|TAMPA BAY ( COBB )|
KANSAS CITY ( SHIELDS )
|973||TAMPA BAY||+120||Ov 7.5,+105||+110||Ov 7.5,+100|
|974||KANSAS CITY||-130||Un 7.5,-125||-120||Un 7.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||6-11||-7.7||7-6||3.9||0.231||0.305||4.6||0.244||0.305|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.2||3-2||5.0||0.267||0.326||3.1||0.205||0.268|
|vs Right-handed Starters||10-7||+3.4||8-8||4.5||0.269||0.321||3.8||0.250||0.313|
|Past 7 Games||5-3||+2.6||5-2||4.6||0.245||0.323||4.6||0.273||0.334|
|4/16/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ BALTIMORE||ARRIETA(R)||4-5||L||110||9 un||P||6||7||1||6||6||0|
|4/17/2013||MOORE(L)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)||6-2||W||-120||8 ev||P||11||7||0||5||8||0|
|4/18/2013||PRICE(L)||@ BALTIMORE||GONZALEZ(R)||6-10||L||-130||7.5 ov||O||11||9||0||14||3||1|
|4/22/2013||MOORE(L)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||5-1||W||-130||7 un||U||7||3||1||2||4||1|
|4/23/2013||PRICE(L)||NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||3-4||L||-180||7 un||P||7||4||0||9||5||0|
|4/24/2013||COBB(R)||NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||3-0||W||-135||7 un||U||8||8||0||4||4||1|
|4/25/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||2-5||L||120||7 un||P||5||6||0||7||5||0|
|4/26/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||PEAVY(R)||4-5||L||130||7.5 un||O||10||8||0||8||3||0|
|4/27/2013||MOORE(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||FLOYD(R)||10-4||W||-120||7 ov||O||19||14||1||9||10||1|
|4/28/2013||PRICE(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)||8-3||W||-135||7.5 un||O||8||6||0||6||4||2|
|4/30/2013||COBB(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)|| |
|5/1/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||MENDOZA(R)|| |
|5/2/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)|| |
|5/3/2013||MOORE(L)||@ COLORADO||FRANCIS(L)|| |
|5/4/2013||PRICE(L)||@ COLORADO||GARLAND(R)|| |
|5/5/2013||COBB(R)||@ COLORADO||CHATWOOD(R)|| |
|5/7/2013|| ||TORONTO|| || |
|4/16/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||@ ATLANTA||MEDLEN(R)||3-6||L||165||7 un||O||9||8||1||9||5||3|
|4/17/2013||DAVIS(R)||@ ATLANTA||MINOR(L)||1-0||W||155||7.5 un||U||8||5||1||6||5||0|
|4/20/2013||SHIELDS(R)||@ BOSTON||BUCHHOLZ(R)||3-4||L||125||8 un||U||10||7||1||7||6||1|
|4/21/2013||SANTANA(R)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)||4-2||W||140||8 un||U||8||5||0||8||7||0|
|4/21/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||@ BOSTON||WEBSTER(R)||5-4||W||140||8 un||O||9||7||0||10||9||1|
|4/24/2013||DAVIS(R)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)||5-7||L||170||7.5 un||O||8||7||1||9||10||0|
|4/25/2013||SHIELDS(R)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)||8-3||W||165||7 un||O||14||10||0||5||3||1|
|4/30/2013||SHIELDS(R)||TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)|| |
|5/1/2013||MENDOZA(R)||TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)|| |
|5/2/2013||SANTANA(R)||TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|5/3/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||FLOYD(R)|| |
|5/4/2013||DAVIS(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)|| |
|5/5/2013||SHIELDS(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|5/7/2013|| ||@ BALTIMORE|| || |
|TAMPA BAY: HITTING: OF DESMOND JENNINGS' on-base skills will lead to tons of runs and SBs despite his mediocre batting average. 2B BEN ZOBRIST bounced back from a disappointing 2010, and will continue to produce near the top of the batting order. Though a series of nagging injuries plagued his 2011 season, 3B EVAN LONGORIA slugged 17 HR in his last 53 games. Fully healthy this season, he'll be an elite power-hitter with double-digit SB potential. OF B.J. UPTON's days in Tampa may be numbered. He's an elite athlete, but he just might lose his head if he's traded into a tough situation. After a hot start, OF MATT JOYCE settled in as the productive hitter he is. He should get to play every day in right field. SSs SEAN RODRIGUEZ and REID BRIGNAC will battle for ABs but neither hits on a consistent basis. C JOSE MOLINA was acquired for his defense much more than his hitting. DH LUKE SCOTT can also play some 1B when slugger CARLOS PENA, who is returning to Tampa after hitting 28 homers for the Cubs in 2011, needs a rest. |
