|SEATTLE ( HARANG )|
PITTSBURGH ( GOMEZ )
|921||SEATTLE||+135||Ov 8,+100||+110||Ov 8,+110|
|922||PITTSBURGH||-145||Un 8,-120||-120||Un 8,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||9-14||-5||10-12||3.0||0.235||0.296||4.2||0.254||0.307|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.5||5-2||4.6||0.248||0.322||3.4||0.235||0.287|
|vs Right-handed Starters||13-9||+6.7||13-9||4.7||0.259||0.315||4.3||0.236||0.320|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+0.2||6-1||5.1||0.258||0.298||5.4||0.263||0.336|
|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||ROMERO(L)||4-0||W||-130||7.5 ov||U||8||5||1||5||4||0|
|5/4/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)||8-1||W||130||7.5 un||O||8||3||0||6||8||0|
|5/5/2013||SAUNDERS(L)||@ TORONTO||MORROW(R)||2-10||L||155||9 un||O||3||6||0||15||8||0|
|5/7/2013||HARANG(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||MCDONALD(R)|| |
|5/8/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||BURNETT(R)|| |
|5/14/2013|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|4/23/2013||LOCKE(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)||2-0||W||145||7 un||U||7||8||1||4||7||2|
|4/24/2013||RODRIGUEZ(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HALLADAY(R)||5-3||W||100||7 ev||O||7||6||1||10||8||0|
|4/25/2013||MCDONALD(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LEE(L)||6-4||W||170||7 un||O||14||13||1||7||5||1|
|4/26/2013||SANCHEZ(L)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||1-9||L||187||8 un||O||5||10||1||13||7||0|
|4/27/2013||BURNETT(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)||5-3||W||-105||7 ov||O||11||10||0||8||9||0|
|4/28/2013||LOCKE(L)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||9-0||W||185||7.5 un||O||13||7||1||3||6||0|
|4/29/2013||RODRIGUEZ(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)||4-10||L||120||8 un||O||5||4||1||13||6||2|
|4/30/2013||MCDONALD(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||ESTRADA(R)||8-12||L||135||8 ov||O||14||6||1||15||9||0|
|5/1/2013||GOMEZ(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||BURGOS(R)||6-4||W||130||9 un||O||9||4||1||7||7||1|
|5/9/2013||LOCKE(L)||@ NY METS||GEE(R)|| |
|5/10/2013||RODRIGUEZ(L)||@ NY METS||MARCUM(R)|| |
|5/11/2013||LIRIANO(L)||@ NY METS||NIESE(L)|| |
|5/12/2013||MCDONALD(R)||@ NY METS||HARVEY(R)|| |
|5/14/2013|| ||MILWAUKEE|| || |
|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.
|PITTSBURGH: HITTING: The Pirates' two-month casual flirtation with competitiveness was cute while it lasted, before this team fizzled to a 72-win season. This team is still years away. But don't blame OF ANDREW McCUTCHEN, who might be the best all-around player in the division. Of all the ballyhooed outfielders from the 2005 draft, he's the one GMs would most want to build around. OF JOSE TABATA, not so much. He's serviceable and has plus speed, but the six-year extension the Pirates gave him was absurd. 2B NEIL WALKER has settled into a respectable place short of stardom. 3B PEDRO ALVAREZ has a lot of uphill climbing to do if he wants to wake up old expectations. He'll compete with 3B CASEY MCGEHEE for a starting role, but it's most likely that Alvarez moves to first base to back up 1B GARRETT JONES. OFs NATE McLOUTH and ALEX PRESLEY are underwhelming choices for the starting left-field spot. SS CLINT BARMES and C ROD BARAJAS would like to thank the Pirates for wildly overpaying them. |
STARTING PITCHING: JEFF KARSTENS looked pretty decent for much of last year. But that's what happens when you get to log 14 percent of your innings against the lowly Astros. Better teams exposed him for the replacement-level guy he is. Contrary to what a lot of bored, lazy sportswriters wanted you to believe last year, CHARLIE MORTON doesn't pitch like Roy Halladay. At all. JAMES McDONALD could still be special if he cut down his walk rate. ERIK BEDARD was a respectable signing. Even if his shoulder acts up, he cost only $4.5 million for a year. If he's healthy, he's still well above-average. KEVIN CORREIA may only be slightly more effective at striking out hitters than a batting tee, but the Pirates are grateful for the innings he eats. BRAD LINCOLN is the designated fill-in if any of the other starters get hurt (cough, Bedard). In the meantime, he's a swing man.
