|SEATTLE ( IWAKUMA )|
OAKLAND ( COLON )
|925||SEATTLE||+115||Ov 7,+100||+115||Ov 7,-110|
|926||OAKLAND||-125||Un 7,-120||-125||Un 7,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||19-27||-8.8||19-24||3.3||0.236||0.300||4.1||0.245||0.298|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.9||0-7||2.4||0.218||0.269||2.1||0.207||0.265|
|vs Right-handed Starters||26-18||+7.6||23-21||4.6||0.246||0.318||4.0||0.242||0.297|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.6||1-6||2.7||0.206||0.274||3.3||0.219||0.280|
|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)||4-0||W||110||6.5 ov||U||9||7||0||6||5||0|
|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)|| |
|6/23/2013|| ||OAKLAND|| || |
|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||STRAILY(R)||@ SEATTLE||HARANG(R)|| |
|6/23/2013|| ||@ 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 NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Seattle (30-38) at Oakland (41-28), 4:05 p.m. EDT
The Oakland Athletics have had their hands full in the first two games of this weekend set, and they could be in for another long day at the plate Sunday.
Runs may be hard to come by for the Mariners, too.
In what sets up as a pitchers' duel, Hisashi Iwakuma takes the mound opposite Bartolo Colon as the visiting Mariners try for their first three-game road sweep of the Athletics in more than four years.
After snapping Oakland's 11-game home winning streak with Friday's 3-2 win, Seattle (31-38) pulled out a 4-0 victory Saturday for its fourth win in five games. The Mariners, who improved to 6-3 in the series this year, haven't swept the A's in Oakland since April 10-12, 2009.
Felix Hernandez combined with two relievers on a six-hitter and 41-year-old Henry Blanco provided all the offense in his team debut, becoming the oldest Mariner to hit a grand slam.
"I was hoping I could still get a job and show them I can still play," said Blanco, who was signed Friday - four days after his release by Toronto. "That was a special day."
Seattle now turns to Iwakuma (7-1, 1.79 ERA), who leads the AL with a 6.21 strikeout-to-walk ratio and ranks second in the majors in ERA. The right-hander, who's gone 28 2-3 innings without allowing an earned run, is 5-0 over a nine-start stretch and 10-1 with a 1.81 ERA over his last 17 outings dating to September.
"He's been about as consistent as any pitcher in baseball, and for quite a while now," manager Eric Wedge told MLB's official website.
Iwakuma beat Houston on Monday, allowing one unearned run and four hits while striking out eight in seven innings of a 3-2 victory.
"He has that four-seamer that like goes downhill then flattens out, with the split off that," shortstop Brendan Ryan said. "He has his change, slider. He uses his big curveball a lot to get ahead. He's got a complete repertoire and uses it intelligently. This is what we've come to expect out of him now. It's pretty awesome."
Iwakuma has baffled Oakland (41-29) in two wins this year, allowing three runs in 13 innings with 16 strikeouts and no walks. Seth Smith, Josh Reddick and Brandon Moss are a combined 0 for 19 against him while Coco Crisp and Josh Donaldson are both 1 for 7. Yoenis Cespedes, though, is 3 for 9 with two homers and a double in their matchups.
Colon (8-2, 2.92) has also shined this year, and he's been especially good over the last three-plus weeks. The former AL Cy Young award winner has surrendered a combined three runs during a five-start winning streak.
"He's throwing the ball great," catcher Derek Norris said of Colon, who won a career-best six straight outings July 9-Aug. 7, 2004. "You couldn't ask any more of him. He's a great competitor and a great pitcher, and it's a pleasure to be back there working with him."
Having allowed just 10 walks all year, Colon issued a season-high four Tuesday but managed to limit the damage, allowing three hits over six scoreless innings in a 6-4 win over the Yankees.
"His ball moves," Yankees catcher Chris Stewart. "It does different things at different times. Sometimes it's going more side to side, sometimes it's going more down. He's tough. He uses both sides of the plate, he doesn't really throw the same pitch twice. He just keeps you off balance."
Colon went 2-1 with a 2.89 ERA over four starts versus Seattle in 2012, yielding a combined two runs in three of those outings and seven in the other. Kendrys Morales and Michael Saunders are both 1 for 11 versus Colon and Ryan is 0 for 8.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 4:40:26 AM EST|