|BALTIMORE ( HAMMEL )|
MINNESOTA ( PELFREY )
|969||BALTIMORE||-115||Ov 9,+100||-115||Ov 8.5,-115|
|970||MINNESOTA||+105||Un 9,-120||+105||Un 8.5,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||16-9||+7.5||14-10||5.3||0.264||0.327||4.2||0.247||0.318|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.4||2-5||4.1||0.229||0.295||3.6||0.235||0.284|
|vs Right-handed Starters||14-13||+6.7||9-17||4.4||0.243||0.316||3.9||0.275||0.321|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+3.2||4-3||6.3||0.265||0.339||4.9||0.292||0.344|
|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)||5-3||W||-145||8.5 un||U||5||4||0||7||6||3|
|5/9/2013||GARCIA(R)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||2-6||L||-115||8.5 ev||U||8||7||0||9||4||1|
|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||CASHNER(R)|| |
|5/15/2013||GARCIA(R)||SAN DIEGO||MARQUIS(R)|| |
|5/17/2013|| ||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|4/29/2013||PELFREY(R)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)||3-4||L||215||8.5 ov||U||6||3||0||7||5||0|
|4/30/2013||WORLEY(R)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)||1-6||L||230||8 ov||U||6||9||0||13||6||0|
|5/1/2013||DIAMOND(L)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)||6-2||W||200||8.5 un||U||10||7||0||6||4||0|
|5/3/2013||HERNANDEZ(L)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)||6-7||L||135||8.5 un||O||11||9||0||13||10||0|
|5/4/2013||CORREIA(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KAZMIR(L)||3-7||L||105||9 un||O||7||9||0||12||6||1|
|5/5/2013||PELFREY(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)||4-2||W||140||9 un||U||6||6||0||6||6||0|
|5/6/2013||WORLEY(R)||@ BOSTON||BUCHHOLZ(R)||5-6||L||185||8.5 ov||O||10||11||0||17||7||1|
|5/7/2013||DIAMOND(L)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)||6-1||W||160||9 un||U||8||6||0||4||3||3|
|5/8/2013||HERNANDEZ(L)||@ BOSTON||WEBSTER(R)||15-8||W||160||9.5 un||O||20||9||0||12||7||1|
|5/9/2013||CORREIA(R)||@ BOSTON||LACKEY(R)||5-3||W||155||9.5 un||U||6||4||1||9||10||2|
|5/13/2013||HERNANDEZ(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)|| |
|5/14/2013||CORREIA(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||PEAVY(R)|| |
|5/15/2013||PELFREY(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)|| |
|5/17/2013|| ||BOSTON|| || |
|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.
|MINNESOTA: HITTING: OF BEN REVERE's slap-and-run style fits well in spacious Target Field. He will compete with lefty Chris Parmelee for the starting RF job. OF DENARD SPAN should be over his concussion problems. He works the count well as a steady presence near the top of the order. C JOE MAUER will see more time at first in an attempt to keep him healthy. Offensively, he'll be limited by a pitcher-friendly home park and no support in the lineup. RYAN DOUMIT has a chance to play regularly and stay healthy as a full-time DH and/or backing up Mauer behind the dish. 1B JUSTIN MORNEAU's concussion symptoms came back late last year. It's a bad omen. OF JOSH WILLINGHAM is being relied on to produce runs, but he's going from one pitcher-friendly home park (Oakland) to another. 3B DANNY VALENCIA showed enough power in 2011 to secure an everyday job heading into 2012. Newly signed SS JAMEY CARROLL has done a nice job off the bench, but hasn't been tested in an everyday role. If hamstring problems are still holding him back, 2B ALEXI CASILLA has won the second-base job ahead of disappointing import TSUYOSHI NISHIOKA, who will start the year in the minors. |
STARTING PITCHING: Who would have thought CARL PAVANO would emerge as the picture of consistency and durability? While he's far from a star, the veteran continues to be a rock for Minnesota, throwing strikes and eating innings. SCOTT BAKER got hurt again last year. If he could ever stay healthy, he's the prototype for success at Target Field'lots of strikeouts, few walks, lots of flyouts. The FRANCISCO LIRIANO rollercoaster nosedived again last year. The Twins have gotten so desperate to keep him healthy that they actually let him pitch more over the offseason. He's obviously a huge risk again. BRIAN DUENSING, NICK BLACKBURN and JASON MARQUIS are all the definition of fifth starter. They serve it up, give up a lot of hard-hit balls, and hope they get hit right at their defenders. If Duensing and Blackburn falter, ANTHONY SWARZAK probably pitched well enough last year to get a shot in the rotation. LIAM HENDRICKS, one of the organization's better prospects, would be a slightly more exciting option.
