|SEATTLE ( SAUNDERS )|
CLEVELAND ( MCALLISTER )
|965||SEATTLE||+145||Ov 8.5,-120||+145||Ov 8.5,-115|
|966||CLEVELAND||-155||Un 8.5,+100||-155||Un 8.5,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||12-17||-4.9||12-15||3.3||0.236||0.303||4.0||0.248||0.298|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+2||2-3||5.1||0.267||0.350||3.1||0.214||0.274|
|vs Left-handed Starters||9-7||+3.7||9-6||4.9||0.258||0.313||4.5||0.233||0.302|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+4.6||2-4||4.3||0.236||0.338||4.1||0.245||0.311|
|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||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||3-4||L||105||7 un||P||10||11||2||7||8||1|
|5/15/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||@ NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||12-2||W||115||7.5 ov||O||16||9||0||8||6||1|
|5/16/2013||NOESI(R)||@ NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||3-2||W||175||9 un||U||7||7||1||8||10||0|
|5/17/2013||MAURER(R)||@ CLEVELAND||JIMENEZ(R)||3-6||L||145||9 un||P||10||10||0||7||3||0|
|5/18/2013||SAUNDERS(L)||@ CLEVELAND||MCALLISTER(R)|| |
|5/19/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)|| |
|5/20/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KAZMIR(L)|| |
|5/21/2013||HARANG(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)|| |
|5/22/2013||MAURER(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)|| |
|5/25/2013|| ||TEXAS|| || |
|5/10/2013||KLUBER(R)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)||4-10||L||175||8.5 un||O||6||1||2||15||8||0|
|5/11/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)||7-6||W||230||8 un||O||12||13||1||7||6||1|
|5/12/2013||MCALLISTER(R)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)||4-3||W||130||9 un||U||8||9||1||9||9||0|
|5/13/2013||MASTERSON(R)||NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)||1-0||W||-140||8 un||U||5||7||0||4||6||0|
|5/13/2013||BAUER(R)||NY YANKEES||NUNO(L)||0-7||L||-120||8.5 un||U||5||8||2||11||7||0|
|5/14/2013||KAZMIR(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||PETTIBONE(R)||2-6||L||-125||8.5 ov||U||7||8||1||10||8||0|
|5/15/2013||KLUBER(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)||10-4||W||150||8 ov||O||11||6||0||8||5||0|
|5/23/2013||MCALLISTER(R)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)|| |
|5/24/2013||MASTERSON(R)||@ BOSTON||LACKEY(R)|| |
|5/25/2013|| ||@ BOSTON|| || |
|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.
|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 (SEATTLE-CLEVELAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Mariners-Indians Preview* ==========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Seattle (20-21) at Cleveland (22-17), 1:05 p.m. EDT
It's been hard for Joe Saunders to figure out why he can't lose at home but has yet to win on the road.
The veteran left-hander looks to avoid a fifth consecutive losing road start as the Seattle Mariners face the surging Cleveland Indians on Saturday.
Saunders (3-4, 5.51 ERA) is 3-0 with an 0.94 ERA in four home starts this season, but 0-4 with a 12.54 ERA on the road.
"It's killing me," he said after allowing one run in 6 1-3 innings of a 6-1 victory over Oakland on Sunday to improve to 9-0 with a 1.72 ERA in 13 career starts at Safeco Field. "I know I have it in me. It's just a matter of doing it on the road."
Saunders has given up 22 runs and 29 hits over 14 2-3 innings of his last three starts away from home. He went 41-31 with a 3.66 ERA in 90 road starts in his previous eight seasons.
"It's hard to explain," he told the Mariners' official website. "I pride myself on being a good road pitcher and that hasn't happened yet. So hopefully the next start I can finally turn the page."
Saunders is 2-1 with a 3.19 ERA in six starts against the Indians, including 1-0 with a 3.09 ERA in two at Cleveland - where he last pitched in 2008.
He'll try to help Seattle (20-22) bounce back from a 6-3, 10-inning loss Friday.
Jason Kipnis' second three-run homer in as many games came with two outs in the 10th and sent the Indians (23-17) to their 15th win in 20 games. They are 10-2 during that stretch at home.
"You never want to put too much emphasis on different wins, but we knew we had a big crowd," said Kipnis, whose winner came in front of announced 34,282 people. "To get a win in front of them and to get it like this in front of them, hopefully it brings some of them back."
Kipnis is 5 for 8 and also has two doubles in the last two contests. He's batting .389 with two homers and five RBIs during his last four against the Mariners.
Scheduled Cleveland starter Zach McAllister (3-3, 2.68) is 2-0 with a 1.74 ERA in three starts since he opened 1-3 with a 3.52 ERA. The right-hander gave up three runs in six innings of a 4-3, 10-inning win at Detroit on Sunday.
"I didn't feel like I had my best stuff," McAllister told the Indians' official website. "I was definitely happy with the way I battled."
Though McAllister is 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA in three starts against the Mariners, he allowed a solo homer to Michael Saunders and two other hits in six innings while not factoring in the decision of a 3-1 loss at Seattle on Aug. 22.
Michael Saunders is 2 for 19 with seven strikeouts in his last four games, but teammate Raul Ibanez had three hits, including a two-run homer, Friday.
Ibanez, who turns 41 in June, is batting .393 (11 for 28) with five homers and 14 RBIs in eight games this month. He hit .158 (9 for 57) with two home runs and five RBIs in 17 April contests.
|Last Updated: 9/3/2014 1:39:51 AM EST|