|SEATTLE ( HERNANDEZ )|
OAKLAND ( GRIFFIN )
|977||SEATTLE||+105||Ov 6.5,+105||+100||Ov 6.5,-115|
|978||OAKLAND||-115||Un 6.5,-125||-110||Un 6.5,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||18-27||-9.8||19-23||3.3||0.236||0.300||4.2||0.246||0.299|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.5||0-7||2.4||0.221||0.276||2.3||0.197||0.256|
|vs Right-handed Starters||26-17||+8.8||23-20||4.7||0.247||0.319||4.0||0.242||0.297|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-0.2||1-6||3.3||0.204||0.271||3.1||0.209||0.275|
|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)||3-2||W||165||7.5 un||U||10||9||1||7||6||1|
|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)|| |
|6/22/2013|| ||OAKLAND|| || |
|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||COLON(R)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)|| |
|6/22/2013|| ||@ 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 (30-38) at Oakland (41-28), 7:15 p.m. EDT
With their longest home winning streak in 11 years in the past, the Oakland Athletics face a stiff challenge trying to bounce back against the Seattle Mariners' Felix Hernandez.
The star right-hander looks to continues his recent success overall and in Oakland on Saturday.
A day after posting an 18-inning, 3-2 victory over the New York Yankees, Oakland (41-28) seemed to lack energy as its 11-game home winning streak ended with Friday's 3-2 loss to Seattle.
Mike Zunino homered in his second career game and Joe Saunders allowed a run and five hits over seven innings for the Mariners (30-38), who improved to 5-3 against the A's this season.
"I felt no difference," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said about any possible fatigue from Thursday's marathon contest. "(Joe) Saunders pitched well. It was Zunino's home run."
The AL West-leading A's have lost six times in 27 games, but now must find a way to get the best of a pitcher that's enjoyed taking the mound in Oakland during his stellar career.
Hernandez (7-4, 2.49 ERA) is 7-2 with a 2.82 ERA in 15 starts at the Coliseum, and hasn't lost there in 10 starts. He allowed three hits and struck out eight in 7 2-3 innings of a 2-0 season-opening victory at Oakland on April 1, the fourth time in five starts there he yielded one run or less.
"He's a tremendous pitcher, obviously, but you go out there and try to throw up zeros because his track record says he's going to do it, too," said currently disabled Oakland pitcher Brett Anderson, who took the loss in that contest.
Hernandez gave up 11 runs and 19 hits in 10 2-3 innings to lose consecutive starts from May 19-25, but has since yielded six and 14 hits over 22 1-3 innings while going 2-0 in three outings. He allowed a run, five hits and struck out seven in seven innings of a 2-1 home loss to the New York Yankees on Sunday.
He's 5-2 with a 1.96 ERA in eight road outings in 2013.
Three of Oakland's 11 home losses have come to Seattle.
Called up Tuesday, Zunino is 2 for 7 and happy to contribute.
"I'm just happy (his first homer) could come at a time like that to help the team out," he said. "The bigger part was getting the W. That was my first one, too."
Mariners rookie second baseman Nick Franklin added two hits and is 6 for 11 in the last three games.
Scheduled A's starter A.J. Griffin (5-5, 3.78) is 0-2 in his last three starts overall, but has a 2.12 ERA in winning his three career starts against the Mariners. The right-hander allowed two runs in six innings of an 8-2 win over Seattle on April 4.
Set to make his first home start since May 19, Griffin has allowed four runs in three of his last four starts, including Sunday over 7 1-3 innings of a 4-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox.
Oakland's Chris Young went 3 for 3 with a home run Friday. Young is hitting .184 this season, but is 5 for 9 with two doubles and two homers in three games versus Seattle.
The A's hope to have third baseman Josh Donaldson in the lineup after he was rested Friday while dealing with a leg strain. He's hitting .310 overall, but is 1 for 17 with six strikeouts in his last four contests.
|Last Updated: 10/21/2014 3:29:43 PM EST|