|BALTIMORE ( GONZALEZ )|
OAKLAND ( COLON )
|975||BALTIMORE||+115||Ov 8,-110||+130||Ov 8,-105|
|976||OAKLAND||-125||Un 8,-110||-140||Un 8,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||10-6||+4.4||9-6||5.3||0.262||0.328||4.0||0.240||0.314|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.6||4-3||5.0||0.255||0.328||3.1||0.197||0.292|
|vs Right-handed Starters||9-9||-1.1||14-4||4.7||0.243||0.326||4.8||0.267||0.325|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-6.2||6-1||4.3||0.218||0.328||6.1||0.278||0.342|
|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)||3-0||W||115||7.5 un||U||7||8||0||3||5||3|
|4/27/2013||TILLMAN(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRIFFIN(R)||7-3||W||140||8 un||O||10||4||0||10||10||0|
|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|| || |
|5/4/2013|| ||@ LA ANGELS|| || |
|5/5/2013|| ||@ 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|| || |
|5/4/2013|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|5/5/2013|| ||@ 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 MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
Baltimore (14-9) at Oakland (13-11), 4:05 p.m. EDT
The Baltimore Orioles haven't swept a four-game series visiting the Oakland Athletics in 26 years. If that's going to change on Sunday, they'll have to get past veteran right-hander Bartolo Colon, and possibly slugger Yoenis Cespedes.
The Orioles (15-9) earned their first set of back-to-back wins at Oakland since 2005 on Thursday and Friday, and a 7-3 victory on Saturday puts them in position for their first four-game sweep at Oakland since May 22-25, 1987.
"We have struggled and our record has not been very good here, but winning the first three is a good way to start the (11-game) road trip," said Nick Markakis, who hit one of the team's three homers Saturday. "We've got a good lineup, and when we're going good we're as good as anybody."
The A's (13-12), losers of four straight and eight of nine, are lacking that confidence.
"We are just pressing right now and trying to do too much," manager Bob Melvin said.
Oakland is on the verge of getting swept at home in a four-game set for the first time since April 26-29, 1999, versus Cleveland.
Colon (3-0, 2.42 ERA), who was on that Indians team, could help the A's get back on track as he's enjoying one of his best starts in years. The 39-year-old right-hander struck out a season-high seven and walked his first batter of the season on Tuesday, a 13-0, rain-shortened seven-inning complete game victory at Boston.
"That's the perfect guy to have on the mound in games like that," Melvin said, "a guy who's going to throw strikes, doesn't let the conditions affect him and keeps everybody on their toes because they know, potentially, the ball's going to be in play very quickly.
"He was the right man for the job."
Colon has done the job in his last five starts versus Baltimore, going 2-1 with a 1.56 ERA.
The A's might need a similar effort from the right-hander the way they've been struggling at the plate. Over the last nine games, they're batting .218 with four homers, none in this series.
Third baseman Josh Donaldson has been one of the few bright spots. He's batting .579 (11 for 19) with eight RBIs over the last six games after matching a career high with four hits and driving in two on Saturday.
The possible return of Cespedes from a strained left thumb could add some much-needed pop to an A's lineup that hit a major league-best 19 homers during its 9-2 start. He's been rehabbing at Triple-A Sacramento and could be activated on Sunday.
Sunday's scheduled starter Miguel Gonzalez (2-1, 4.13) has never faced Cespedes or anyone else on the Athletics. He'll take the mound for the first time since going six innings in Tuesday's 4-3 victory over Toronto. The right-hander picked up the win after allowing just three hits and no runs until his final frame.
Gonzalez will likely be throwing to Matt Wieters after Taylor Teagarden dislocated his left thumb on Saturday. Manager Buck Showalter expects Teagarden to be placed on the DL.
Orioles center fielder Adam Jones, who homered on Saturday - his first in Oakland - will try to extend his team-best hitting streak to nine and hit safely in his 10th straight road game against the A's.
Jones is 6 for 23 off Colon. Markakis is 7 for 26 with four doubles against the right-hander.
|Last Updated: 9/23/2014 7:21:55 AM EST|