|SEATTLE ( SAUNDERS )|
LA ANGELS ( WILSON )
|973||SEATTLE||+200||Ov 8,-105||+182||Ov 8,+100|
|974||LA ANGELS||-220||Un 8,-115||-195||Un 8,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||12-12||+1.1||11-11||4.0||0.237||0.297||4.5||0.265||0.317|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+2.2||2-5||2.9||0.224||0.264||4.4||0.287||0.347|
|vs Left-handed Starters||8-10||-4.8||9-9||4.2||0.251||0.324||4.4||0.276||0.328|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-0.4||3-3||5.7||0.329||0.396||3.4||0.225||0.274|
|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)||2-10||L||120||7 un||O||8||5||0||17||10||0|
|6/17/2013||HARANG(R)||@ LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)||3-11||L||185||8 un||O||7||6||1||21||11||1|
|6/18/2013||BONDERMAN(R)||@ LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)||3-2||W||185||9 un||U||8||8||0||8||9||0|
|6/19/2013||SAUNDERS(L)||@ LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)|| |
|6/20/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ LA ANGELS||HANSON(R)|| |
|6/26/2013|| ||PITTSBURGH|| || |
|6/5/2013||VARGAS(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||GARZA(R)||6-8||L||-155||7.5 ev||O||10||8||0||15||11||1|
|6/8/2013||HANSON(R)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)||9-5||W||155||10.5 ov||O||12||12||2||14||14||1|
|6/8/2013||WILSON(L)||@ BOSTON||BUCHHOLZ(R)||2-7||L||150||8.5 ov||O||7||6||3||13||10||0|
|6/9/2013||BLANTON(R)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)||5-10||L||145||10.5 un||O||9||9||2||11||7||0|
|6/10/2013||WEAVER(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GARCIA(R)||3-4||L||-125||9 ov||U||8||8||1||7||3||0|
|6/11/2013||VARGAS(L)||@ BALTIMORE||GONZALEZ(R)||2-3||L||105||9.5 ov||U||6||2||1||8||6||0|
|6/12/2013||WILLIAMS(R)||@ BALTIMORE||HAMMEL(R)||9-5||W||100||9.5 ev||O||12||6||1||10||6||2|
|6/14/2013||WILSON(L)||NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||5-2||W||-155||8 un||U||13||10||1||6||7||0|
|6/15/2013||HANSON(R)||NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)||6-2||W||-125||8 ov||P||12||10||1||5||4||0|
|6/16/2013||WEAVER(R)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||5-6||L||-140||7 ov||O||9||7||2||9||3||0|
|6/25/2013||WILSON(L)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)|| |
|6/26/2013|| ||@ DETROIT|| || |
|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.
|LA ANGELS: HITTING: SS ERICK AYBAR will likely get another crack at the leadoff spot by default. DH/OF BOBBY ABREU can still draw walks and run a little. 2B HOWIE KENDRICK traded batting average for more power last year. He's still one of baseball's better middle infield bats. 1B ALBERT PUJOLS should benefit from DH-ing a couple of times a year. OF TORII HUNTER is fading fast and may not provide middle-of-the-order power. OF VERNON WELLS has a better chance than Hunter to bounce back, and the Angels have to be patient considering his monster contract. MARK TRUMBO will get a look at 3B. If he can't get it done, ALBERTO CALLASPO would start and Trumbo would back-up first and DH. Speedy OF PETER BOURJOS will start in left, and top prospect MIKE TROUT will soon replace free agents-to-be Abreu or Hunter. KENDRYS MORALES could DH regularly if his ankle is healthy. CHRIS IANNETTA is no Mike Napoli, but he's a monster upgrade over Jeff Mathis. |
STARTING PITCHING: JERED WEAVER had a lot of things go right in 2011, and it's not hard to picture him as a Cy Young candidate again. But he faded late in the year, and may not belong in the upper echelon or pitchers. A cutter has led to DAN HAREN's rebirth. He's right there with Weaver, just a step behind the elite arms. C.J. WILSON may not get the same run support, but he should benefit from getting out of hitter-friendly Arlington; he had a 2.31 road ERA last year. ERVIN SANTANA never developed into a top-of-the-line starter, but he's become more consistent and settled in as a solid starter. Once a washed-out former prospect, JEROME WILLIAMS came back to the States from Taiwan and delivered three quality starts last September. He's not likely to have sustained success, but he does have the inside track for a rotation spot. Middling prospect GARRETT RICHARDS seems like the most likely candidate to step into the rotation in case of injury.
