|OAKLAND ( MILONE )|
CLEVELAND ( MCALLISTER )
|911||OAKLAND||+105||Ov 8.5,-125||-105||Ov 8.5,+105|
|912||CLEVELAND||-115||Un 8.5,+105||-105||Un 8.5,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||12-11||-0.1||18-5||5.1||0.245||0.327||5.2||0.266||0.322|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.4||5-2||5.1||0.240||0.327||4.9||0.245||0.299|
|vs Left-handed Starters||7-6||+2.4||8-4||5.2||0.267||0.321||4.7||0.231||0.308|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+5.1||4-2||7.4||0.341||0.396||2.6||0.191||0.283|
|4/23/2013||COLON(R)||@ BOSTON||ACEVES(R)||13-0||W||105||8.5 ev||O||13||8||0||3||4||2|
|4/24/2013||ANDERSON(L)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)||5-6||L||145||8 ov||O||9||8||0||10||9||0|
|4/29/2013||STRAILY(R)||LA ANGELS||HANSON(R)||10-8||W||-125||8 ov||O||16||11||1||15||14||2|
|4/30/2013||PARKER(R)||LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)||10-6||W||-110||8.5 un||O||10||7||2||9||8||1|
|5/1/2013||MILONE(L)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)||4-5||L||-115||8.5 un||O||8||13||0||10||4||0|
|5/3/2013||GRIFFIN(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||2-0||W||135||8 un||U||10||11||0||6||6||0|
|5/4/2013||COLON(R)||@ NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||2-4||L||105||8.5 un||U||6||6||1||8||5||0|
|5/5/2013||STRAILY(R)||@ NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||5-4||W||120||8 un||O||7||7||0||9||8||1|
|5/6/2013||PARKER(R)||@ CLEVELAND||JIMENEZ(R)||3-7||L||105||9 ov||O||8||8||0||10||9||0|
|5/7/2013||MILONE(L)||@ CLEVELAND||MCALLISTER(R)|| |
|5/8/2013||GRIFFIN(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)|| |
|5/9/2013||COLON(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KAZMIR(L)|| |
|5/10/2013||STRAILY(R)||@ SEATTLE||MAURER(R)|| |
|5/11/2013||PARKER(R)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)|| |
|5/12/2013||MILONE(L)||@ SEATTLE||SAUNDERS(L)|| |
|5/14/2013|| ||TEXAS|| || |
|4/24/2013||MCALLISTER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||2-3||L||125||7.5 ov||U||5||5||0||5||7||0|
|4/27/2013||KAZMIR(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)||2-3||L||150||9 un||U||9||9||1||6||8||2|
|4/28/2013||MASTERSON(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||0-9||L||100||8.5 un||O||8||9||0||10||7||0|
|4/28/2013||KLUBER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SMITH(L)||10-3||W||125||9 un||O||14||7||0||8||6||3|
|4/29/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)||9-0||W||140||9 ov||P||14||4||0||3||4||0|
|5/10/2013||KLUBER(R)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)|| |
|5/11/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)|| |
|5/12/2013||MCALLISTER(R)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)|| |
|5/13/2013|| ||NY YANKEES|| || |
|5/13/2013|| ||NY YANKEES|| || |
|5/14/2013|| ||@ PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|OAKLAND: HITTING: 2B JEMILE WEEKS may not be a legitimate .300 hitter, but he's still the best option they have at the leadoff spot. C KURT SUZUKI seemingly hits as many line outs as anyone in baseball. He has a solid bat for a catcher and qualifies as a middle-of-the-order option in Oakland. OF JOSH REDDICK is more of a line-drive hitter than a 25-HR guy, and he doesn't yet have the plate discipline to approach .300. 1B BRANDON ALLEN is an all-or-nothing hitter, but his potential for much-needed power should be enough for him to beat out DARIC BARTON. SS CLIFF PENNINGTON has quietly developed into a serviceable regular. With 3B SCOTT SIZEMORE out for the season with a torn ACL, either ERIC SOGARD or JOSH DONALDSON will win the job at third base. Neither player has reached 80 career at-bats yet. Highly-coveted Cuban OF YOENIS CESPEDES inked a four-year deal with Oakland, and will be expected to produced in the heart of the lineup immediately. OF COLLIN COWGILL is undersized, but has shown impressive power in the minors. The DH spot will fall to Allen when Barton is in the lineup. When he's not, it will be filled by such Quadruple-A types as KILA KA'AIHUE and CHRIS CARTER. |
