|OAKLAND ( COLON )|
SEATTLE ( IWAKUMA )
|973||OAKLAND||+100||Ov 6.5,-110||-105||Ov 6.5,-115|
|974||SEATTLE||-110||Un 6.5,-110||-105||Un 6.5,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||28-21||+7||26-22||4.8||0.250||0.322||4.1||0.245||0.298|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.5||3-3||4.6||0.267||0.335||4.6||0.270||0.308|
|vs Right-handed Starters||20-29||-9||21-25||3.4||0.238||0.301||4.3||0.254||0.308|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+0.6||3-4||3.4||0.230||0.280||5.1||0.337||0.392|
|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)||7-8||L||105||9.5 un||O||8||4||1||12||6||0|
|6/18/2013||PARKER(R)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)||6-2||W||165||8 ev||P||7||5||1||3||4||1|
|6/19/2013||MILONE(L)||@ TEXAS||GRIMM(R)||4-9||L||-115||9.5 un||O||6||6||0||14||9||0|
|6/20/2013||GRIFFIN(R)||@ TEXAS||LINDBLOM(R)||3-4||L||-105||9.5 ov||U||12||13||0||8||5||1|
|6/21/2013||COLON(R)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)|| |
|6/22/2013||STRAILY(R)||@ SEATTLE||HARANG(R)|| |
|6/23/2013||PARKER(R)||@ SEATTLE||BONDERMAN(R)|| |
|6/28/2013|| ||ST LOUIS|| || |
|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)||0-1||L||200||8 un||U||2||4||1||6||6||0|
|6/20/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ LA ANGELS||HANSON(R)||9-10||L||-105||7 un||O||12||8||2||17||9||0|
|6/28/2013|| ||CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|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.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (OAKLAND-SEATTLE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Athletics-Mariners Preview* ============================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Oakland (43-32) at Seattle (32-42), 10:10 p.m. EDT
Last weekend's visit from the Seattle Mariners proved to be the beginning of the Oakland Athletics' current rough stretch. The A's only victory during that set came when Bartolo Colon outpitched Hisashi Iwakuma in the finale.
The 40-year-old Colon looks to win seven straight starts for the first time in his 16-year career Friday night against Iwakuma and the Mariners at Safeco Field.
Oakland (43-32) has dropped five of seven and after losing three of four at Texas, holds a one-game lead over the Rangers in the AL West.
Seattle (32-42) outscored the A's 7-2 to win the first two at the Coliseum before Colon (9-2, 2.89 ERA) allowed two runs over seven innings of a 10-2 victory Sunday.
Despite that win, Oakland has lost six of 10 to Seattle in 2013.
"(The Mariners are) a good team," manager Bob Melvin told the Athletics' official website. "We seem to get Felix (Hernandez) quite often. Iwakuma's pitching well. We've seen him a few times too. That may have something to do with it. But they've also been opportunistic offensively against us."
Colon, however, is 2-0 with a 1.19 ERA in his last three starts versus Seattle, and has yielded two runs or fewer in five of his last six matchups. The right-hander has also yielded five runs over 43 innings while winning six consecutive starts for the first time since July 9-Aug. 7, 2004.
"I've run out of superlatives for him," Melvin said. "I think, as consistent as he's been for us, we feel great every time he takes the mound."
Iwakuma (7-2, 2.06) had a string of 31 2-3 innings without allowing an earned run come to an end Sunday when he gave up four in five frames to also snap a five-game winning streak.
"He's not going to be perfect every time," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said of the right-hander, who dropped to 2-1 with a 3.50 ERA against the A's this season. "This was a tough outing for him.
Iwakuma also understands he can't get too careless when opposing a pitcher like Colon.
"You have to be patient as a starter," Iwakuma said. "You know runs will be tough against a pitcher like Bartolo Colon, but I was not able to come through in tough situations."
Yoenis Cespedes is batting .417 (5 for 12) with two homers and two doubles against Iwakuma, but is 3 for 26 with 13 strikeouts in Oakland's last seven road games.
Josh Donaldson had three hits for Oakland on Thursday, but was thrown out at the plate for the final out of a 4-3 loss to the Rangers. The A's held one-run leads in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings but lost for the fifth time in six road contests.
"That was as frustrating as any loss we've had," Melvin said. "They played hard on every single pitch and every single out, but it seemed everything that could go wrong did go wrong."
Donaldson is 2 for 10 versus Iwakuma, but has batted .368 (7 for 19) in the last five games.
Seattle's Kyle Seager is 2 for 16 in the last five games versus Oakland and 3 for 15 against Colon, but had four hits, including a two-run homer in Thursday's 10-9 loss at Los Angeles. The Mariners blew a pair of seven-run leads to lose for the fourth time in five games since the back-to-back wins at Oakland.
"It's a tough game from an emotional standpoint," Wedge said.
|Last Updated: 9/22/2014 9:20:36 PM EST|