|TAMPA BAY ( MOORE )|
BALTIMORE ( TILLMAN )
|919||TAMPA BAY||-110||Ov 8.5,+100||-105||Ov 8.5,-125|
|920||BALTIMORE||+100||Un 8.5,-120||-105||Un 8.5,+105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||13-14||-4.1||17-6||4.9||0.260||0.333||5.2||0.256||0.311|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.4||5-2||6.3||0.299||0.379||5.9||0.227||0.294|
|vs Left-handed Starters||6-5||+0.9||4-6||4.0||0.242||0.302||3.7||0.228||0.296|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-4.1||5-2||6.0||0.317||0.361||6.7||0.320||0.383|
|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)||10-6||W||-110||9 ev||O||11||6||0||13||10||0|
|5/19/2013||MOORE(L)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)|| |
|5/20/2013||ODORIZZI(R)||@ TORONTO||JENKINS(R)|| |
|5/21/2013||COBB(R)||@ TORONTO||ORTIZ(R)|| |
|5/22/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||@ TORONTO||BUEHRLE(L)|| |
|5/24/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)|| |
|5/25/2013||MOORE(L)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|5/26/2013|| ||NY YANKEES|| || |
|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)||6-10||L||+100||9 ev||O||13||10||0||11||6||0|
|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||NUNO(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||GARCIA(R)||@ TORONTO||JENKINS(R)|| |
|5/26/2013|| ||@ 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 NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Tampa Bay (21-20) at Baltimore (23-18), 1:35 p.m. EDT
Matt Moore continues to pile up wins for the Tampa Bay Rays. One more would put him in a class by himself.
Looking to become the first pitcher in team history to win nine straight decisions, Moore tries to lead the visiting Rays to a three-game sweep of the slumping Baltimore Orioles on Sunday.
After giving up a three-run homer in the first, Moore (7-0, 2.44 ERA) allowed one hit over the next five innings Tuesday in a 5-3 win over Boston. The 23-year-old left-hander struck out eight and walked two, becoming the first Rays starter to open 7-0.
"The first inning wasn't as heartbreaking as you would think," he said. "It's one of those things where you have faith in our team and what our offense is going to do, and as long as I put up zeroes and leave their lead at three, we're going to make it interesting down the road."
On the verge of becoming the AL's first eight-game winner, Moore is 8-0 with a 2.19 ERA over nine starts dating to September. While he's issued 4.69 walks per nine innings, Moore has limited opponents to a league-low .172 average.
"It's pretty incredible. ... Matt's been wonderful, and again he's going to keep getting better. There's more within Moore," manager Joe Maddon said. "We've talked a little bit about the command issue, but he doesn't give up a lot of hits. He might walk a couple of guys, but they're not beating him up with hits. So there's kind of a balance there."
Moore allowed two runs and five hits over 6 2-3 innings in a 6-2 win at Baltimore on April 17, improving to 3-1 with a 2.05 ERA over his last four starts in the series. While he's held Nate McLouth hitless in six at-bats, Moore will need to be wary of Matt Wieters, who is 6 for 11 with two homers against him.
The Rays could certainly use another impressive showing from Moore after Saturday's starter Roberto Hernandez was pulled after two-plus innings. Relievers Cesar Ramos, Alex Torres and Josh Lueke, though, combined to allow one run the rest of the way and Tampa Bay scored six times in the ninth during a 10-6 victory.
Matt Joyce homered and hit a go-ahead two-run double, leading the Rays to their season-high third straight road victory - all of them coming in come-from-behind fashion. Tampa Bay has scored 30 runs while going 18 for 36 with runners in scoring position over that stretch.
"We believe in each other, and then you're able to do those things," Maddon said. "If you stop believing, if you don't think it can't happen, then it never will. If you think it can happen, then it shall. And that's pretty much what this group's been about."
Losers of a season-worst four straight, the Orioles' franchise-record streak of 109 straight wins when leading after seven innings was snapped. Baltimore has compiled an 8.00 ERA during its skid.
The Orioles will try to regroup behind Chris Tillman (3-1, 3.40). After winning three straight starts, the right-hander allowed one run, four hits and struck out seven over seven innings but didn't factor in the decision of Tuesday's 3-2 loss to San Diego.
Tillman is 1-4 with a 5.06 ERA over eight starts versus Tampa Bay and allowed four runs in five innings losing to Moore last month.
Tillman can't be excited about facing Evan Longoria, who's 7 for 15 with three homers against him. The slugging third baseman is batting .396 with three homers during a career best-tying 12-game hitting streak.
Baltimore's J.J. Hardy has hit safely in his last 13 games, going 18 for 50 (.360) with five homers.
|Last Updated: 10/2/2014 9:27:34 AM EST|