|SEATTLE ( HERNANDEZ )|
PITTSBURGH ( BURNETT )
|971||SEATTLE||+100||Ov 6.5,-115||+100||Ov 6.5,+110|
|972||PITTSBURGH||-110||Un 6.5,-105||-110||Un 6.5,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||9-15||-6||10-13||3.0||0.232||0.292||4.2||0.254||0.306|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.5||5-2||4.4||0.243||0.318||3.9||0.249||0.304|
|vs Right-handed Starters||14-9||+7.7||13-10||4.7||0.257||0.312||4.1||0.232||0.316|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.7||5-2||4.4||0.242||0.272||5.6||0.269||0.338|
|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||GOMEZ(R)||1-4||L||120||8 un||U||5||5||0||7||4||0|
|5/8/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||BURNETT(R)|| |
|5/14/2013||HARANG(R)||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|5/15/2013|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|4/24/2013||RODRIGUEZ(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HALLADAY(R)||5-3||W||100||7 ev||O||6||6||1||10||8||1|
|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||GOMEZ(R)||@ NY METS||HARVEY(R)|| |
|5/15/2013|| ||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 JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Seattle (15-18) at Pittsburgh (17-14), 12:35 p.m. EDT
Felix Hernandez and A.J. Burnett each have pitched extremely well of late for the Seattle Mariners and Pittsburgh Pirates, respectively.
While Hernandez looks to win his fourth consecutive start, Burnett tries for his fourth straight victory as the teams conclude their two-game interleague series Wednesday at PNC Park.
Hernandez (4-2, 1.60 ERA) has allowed two earned runs, struck out 35 and walked two in 30 innings to go 3-0 in four starts since he yielded seven earned in 13 innings while losing the previous two.
"I've been aggressive, I've been throwing a lot of strikes and that's the key for me," Hernandez said.
The right-hander gave up five hits and fanned seven in eight innings of a 4-0 win at Toronto on Friday.
"He's special," Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager said. "He goes about his business. You give him a couple of runs and you know he's going to take care of the rest."
In his only previous meeting versus Pittsburgh (19-15) in 2007, Hernandez yielded six hits and struck out nine in eight innings of a 3-0 home victory.
He's 13-7 with a 2.88 ERA in 26 interleague starts.
"He's as good as there is," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle told MLB's official website. "He's built for endurance. He's got power, spin, changes speeds, locale - the total package off the mound. A dominant pitcher."
Hernandez also has fared well the three times he's squared off with Burnett (3-2, 2.57), allowing five runs in 23 2-3 innings while going 2-0. Pitching for Toronto and the New York Yankees in those matchups, Burnett yielded nine runs in 21 innings and went 0-1.
Burnett, however, has not allowed more than three runs in any of his seven starts in 2013 and is 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA in the last four. The right-hander gave up one run and struck out nine in seven innings of a 3-1 win over Washington on Friday.
"He's approaching every single pitch he makes with total conviction," Hurdle said.
Burnett also ranks among the major league leaders with 57 strikeouts.
"Strikeouts are always good to have and I like to put people away," Burnett said. "There will be some nights where I won't have many strikeouts, so you take them when you can get them."
He's fanned 55 while going 3-2 with a 3.71 ERA in eight starts versus Seattle.
Burnett has a chance to help the Pirates sweep this brief set after Jeanmar Gomez pitched five scoreless innings, Garrett Jones had a two-run homer and Andrew McCutchen added four hits with an RBI in Tuesday's 4-1 win over Seattle (15-19).
Pittsburgh has outscored its opponents 68-34 to win 12 of 15 interleague home games.
McCutchen has gone 13 for 28 (.464) with five RBIs in seven games to raise his average 60 points to .276. He's batted .463 with 13 RBIs over his last 14 interleague contests.
Seager had one of the five hits Tuesday for Seattle, which has dropped two in a row after winning seven of nine. He is batting .359 (14 for 39) in 10 career interleague road games.
Seattle outfielder and ex-Pirate Jason Bay is batting .364 (8 for 22) with two doubles and a home run versus Burnett
|Last Updated: 9/22/2014 9:11:33 AM EST|