|SEATTLE ( HARANG )|
LA ANGELS ( WILLIAMS )
|927||SEATTLE||+140||Ov 8.5,-120||+145||Ov 8.5,-115|
|928||LA ANGELS||-150||Un 8.5,+100||-155||Un 8.5,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||12-19||-7||13-16||3.3||0.233||0.300||4.1||0.252||0.302|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.2||3-2||4.7||0.268||0.336||5.0||0.261||0.328|
|vs Right-handed Starters||13-21||-13.1||23-11||4.2||0.258||0.317||5.2||0.260||0.333|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2||5-2||5.3||0.277||0.367||5.9||0.296||0.346|
|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)||4-5||L||145||8.5 ov||O||9||4||0||13||12||0|
|5/19/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)||0-6||L||-110||7 ov||U||4||9||1||9||6||0|
|5/20/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KAZMIR(L)||8-10||L||-105||7.5 ov||O||12||5||3||11||8||0|
|5/21/2013||HARANG(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)|| |
|5/22/2013||MAURER(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)|| |
|5/27/2013||HARANG(R)||SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)|| |
|5/28/2013|| ||SAN DIEGO|| || |
|5/7/2013||WILSON(L)||@ HOUSTON||LYLES(R)||6-7||L||-165||9 ov||O||8||5||3||7||3||0|
|5/8/2013||BLANTON(R)||@ HOUSTON||NORRIS(R)||1-3||L||-140||9.5 un||U||9||5||0||9||6||0|
|5/9/2013||VARGAS(L)||@ HOUSTON||HARRELL(R)||6-5||W||-150||9 un||O||8||16||0||13||7||3|
|5/10/2013||ENRIGHT(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)||7-5||W||105||8.5 ov||O||11||7||0||7||6||2|
|5/11/2013||WILLIAMS(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||3-2||W||-110||8.5 ev||U||7||4||0||8||6||3|
|5/12/2013||WILSON(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||0-3||L||110||7.5 ev||U||1||1||0||8||8||1|
|5/13/2013||BLANTON(R)||KANSAS CITY||MENDOZA(R)||4-11||L||-135||9 ev||O||9||5||0||19||8||0|
|5/14/2013||VARGAS(L)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||6-2||W||-125||8.5 un||U||12||6||1||6||6||0|
|5/15/2013||ENRIGHT(R)||KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)||5-9||L||-105||9 un||O||12||11||0||13||7||0|
|5/16/2013||WILLIAMS(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||4-5||L||-145||8 ov||O||7||5||2||9||7||0|
|5/17/2013||WILSON(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||0-3||L||-120||7 un||U||3||5||0||8||4||1|
|5/18/2013||BLANTON(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)||12-9||W||-135||8.5 un||O||12||9||0||17||12||0|
|5/19/2013||VARGAS(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||PEAVY(R)||6-2||W||-115||7.5 ev||O||7||6||0||5||9||0|
|5/23/2013||BLANTON(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)|| |
|5/24/2013||VARGAS(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||MENDOZA(R)|| |
|5/25/2013|| ||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)|| |
|5/26/2013||WILSON(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)|| |
|5/27/2013||BLANTON(R)||@ LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)|| |
|5/28/2013|| ||@ LA DODGERS|| || |
|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.
|LA ANGELS: HITTING: SS ERICK AYBAR will likely get another crack at the leadoff spot by default. DH/OF BOBBY ABREU can still draw walks and run a little. 2B HOWIE KENDRICK traded batting average for more power last year. He's still one of baseball's better middle infield bats. 1B ALBERT PUJOLS should benefit from DH-ing a couple of times a year. OF TORII HUNTER is fading fast and may not provide middle-of-the-order power. OF VERNON WELLS has a better chance than Hunter to bounce back, and the Angels have to be patient considering his monster contract. MARK TRUMBO will get a look at 3B. If he can't get it done, ALBERTO CALLASPO would start and Trumbo would back-up first and DH. Speedy OF PETER BOURJOS will start in left, and top prospect MIKE TROUT will soon replace free agents-to-be Abreu or Hunter. KENDRYS MORALES could DH regularly if his ankle is healthy. CHRIS IANNETTA is no Mike Napoli, but he's a monster upgrade over Jeff Mathis. |
STARTING PITCHING: JERED WEAVER had a lot of things go right in 2011, and it's not hard to picture him as a Cy Young candidate again. But he faded late in the year, and may not belong in the upper echelon or pitchers. A cutter has led to DAN HAREN's rebirth. He's right there with Weaver, just a step behind the elite arms. C.J. WILSON may not get the same run support, but he should benefit from getting out of hitter-friendly Arlington; he had a 2.31 road ERA last year. ERVIN SANTANA never developed into a top-of-the-line starter, but he's become more consistent and settled in as a solid starter. Once a washed-out former prospect, JEROME WILLIAMS came back to the States from Taiwan and delivered three quality starts last September. He's not likely to have sustained success, but he does have the inside track for a rotation spot. Middling prospect GARRETT RICHARDS seems like the most likely candidate to step into the rotation in case of injury.
