|KANSAS CITY ( DAVIS )|
TAMPA BAY ( HERNANDEZ )
|917||KANSAS CITY||+140||Ov 8.5,-110||+140||Ov 8,+100|
|918||TAMPA BAY||-150||Un 8.5,-110||-150||Un 8,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||26-22||+3.8||19-27||4.2||0.268||0.317||3.6||0.252||0.311|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+4.1||3-4||4.3||0.258||0.308||2.1||0.224||0.294|
|vs Right-handed Starters||25-24||-4.2||29-16||4.8||0.257||0.325||5.0||0.252||0.312|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-5.2||6-1||4.6||0.260||0.337||6.4||0.284||0.347|
|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)||3-5||L||160||7.5 un||O||8||9||1||8||6||0|
|6/16/2013||DAVIS(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|6/17/2013||SHIELDS(R)||@ CLEVELAND||CARRASCO(R)|| |
|6/18/2013||SANTANA(R)||@ CLEVELAND||JIMENEZ(R)|| |
|6/19/2013||MENDOZA(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)|| |
|6/21/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)|| |
|6/22/2013||DAVIS(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)|| |
|6/23/2013|| ||CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|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)||5-3||W||-170||7.5 un||O||8||6||0||8||9||1|
|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||DEMPSTER(R)|| |
|6/20/2013||COBB(R)||@ NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)|| |
|6/21/2013|| ||@ NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)|| |
|6/22/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|6/23/2013|| ||@ 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 (32-33) at Tampa Bay (35-32), 1:40 p.m. EDT
The added incentive of facing his former team might be what Kansas City's Wade Davis needs to record his first win in a month.
Facing Tampa Bay for the first time since it traded him to the Royals, Davis tries to avoid a career-high sixth consecutive winless start Sunday, while the Rays look to build on a much-needed victory that was overshadowed by a frightening injury to a key performer.
Including the postseason, Davis (3-5, 5.37 ERA) went 29-22 with a 3.92 ERA in 121 games - 65 starts - for Tampa Bay from 2009-2012. After spending all last season pitching out of the bullpen, the right-hander was dealt in December along with James Shields to Kansas City as part of a seven-player trade.
"I'm not going to smile ... there's no smiling," Davis said of his return to Tampa. "We're trying to win games over here. We're trying to get in a good position over here."
Davis went 13-12 with a 3.67 ERA in 34 starts at Tropicana Field.
"It's a good stadium to pitch in," he told the Royals' official website. "It's a pretty true ballpark. You've got to hit it to hit it out - especially in center field. It's a fair game here."
Davis went 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA in his first three starts for the Royals (32-34), but is 1-5 with a 6.32 ERA in the last 10. He allowed two runs in 6 2-3 innings while not factoring in the decision of a 3-2 loss to Detroit on Tuesday, but is 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA in five since beating the Los Angeles Angels on May 15.
The Florida native went 0-5 in six starts from June 4-July 3, 2010.
As Davis tries to help the Royals bounce back from their second loss in 11 games, 5-3 on Saturday, he's likely also concerned with the health of former Rays teammate Alex Cobb.
The right-hander was taken off on a stretcher and suffered a mild concussion after he was struck on the right ear by a liner from Eric Hosmer on Saturday.
"It's just scary stuff, man," Hosmer said. "I'm glad he's alright."
Cobb's injury didn't deter the Rays, who hit three home runs to snap a four-game skid against the Royals and win for the second time in seven overall.
"Such a heart-wrenching and terrible thing to happen on a baseball field, but at the same time you have to finish the game," said Tampa Bay outfielder Matt Joyce, who homered for the second straight day.
"The only thing you can do is just pray that he's OK and pray for a speedy recovery."
Joyce is batting .407 (11 for 27) with four home runs and five RBIs in seven games. He's hit .406 with five homers in his last eight versus Kansas City.
Roberto Hernandez (4-6, 4.91) takes the mound for the Rays looking to build on his last outing Tuesday when he gave up three runs and struck out seven in seven innings of an 8-3 win over Boston.
The right-hander is 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA since he allowed 10 runs in six innings to go 0-1 in his previous two starts.
Ex-Ray Elliot Johnson went 1 for 4 on Saturday and is 9 for 19 (.474) against his former team this season.
|Last Updated: 9/17/2014 8:41:25 PM EST|