|KANSAS CITY ( SANTANA )|
BALTIMORE ( CHEN )
|913||KANSAS CITY||+120||Ov 8,-120||+115||Ov 8.5,+110|
|914||BALTIMORE||-130||Un 8,+100||-125||Un 8.5,-130|
|vs Left-handed Starters||4-4||+0.3||3-5||3.4||0.234||0.298||3.7||0.243||0.291|
|Past 7 Games||5-3||+0.8||5-2||4.7||0.275||0.326||4.5||0.279||0.319|
|vs Right-handed Starters||14-8||+6.7||14-7||5.5||0.269||0.331||4.2||0.246||0.323|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.2||5-2||4.3||0.235||0.295||4.1||0.261||0.329|
|4/24/2013||DAVIS(R)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)||5-7||L||170||7.5 un||O||8||7||1||9||10||0|
|4/25/2013||SHIELDS(R)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)||8-3||W||165||7 un||O||14||10||0||5||3||1|
|4/30/2013||SHIELDS(R)||TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||8-2||W||-130||7.5 un||O||14||8||1||8||6||1|
|5/1/2013||MENDOZA(R)||TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||9-8||W||+105||7.5 ov||O||15||8||0||13||6||0|
|5/4/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)||2-0||W||-150||7.5 un||U||8||10||0||4||5||2|
|5/5/2013||DAVIS(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||6-5||W||-130||7.5 un||O||12||11||1||10||7||1|
|5/6/2013||SHIELDS(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||1-2||L||-140||7 un||U||7||5||1||9||6||0|
|5/7/2013||SANTANA(R)||@ BALTIMORE||CHEN(L)|| |
|5/8/2013||MENDOZA(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)|| |
|5/9/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GONZALEZ(R)|| |
|5/10/2013||DAVIS(R)||NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)|| |
|5/11/2013||SHIELDS(R)||NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)|| |
|5/12/2013||SANTANA(R)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|5/13/2013||MENDOZA(R)||@ LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)|| |
|5/14/2013|| ||@ LA ANGELS|| || |
|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)||5-4||W||135||8.5 ev||O||12||10||0||6||3||0|
|5/5/2013||HAMMEL(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)||8-4||W||110||8 ov||O||8||5||0||11||11||2|
|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||HAMMEL(R)||@ MINNESOTA||WORLEY(R)|| |
|5/12/2013||CHEN(L)||@ MINNESOTA||DIAMOND(L)|| |
|5/14/2013|| ||SAN DIEGO|| || |
|KANSAS CITY: HITTING: With Melky Cabrera gone, OF LORENZO CAIN will get first crack at leadoff and centerfield. If he falters, speedster JASON BOURGEOIS, vet MITCH MAIER and prospect WIL MYERS are waiting. Former Brewer YUNIESKY BETANCOURT will start at 2B and has good life in his bat for a middle infielder. OF ALEX GORDON may not hit for average, but his approach and power are there. DH BILLY BUTLER is rock solid, but it's fair to wonder whether his power will ever progress. 1B ERIC HOSMER has MVP-type upside, and he's on the verge of figuring out MLB pitching. OF JEFF FRANCOEUR still chases too many bad pitches, but the organization likes him and he still has some pop and speed. 3B MIKE MOUSTAKAS is too good for the minors, but he still hasn't caught up to major-league pitching. There's a good chance he finds his groove this year. C HUMBERTO QUINTERO will be the main backstop with BRAYAN PENA backing him up. Speedy SS ALCIDES ESCOBAR's bat hasn't caught up to his glove. |
STARTING PITCHING: K.C. once again hopes this is the year LUKE HOCHEVAR puts it all together. His velocity picked up late last year, allowing him to be more than a groundball guy. Lefty BRUCE CHEN's late-career renaissance continues. He'll be a reliable veteran arm in the middle of K.C.'s rotation again. FELIPE PAULINO has the biggest upside in this rotation. He's always had one of MLB's best fastballs. His problem was that, when he missed (which has been often), it was usually belt-high and over the middle of the plate. If he hits his spots as he did late last year, he's got potential. But Paulino will start the season on the DL with a sore elbow. The Royals hope to solve JONATHAN SANCHEZ's command issues. The lefty is a risk, but has legitimate No. 3 potential. Top prospect DANNY DUFFY will get every chance to pitch his way into the Opening Day rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: JOAKIM SORIA is out for the season with Tommy John surgery, leaving GREG HOLLAND to pick up closer duties. Holland was the Royals' best bullpen arm in 2011 and his stuff has always been nearly unhittable. It's just a matter of whether last year's vastly improved walk rate was for real. JONATHAN BROXTON was a disaster last season, but he'll be given every chance to become the No. 2 guy in this bullpen because of his experience in Los Angeles. AARON CROW was a first-round pick (twice) for his college career as a starter, but wore down late last year, and walked too many batters.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (KANSAS CITY-BALTIMORE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Royals-Orioles Preview* ========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Kansas City (17-10) at Baltimore (19-13), 7:05 p.m. EDT
Coming off a successful road trip, the Baltimore Orioles are hoping to carry their momentum over at home.
