|BALTIMORE ( GARCIA )|
LA ANGELS ( HANSON )
|971||BALTIMORE||+130||Ov 9,+100||+140||Ov 8.5,-105|
|972||LA ANGELS||-140||Un 9,-120||-150||Un 8.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||12-8||+4.2||12-7||5.4||0.269||0.329||4.2||0.246||0.322|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.9||5-2||4.6||0.252||0.292||4.7||0.277||0.346|
|vs Right-handed Starters||9-15||-9||15-9||4.0||0.252||0.303||5.0||0.253||0.330|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.2||3-4||3.9||0.212||0.254||4.9||0.236||0.315|
|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)||0-4||L||120||8.5 ev||U||3||5||0||8||5||0|
|5/4/2013||GARCIA(R)||@ LA ANGELS||HANSON(R)|| |
|5/5/2013||HAMMEL(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)|| |
|5/7/2013||CHEN(L)||KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)|| |
|5/8/2013||TILLMAN(R)||KANSAS CITY||MENDOZA(R)|| |
|5/9/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)|| |
|5/10/2013||GARCIA(R)||@ MINNESOTA||PELFREY(R)|| |
|5/11/2013|| ||@ 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||HANSON(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)|| |
|5/11/2013|| ||@ 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), 4:05 p.m. EDT
Freddy Garcia is back in the majors with his sixth team in 15 seasons.
The 36-year-old right-hander makes his Baltimore debut Saturday when the Orioles continue their four-game road set against the Los Angeles Angels, likely without slugger Chris Davis.
Garcia went 7-6 with a 5.20 ERA over 30 appearances and 17 starts for the New York Yankees in 2012, then signed a minor league deal with San Diego in January. He was released by the Padres on March 24, but Baltimore signed him to the same deal five days later.
After going 4-0 with a 2.67 ERA in five starts at Triple-A Norfolk, and posting a 1.69 ERA in the last two, Garcia appears ready to return to a major league mound.
"This is not a guy that was a failed starter in the big leagues," manager Buck Showalter told the Orioles' official website. "I'll tell you another thing: Everybody early in the season carries better stuff than they do later on. So, he's pretty fresh right now."
Garcia probably couldn't pick a better team to face in his return than Los Angeles (11-18). His 17-3 record and 2.63 ERA in 29 starts - including one in the postseason - against the Angels are both career bests versus any opponent with at least 10 starts made.
"Hopefully I pitch the way I know I can pitch and I can help the team win games and throw innings," Garcia said.
Davis, meanwhile, likely won't be able to help Baltimore (17-13) bounce back from Friday's 4-0 loss after he injured his right knee running out a ground ball. Davis is 1 for 8 with four strikeouts through the first three games of May after he earned AL player of the month honors for April by hitting .348 with nine homers and 28 RBIs in 27 contests.
"My knee kind of buckled," said Davis, who will undergo an MRI on Saturday. "Felt a tingling in my foot, thought I could walk it off. Went down the stairs, tried to go down the stairs, couldn't go down the stairs.
"We'll see how it goes. Everything was intact. ... Hopefully, it will just be a couple days."
Though the Orioles are 5-4 on this 11-game trip, they were held to a season-low three hits off Jason Vargas after collecting 10 in Thursday's 5-1 series-opening victory. Third baseman Manny Machado's 11-game hitting streak ended when he went 0 for 4 on Friday.
Despite yielding 11 walks in two starts versus Baltimore, scheduled Angels starter Tommy Hanson (2-1, 3.91 ERA) is 1-0 with a 1.64 ERA against the Orioles.
The right-hander has allowed two runs in 12 innings while going 1-0 in his last two overall.
In his first start since April 19 after spending time on the bereavement list following the death of his stepbrother, Hanson gave up those two runs and struck out six in six innings but the bullpen could not hold the 6-2 lead he left with in Monday's 10-8, 19-inning loss at Oakland.
Mark Trumbo and Mike Trout each homered Friday for the Angels, who have won two of three following a four-game skid.
Four of Trumbo's six hits in the last 22 at-bats have been home runs.
"I guess at times I can be kind of streaky," said Trumbo, who is 0 for 7 with three strikeouts versus Garcia.
Trout is 6 for 15 (.400) with two homers and eight RBIs in four games, and 3 for 5 with a double against Garcia.
|Last Updated: 9/19/2014 6:54:23 AM EST|