three, and his 15 walks are among the most in the AL. The left-hander didn't get a decision Sunday as he allowed three runs and five hits in a 4-3 victory over Detroit.
Command remains a serious concern for Wilson, averaging 3.9 walks per nine innings for his career after issuing four Sunday.
"I was missing with my breaking ball a lot early," Wilson told the team's official website. "It was breaking way too big, then I couldn't throw my curveball for a strike and my changeup was kind of a non-factor. I just had to go out there with a fastball, slider and cutter and compete."
Wilson has been very good against the Mariners over the last two-plus seasons, going 5-1 with a 2.11 ERA in seven starts. Seager is 1 for 13 against him.
Seattle will hope Harang can regain the form he showed in two starts against the Angels last year, holding them to three earned runs over 13 innings while with the Dodgers.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 8:41:04 PM EST|