|KANSAS CITY ( MENDOZA )|
OAKLAND ( GRIFFIN )
|925||KANSAS CITY||+140||Ov 8,-115||+155||Ov 8,-125|
|926||OAKLAND||-150||Un 8,-105||-165||Un 8,+105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||16-11||+5.3||13-13||4.9||0.279||0.325||4.0||0.255||0.308|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.6||2-5||4.0||0.251||0.292||3.7||0.261||0.310|
|vs Right-handed Starters||16-15||-0.3||19-12||4.5||0.233||0.308||4.6||0.251||0.310|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.7||1-6||3.0||0.220||0.281||3.4||0.215||0.284|
|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)||1-2||L||125||7 ev||U||5||7||0||5||5||0|
|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||GUTHRIE(R)||LA ANGELS|| || |
|5/26/2013|| ||LA ANGELS|| || |
|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)||2-1||W||-135||7 ev||U||5||5||0||5||7||0|
|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||GRIFFIN(R)||@ HOUSTON||HARRELL(R)|| |
|5/26/2013|| ||@ 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 JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Kansas City (20-19) at Oakland (22-22), 4:05 p.m. EDT
After struggling during the first half of May, the Oakland Athletics might be ready to make a run in the positive direction.
Coming off consecutive one-run victories, the A's try to complete their first three-game home sweep of the struggling Kansas City Royals in five years Sunday.
One night after Oakland (22-22) rallied to score a run in both the seventh and eighth innings, Brandon Moss delivered a tiebreaking triple to highlight a two-run sixth Saturday and help his team to a second straight 2-1 victory over Kansas City.
The A's lost 10 of 14 to open May, and though they've managed 11 hits in this series, they recorded back-to-back victories for the first time since a three-game run to conclude April. Oakland's last three-game home sweep of Kansas City (20-19) was April 18-20, 2008.
Paced by starters Jarrod Parker and Tommy Milone, Oakland pitchers have allowed 10 hits in the first two against the Royals, who have dropped nine of 12.
"That was Houdini," said Oakland manager Bob Melvin after Milone labored through the first two innings Saturday to last six and help the A's build more momentum.
A.J. Griffin (4-3, 3.48 ERA) looks to maintain his success this month when he takes the mound for Oakland. The right-hander posted a 9.00 ERA while losing his last two starts of April, but improved to 2-1 with a 1.74 ERA in May when he allowed a homer and struck out eight in seven innings of a 5-1 win over Texas on Monday.
"Command-wise, I'd say it's my best start in the major leagues," Griffin told the Athletics' official website.
This will be his first appearance against the Royals, who counter with Luis Mendoza (1-2, 6.00).
The right-hander looks to build on his first win of the year after he yielded three runs in six innings of an 11-4 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday. Mendoza is 1-1 with a 3.50 ERA in three road starts this season.
"Every start I'm going to feel better and better and (Monday) I just felt great," Mendoza told the Royals' official website.
Mendoza is 0-1 with a 1.17 ERA in two starts against the A's, but he allowed a run in 5 2-3 innings of a 1-0 loss at Oakland on April 9, 2012.
A's third baseman Josh Donaldson is batting .462 (12 for 26) in his last seven games, and .368 (7 for 19) in his last six against the Royals.
Kansas City's Billy Butler delivered a bloop single with two outs in the first inning Saturday, but the Royals went 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position. They had the bases loaded with no outs in the second inning but failed to score.
"That was the turning point in the game," said Butler, who had two of Kansas City's five hits. "We had chances. Bases loaded, no outs ... you're supposed to capitalize on that."
Butler is 10 for 21 (.476) with 10 RBIs in five games after hitting .114 (4 for 35) in the previous nine.
|Last Updated: 10/2/2014 7:28:50 AM EST|