|LA ANGELS ( HANSON )|
OAKLAND ( STRAILY )
|921||LA ANGELS||+105||Ov 8,-110||+115||Ov 8,+100|
|922||OAKLAND||-115||Un 8,-110||-125||Un 8,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||8-12||-6.8||13-7||3.8||0.262||0.310||4.7||0.258||0.338|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.5||4-3||3.3||0.236||0.291||5.1||0.293||0.360|
|vs Right-handed Starters||10-9||-0.1||15-4||4.9||0.247||0.331||5.0||0.272||0.327|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-4||6-1||5.4||0.249||0.354||6.1||0.285||0.342|
|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)||6-3||W||-140||7.5 un||O||9||6||1||11||13||0|
|4/27/2013||BLANTON(R)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)||2-3||L||140||7 un||U||6||4||0||10||11||1|
|4/28/2013||VARGAS(L)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)||1-2||L||-110||7 ov||U||4||4||1||6||7||1|
|4/29/2013||HANSON(R)||@ OAKLAND||STRAILY(R)|| |
|4/30/2013||RICHARDS(R)||@ OAKLAND||PARKER(R)|| |
|5/1/2013||WILSON(L)||@ OAKLAND||MILONE(L)|| |
|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||STRAILY(R)||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||GRIFFIN(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|5/4/2013||COLON(R)||@ NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)|| |
|5/5/2013||ANDERSON(L)||@ NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)|| |
|5/6/2013|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|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.
|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 (LA ANGELS-OAKLAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Angels-Athletics Preview* ==========================
Los Angeles (9-14) at Oakland (13-12), 10:05 p.m. EDT
There hasn't been much of a home-field advantage in recent meetings between the Oakland Athletics and the Los Angeles Angels.
The home team has taken just five of the last 21 meetings heading into Monday night's opener of a three-game set at the O.co Coliseum.
The trend of visiting teams enjoying success between these AL West rivals continued in the first 2013 series, as Oakland (14-12) outscored Los Angeles 28-11 in a three-game road sweep from April 9-11.
The Angels (9-15), however, went 6-3 at the Coliseum last season.
Neither club is playing well entering this set, with Oakland losing eight of 10 and Los Angeles five of seven.
The Athletics should be boosted by Yoenis Cespedes, who returned in heroic fashion Sunday in a 9-8, 10-inning win over Baltimore in his first action since April 12 after being out with a strained muscle in his left hand.
Cespedes hit a tying, two-run homer in the ninth inning as Oakland ended a four-game slide. The A's have won nine straight with the Cuban slugger in their lineup this season and are 5-10 without him.
"He's very impactful, obviously," manager Bob Melvin said. "That home run was kind of what he's all about. We need him in the lineup and he showed today why."
Cespedes also showed why earlier this year against the Angels, going 5 for 13 with three walks and four runs scored.
Brandon Moss was 7 for 13 with nine of his 16 RBIs in that series while Josh Donaldson was 6 for 14. Donaldson is 12 for 22 over his last seven games.
The Angels are searching for answers at the plate after hitting .208 with six walks and 36 strikeouts while losing three of four in Seattle, capped by Sunday's 2-1 defeat.
Mike Trout went 3 for 14 with no runs scored and Albert Pujols was 2 for 15 as his homerless stretch reached 19 games.
Those players have enjoyed vastly different results against Oakland starter Daniel Straily (1-0, 2.70 ERA), with Trout going 4 for 7 and Pujols 0 for 6.
Straily is replacing Brett Anderson, who will be skipped due to lingering soreness in his right ankle. This is the right-hander's second outing - he allowed two runs over 6 2-3 innings in an 8-3 win over Houston on April 5 to replace the suspended Bartolo Colon before being sent to the minors the next day.
Straily went 1-0 with a 6.35 ERA in two 2012 outings against the Angels.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia rested his bullpen Sunday as Jason Vargas went the distance. That could pay dividends, since Scioscia may not know what to expect out of starter Tommy Hanson (2-1, 4.24) on Monday.
Hanson will return from the bereavement list. He was in Georgia due to the death of his stepbrother, and said that he was able to throw.
"It's not the same as getting bullpens in and working out," Hanson told the Angels' official website. "I worked out at a hotel gym and did some shoulder stuff and ran, and a little bit of core stuff."
The right-hander, who last pitched April 19, has never faced Oakland.
|Last Updated: 9/17/2014 4:32:38 AM EST|