|BALTIMORE ( GONZALEZ )|
LA ANGELS ( VARGAS )
|927||BALTIMORE||+115||Ov 8.5,-120||+115||Ov 8.5,-110|
|928||LA ANGELS||-125||Un 8.5,+100||-125||Un 8.5,-110|
|vs Left-handed Starters||5-4||+0.9||4-4||4.2||0.249||0.310||4.1||0.224||0.302|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.2||5-2||5.0||0.264||0.306||4.1||0.258||0.332|
|vs Right-handed Starters||8-15||-10||15-8||4.0||0.252||0.304||5.2||0.258||0.336|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.2||4-3||4.1||0.215||0.265||5.3||0.261||0.343|
|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)||3-8||L||-130||7.5 un||O||7||5||0||11||10||0|
|5/2/2013||TILLMAN(R)||@ LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)||5-1||W||110||9 un||U||10||7||0||4||4||1|
|5/3/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||@ LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)|| |
|5/4/2013||GARCIA(R)||@ 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||TILLMAN(R)||KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)|| |
|5/9/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)|| |
|5/10/2013|| ||@ MINNESOTA|| || |
|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)||6-10||L||100||8.5 un||O||9||8||1||10||7||2|
|5/1/2013||WILSON(L)||@ OAKLAND||MILONE(L)||5-4||W||105||8.5 un||O||10||4||0||8||13||0|
|5/7/2013||WILSON(L)||@ HOUSTON||BEDARD(L)|| |
|5/8/2013||BLANTON(R)||@ HOUSTON||LYLES(R)|| |
|5/9/2013||VARGAS(L)||@ HOUSTON||NORRIS(R)|| |
|5/10/2013|| ||@ CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|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.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (BALTIMORE-LA ANGELS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Orioles-Angels Preview* ========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Baltimore (17-12) at Los Angeles (10-18), 10:05 p.m. EDT
Based on the way Baltimore played in its series opener against the Los Angeles Angels, the Orioles seem poised to end their recent struggles in Anaheim.
The Orioles look to win consecutive road games against the Angels for the first time in almost three years Friday night.
Nate McLouth hit a two-run homer and Chris Tillman pitched eight scoreless innings in Baltimore's 5-1 win at Los Angeles on Thursday. The Orioles (17-12) are 5-3 on an 11-game western trip but had dropped three of the previous four.
"We're starting to come together," said Orioles first baseman Chris Davis, who is batting .345 with seven homers and 20 RBIs on the road. "We're looking forward to getting back out there (Friday). It's been a long road trip for us and we need to just continue to focus."
The victory was Baltimore's third in 11 games at Anaheim. The Orioles, who were shut out in their previous two road contests against the Angels (10-18), last won back-to-back contests there during a three-game sweep Aug. 27-19, 2010.
McLouth is batting .429 (18 for 42) with three homers and nine RBIs in his last 12 games.
Teammate Manny Machado has batted .426 (20 for 47) with seven RBIs during a hitting streak that reached 11 games with two hits Thursday.
Miguel Gonzalez (2-1, 4.60 ERA) takes the mound for the Orioles after he allowed four runs in the sixth inning and never made it out of the frame in Sunday's 9-8, 10-inning loss at Oakland.
"I tried to do too much," said Gonzalez, who allowed two baserunners through the first five innings. "A couple of pitches I was forcing it instead of just letting it go."
In his only previous outing versus Los Angeles, the right-hander gave up a solo homer to Mark Trumbo and two other hits in seven innings of a 3-2 win July 6.
Trumbo went 0 for 3 with a walk Thursday for the Angels, who managed four hits while losing for the seventh time in nine games. Albert Pujols homered in the ninth for his first hit in 12 at-bats over three games.
The Angels missed a prime chance to score in the first inning when Mike Trout was thrown out at the plate.
"Obviously we're not on any kind of a roll, so the small things become that much more important," Trumbo said.
Trying for a sixth time to earn his first win with his new team, Los Angeles' Jason Vargas (0-3, 4.85) looks for a third consecutive strong outing.
The left-hander allowed five runs in 15 innings while he's gone 0-1 in his last two starts after he yielded 10 over nine frames of his previous two. Pitching in his former home at Safeco Field on Sunday, Vargas gave up two homers and struck out seven in eight innings of a 2-1 loss to the Mariners.
"Just a couple mistakes there late and (Seattle's Jason) Bay and (Michael) Morse didn't miss them and that ended up being the ballgame, but he pitched a great game," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "If he pitches like that he'll win a lot of games for us."
Vargas is 1-2 in six starts versus Baltimore despite a 2.03 ERA.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 8:36:44 AM EST|