|LA ANGELS ( WILLIAMS )|
KANSAS CITY ( DAVIS )
|975||LA ANGELS||-115||Ov 9.5,+100||-120||Ov 9,-110|
|976||KANSAS CITY||+105||Un 9.5,-120||+110||Un 9,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||18-21||-7.9||25-14||4.6||0.265||0.324||4.7||0.254||0.327|
|Past 7 Games||7-0||+7.2||4-3||7.7||0.312||0.392||2.6||0.235||0.309|
|vs Right-handed Starters||17-15||+0.8||15-16||4.6||0.277||0.325||4.1||0.256||0.307|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-7||3-4||3.1||0.260||0.328||4.7||0.276||0.337|
|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)||5-4||W||110||8.5 un||O||8||4||0||10||7||0|
|5/24/2013||VARGAS(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||MENDOZA(R)||5-2||W||-120||8.5 ov||U||11||9||1||6||7||0|
|5/25/2013||BUCKNER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||7-0||W||110||9.5 ov||U||8||4||0||4||5||1|
|5/26/2013||WILLIAMS(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)|| |
|5/27/2013||WILSON(L)||@ LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)|| |
|5/28/2013||BLANTON(R)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)|| |
|5/29/2013||VARGAS(L)||LA DODGERS||CAPUANO(L)|| |
|5/30/2013|| ||LA DODGERS||LILLY(L)|| |
|6/1/2013|| ||HOUSTON|| || |
|6/2/2013|| ||HOUSTON|| || |
|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)||3-4||L||155||8 ev||U||11||12||1||9||5||0|
|5/20/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||@ HOUSTON||KEUCHEL(L)||5-6||L||-155||9 ov||O||11||7||1||9||7||0|
|5/21/2013||DAVIS(R)||@ HOUSTON||NORRIS(R)||7-3||W||-130||9 un||O||13||7||2||10||10||1|
|5/22/2013||SHIELDS(R)||@ HOUSTON||LYLES(R)||1-3||L||-210||7.5 ov||U||6||5||1||8||5||0|
|5/23/2013||SANTANA(R)||LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)||4-5||L||-120||8.5 un||O||10||7||0||8||4||0|
|5/24/2013||MENDOZA(R)||LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)||2-5||L||+110||8.5 ov||U||6||7||0||11||9||1|
|5/25/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||LA ANGELS||BUCKNER(R)||0-7||L||-120||9.5 ov||U||4||5||1||8||4||0|
|5/26/2013||DAVIS(R)||LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)|| |
|5/27/2013||SHIELDS(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|5/28/2013||SANTANA(R)||ST LOUIS||LYONS(L)|| |
|5/29/2013||MENDOZA(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|5/30/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||@ ST LOUIS||GAST(L)|| |
|5/31/2013||DAVIS(R)||@ TEXAS||TEPESCH(R)|| |
|6/1/2013|| ||@ TEXAS|| || |
|6/2/2013|| ||@ TEXAS|| || |
|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.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (LA ANGELS-KANSAS CITY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Angels-Royals Preview* =======================
Los Angeles (21-27) at Kansas City (21-24), 2:10 p.m. EDT
The Kansas City Royals are probably glad that Sunday is the last time they will see Mike Trout.
Trout has been a key factor in this series as his Los Angeles Angels try to extend their win streak to eight and push the Royals' home slide to eight.
Los Angeles (22-27) is enjoying its longest run since an eight-game streak May 22-29, 2012. Trout is 11 for 21 with two homers and seven RBIs over his last five contests.
The speedy center fielder has scored twice in each game of this set. Trout has hit safely in all six games in the season series, going 9 for 21 with three homers, six RBIs and 10 runs scored.
The Angels have outscored their opponents 54-18 during this run.
Catchers Chris Iannetta and Hank Conger have combined for three homers in this series while Mark Trumbo is 4 for 12 with five RBIs to push his hitting streak to 10 games.
"Obviously, confidence as a team builds as you start to move in the right direction," manager Mike Scioscia said following Saturday's 7-0 win. "Right now these guys feel good because we're playing the type of baseball we had hoped we would play the first month, but it didn't appear.
"It's here now. I think you see guys are comfortable playing our game, and let the other team try to stop us. That's the mode we want to get into when we're at our best."
Kansas City (21-25) has totaled 24 runs while dropping eight of nine as it tries to avoid its first five-game slide. This is the Royals' longest home skid since their 0-10 start last year.
Cleanup hitter Billy Butler is 0 for 8 with four walks in this series, going seven straight games without a RBI.
The Royals rank 13th in the AL with 190 runs and last with 28 home runs.
"We're just not getting it done right now," center fielder Lorenzo Cain said. "We've got to step up and start doing better. Offensively, we're struggling big-time."
The Royals will be without catcher Salvador Perez, placed on the bereavement list after Saturday's game following the death of his grandmother.
Both teams will start right-handers Sunday.
Jerome Williams (3-1, 2.53 ERA) will make his fifth start for the Angels after going 2-1 with a 3.24 ERA in the first four, lasting a season-high eight innings in Tuesday's 12-0 rout of Seattle.
Williams has started once against the Royals. He has limited Jeff Francoeur to a single in 12 at-bats and Miguel Tejada to two in nine, with no other Kansas City hitter having three at-bats against him.
Opponents are hitting .351 against Royals starter Wade Davis (3-3, 5.91) for one of baseball's worst marks. He is facing the Angels again after earning a 9-5 victory over them May 15 by yielding four runs over 5 1-3 innings.
Josh Hamilton, struggling with a .222 average and .386 slugging percentage, is 5 for 7 with a homer against Davis.
The Angels are seeking their first four-game sweep in Kansas City since Aug. 6-9, 2004. This is their sixth four-game set at Kauffman Stadium since.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 11:01:19 PM EST|