|KANSAS CITY ( SANTANA )|
OAKLAND ( MILONE )
|977||KANSAS CITY||+110||Ov 7.5,+100||+120||Ov 7.5,+115|
|978||OAKLAND||-120||Un 7.5,-120||-130||Un 7.5,-135|
|vs Left-handed Starters||4-7||-3.4||3-8||3.1||0.229||0.280||3.9||0.251||0.303|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.8||3-4||4.7||0.257||0.292||5.0||0.289||0.331|
|vs Right-handed Starters||15-15||-1.3||19-11||4.6||0.234||0.309||4.7||0.254||0.311|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.3||2-5||3.1||0.215||0.266||4.1||0.225||0.293|
|5/4/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)||2-0||W||-150||7.5 un||U||8||10||0||4||5||2|
|5/5/2013||DAVIS(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||6-5||W||-130||7.5 un||O||12||11||1||10||7||1|
|5/6/2013||SHIELDS(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||1-2||L||-140||7 un||U||7||5||1||9||6||0|
|5/7/2013||SANTANA(R)||@ BALTIMORE||CHEN(L)||3-4||L||110||8.5 un||U||10||5||1||8||7||1|
|5/8/2013||MENDOZA(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)||3-5||L||135||8.5 un||U||7||6||3||5||4||0|
|5/9/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GARCIA(R)||6-2||W||105||8.5 ev||U||9||4||1||8||7||0|
|5/10/2013||DAVIS(R)||NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||6-11||L||-120||8 un||O||7||3||0||16||8||0|
|5/11/2013||SHIELDS(R)||NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||2-3||L||-165||7.5 un||U||6||5||1||6||5||0|
|5/12/2013||SANTANA(R)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||2-4||L||-115||7 ov||U||7||5||2||9||4||0|
|5/13/2013||MENDOZA(R)||@ LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)||11-4||W||125||9 ev||O||19||8||0||9||5||0|
|5/14/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||@ LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)||2-6||L||115||8.5 un||U||6||6||0||12||6||1|
|5/15/2013||DAVIS(R)||@ LA ANGELS||ENRIGHT(R)||9-5||W||-105||9 un||O||13||7||0||12||11||0|
|5/17/2013||SHIELDS(R)||@ OAKLAND||PARKER(R)||1-2||L||-110||7 un||U||5||4||0||6||4||0|
|5/18/2013||SANTANA(R)||@ OAKLAND||MILONE(L)|| |
|5/19/2013||MENDOZA(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRIFFIN(R)|| |
|5/20/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||@ HOUSTON||KEUCHEL(L)|| |
|5/21/2013||DAVIS(R)||@ HOUSTON||NORRIS(R)|| |
|5/22/2013||SHIELDS(R)||@ HOUSTON||LYLES(R)|| |
|5/23/2013||SANTANA(R)||LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)|| |
|5/24/2013||MENDOZA(R)||LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)|| |
|5/25/2013|| ||LA ANGELS|| || |
|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)||4-3||W||-110||8 ov||U||8||4||0||7||8||0|
|5/12/2013||MILONE(L)||@ SEATTLE||SAUNDERS(L)||1-6||L||-120||7.5 ov||U||6||8||0||8||6||1|
|5/17/2013||PARKER(R)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||2-1||W||+100||7 un||U||6||4||0||5||4||0|
|5/18/2013||MILONE(L)||KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)|| |
|5/19/2013||GRIFFIN(R)||KANSAS CITY||MENDOZA(R)|| |
|5/20/2013||COLON(R)||@ TEXAS||LINDBLOM(R)|| |
|5/21/2013||STRAILY(R)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)|| |
|5/22/2013||PARKER(R)||@ TEXAS||TEPESCH(R)|| |
|5/24/2013||MILONE(L)||@ HOUSTON||BEDARD(L)|| |
|5/25/2013|| ||@ HOUSTON|| || |
|KANSAS CITY: HITTING: With Melky Cabrera gone, OF LORENZO CAIN will get first crack at leadoff and centerfield. If he falters, speedster JASON BOURGEOIS, vet MITCH MAIER and prospect WIL MYERS are waiting. Former Brewer YUNIESKY BETANCOURT will start at 2B and has good life in his bat for a middle infielder. OF ALEX GORDON may not hit for average, but his approach and power are there. DH BILLY BUTLER is rock solid, but it's fair to wonder whether his power will ever progress. 1B ERIC HOSMER has MVP-type upside, and he's on the verge of figuring out MLB pitching. OF JEFF FRANCOEUR still chases too many bad pitches, but the organization likes him and he still has some pop and speed. 3B MIKE MOUSTAKAS is too good for the minors, but he still hasn't caught up to major-league pitching. There's a good chance he finds his groove this year. C HUMBERTO QUINTERO will be the main backstop with BRAYAN PENA backing him up. Speedy SS ALCIDES ESCOBAR's bat hasn't caught up to his glove. |