STARTING PITCHING: BRANDON McCARTHY reclamation project worked out nicely. He's an injury risk, but when healthy he's one of baseball's better middle-of-the-rotation arms. BARTOLO COLON pitched better than expected with the Yankees last year (7.4 K/9, 4.00 ERA), and should perform just as well in his new spacious ballpark. DALLAS BRADEN (shoulder) and BRETT ANDERSON (elbow) are both question marks after major surgeries. Braden's return date has been pushed back to early May, while Anderson will might not take the hill until June. The jewel of the Trevor Cahill trade, hard-throwing righty JARROD PARKER has a chance to make a big impact if his arm is recovered from 2009 Tommy John surgery. The Gio Gonzalez trade landed Oakland TOMMY MILONE and BRAD PEACOCK, both of whom are coming off impressive minor-league seasons. They'll compete for rotation spots this spring. TYSON ROSS could get a few starts, but he's gotten very hittable over the past year. They're in no hurry to start the arbitration clock of top prospect SONNY GRAY, but he should make some late-season starts.
RELIEF PITCHING: With Andrew Bailey gone, righty GRANT BALFOUR (2.47 ERA, 1.03 WHIP) will get the first chance to close games. Though his occasional bouts with command issues make him a risk. If Balfour falters, BRIAN FUENTES will get the next look because of his ninth-inning experience and strong second half of 2011 . . . Long a favorite inside the organization, injury-prone righty JOEY DEVINE has long been considered a future closer and should get some late-innings duties. The highest upside option for a future closer is 25-year-old righty FAUTINO DE LOS SANTOS. He has overpowering stuff but his command comes and goes.
|CLEVELAND: HITTING: SS ASDRUBAL CABRERA's reinvented swing, modeled after Ben Zobrist, likely led to his power surge. OF GRADY SIZEMORE is back on a one-year deal, so he has plenty of financial incentive to stay healthy. But he will begin the season on the DL after back surgery. OF SHELLEY DUNCAN is expected to get more playing time in replacing Sizemore, but speedy OF EZEQUIEL CARRERA is also waiting for his shot. Injuries and off-the-field issues spoiled OF SHIN SOO-CHOO's 2011, but there's a good chance he bounces back . . . OF MICHAEL BRANTLEY does everything well enough to get a regular gig in center. C CARLOS SANTANA is developing into a middle-of-the-order run producer. DH TRAVIS HAFNER can't be trusted to stay healthy or to produce power numbers. After another down year, 1B MATT LaPORTA will have to sit and watch CASEY KOTCHMAN start at first more often than not. 3B LONNIE CHISENHALL will get his chance to play every day, but dwindling production the past two years is a concern. 2B JASON KIPNIS will get first crack at second base. He's got nice pop for a middle infielder. |
STARTING PITCHING: JUSTIN MASTERSON's strikeout rate continues to decline, and he still gets hit hard by lefties. Still, his strong groundball rate guarantees he's a solid middle-of-the-rotation arm at worst. His velocity dropped last year, and there's no telling if UBALDO JIMENEZ will ever regain his early 2010 form. He's the definition of high-risk, high-reward. DEREK LOWE was a decent middle-of-the-rotation arm in the National League, but now he must adjust to facing superior A.L. lineups . . . Healthy again, JOSH TOMLIN will remain in the rotation. He's hittable, throwing strikes and relying on his defense. Former Twins hurler KEVIN SLOWEY rounds out the staff. Although he posted a 6.67 ERA last year, Slowey has exhibited pinpoint control in his career with just 84 walks in 532.2 innings, tallying a .470 K-to-BB ratio. JEANMAR GOMEZ is a decent minor league arm, but his ceiling is low (long term and in the immediate future). CARLOS CARRASCO may not pitch in the bigs this year after Tommy John surgery.
