|OAKLAND ( COLON )|
CLEVELAND ( KAZMIR )
|907||OAKLAND||-115||Ov 8.5,-110||-115||Ov 8.5,-115|
|908||CLEVELAND||+105||Un 8.5,-110||+105||Un 8.5,-105|
|vs Left-handed Starters||6-4||+2.8||8-2||5.6||0.265||0.362||3.7||0.243||0.296|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.6||3-4||2.7||0.220||0.298||3.6||0.240||0.282|
|vs Right-handed Starters||9-8||+1.5||7-9||5.1||0.274||0.345||3.9||0.228||0.310|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+4.7||3-4||4.9||0.281||0.332||2.7||0.204||0.291|
|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)||0-1||L||-105||8.5 un||U||6||5||2||5||4||0|
|5/8/2013||GRIFFIN(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)||3-4||L||100||8.5 un||U||6||8||1||6||4||0|
|5/9/2013||COLON(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KAZMIR(L)|| |
|5/10/2013||STRAILY(R)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)|| |
|5/11/2013||PARKER(R)||@ SEATTLE||MAURER(R)|| |
|5/12/2013||MILONE(L)||@ SEATTLE||SAUNDERS(L)|| |
|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||KLUBER(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||PETTIBONE(R)|| |
|5/15/2013|| ||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)|| |
|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 NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Oakland (18-16) at Cleveland (16-14), 12:05 p.m. EDT
There are few things going the Oakland Athletics' way on the road recently, and now they can scratch off video review from that list.
After a controversial decision doomed them to another road defeat, the A's will try to salvage a win from this four-game set with the Cleveland Indians on Thursday.
Oakland (18-17) has dropped nine of 12 on the road, hitting .221 while the rotation has been charged with all of those defeats thanks to a 4.82 ERA.
Those struggles away from home include losing the first three games of this series with a .204 average and six total runs.
The A's certainly felt they deserved a better fate than a 4-3 loss Wednesday.
Adam Rosales hit an apparent game-tying homer with two outs in the ninth inning off closer Chris Perez, but it was ruled a double, even after a video review. Replays showed the ball clearing the wall and hitting a railing in left-center before caroming back onto the field, but the umpires ruled there wasn't enough evidence to overturn the initial call.
"Everybody else said it was a home run, including their announcers when I came in here later," manager Bob Melvin said. "I don't get it. I don't know what the explanation would be when everybody else in the ballpark knew it was a home run.
"Clearly, it hit the railing. I'm at a loss, I'm at a complete loss."
Now, Oakland will try to avoid losing four in a row for the third time this season, as Bartolo Colon (3-1, 3.62 ERA) takes the mound.
The right-hander allowed three runs and six hits - two homers - in 5 1-3 innings of a 4-2 defeat at Yankee Stadium on Saturday. It was the first time Oakland lost in his six starts this year.
"He didn't pitch bad," Melvin told the team's official website. "He gave up two home runs and a bloop hit. Most days that will keep you in the game and give you a chance to win."
Colon has won his last two starts against the Indians, yielding one run in 14 2-3 innings. He's made only three appearances in Cleveland since being traded from the Indians to the Montreal Expos in June 2002, going 1-1 with a 3.15 ERA in those starts, winning the most recent with the Los Angeles Angels on May 18, 2005.
Wednesday's win was the ninth in 10 games for the Indians (17-14), who are batting .331 with 20 homers and averaging 7.2 runs in those victories.
Michael Brantley has been at the forefront of that offense, hitting .366 during that stretch. He is 4 for 9 with an RBI in this series.
Scott Kazmir (1-1, 6.28) starts for Cleveland seeking back-to-back wins for the first time since a four-game streak with the Angels from June 2-18, 2010.
The left-hander allowed two runs and five hits in six innings of Saturday's 7-3 win over Minnesota in his first victory since Sept. 19, 2010.
Kazmir is trying to revive a once-promising career that was in serious danger after a series of injuries limited him to one game in 2011, before spending all of last year with the Sugar Land Skeeters.
"This dude was pitching independent ball last year," first baseman Nick Swisher said. "For him to be where he is now, he's got a lot left in the tank. I'm glad he's on our side."
Kazmir has lost his last two starts versus the A's in 2010, surrendering 15 runs with nine walks and three hit batters in 10 2-3 innings.
|Last Updated: 10/1/2014 9:22:41 PM EST|