|SEATTLE ( SAUNDERS )|
OAKLAND ( MILONE )
|927||SEATTLE||+182||Ov 7,-120||+175||Ov 7.5,+105|
|928||OAKLAND||-195||Un 7,+100||-185||Un 7.5,-125|
|vs Left-handed Starters||11-11||+0.5||10-10||4.0||0.236||0.298||4.3||0.253||0.307|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.2||0-7||2.1||0.198||0.252||2.9||0.203||0.255|
|vs Left-handed Starters||15-10||+5||14-11||4.5||0.245||0.331||3.8||0.241||0.288|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.6||2-5||3.7||0.207||0.267||3.3||0.205||0.268|
|5/31/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||@ MINNESOTA||PELFREY(R)||3-0||W||-125||8 ov||U||8||8||0||7||8||1|
|6/1/2013||HARANG(R)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)||4-5||L||105||8.5 ov||O||11||8||2||7||10||0|
|6/2/2013||BONDERMAN(R)||@ MINNESOTA||DIAMOND(L)||0-10||L||140||8.5 un||O||5||4||0||16||7||0|
|6/3/2013||SAUNDERS(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)||4-2||W||+100||7.5 un||U||7||4||0||6||5||0|
|6/4/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||PEAVY(R)||7-4||W||-150||6 un||O||11||5||0||7||1||0|
|6/5/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)||5-7||L||-165||7 un||O||16||12||2||17||13||0|
|6/6/2013||HARANG(R)||NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||1-6||L||+105||7.5 un||U||4||6||0||9||3||1|
|6/7/2013||BONDERMAN(R)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||4-1||W||+165||8 un||U||9||9||1||4||5||0|
|6/8/2013||SAUNDERS(L)||NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||1-3||L||+120||7.5 un||U||4||5||0||10||9||0|
|6/9/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)||1-2||L||-145||6.5 ov||U||6||6||1||7||10||1|
|6/14/2013||SAUNDERS(L)||@ OAKLAND||MILONE(L)|| |
|6/15/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRIFFIN(R)|| |
|6/16/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||@ OAKLAND||COLON(R)|| |
|6/17/2013||HARANG(R)||@ LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)|| |
|6/18/2013||BONDERMAN(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)|| |
|6/19/2013||SAUNDERS(L)||@ LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)|| |
|6/20/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ LA ANGELS||HANSON(R)|| |
|6/21/2013|| ||OAKLAND|| || |
|5/31/2013||COLON(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)||3-0||W||-185||7.5 ov||U||5||3||0||5||3||0|
|6/1/2013||STRAILY(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||4-3||W||-150||8 un||U||16||18||0||10||7||0|
|6/2/2013||PARKER(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||2-0||W||-115||7 un||U||6||5||0||3||4||1|
|6/3/2013||MILONE(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||ESTRADA(R)||10-2||W||115||9 un||O||19||10||0||6||4||1|
|6/4/2013||GRIFFIN(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||LOHSE(R)||3-4||L||-125||9 un||U||9||9||0||10||9||0|
|6/5/2013||COLON(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)||6-1||W||-125||8.5 un||U||10||3||1||9||9||0|
|6/6/2013||STRAILY(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||5-4||W||-130||8 un||O||9||3||0||9||6||0|
|6/7/2013||PARKER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||4-3||W||120||7.5 un||U||6||4||2||5||4||1|
|6/8/2013||MILONE(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)||1-4||L||-130||8.5 ov||U||4||3||1||7||6||1|
|6/9/2013||GRIFFIN(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)||2-4||L||-130||8.5 un||U||5||5||0||7||5||1|
|6/11/2013||COLON(R)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||6-4||W||-115||7 un||O||9||3||0||10||9||0|
|6/12/2013||STRAILY(R)||NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||5-2||W||-110||7.5 un||U||8||10||1||4||6||0|
|6/13/2013||PARKER(R)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||3-2||W||-110||7.5 un||U||12||12||2||10||14||0|
|6/17/2013||STRAILY(R)||@ TEXAS||TEPESCH(R)|| |
|6/18/2013||PARKER(R)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)|| |
|6/19/2013||MILONE(L)||@ TEXAS||GRIMM(R)|| |
|6/20/2013||GRIFFIN(R)||@ TEXAS||LINDBLOM(R)|| |
|6/21/2013|| ||@ SEATTLE|| || |
|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.
|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 (SEATTLE-OAKLAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Mariners-Athletics Preview* ============================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Seattle (29-38) at Oakland (40-27), 10:05 p.m. EDT
A big reason for the Oakland Athletics' month-long success has been their exceptional play at home.
Coming off a marathon victory, the A's look to extend their home winning streak to 12 games Friday night against the Seattle Mariners.
Nate Freiman singled home the winning run off Mariano Rivera in the 18th inning to help Oakland (41-27) complete a three-game home sweep of the Yankees with a 3-2 victory Thursday.
"It was very taxing even winning the game. To lose could have been demoralizing," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "These are awful games to lose."
The A's have won 21 of 26 to surpass Texas atop the AL West. They are 21-10 at home, and their 11-game winning streak at the Coliseum is the longest since posting 12 straight Aug. 13-Sept. 14, 2002.
Perhaps the only thing that's cast a shadow over Oakland's surge is the status of outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, who has missed the last two games with hamstring tightness.
Freiman, however, is hitting .381 (8 for 21) in his last seven home games.
Making his first home start since May 18, Oakland's Tommy Milone (6-5. 3.69 ERA) is 3-0 with a 3.66 ERA in his last five starts. He gave up a solo homer and three other hits in seven innings of a 4-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Saturday.
Milone is 3-2 with a 2.43 ERA at home, and 1-1 with a 5.25 ERA against the Mariners (29-38) in 2013. That victory came April 3 when the left-hander allowed two solo home runs and two other hits in seven innings of a 6-2 victory.
Scheduled Seattle starter Joe Saunders (4-6, 5.12) gave up four runs and walked four in four innings in that contest to fall to 6-3 with a 3.14 ERA at Oakland.
The left-hander is 1-1 with a 4.35 ERA against the A's this season, and heads into the opener 0-4 with a 9.00 ERA in six road starts compared to 4-2 with a 2.53 ERA in seven at home. He's received an average 4.47 runs of support at home and 1.74 away from Safeco Field.
Saunders, however, is 1-1 with a 2.29 ERA in his last three outings overall. That included May 29 at San Diego, when he gave up a run and four hits in seven innings of a 3-2, 10-inning loss.
He allowed three runs in 6 1-3 innings of a 3-1 home loss to the Yankees on Saturday.
"He's starting to kind of lock it in and get into a groove," manager Eric Wedge told the Mariners' official website. "He has a much better feel for himself now in regard to what he wants to do. He's been pitching for a while, and you're seeing what we'd hoped we'd see."
Seattle is 4-3 against the A's in 2013 and split a season-opening four-game set at Oakland, but has lost two straight and nine of 11 on road the overall.
The Mariners concluded a 5-5 homestand with a 6-1 loss to Houston on Wednesday, giving up all six runs in the ninth.
Seattle hopes first baseman Kendrys Morales and outfielder Michael Morse can play through some nagging injuries and be in the lineup Friday.
Morales is batting .394 with two homers and seven RBIs in his last eight road games, but missed the last two contests with lower-back stiffness.
Morse is hitting .333 (9 for 27) with four home runs and seven RBIs against the A's this season but is dealing with a quad injury.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 4:37:18 AM EST|