|BALTIMORE ( CHEN )|
SEATTLE ( HARANG )
|927||BALTIMORE||-125||Ov 7.5,-105||-135||Ov 7.5,+105|
|928||SEATTLE||+115||Un 7.5,-115||+125||Un 7.5,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||11-7||+4.4||11-6||5.6||0.273||0.336||4.2||0.247||0.321|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.7||6-1||6.0||0.279||0.333||4.0||0.245||0.315|
|vs Left-handed Starters||4-4||-0.2||5-2||4.4||0.245||0.306||5.2||0.248||0.302|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.2||4-3||3.6||0.294||0.356||4.0||0.250||0.296|
|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)||7-2||W||-115||7 ov||O||13||11||0||10||10||0|
|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||CHEN(L)||KANSAS CITY||MENDOZA(R)|| |
|5/8/2013|| ||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||SAUNDERS(L)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)|| |
|5/5/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||@ TORONTO||MORROW(R)|| |
|5/7/2013||MAURER(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||MCDONALD(R)|| |
|5/8/2013|| ||@ 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* ==========================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
Baltimore (16-11) at Seattle (12-17), 10:10 p.m. EDT
The Baltimore Orioles are back in the win column after ending the Seattle Mariners' best run of the season. Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen could keep them there.
Chen, the team leader in ERA, has dominated back-to-back starts and now looks to match a career high with his third consecutive victory Wednesday night when the visiting Orioles go for their fifth straight series win.
After getting denied a four-game sweep in Oakland with Sunday's 9-8, 10-inning loss, Baltimore (16-11) had its eight-game winning streak over Seattle snapped with Monday's 6-2 defeat.
The Orioles, though, avoided a season high-tying third consecutive loss with Tuesday's 7-2 victory. The Mariners (12-17) had won their previous three games while allowing five runs.
Baltimore has won six of seven in Seattle, and Chen (2-2, 2.53 ERA) pitched well in two starts there last season but didn't win either one. The Mariners did win both, however, as he allowed four runs and struck out 11 in 12 2-3 innings.
Chen has posted four straight quality starts and was brilliant in winning the last two, surrendering five total hits and one run in 14 innings. He went a career-high eight innings in Friday's 3-0 victory over the A's.
"Not physically, but mentally, I think this is probably the best start I have had in the major leagues," Chen said through an interpreter.
Chen, who won a career-best three consecutive starts from June 6-17, hopes to provide another lengthy outing to help save the bullpen. Baltimore's relievers have had to pitch 12 2-3 innings in four games since Chen's last outing.
The Mariners' bullpen might see plenty of action as well if Wednesday's scheduled starter, Aaron Harang (0-3, 11.37), runs into more problems. Since he arrived from Colorado via trade last month, the veteran right-hander has lost each of his three starts while totaling 12 2-3 innings.
This could be a make-or-break start if Harang plans on keeping his spot in the rotation.
"I'm not concerned," manager Eric Wedge told the Mariners' official website after Harang permitted five runs in three innings of Friday's 6-3 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.
"... He's a veteran pitcher. He knows how to win at this level, and I'm sure he'll be better next outing."
Harang, whose opponents are batting .362, could get an early test with Nate McLouth, whose 11th career leadoff homer opened a four-run first inning Tuesday. McLouth is batting .485 with 14 runs in his last nine games and has seven RBIs over his past six.
McLouth, though, is 3 for 27 against Harang with 11 strikeouts, his most against any pitcher.
Orioles third baseman Manny Machado, who has yet to face the right-hander, will try to extend his team-best hitting streak to 10. He's batting .410 over the last nine.
Mariners second baseman Dustin Ackley has lifted his batting average from .145 to .253 during a 10-game hit streak. Ackley is 1 for 5 against Chen.
The southpaw, giving up a team-low .56 homers per nine innings, has not allowed a home run to any current Mariner.
Seattle's Michael Morse, who has two of his team-high eight homers in the last three games, is 2 for 3 against Chen - both singles.
|Last Updated: 9/22/2014 3:14:15 PM EST|