RELIEF PITCHING: CHRIS PEREZ is entrenched as the closer, but he was a bit of a disappointment last season. His velocity dropped slightly, and his strikeout rate fell off a cliff. If Perez gets hurt, VINNIE PESTANO is next in line for saves. He may be undersized, but his stuff is overpowering. TONY SIPP proved he can get out righties too, but his value is as a lefty-on-lefty guy. Ditto for sidearmer JOE SMITH, who is deadly on righties. But it would be a surprise if he shut down lefties for a second straight year. RAFAEL PEREZ has been hampered by shoulder soreness in Spring Training, but the lefty should once again be serviceable in the late innings this year.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (OAKLAND-CLEVELAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Athletics-Indians Preview* ===========================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
Oakland (18-14) at Cleveland (14-14), 7:05 p.m. EDT
The Cleveland Indians' losing streak to the Oakland Athletics is over.
The Indians will now try to hand Tommy Milone a career-worst fourth straight loss.
Cleveland could also move a season high-tying two games above .500 on Tuesday night when this four-game series continues at Progressive Field.
Asdrubal Cabrera had a career high-tying two homers, Mark Reynolds' AL-leading 10th home run went an estimated 460 feet and Jason Kipnis added a solo shot as the Indians (15-14) won Monday's opener 7-3.
Cleveland, the AL leader with 44 home runs, had dropped five in a row at Progressive Field to the A's (18-15) and eight in a row overall in since a 5-1 road win last April 12.
The Indians, winners of seven of eight, can now move two games above the break-even point for the first time since opening 2-0 with a pair of victories in Toronto.
Milone (3-3, 3.69 ERA) will try to prevent that from happening and halt his personal three-start skid. The left-hander, though, can't be solely blamed for his recent results, as the A's have totaled five runs in his losing streak after plating 28 in his first three.
Milone takes the ball for the first time since surrendering a career high-tying three home runs in Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. The southpaw also struck out 10 - matching a career high - and walked none in seven innings.
"I wanted to go as deep into the game as I could," Milone said. "The bullpen has been out there a lot the last few days. I needed to go out and throw strikes. I felt good throughout the game, it was just a few bad pitches."
Milone is 1-0 with a 3.27 ERA in two starts against Cleveland, both coming last season.
Scheduled starter Zach McAllister (2-3, 3.30) was on the mound for the Indians in both of those contests, going 0-1 with a 7.84 ERA after giving up five runs in a 7-0 home loss on Aug. 28.
The right-hander has lasted five or more innings in all five starts this season, giving up three earned runs or fewer each time. McAllister picked up his second victory of the season last Tuesday when Cleveland hit a season-high seven homers in a 14-2 victory over Philadelphia.
"That was a lot of fun," he told the Indians' official website after going seven strong innings. "I think any pitcher will tell you they're happy to have offense like that, and they'd gladly have more time in the dugout with longer innings than not having any runs and going out there to try to pitch."
McAllister could be spending plenty of time in dugout, as the Indians are batting .344 and averaging 7.8 runs during their 7-1 run.
AL player of the week Ryan Raburn is hitting .560 (14 for 25) with four homers and 10 RBIs in his last six games after driving in a run on Monday.
Raburn, though, is hitless in three at-bats off Milone.
A's center fielder Yoenis Cespedes, who could match a career high by homering in a third straight game, is 2 for 6 with a double versus McAllister.
Third baseman Josh Donaldson has four hits in five at-bats against the right-hander, while Brandon Moss - a .417 hitter outside Oakland - is 2 for 5 with a homer.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 10:52:46 AM EST|