RELIEF PITCHING: JORDAN WALDEN will have the closer's role again entering the spring, but while he was overpowering he was also very shaky at times. He gave up seven runs over 2.2 innings in his last three appearances. RICH THOMPSON decided to lean on his cutter last year and the results were excellent. If Walden slips up, Thompson has to be in the closer conversation. LaTROY HAWKINS was solid with Milwaukee (2.42 ERA) and joins his ninth different team since 2003. He is expected to set up Walden as well. Lefty SCOTT DOWNS was far from dominant last year, despite his 1.34 ERA. But Scioscia does trust him in high-leverage situations, making him a possible fallback if Walden struggles. The Angels don't seem to have big plans for HISANORI TAKAHASHI, the most well-compensated long reliever in baseball.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (SEATTLE-LA ANGELS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Mariners-Angels Preview* =========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Seattle (32-40) at Los Angeles (31-40), 10:05 p.m. EDT
The Los Angeles Angels' C.J. Wilson has had mixed results this season, but he's been plenty consistent against the Seattle Mariners.
Seeking a fifth consecutive win over Seattle, Wilson takes the mound opposite fellow lefty Joe Saunders as the Angels continue a four-game set with the visiting Mariners on Wednesday night.
After going 1-5 over his previous seven outings, Wilson (5-5, 3.90 ERA) got back on track with an impressive display in Friday's 5-2 win over the New York Yankees. The two-time All-Star allowed two runs and five hits over seven innings, improving to 3-2 with a 2.61 ERA over his last six home starts.
"A win's a win. I'll take a pretty win or an ugly win, or whatever," said Wilson, who at 87 2-3 innings is nearly halfway to his fourth consecutive 200-inning campaign. "I'm very motivated to pitch deep into the game, and pitching a lot of innings is really what separates the good pitchers from the really good pitchers. I'm just trying to get back up to that level where I feel like I deserve to be."
Wilson has proven nearly unbeatable against the Mariners (32-40) since the start of 2011, going 7-1 with a 2.24 ERA and 65 strikeouts in nine starts spanning 60 1-3 innings. He yielded one run, six hits and struck out 10 in a season-high eight innings May 22 in a 7-1 victory, winning his third consecutive start in the series.
Wilson has fared especially well against several Seattle hitters, including Raul Ibanez (3 for 21), Michael Saunders (3 for 19) and Kyle Seager (2 for 16).
The Mariners give the ball to Saunders (5-6, 4.80), who's 2-1 with a 2.03 ERA over his last four starts. He gave up five hits over seven innings of one-run ball in Friday's 3-2 victory at Oakland, improving to 1-4 on the road with a 7.58 ERA - nearly three times higher than his home mark of 2.53.
"It's just a matter of being consistent and staying confident in what you can do," he told MLB's official website. "You know you can do this. It's just a matter of now doing it."
Saunders, who spent the first five-plus years of his career with the Angels (31-40), is set to face his former team for just the second time. He surrendered a two-run homer to Mark Trumbo in a 2-0 loss in Los Angeles last June 16 while with Arizona.
Seattle's Kendrys Morales, meanwhile, delivered a go-ahead RBI single in the 10th inning against his former club in Tuesday's 3-2 win. Acquired from the Angels in exchange for Jason Vargas this offseason, Morales entered the game mired in a 2-for-32 slump.
Ibanez and Justin Smoak also came up big with back-to-back homers in the second inning. Ibanez has hit safely in 13 straight and 27 of 28 games at Angel Stadium, going 41 for 110 (.373) with three homers, 22 runs and 12 RBIs. Smoak was playing in his first game back since missing 18 with a strained oblique.
Los Angeles' Josh Hamilton grounded into a double play in each of his first three at-bats before striking out in his next two. The former AL MVP is hitting .163 with one homer in his last 12 home games.
"It's hard for me to tell why he's struggling because I've only faced him a handful of times," Mariners reliever Charlie Furbush said. "He just working through whatever he's working through to try to get back to the big power numbers that he's had in the past."
Hamilton is 4 for 10 with a homer and a triple against Saunders.
|Last Updated: 10/21/2014 6:37:38 PM EST|