|TAMPA BAY ( HERNANDEZ )|
BALTIMORE ( JURRJENS )
|969||TAMPA BAY||+100||Ov 9.5,+100||-110||Ov 9.5,+105|
|970||BALTIMORE||-110||Un 9.5,-120||+100||Un 9.5,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||12-14||-5.1||16-6||4.7||0.258||0.330||5.2||0.253||0.308|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.4||5-2||5.7||0.292||0.372||5.4||0.200||0.274|
|vs Right-handed Starters||17-13||+3.4||18-11||5.4||0.273||0.332||4.7||0.264||0.333|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-4.2||4-3||5.4||0.305||0.350||6.1||0.314||0.366|
|5/4/2013||PRICE(L)||@ COLORADO||GARLAND(R)||3-9||L||-130||9 ov||O||9||9||2||11||6||0|
|5/5/2013||COBB(R)||@ COLORADO||CHACIN(R)||8-3||W||105||9.5 un||O||11||4||2||10||8||1|
|5/10/2013||COBB(R)||SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)||6-3||W||-175||8 ev||O||8||8||0||5||7||2|
|5/11/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||SAN DIEGO||SMITH(R)||8-7||W||-140||8 un||O||10||6||1||6||4||1|
|5/12/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||4-2||W||-150||8.5 un||U||7||7||0||6||6||0|
|5/17/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||@ BALTIMORE||HAMMEL(R)||12-10||W||100||9 un||O||17||8||0||13||3||1|
|5/18/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ BALTIMORE||JURRJENS(R)|| |
|5/19/2013||MOORE(L)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)|| |
|5/20/2013|| ||@ TORONTO||ORTIZ(R)|| |
|5/21/2013||COBB(R)||@ TORONTO||JENKINS(R)|| |
|5/22/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||@ TORONTO||BUEHRLE(L)|| |
|5/24/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)|| |
|5/25/2013|| ||NY YANKEES|| || |
|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)||9-6||W||-115||8.5 ov||O||18||11||0||11||9||2|
|5/11/2013||JOHNSON(R)||@ MINNESOTA||WORLEY(R)||5-8||L||100||8.5 un||O||12||8||0||10||6||1|
|5/12/2013||CHEN(L)||@ MINNESOTA||DIAMOND(L)||6-0||W||-105||8 un||U||11||6||0||8||8||1|
|5/14/2013||TILLMAN(R)||SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)||2-3||L||-145||8 ov||U||5||4||0||8||7||1|
|5/15/2013||GARCIA(R)||SAN DIEGO||MARQUIS(R)||4-8||L||-155||9 ov||O||11||10||1||17||11||0|
|5/17/2013||HAMMEL(R)||TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||10-12||L||-110||9 un||O||13||3||1||17||8||0|
|5/18/2013||JURRJENS(R)||TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|5/19/2013||TILLMAN(R)||TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)|| |
|5/20/2013||GARCIA(R)||NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)|| |
|5/21/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)|| |
|5/22/2013||HAMMEL(R)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|5/23/2013||JURRJENS(R)||@ TORONTO||MORROW(R)|| |
|5/24/2013||TILLMAN(R)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)|| |
|5/25/2013|| ||@ TORONTO|| || |
|TAMPA BAY: HITTING: OF DESMOND JENNINGS' on-base skills will lead to tons of runs and SBs despite his mediocre batting average. 2B BEN ZOBRIST bounced back from a disappointing 2010, and will continue to produce near the top of the batting order. Though a series of nagging injuries plagued his 2011 season, 3B EVAN LONGORIA slugged 17 HR in his last 53 games. Fully healthy this season, he'll be an elite power-hitter with double-digit SB potential. OF B.J. UPTON's days in Tampa may be numbered. He's an elite athlete, but he just might lose his head if he's traded into a tough situation. After a hot start, OF MATT JOYCE settled in as the productive hitter he is. He should get to play every day in right field. SSs SEAN RODRIGUEZ and REID BRIGNAC will battle for ABs but neither hits on a consistent basis. C JOSE MOLINA was acquired for his defense much more than his hitting. DH LUKE SCOTT can also play some 1B when slugger CARLOS PENA, who is returning to Tampa after hitting 28 homers for the Cubs in 2011, needs a rest. |
STARTING PITCHING: DAVID PRICE was a little more hittable than in 2010, but he increased his already-high strikeout rate while cutting back on walks. His win total should rise from a disappointing 12 last year. JAMES SHIELDS put his 2010 disaster season behind him and became a Cy Young candidate. His peripheral stats and skills weren't all that different the past two years, it was a big swing of luck. Some people are putting out the Bust Alert on Rookie of the Year JEREMY HELLICKSON. He had the league's luckiest batting average on balls in play (.217), but he improved as last season progressed. MATT MOORE may be this year's R.O.Y. after a dominant late-season call up. He'll be among the league leaders in strikeouts for years to come. WADE DAVIS is a mediocre pitcher who eats innings at the back of the rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: KYLE FARNSWORTH looked as strong as he has in years, converting 25 of 31 saves in his first season with the Rays. He's the closer again this year, but it won't take much for him to lose that job after an unsteady last third of the 2011 season. JOEL PERALTA may overtake Farnsworth for ninth-inning duties at some point this season. Peralta was 5-for-5 on saves in September when Farnsworth was hurt, and gave up only one run in his final 21.3 innings. Possible future closer JAKE McGEE progressed nicely after a tough start to 2011. He's got potentially lethal stuff. Former Angels hurler FERNANDO RODNEY is looking to bounce back after a wild season (28 walks, 26 strikeouts in 32 IP).
