|KANSAS CITY ( MENDOZA )|
BALTIMORE ( TILLMAN )
|963||KANSAS CITY||+130||Ov 9,-110||+130||Ov 8.5,+110|
|964||BALTIMORE||-140||Un 9,-110||-140||Un 8.5,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||13-7||+6.4||10-9||4.7||0.282||0.329||3.7||0.250||0.307|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.1||3-3||4.1||0.277||0.313||4.3||0.267||0.312|
|vs Right-handed Starters||15-8||+7.7||14-8||5.4||0.269||0.331||4.1||0.248||0.322|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.2||4-3||4.6||0.248||0.312||3.7||0.255||0.319|
|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)||3-4||L||110||8.5 un||U||10||5||1||8||7||1|
|5/8/2013||MENDOZA(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)|| |
|5/9/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GARCIA(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||GUTHRIE(R)||@ LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)|| |
|5/15/2013|| ||@ 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)||4-3||W||-120||8.5 un||U||8||7||1||10||5||1|
|5/8/2013||TILLMAN(R)||KANSAS CITY||MENDOZA(R)|| |
|5/9/2013||GARCIA(R)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)|| |
|5/10/2013||HAMMEL(R)||@ MINNESOTA||PELFREY(R)|| |
|5/11/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||@ MINNESOTA||WORLEY(R)|| |
|5/12/2013||CHEN(L)||@ MINNESOTA||DIAMOND(L)|| |
|5/14/2013||TILLMAN(R)||SAN DIEGO||MARQUIS(R)|| |
|5/15/2013|| ||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 JON PALMIERI STATS Editor
Kansas City (17-11) at Baltimore (19-13), 7:05 p.m. EDT
Chris Tillman had one of the best performances of his career in his last start.
He's also had some of his worst against the Kansas City Royals.
Tillman will try to pitch the Orioles to a season-best fourth straight win Wednesday night against the visiting Royals.
After going 0-1 with a 7.07 ERA in his first three starts this season, Tillman (2-1, 3.63 ERA) is 2-0 with a 1.31 mark in his past three outings.
He was dominant in a 5-1 victory over his hometown Los Angeles Angels on Thursday. The right-hander allowed three hits in eight scoreless innings, struck out three, walked two and retired 20 of his last 21 batters.
"I think he had something like 23 out of 29 first-pitch strikes, and that was the difference," manager Buck Showalter said. "You could tell early on he had a crisp fastball."
Success against the Royals (17-12), however, has been elusive. In three starts versus Kansas City, Tillman is 0-2 with a 10.93 ERA, giving up six homers and 23 hits in 14 innings.
Baltimore (20-13) played its first home game in two weeks Tuesday, winning the opener of this three-game series 4-3. Matt Wieters had a two-run double in the first inning and a tiebreaking RBI double in the eighth to score Adam Jones, who drove in the other run.
"When you don't walk people and you catch the baseball the way we did tonight, you give yourself a chance to win those types of games," said Showalter, whose team turned three double plays but committed its first error in eight games.
With their third straight win and 13th in 19 tries, the Orioles moved a season-best seven games over .500.
"This team grinds it out," said winning pitcher Tommy Hunter, who extended his scoreless streak to 12 1-3 innings. "This team is fun to watch for everybody. Nobody should ever leave the stadium, I'll tell you that much, under any circumstances."
Jones is batting .330 with three homers, 13 RBIs and 13 runs during a 21-game hitting streak against Kansas City.
Alex Gordon hit a tying two-run homer for the Royals, losers of two in a row following a four-game win streak.
Gordon is 9 for 22 with four home runs in his last five games against Baltimore and 2 for 6 with a homer off Tillman.
Kansas City, which has yet to drop three straight, will send Luis Mendoza (0-1, 7.00) to the mound hoping he can rebound from his worst outing of the season.
In his first start in almost three weeks, the right-hander was tagged for six runs and seven hits - including three homers - over four innings but escaped without a decision in a 9-8 win over Tampa Bay on Wednesday.
That was his first appearance since pitching 2 1-3 scoreless innings at Detroit on April 24.
Mendoza beat the Orioles in his first start against them in four years on Aug. 11, allowing three runs and seven hits in six innings of a 7-3 victory over Tillman at Camden Yards.
|Last Updated: 9/22/2014 3:14:05 AM EST|