RELIEF PITCHING: Despite his underwhelming performance last year, MATT CAPPS will pitch the ninth inning again because of his 'closer's experience.' He figures to be on an undeservedly long leash. GLEN PERKINS certainly proved he deserves to close. He was Minnesota's best reliever in his first full season in the 'pen. His velocity was up as a short reliever, and the lefty was truly overpowering. If things go sour for the Twins again this season (and it seems likely they will), perhaps they'll get serious about Perkins later this year.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (BALTIMORE-MINNESOTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Orioles-Twins Preview* =======================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
Baltimore (21-13) at Minnesota (15-15), 8:10 p.m. EDT
Baltimore Orioles right-hander Jason Hammel still thinks he can improve.
His record outside Camden Yards can't be any better.
Hammel will try to match the MLB lead in victories and become just the third Oriole in 54 years to win his first six road starts Friday night, when he makes his first appearance against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field.
Hammel (5-1, 4.10 ERA) has been consistent through seven starts, lasting between five and 6 2-3 innings while allowing no more than four runs. The right-hander, though, realizes he has one of the majors' best run-support averages at 8.42. It's 9.62 on the road.
"I still haven't really gotten it going, and I haven't been as good as labeled, I guess. So I still have some work to do," Hammel said after yielding four runs in six innings of Sunday's 8-4 road win over the Los Angeles Angels. "I'm a (beneficiary) of a lot of run support right now, and the bullpen's been awesome. It's that simple."
Hammel gets the ball after the Orioles' season-best four-game win streak ended with Thursday's 6-2 home loss to Kansas City. Baltimore (21-14), the AL leader with 12 road wins, is tied with Boston for second in the AL East - percentage points behind the New York Yankees - after Minnesota (16-15) won its third straight at Fenway Park on Thursday.
Hammel could end that surge with a career-best fourth consecutive winning start. The right-hander could also become the first pitcher since Josh Beckett in 2007 with Boston to post victories in his first six road starts. Only two Orioles have accomplished that since 1954 - Hoyt Wilhelm in 1959 and Jeff Ballard 24 years ago.
Hammel's only start in Minneapolis was a 7-3 Tampa Bay victory at the Metrodome on April 17, 2008.
The Twins, meanwhile, open a nine-game stretch at Target Field with four wins in five games. They can move a season high-tying two games above .500 after finishing off a 5-5 trip.
"It's important that you kind of get that feeling about grinding things out (at) the end of a long road trip," manager Ron Gardenhire said.
Minnesota's Mike Pelfrey (3-3, 6.35) will be on the mound Friday. The right-hander had an encouraging start his last time out, doubling his season strikeout total to 14 while throwing six strong innings in Sunday's 4-2 win at Cleveland.
Pelfrey was 1-3 with a 10.36 ERA in his previous four outings.
"We're still just a year out of the (elbow reconstructive) surgery," Gardenhire said. "We're taking small steps."
Pelfrey gets his first look at the Orioles since 2010 with the New York Mets.
Baltimore's Chris Davis, tied for second in the AL with 10 homers, has yet to face the right-hander.
Nick Markakis, 2 for 6 against Pelfrey, went 8 for 13 with two doubles as Baltimore lost two of three to the visiting Twins from April 5-7.
Joe Mauer finished 2 for 13 in that series, but he's a career .373 hitter at home against the Orioles.
Justin Morneau, who has four hits - all doubles - in nine at-bats against Hammel, led the Twins with 10 RBIs on the just-completed trip.
Rookie Oswaldo Arcia hit .424 (14 for 34) during that stretch, and his hot streak could keep Chris Parmelee, who hit the Twins' only homer last month in Baltimore, on the bench for a third straight game.
These clubs split a four-game set at Target Field from July 16-19.
|Last Updated: 9/21/2014 7:06:47 AM EST|