STARTING PITCHING: DAVID PRICE was a little more hittable than in 2010, but he increased his already-high strikeout rate while cutting back on walks. His win total should rise from a disappointing 12 last year. JAMES SHIELDS put his 2010 disaster season behind him and became a Cy Young candidate. His peripheral stats and skills weren't all that different the past two years, it was a big swing of luck. Some people are putting out the Bust Alert on Rookie of the Year JEREMY HELLICKSON. He had the league's luckiest batting average on balls in play (.217), but he improved as last season progressed. MATT MOORE may be this year's R.O.Y. after a dominant late-season call up. He'll be among the league leaders in strikeouts for years to come. WADE DAVIS is a mediocre pitcher who eats innings at the back of the rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: KYLE FARNSWORTH looked as strong as he has in years, converting 25 of 31 saves in his first season with the Rays. He's the closer again this year, but it won't take much for him to lose that job after an unsteady last third of the 2011 season. JOEL PERALTA may overtake Farnsworth for ninth-inning duties at some point this season. Peralta was 5-for-5 on saves in September when Farnsworth was hurt, and gave up only one run in his final 21.3 innings. Possible future closer JAKE McGEE progressed nicely after a tough start to 2011. He's got potentially lethal stuff. Former Angels hurler FERNANDO RODNEY is looking to bounce back after a wild season (28 walks, 26 strikeouts in 32 IP).
|KANSAS CITY: HITTING: With Melky Cabrera gone, OF LORENZO CAIN will get first crack at leadoff and centerfield. If he falters, speedster JASON BOURGEOIS, vet MITCH MAIER and prospect WIL MYERS are waiting. Former Brewer YUNIESKY BETANCOURT will start at 2B and has good life in his bat for a middle infielder. OF ALEX GORDON may not hit for average, but his approach and power are there. DH BILLY BUTLER is rock solid, but it's fair to wonder whether his power will ever progress. 1B ERIC HOSMER has MVP-type upside, and he's on the verge of figuring out MLB pitching. OF JEFF FRANCOEUR still chases too many bad pitches, but the organization likes him and he still has some pop and speed. 3B MIKE MOUSTAKAS is too good for the minors, but he still hasn't caught up to major-league pitching. There's a good chance he finds his groove this year. C HUMBERTO QUINTERO will be the main backstop with BRAYAN PENA backing him up. Speedy SS ALCIDES ESCOBAR's bat hasn't caught up to his glove. |
STARTING PITCHING: K.C. once again hopes this is the year LUKE HOCHEVAR puts it all together. His velocity picked up late last year, allowing him to be more than a groundball guy. Lefty BRUCE CHEN's late-career renaissance continues. He'll be a reliable veteran arm in the middle of K.C.'s rotation again. FELIPE PAULINO has the biggest upside in this rotation. He's always had one of MLB's best fastballs. His problem was that, when he missed (which has been often), it was usually belt-high and over the middle of the plate. If he hits his spots as he did late last year, he's got potential. But Paulino will start the season on the DL with a sore elbow. The Royals hope to solve JONATHAN SANCHEZ's command issues. The lefty is a risk, but has legitimate No. 3 potential. Top prospect DANNY DUFFY will get every chance to pitch his way into the Opening Day rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: JOAKIM SORIA is out for the season with Tommy John surgery, leaving GREG HOLLAND to pick up closer duties. Holland was the Royals' best bullpen arm in 2011 and his stuff has always been nearly unhittable. It's just a matter of whether last year's vastly improved walk rate was for real. JONATHAN BROXTON was a disaster last season, but he'll be given every chance to become the No. 2 guy in this bullpen because of his experience in Los Angeles. AARON CROW was a first-round pick (twice) for his college career as a starter, but wore down late last year, and walked too many batters.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (TAMPA BAY-KANSAS CITY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rays-Royals Preview* =====================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
Tampa Bay (12-13) at Kansas City (13-9), 8:10 p.m. EDT
James Shields spent some good years with the Tampa Bay Rays.