|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 (TAMPA BAY-BALTIMORE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rays-Orioles Preview* ======================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Tampa Bay (20-20) at Baltimore (23-17), 4:05 p.m. EDT
The Baltimore Orioles are giving Jair Jurrjens a chance to revive his major league career.
Making his Orioles debut, Jurrjens tries to help his new team avoid a season-high fourth consecutive loss Saturday against the visiting Tampa Bay Rays.
Jurrjens was an All-Star with Atlanta in 2011 when he finished 13-6 with a 2.96 ERA. However, the Braves sent him to the minors after he started 0-2 with a 9.37 ERA in four starts last season. Jurrjens was recalled in June and went 3-2 with a 5.63 ERA in six starts before a strained groin ended his season in early August.
After Atlanta opted not to re-sign him, Jurrjens agreed to a minor league deal with Baltimore (23-18) in February. The 27-year-old right-hander went 4-1 with a 3.14 ERA in eight starts for Triple-A Norfolk this season.
"If the command is there, he'll give us a chance to win," manager Buck Showalter told the Orioles' official website. "It's been a long journey for him. I'm sure (Saturday), I don't know if anxiety's the word. He's done this before. We'll see. I'm anxious to see."
With an oblique injury to Wei-Yin Chen, Jurrjens is getting the opportunity to secure a spot in Baltimore's rotation.
"I haven't really been paying attention to my velocity," said Jurrjens, who is 53-37 with a 4.04 ERA in six seasons. "I really cannot tell you how fast I am throwing. I'm just happy with the way I've been performing the last couple outings. I'm getting a lot of swings and misses again, and that's a good sign. I'm just trying to repeat my delivery and keep being consistent and keep on getting innings."
This will be his first appearance versus Tampa Bay (21-20), which held on for a 12-10 series-opening win Friday.
While the Rays have won seven of nine, Baltimore has allowed 17 hits in each of the last two games and an average of 6.1 runs while losing five of seven.
Kelly Johnson and Yunel Escobar each had three hits and combined for seven RBIs for Tampa Bay, which almost blew a 12-4 lead when the Orioles scored six times in the eighth.
"We really should have been able to put that game away a lot better," Rays manager Joe Maddon said after his team scored its most runs of the season.
Escobar is 10 for 23 (.435) with four doubles and six RBIs in six games.
Teammate Evan Longoria added two hits, and is batting .419 with 12 RBIs during an 11-game hitting streak. He's batted .389 while hitting safely in nine straight versus Baltimore.
Scheduled Tampa Bay starter Roberto Hernandez (2-4, 4.43) has allowed two or fewer runs in three of four starts, and three with 10 hits over 12 innings while going 1-0 in the last two. The right-hander gave up two runs in six innings of a 4-2 win over San Diego on Sunday.
Hernandez is 0-2 with a 5.25 ERA against the Orioles this season.
Baltimore's Adam Jones is 5 for 10 with two doubles versus Hernandez.
Chris Dickerson hit a three-run homer while Chris Davis, Manny Machado and Matt Wieters each had two RBIs on Friday for the Orioles.
Davis is batting .414 with 24 RBIs in his last 16 games against the Rays.
|Last Updated: 9/23/2014 9:26:31 PM EST|