|LA ANGELS ( RICHARDS )|
OAKLAND ( PARKER )
|975||LA ANGELS||+110||Ov 8,-120||-105||Ov 8.5,+100|
|976||OAKLAND||-120||Un 8,+100||-105||Un 8.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||8-13||-7.8||14-7||4.0||0.257||0.307||5.0||0.255||0.333|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.4||4-3||3.6||0.226||0.278||5.6||0.264||0.336|
|vs Right-handed Starters||11-9||+0.9||16-4||5.1||0.245||0.327||5.1||0.267||0.322|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2||6-1||6.0||0.253||0.340||6.0||0.271||0.324|
|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)||8-10||L||115||8 ov||O||15||14||2||16||11||1|
|4/30/2013||RICHARDS(R)||@ OAKLAND||PARKER(R)|| |
|5/1/2013||WILSON(L)||@ OAKLAND||MILONE(L)|| |
|5/7/2013|| ||@ HOUSTON|| || |
|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)||10-8||W||-125||8 ov||O||16||11||1||15||14||2|
|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||PARKER(R)||@ CLEVELAND||BAUER(R)|| |
|5/7/2013|| ||@ 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* ==========================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Los Angeles (9-16) at Oakland (15-12), 10:05 p.m. EDT
Though Garrett Richards has filled in nicely since ace Jered Weaver went on the disabled list, the Los Angeles Angels have sunk to the bottom of the AL with a team ERA even one of baseball's most expensive offenses can't regularly overcome.
The Oakland Athletics' pitching hasn't been much better, largely because of Jarrod Parker's struggles.
After a wild 19-inning affair in the series opener, Richards opposes Parker as the AL West rivals continue their three-game set Tuesday night in Oakland.
Los Angeles had a 3.11 ERA through its first five games, but since Weaver suffered a broken left elbow April 7 in a loss to Texas, it has posted a 5.08 ERA and ranks last in the AL with a 4.69 overall mark.
Richards (1-1, 3.65 ERA) has gone 1-1 with a 3.98 ERA in three starts after entering the rotation. He yielded just two hits while striking out a career high-tying eight in seven innings of a 10-0 win over Detroit on April 20.
His numbers weren't great Thursday - giving up five runs and nine hits in seven innings of a 6-0 loss to Seattle - but manager Mike Scioscia liked what he saw.
"I thought Garrett pitched much better than his line scores will show," Scioscia said. "As far as him getting after it and the movement on his pitches, he was terrific. It didn't work out, but I thought he pitched a strong game."
The right-hander has never started against the A's, pitching 2 2-3 innings of scoreless relief over three appearances last season, and he'll look to keep Oakland at bay while trying to avoid overtaxing his bullpen.
Los Angeles (9-16), which added Josh Hamilton in the offseason to a lineup already featuring Albert Pujols, Mark Trumbo and 2012 AL Rookie of the Year and MVP runner-up Mike Trout, has already lost five times when scoring at least five runs.
Pujols went 4 for 8 with a pair of homers after going 3 for 31 over his previous eight games, and Trumbo added a solo shot and three RBIs, but the Angels fell 10-8 when Brandon Moss hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the 19th - his second of the contest - in the longest game in the history of each franchise.
"It was a crazy game and I'm glad it's over," Moss said. "That was exhausting, it really was."
Hamilton went 0 for 8 to drop his average to .202, and he's 0 for 10 with seven strikeouts lifetime against Parker, who is battling his own struggles.
The Angels will likely have a new center fielder and leadoff hitter for this game after Peter Bourjos strained his left hamstring running out a sacrifice bunt in the 10th inning, and the Athletics had outfielders Coco Crisp and Chris Young leave with lower-body muscle strains as well.
"It stinks to play this long into the night and come out on the wrong end," Bourjos said.
The A's (15-12) have a 4.28 team ERA, though Parker (0-4, 8.10) appeared to be getting back on track after a solid outing in a 1-0 defeat at Tampa Bay on April 20. However, he gave up six runs and eight hits while walking three in 5 1-3 innings of Thursday's 10-2 loss to Baltimore.
He is attempting to remain positive, though he Tweeted that he was heckled by Oakland fans during his bullpen session prior to Saturday's home loss to the Orioles.
"There's certainly things he's always working on, maybe a little bit more specifically now," manager Bob Melvin told the team's official website.
The right-hander had a tough outing versus the Angels on April 9, giving up two runs and nine hits in only 3 1-3 innings of the Athletics' 9-5 victory.
Jason Donaldson, 2 for 2 with a double lifetime off Richards, is 15 for 29 with 12 RBIs over his last eight games.
|Last Updated: 10/21/2014 12:47:32 AM EST|