RELIEF PITCHING: JORDAN WALDEN will have the closer's role again entering the spring, but while he was overpowering he was also very shaky at times. He gave up seven runs over 2.2 innings in his last three appearances. RICH THOMPSON decided to lean on his cutter last year and the results were excellent. If Walden slips up, Thompson has to be in the closer conversation. LaTROY HAWKINS was solid with Milwaukee (2.42 ERA) and joins his ninth different team since 2003. He is expected to set up Walden as well. Lefty SCOTT DOWNS was far from dominant last year, despite his 1.34 ERA. But Scioscia does trust him in high-leverage situations, making him a possible fallback if Walden struggles. The Angels don't seem to have big plans for HISANORI TAKAHASHI, the most well-compensated long reliever in baseball.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (SEATTLE-LA ANGELS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Mariners-Angels Preview* =========================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Seattle (20-24) at Los Angeles (17-27), 10:05 p.m. EDT
A more patient approach at the plate helped the Los Angeles Angels win the final two games in their latest series. They'll try to get their next one off to a victorious start with another successful performance against the Seattle Mariners' Aaron Harang.
The Angels try to match their longest win streak of the season Tuesday night while beating Harang for the second time in 2013.
Los Angeles (17-27) registered a combined 18 runs and 19 hits in the final two of its four-game set against the Chicago White Sox over the weekend. The Angels also drew 16 walks in those two games, matching the total from their previous six contests, and got two with the bases loaded in a 6-2 victory Sunday.
"It's what you try to do every game. You want to try to get good at-bats, pressure the other club," manager Mike Scioscia told the team's official website. "We combined all the things ... Definitely the patience, taking some walks, some good clutch hitting with runners in scoring position and some good baserunning."
Scioscia's club will try to keep it going by jumping on Harang (1-4, 7.30 ERA) early again. The Angels got five runs off the right-hander in three innings of a 6-3 victory April 26.
Harang is 0-2 with a 6.11 ERA in four career starts against Los Angeles.
Harang enters this matchup having allowed two runs over six innings in each of his last two outings, but he had to skip his scheduled start Thursday because of stiffness in his lower back.
"We anticipate everything being fine," manager Eric Wedge told the team's official website Monday.
The Mariners (20-25) head to Anaheim after a season-high four straight losses, all coming in Cleveland. They blew one-run leads in the ninth and 10th innings in a 10-8 defeat Monday.
The Indians won three of the four games in their last at-bat.
"It was another weird game," Wedge said. "We kept coming back and kept taking lead. We just weren't able to make plays and pitches when we needed to. ... There's been seven games on this road trip and we could have easily won six of them. We're that close."
The sweep in Cleveland followed an 11-5 stretch that included two wins in three games against the Yankees to begin this trip, which ends Wednesday.
Seattle won three of four over the visiting Angels from April 25-28 and won five of nine in Anaheim last season. Prior to that, the Mariners had lost 20 of 24 at Angels Stadium.
Jerome Williams (2-1, 3.05) was hardly at his best in his most recent start against Seattle, at home June 6. The right-hander gave up a season-high seven runs over 5 2-3 innings in an 8-6 defeat after going 3-0 with a 3.43 ERA in his previous three starts against the Mariners.
After losing in his return to the rotation May 5 against Baltimore, Williams has allowed four runs in 12 2-3 innings over his last two starts - both against the White Sox. The Angels bullpen blew a two-run lead Thursday after Williams gave up two runs in six innings.
"It's frustrating," Williams said. "But all we can do is pat each other on the back, support them."
Angels first baseman Albert Pujols has faced Harang more than any other hitter, going 23 for 74 (.311) with six doubles and five homers.
The Mariners haven't dropped five straight since Aug. 5-10.
|Last Updated: 10/2/2014 5:29:04 AM EST|