The Orioles aim for a third straight win as they open a three-game set against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.
Averaging 5.0 runs to rank near the top of the majors, Baltimore (19-13) scored an 5.3 per game and hit 14 home runs during its recently completed 11-game trek.
"Anytime you go to the West Coast for 12 days and you can walk out of there with even a .500 mark, you're feeling pretty good about yourself. But to come away with seven wins out of 11, that's pretty impressive," pitcher Jason Hammel said.
Hammel won his third straight start as the Orioles pulled out an 8-4 victory Sunday to take three of four from the Los Angeles Angels. Manny Machado and J.J. Hardy both hit two-run homers and Ryan Flaherty added two RBIs for Baltimore, which went 6 for 13 with runners in scoring position.
"For us to take three of four here is huge," reliever Darren O'Day said. "We've been consistent. We might not blow your doors off, but we're going to play baseball. And we probably haven't played our best baseball yet."
The Orioles will try to stay hot against Royals starter Ervin Santana (3-1, 2.00), who threw four scoreless innings Thursday versus Tampa Bay before the game was called due to weather. Again seeking his 100th victory, Santana is 3-0 with a 1.20 ERA over his last four outings.
"He's been pretty electric," first baseman Eric Hosmer said.
Santana, 4-5 with a 5.42 ERA in 12 starts versus Baltimore, is 2-3 with a 7.06 mark over his last five visits to Camden Yards. Hardy is 3 for 10 with two homers against the right-hander, but Matt Wieters is 1 for 11.
Chris Davis, 5 for 23 with three homers and two doubles versus Santana, went 1 for 4 with an RBI on Sunday after missing the previous game with a knee injury. He's among the major league leaders with nine homers and 30 RBIs.
The Orioles give the ball to Wei-Yin Chen (2-3, 3.50 ERA). After scattering two hits and two walks over a career-high eight innings in a 3-0 win at Oakland on April 26, Chen allowed five runs and eight hits over a career-worst four innings during Wednesday's 8-3 loss at Seattle.
"From outstanding to the worst," he told MLB's official website through his interpreter. "I tried to throw first-pitch strikes. But I tried to think too much, I tried to attack both sides of the plate and it didn't work at all."
The left-hander was also knocked around in his last matchup against Kansas City (17-11), yielding a career high-tying seven runs and nine hits over 4 2-3 innings of an 8-2 loss Aug. 9. He'll need to solve Billy Butler, who's gone 5 for 6 with two homers, a triple and a double in their matchups.
The Royals found themselves on the verge of a season-best fifth consecutive victory before coming undone Monday in a 2-1, 11-inning loss to the Chicago White Sox. Closer Greg Holland allowed the tying run in the ninth before Kelvin Herrera surrendered a go-ahead homer in the 11th.
The Royals, hitting .300 with runners in scoring position on the road, play 12 of their next 15 in opposing ballparks.
Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is batting .329 with three homers and 12 RBIs during a 20-game hitting streak in the series.
|Last Updated: 8/29/2014 2:34:33 AM EST|