|BALTIMORE ( HAMMEL )|
SEATTLE ( MAURER )
|977||BALTIMORE||-115||Ov 7.5,+100||-110||Ov 7,-105|
|978||SEATTLE||+105||Un 7.5,-120||+100||Un 7,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||10-7||+3.4||10-6||5.5||0.269||0.330||4.3||0.245||0.320|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.8||5-2||5.6||0.264||0.322||4.1||0.233||0.311|
|vs Right-handed Starters||8-12||-4.3||7-12||2.9||0.238||0.296||3.9||0.243||0.291|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.9||3-4||3.6||0.291||0.351||3.4||0.235||0.278|
|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)||8-9||L||140||8 un||O||15||5||1||12||10||0|
|4/29/2013||BRITTON(L)||@ SEATTLE||SAUNDERS(L)||2-6||L||-110||7.5 un||O||4||1||0||11||7||0|
|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||GONZALEZ(R)||@ LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)|| |
|5/4/2013||BRITTON(L)||@ LA ANGELS||HANSON(R)|| |
|5/5/2013||HAMMEL(R)||@ LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)|| |
|5/7/2013|| ||KANSAS CITY|| || |
|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)||3-6||L||+130||7.5 un||O||11||13||0||9||6||1|
|4/27/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)||3-2||W||-150||7 un||U||10||11||1||6||4||0|
|4/28/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)||2-1||W||+100||7 ov||U||6||7||1||4||4||1|
|5/3/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ TORONTO||HAPP(L)|| |
|5/4/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)|| |
|5/5/2013||SAUNDERS(L)||@ TORONTO||MORROW(R)|| |
|5/7/2013|| ||@ PITTSBURGH|| || |
|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.
|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 (BALTIMORE-SEATTLE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Orioles-Mariners Preview* ==========================
Baltimore (15-10) at Seattle (11-16), 10:10 p.m. EDT
The Baltimore Orioles' eight-game win streak over the Seattle Mariners ended in the opener of this three-game set.
The Orioles could be in position to even the series based on how Jason Hammel has fared on the road.
Already 3-0 through three road outings, Hammel will try to help end the Mariners' season-high win streak at three Tuesday night.
Baltimore (15-11) captured the final eight 2012 meetings between these clubs before Seattle won 6-2 in Monday's contest.
Now Hammel (3-1, 3.82 ERA) looks to remain perfect on the road for the Orioles after posting a 2.50 ERA in his first three starts away from home. He allowed two unearned runs over six innings Thursday in a 10-2 win at Oakland.
Manager Buck Showalter likes the composure Hammel is displaying.
"At this stage in his career, when he gets mad or frustrated he's able to channel it in the right direction," Showalter said.
Hammel is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA in three career starts against the Mariners, losing his lone outing against them last season for Baltimore's most recent defeat in this series before Monday.
The right-hander has never faced Michael Saunders, who was activated by Seattle (12-16) on Monday and helped key the victory with a homer and two RBIs after being on the disabled list with a sprained right shoulder. Jason Bay added three hits, improving to 7 for 14 on this homestand.
Mariners second baseman Robert Andino played his first game against the Orioles, with whom he spent his previous four seasons. Andino likes what he is seeing from his current team, with the Mariners winning four of five.
"We've all got a good momentum," Andino said. "Everybody's pitching in, doing their part, passing the baton and we've got a good flow going on right now."
Matt Wieter's two-run homer in the fourth inning was all the Orioles mustered.
Former Seattle outfielder Adam Jones' hitting streak ended at nine games Monday after he went 0 for 4 for Baltimore. Jones batted .342 with seven RBIs during his run.
Nate McLouth, meanwhile, got the night off after totaling seven hits over his two previous games.
Baltimore may activate catcher Chris Snyder for this game. Snyder, who spent last season with Houston, was acquired Monday from the Angels.
The Orioles will get their first look at Mariners rookie starter Brandon Maurer (2-3, 5.61), who has turned things around dramatically after a rough start to his big-league career. He went 0-2 with a 16.20 ERA in his first two outings before going 2-1 with a 1.89 ERA in his next three.
The latest evidence of that progress came Thursday when the right-hander struck out six over 6 1-3 innings in a 6-0 home win over the Angels.
"I'm getting more comfortable," Maurer told the Mariners' official website. "Just taking deep breaths, trying to stay through with my legs and deliver a pitch."
Seattle hopes more fans will show up after an attendance of 9,818 on Monday - the smallest in the 14-year history of Safeco Field.
|Last Updated: 10/2/2014 9:34:02 AM EST|