|KANSAS CITY ( MENDOZA )|
TAMPA BAY ( MOORE )
|917||KANSAS CITY||+170||Ov 8,-110||+160||Ov 8,+100|
|918||TAMPA BAY||-180||Un 8,-110||-170||Un 8,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||5-12||-8.1||5-12||3.1||0.226||0.282||4.1||0.260||0.317|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+5.6||2-5||4.4||0.264||0.309||1.7||0.226||0.280|
|vs Right-handed Starters||24-23||-3.6||27-16||4.8||0.258||0.325||5.0||0.252||0.310|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.6||4-3||5.0||0.273||0.343||5.1||0.248||0.305|
|5/31/2013||DAVIS(R)||@ TEXAS||HOLLAND(L)||2-7||L||205||9.5 un||U||9||6||0||14||8||1|
|6/1/2013||SHIELDS(R)||@ TEXAS||TEPESCH(R)||4-1||W||115||9 un||U||11||11||1||6||7||1|
|6/2/2013||SANTANA(R)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)||1-3||L||187||8 un||U||5||8||2||6||3||0|
|6/13/2013||SANTANA(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||10-1||W||130||7.5 un||O||14||5||1||6||6||0|
|6/14/2013||MENDOZA(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)|| |
|6/15/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)|| |
|6/16/2013||DAVIS(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|6/17/2013||SHIELDS(R)||@ CLEVELAND||JIMENEZ(R)|| |
|6/18/2013||SANTANA(R)||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|6/19/2013||MENDOZA(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)|| |
|6/21/2013|| ||CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|5/31/2013||MOORE(L)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)||9-2||W||-105||8.5 ov||O||11||5||1||2||2||0|
|6/1/2013||ARCHER(R)||@ CLEVELAND||JIMENEZ(R)||0-5||L||115||9.5 un||U||4||5||0||8||7||1|
|6/2/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MCALLISTER(R)||11-3||W||100||9 un||O||14||7||0||11||6||1|
|6/4/2013||MOORE(L)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)||1-10||L||135||8 un||O||4||3||0||15||12||0|
|6/5/2013||COBB(R)||@ DETROIT||FISTER(R)||3-0||W||130||8 ev||U||8||4||1||6||9||0|
|6/6/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)||2-5||L||182||8.5 un||U||6||7||0||13||8||0|
|6/13/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)||1-10||L||-140||7.5 un||O||6||6||0||14||5||1|
|6/14/2013||MOORE(L)||KANSAS CITY||MENDOZA(R)|| |
|6/15/2013||COBB(R)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)|| |
|6/16/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)|| |
|6/18/2013|| ||@ BOSTON|| || |
|6/18/2013|| ||@ BOSTON|| || |
|6/19/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)|| |
|6/20/2013|| ||@ NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)|| |
|6/21/2013|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|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.
|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).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (KANSAS CITY-TAMPA BAY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Royals-Rays Preview* =====================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Kansas City (30-33) at Tampa Bay (35-30), 7:10 p.m. EDT
The start of June has not been kind to Tampa Bay's Matt Moore.
After dominating for the first two months of the season, the left-hander looks to avoid a third straight losing start when he tries to help the host Rays cool off the surging Kansas City Royals on Friday night.
Moore (8-2, 3.78 ERA) went 8-0 with a 2.18 ERA in his first 11 starts, which included a one-inning effort during a rain-marred 9-2 win at Cleveland on May 31.
However, since the calendar turned, Moore has allowed 15 runs, 19 hits and walked seven in seven innings to lose his last two. He lasted two innings in a 10-1 loss at Detroit on June 4, then gave up career highs of nine runs and 12 hits in five innings of a 10-7 loss to Baltimore on Sunday.
"The 8-0 start is obviously gone," Moore said. "It's something that, maybe, was a bit misleading I guess you could say."
A lack of command continues to plague Moore, who has yielded half of his total runs this season in June.
"Not bad stuff, but the location was not good," manager Joe Maddon said after Moore's last start. "This whole season, really, he has not been a command kind of a pitcher.
"Earlier in the season he might have been making mistakes that were not being hit. It's not like it's entirely different than early, it's just that the command right now is a little off with his off-speed stuff."
In Moore's only previous start versus Kansas City (31-33), he gave up four runs in 7 1-3 innings while not factoring in the decision of a 5-4 loss last year.
While Tampa Bay (35-31) has dropped two straight and four of five, the Royals have outscored their opponents 42-16 while winning eight of nine.
Ex-Ray Elliot Johnson had three hits, including a three-run homer for one of his two hits during Kansas City's eight-run sixth-inning in Thursday's 10-1 series-opening victory. Ervin Santana threw 7 2-3 strong innings as the Royals set a franchise record by holding an opponent to three runs or fewer in a 12th straight game.
"Everything is going our way right now so we have to keep that up," Santana said.
Traded by the Rays to Kansas City in February, Johnson is 6 for 11 with two homers and four RBIs in three victories versus Tampa Bay this year. He's batting .202 with three RBIs in his other 39 games played in 2013.
"It's good to get them anyway you can, but it feels good to get them against them, of course," Johnson said.
Teammate Luis Mendoza (1-3, 4.19) takes the mound looking to build on his best outing of the season. He allowed four hits in seven innings, but didn't factor in the decision of a 2-0 win over Houston on Sunday.
Though the right-hander last won May 13, he's posted a 2.25 ERA while going 0-1 in his last five starts. The Royals, however, have totaled 10 runs in those contests.
Mendoza is 0-1 with an 8.64 ERA in two starts versus Tampa Bay. He allowed six runs and three homers in four innings before leaving without a decision in a 9-8 home win over the Rays on May 1.
Tampa Bay's Matt Joyce is 3 for 5 with a double and a home run against Mendoza. He had two hits Thursday and is 8 for 20 (.400) in the last five games.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 8:18:53 AM EST|