|KANSAS CITY ( GUTHRIE )|
TAMPA BAY ( COBB )
|969||KANSAS CITY||+165||Ov 8,+100||+170||Ov 7.5,-105|
|970||TAMPA BAY||-175||Un 8,-120||-180||Un 7.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||26-21||+4.8||18-27||4.3||0.269||0.317||3.6||0.252||0.310|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+6.1||3-4||4.9||0.266||0.316||1.7||0.214||0.273|
|vs Right-handed Starters||24-24||-5.2||28-16||4.8||0.257||0.325||5.0||0.253||0.311|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-5.2||5-2||5.0||0.272||0.346||6.0||0.272||0.328|
|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)||7-2||W||155||8 un||O||10||7||1||6||7||0|
|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||CARRASCO(R)|| |
|6/19/2013||MENDOZA(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)|| |
|6/21/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)|| |
|6/22/2013|| ||CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|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)||2-7||L||-165||8 un||O||6||7||0||10||7||1|
|6/15/2013||COBB(R)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)|| |
|6/16/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)|| |
|6/18/2013||ARCHER(R)||@ BOSTON||BUCHHOLZ(R)|| |
|6/18/2013|| ||@ BOSTON||MORALES(L)|| |
|6/19/2013||MOORE(L)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)|| |
|6/20/2013||COBB(R)||@ NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)|| |
|6/21/2013|| ||@ NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)|| |
|6/22/2013|| ||@ 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 (31-33) at Tampa Bay (35-31), 4:10 p.m. EDT
Strong pitching continues to pace the Kansas City Royals during their recent surge.
Jeremy Guthrie looks to continue that success on the mound and help the visiting Royals to a fourth straight victory Saturday against the struggling Tampa Bay Rays.
Luis Mendoza gave up two runs with six hits and three Kansas City (32-33) relievers pitched three hitless innings in Friday's 7-2 win at Tampa Bay. The Royals, winners of nine of 10, have held opponents to three runs or fewer in all 13 games this month, going 10-3.
Kansas City's pitching staff has surrendered 20 earned runs in June and remains a big reason the club is within a game of reaching .500 for the first time since it was 21-21 on May 21.
"You can't say enough good things about what our pitching staff's done," said Kansas City slugger Billy Butler, who is 8 for 17 with five RBIs against the Rays this season. "It's been really fun lately to have them meshing together with the offense and defense."
The Royals own a 34-13 run advantage while going 4-0 this season against the Rays (35-32), who have dropped five of six.
Guthrie (7-3, 3.60 ERA), who won eight games for Colorado and Kansas City in 2012, is 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA in three starts since he posted a 7.91 ERA while losing his previous three. The right-hander gave up a two-run homer to Miguel Cabrera over 6 1-3 innings of a 3-2 win over Detroit on Monday.
Guthrie is 6-10 with a 4.05 ERA in 19 starts against the Rays, but has not faced them since 2011 with Baltimore.
After recording three hits, including a three-run homer in Kansas City's 10-1 win over Tampa Bay on Thursday, Ex-Ray Elliot Johnson had two more hits with an RBI on Friday.
Traded by the Rays to the Royals in February, the light-hitting infielder is 8 for 15 (.533) with both of his home runs and five of his eight RBIs in four games against his former team this season.
Tampa Bay has totaled four runs and 18 hits during its current three-game skid that followed a four-game stretch where it averaged 7.8 runs and 13.0 hits.
The Rays rotation has allowed 33 runs in 31 innings over the last six games.
"We can talk about our offense all we want, but until we start pitching like we can it's going to be tough to get on a nice roll again," manager Joe Maddon said.
Tampa Bay's Alex Cobb (6-2, 2.95) takes the mound looking for a more complete outing. He allowed six first-inning runs before he settled down and gave up seven hits and walked three over a season-low four frames of a 10-8, 14-inning loss to Boston on Monday.
The right-hander gave up four runs and 16 hits in 28 2-3 innings to go 2-0 over his previous four starts.
Cobb, who yielded four runs and 10 hits in 5 2-3 innings of an 8-2 loss at Kansas City on April 30, is 1-2 with a 5.23 ERA against the Royals.
Johnson is 2 for 3 against Cobb.
Despite the Rays offensive struggles, Matt Joyce is batting .417 (10 for 24) with three homers and four RBIs in six games. He's hit .414 with four homers and five RBIs in his last seven versus Kansas City.
|Last Updated: 9/19/2014 10:50:17 AM EST|