|OAKLAND ( PARKER )|
SEATTLE ( MAURER )
|927||OAKLAND||+100||Ov 8,-105||-105||Ov 8,-115|
|928||SEATTLE||-110||Un 8,-115||-105||Un 8,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||12-14||-3.2||19-7||4.8||0.237||0.315||5.0||0.260||0.316|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-5||4-3||2.6||0.196||0.254||5.0||0.252||0.302|
|vs Right-handed Starters||11-15||-4||11-14||3.0||0.228||0.291||4.0||0.249||0.299|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.5||4-3||4.4||0.204||0.296||3.1||0.232||0.271|
|4/29/2013||STRAILY(R)||LA ANGELS||HANSON(R)||10-8||W||-125||8 ov||O||15||11||1||15||14||3|
|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)||2-9||L||-115||8.5 ov||O||7||9||2||12||5||0|
|5/10/2013||STRAILY(R)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)||3-6||L||110||7 ov||O||5||2||0||7||5||0|
|5/11/2013||PARKER(R)||@ SEATTLE||MAURER(R)|| |
|5/12/2013||MILONE(L)||@ SEATTLE||SAUNDERS(L)|| |
|5/17/2013||PARKER(R)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)|| |
|5/18/2013|| ||KANSAS CITY|| || |
|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)||2-1||W||-105||6.5 un||U||3||6||0||7||4||1|
|5/14/2013||HARANG(R)||@ NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)|| |
|5/15/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)|| |
|5/16/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|5/17/2013||MAURER(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MCALLISTER(R)|| |
|5/18/2013|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|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.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (OAKLAND-SEATTLE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Athletics-Mariners Preview* ============================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Oakland (18-18) at Seattle (16-19), 9:10 p.m. EDT
While the Seattle Mariners have played well in any park of late, the Oakland Athletics continue to struggle on the road.
The Mariners look to add to their guests' rough road trip by extending the A's season-high losing streak to six games Saturday night.
Oakland (18-19) totaled 51 runs while sweeping Houston and the Los Angeles Angels to start 6-0 on the road, but has since scored 48 while losing 11 of 14 away from home. The A's opened their current 10-game trip by winning two of three at Yankee Stadium, then were held to eight runs while being swept in four games at Cleveland before managing five hits in a 6-3 loss at Seattle on Friday.
John Jaso had two of those hits and Jed Lowrie added two RBIs for Oakland, which had one hit in the first five innings against the Mariners' Hisashi Iwakuma.
"Everybody has to pick everybody up and we're not doing that right now," said Oakland manager Bob Melvin, whose team is below .500 for the first time since starting 1-2 against the Mariners.
Seattle (17-19) has won nine of 13, including six of eight at home.
Lowrie hit .467 with two homers and six RBIs in the first seven road games, but he's batted .204 with those two RBIs in the last 13.
The A's hope seeing scheduled Seattle starter Brandon Maurer (2-4, 6.07 ERA) will produce the same results as the first time they faced him. The rookie right-hander allowed six runs, including a pair of two-run homers, in six innings of an 8-2 loss at Oakland in his major league debut April 4.
The 22-year-old Maurer will be pitching on 10 days rest, looking to bounce back after he gave up four runs and six hits in four innings of a 7-2 home loss to Baltimore on April 30.
"We're trying to manage his innings - and when we have opportunities to do that, we are going to do that," manager Eric Wedge told the Mariners' official website.
Raul Ibanez had a three-run homer and Kendrys Morales added three hits Friday for Seattle. Ibanez, who turns 41 next month, has appeared in three games in May but has gone 3 for 7 with four RBIs.
"It's always nice to contribute and the last few games I've played I guess have been better," he said.
Morales is batting .346 with in his last seven games and is 6 for 15 against scheduled Oakland starter Jarrod Parker (1-5, 7.34).
The right-hander left Monday's 7-3 loss at Cleveland with neck pain after he allowed four solo homers in five innings - matching the number of home runs he gave up in his previous six starts. Parker yielded 11 home runs in 29 starts last season.
He feels his neck problems might have something to do with his struggles in 2013.
"It's something that's been bothering me for a little bit," Parker said. "Obviously, those are pitches up in the zone. They're semi-uncharacteristic. I don't think, if I'm feeling 100 percent, they would be in that location."
Parker fell to 1-2 with a 5.94 ERA against the Mariners after he allowed four runs, including a three-run homer to Michael Morse, and three walks in five innings of a 7-1 home loss April 2.
|Last Updated: 10/20/2014 6:44:35 AM EST|