RELIEF PITCHING: Closer JOEL HANRAHAN has been outstanding since first donning a Pirates uniform in 2009, converting 40-of-44 saves with a 1.83 ERA last season. It makes sense for the rebuilding Pirates to move him, but they'll probably keep the hand they were dealt. There isn't another qualified ninth-inning pitcher in this bullpen though. EVAN MEEK was bit by the shoulder bug. His early season was an unqualified disaster, but he turned it around and regained his form once he came back in September. He should be fully healthy again, and a quiet source of a few saves. CHRIS RESOP is another primary set-up man, but he posted a 4.39 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 2011. DANIEL McCUTCHEN won't be so lucky with his ERA this year if he doesn't lower his walk rate. He's just not a guy to put much faith in.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (SEATTLE-PITTSBURGH) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Mariners-Pirates Preview* ==========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Seattle (15-18) at Pittsburgh (17-14), 7:05 p.m. EDT
After getting hit hard in his first three starts, Aaron Harang earned the win with an impressive showing his last time out.
He's piled up his fair share of victories against the Pittsburgh Pirates over the course of his career.
Looking to win a sixth consecutive start at PNC Park, Harang faces a familiar foe Tuesday night as the Seattle Mariners open a two-game set against the Pirates.
Acquired from Colorado on April 11, Harang (1-3, 8.68 ERA) compiled an 11.37 ERA in losing his first three outings. The right-hander, though, showed signs of coming around Wednesday versus Baltimore, scattering four hits over six innings of two-run ball in an 8-3 win.
"He's got too good a track record not to be better than his numbers so far," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "He will pitch well."
Now in his 12th season in the majors, Harang credits his first quality start to a change in his mechanics.
"We did some towel drill work," he told MLB's official website. "Sometimes, it all goes back to stuff we were taught when we were seven, eight years old. People think (mechanical changes) are something huge, a big deal. It's something usually so minor and basic that no one looks at it. Sometimes you go right back to the basics of throwing."
Harang surely is feeling good about his chances of building on his latest outing against the Pirates (17-14). Having spent the majority of his career in the NL, Harang is 15-6 lifetime versus Pittsburgh - his most wins against opponent. He's posted a 3.16 ERA during his five-start winning streak at PNC Park.
The Mariners (15-18) had won three straight and six of seven before falling 10-2 at Toronto on Sunday. Michael Morse, Jason Bay, Justin Smoak and Dustin Ackley, the team's Nos. 4-7 hitters, went a combined 0 for 13 as Seattle was limited to a season-low three hits.
"We struggled a little bit, but we have to separate from it," manager Eric Wedge said. "We are in the business of trying to win series. We won our series here and now we have to be ready to go to work in Pittsburgh on Tuesday."
The Mariners are 5-1 against the Pirates and 3-0 in Pittsburgh. The two clubs haven't met since 2007, though.
The Pirates are coming off their first back-to-back home losses, falling 6-2 in Sunday's series finale versus Washington. Starling Marte led off the bottom of the first with his fourth homer in five games but Pittsburgh went 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position.
After Marte went deep, the Pirates loaded the bases with no outs but couldn't come through.
"Bunch of guys on real fast ... we've got to take advantage of that," catcher Michael McKenry said.
Pittsburgh will try to bounce back behind James McDonald (2-2, 5.76), who allowed seven runs, eight hits and five walks over five innings in Tuesday's 12-8 loss at Milwaukee.
McDonald is 1-2 despite a 3.07 ERA at home. He's limited opponents to a .214 average and received just four runs of support in those three outings.
Bay, the face of Pirates' franchise from 2004-08, is 2 for 6 against McDonald. While Bay's seven-game hitting streak was snapped Sunday, he's batting .370 with two homers and seven RBIs over his last eight contests.
Bay is hitting .143 in six matchups against his former club.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 10:39:12 AM EST|