STARTING PITCHING: K.C. once again hopes this is the year LUKE HOCHEVAR puts it all together. His velocity picked up late last year, allowing him to be more than a groundball guy. Lefty BRUCE CHEN's late-career renaissance continues. He'll be a reliable veteran arm in the middle of K.C.'s rotation again. FELIPE PAULINO has the biggest upside in this rotation. He's always had one of MLB's best fastballs. His problem was that, when he missed (which has been often), it was usually belt-high and over the middle of the plate. If he hits his spots as he did late last year, he's got potential. But Paulino will start the season on the DL with a sore elbow. The Royals hope to solve JONATHAN SANCHEZ's command issues. The lefty is a risk, but has legitimate No. 3 potential. Top prospect DANNY DUFFY will get every chance to pitch his way into the Opening Day rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: JOAKIM SORIA is out for the season with Tommy John surgery, leaving GREG HOLLAND to pick up closer duties. Holland was the Royals' best bullpen arm in 2011 and his stuff has always been nearly unhittable. It's just a matter of whether last year's vastly improved walk rate was for real. JONATHAN BROXTON was a disaster last season, but he'll be given every chance to become the No. 2 guy in this bullpen because of his experience in Los Angeles. AARON CROW was a first-round pick (twice) for his college career as a starter, but wore down late last year, and walked too many batters.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (KANSAS CITY-OAKLAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Royals-Athletics Preview* ==========================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Kansas City (20-18) at Oakland (21-22), 9:05 p.m. EDT
The Kansas City Royals tend to be feast or famine at the plate, and that's been on display so far on this nine-game road trip.
Recent games in Oakland, however, have proven to only be an offensive struggle.
The Royals will try to rebound from another rough performance at the plate Saturday night against the Athletics.
Kansas City (20-18) is hitting .312 with 17 homers and an average of 6.1 runs during its victories, compared to .208 with nine homers and 2.5 runs per game in defeat.
Lorenzo Cain may be the biggest culprit, as he owns a .408 average in wins, while batting .204 in losses.
That vast swing has been grossly evident while Kansas City has alternated wins and losses over the first four games of this trip.
The team is hitting .381 with 20 runs in the two wins, with Cain going 5 for 10 with five RBIs. However, he's 0 for 4 with three strikeouts in the losses, contributing to the Royals' .172 average and three runs.
Lack of offense was the issue in Friday's series-opening 2-1 loss, as Kansas City was limited to five hits.
"I mean, it's kind of heartbreaking," right fielder David Lough told the team's official website. "Our offense just didn't click but we all know what we're capable of doing."
Poor performances at the plate are nothing new for the Royals in Oakland (21-22), where they've lost four of five while totaling eight runs with a .168 average.
Lough did provide a lift with a pair of hits and an RBI Friday in his season debut, hours after being recalled from Triple-A Omaha to replace Jarrod Dyson, who is on the disabled list with a sprained right ankle.
The A's will try to post consecutive wins for the first time this month when they send Tommy Milone (3-5, 3.71 ERA) to the mound.
The left-hander, though, has lost five straight starts despite a very respectable 3.62 ERA during that span. He's been backed by four total runs in those games.
Milone didn't do himself any favors Sunday, giving up five runs - three in the first inning - and three walks before leaving after the fifth in a 6-1 loss at Seattle.
He is 1-1 with a 1.20 ERA in two career starts against the Royals, winning the lone matchup at home.
The Royals will counter with Ervin Santana (3-2, 2.79), who suffered his first loss since his season debut his last time out Sunday against the Yankees.
He gave up four runs and eight hits over 6 1-3 innings and has allowed seven runs in his last two starts spanning 12 1-3 innings after going 3-0 with a 1.20 ERA in his previous four outings - all Kansas City victories.
"If you do the little things, you're going to win games. That's how it is," Santana told the team's official website.
He's certainly done that in Oakland, where he's 6-1 with a 2.08 ERA in 12 games - 10 starts - but he last appeared there in a 10-inning defeat with the Los Angeles Angels on July 16, 2011.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 11:17:41 PM EST|