The right-hander is helping the Kansas City Royals' staff get off to a good one in 2013.
Shields faces his former Rays teammates for the first time in Tuesday night's series opener at Kauffman Stadium.
Drafted by the Rays out of high school in 2000, Shields (1-2, 3.09 ERA) came up through the organization and went 87-73 with a 3.89 ERA in seven seasons. An All-Star in 2011 when he finished third in the AL Cy Young voting, the right-hander is the Rays' all-time leader in wins, games started (217), complete games (19), innings (1,454 2-3) and strikeouts (1,250).
Shields, though, now wears a Royals uniform after coming over with Wade Davis and shortstop Elliot Johnson in the December deal that Kansas City (13-10) made to bolster a staff that was 12th in the AL last season with a 5.01 ERA. That group has a 3.64 ERA this year despite a second consecutive rough outing from Davis in Monday's 9-0 loss to Cleveland.
Davis hopes to face the Rays (12-13) when the Royals play in St. Petersburg in June, but Shields gets his chance on Tuesday.
"It's kind of understandable that it's going to feel a little different," he told MLB.com. "It'll be exciting. It'll be fun."
It would be an even more enjoyable experience for Shields if he's on his game. The right-hander was unhittable to end his last outing, retiring the last 10 he faced in Thursday's 8-3, 10-inning victory at Detroit.
"The deeper he gets in those situations, the tougher he gets," manager Ned Yost told the Royals' official website.
Rays designated hitter Luke Scott has been a tough out for Shields, going 12 for 37 with a homer and four doubles, and he could make his season debut on Tuesday. He's been out with a strained right calf.
Scheduled starter Alex Cobb (3-1, 1.82) could be throwing to Jose Molina, who missed Sunday's 8-3 road win over the Chicago White Sox after getting hit above the knee by a pitch in the previous game.
Cobb will try to match a career high by winning a third consecutive start after striking out a season-best seven and finishing two outs shy of a complete game in Wednesday's 3-0 victory over the New York Yankees.
"I knew throwing out my first bullpen (session) that I was going to have good fastball location," Cobb told the Rays' official website. "\2026 When you have that mindset going into the first couple of innings, you get in kind of a groove and things just start to work out for you."
The right-hander is 1-1 with a 4.80 ERA in two starts against the Royals, both in Kansas City.
Cobb will face a Kansas City team that just fell out of the AL Central lead with its second straight loss.
"We had an off-day," said third baseman Mike Moustakas, who had one of the team's season-low three hits.
Alex Gordon went 0 for 4 for a second straight game and Alcides Escobar's team-best nine-game hitting streak ended. However, the Royals' 1-2 hitters were a combined 17 for 43 (.395) with seven extra-base hits off Rays pitching - including 6 for 7 off Cobb - last season to help Kansas City win four of six matchups, including all three at Kauffman Stadium.
The Royals have won seven of 10 at home in this series.
|Last Updated: 9/17/2014 6:39:01 PM EST|