|PITTSBURGH ( MORTON )|
LA ANGELS ( BLANTON )
|979||PITTSBURGH||+120||Ov 8.5,-110||+120||Ov 8.5,-110|
|980||LA ANGELS||-130||Un 8.5,-110||-130||Un 8.5,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||38-22||+22.3||25-33||3.8||0.240||0.298||3.3||0.224||0.294|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+5.4||1-5||4.0||0.244||0.308||2.1||0.209||0.265|
|vs Right-handed Starters||24-31||-17.3||33-21||4.7||0.272||0.330||4.8||0.258||0.323|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-3.3||3-4||4.6||0.303||0.371||4.6||0.243||0.300|
|6/9/2013||LOCKE(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||1-4||L||-120||9 un||U||6||4||0||6||8||0|
|6/11/2013||COLE(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||8-2||W||-125||7.5 un||O||12||8||0||8||8||1|
|6/12/2013||LIRIANO(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)||12-8||W||-200||7.5 un||O||18||6||1||15||8||1|
|6/13/2013||MORTON(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)||0-10||L||+115||7.5 ov||O||3||4||3||17||11||0|
|6/14/2013||LOCKE(L)||LA DODGERS||FIFE(R)||3-0||W||-160||8 un||U||8||7||0||6||5||0|
|6/15/2013||CUMPTON(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||3-5||L||+150||7 ev||O||9||13||1||10||8||1|
|6/16/2013||COLE(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||6-3||W||-125||7.5 un||O||10||6||0||7||5||0|
|6/17/2013||LIRIANO(L)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)||1-4||L||110||8 un||U||7||9||1||8||5||0|
|6/18/2013||MORTON(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)||4-0||W||180||8.5 un||U||4||6||0||4||6||0|
|6/19/2013||LOCKE(L)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)||1-2||L||120||8 un||U||9||14||1||10||10||1|
|6/20/2013||CUMPTON(R)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)||5-3||W||185||8 ev||P||10||7||2||8||5||1|
|6/21/2013||COLE(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)||5-2||W||150||7.5 ev||U||11||8||0||4||3||0|
|6/22/2013||LIRIANO(L)||@ LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)||6-1||W||120||7.5 ov||U||10||6||0||8||11||1|
|6/23/2013||MORTON(R)||@ LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)|| |
|6/25/2013||LOCKE(L)||@ SEATTLE||SAUNDERS(L)|| |
|6/26/2013||GOMEZ(R)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|6/30/2013|| ||MILWAUKEE|| || |
|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||HANSON(R)||@ DETROIT||ALVAREZ(L)|| |
|6/27/2013||WEAVER(R)||@ DETROIT||FISTER(R)|| |
|6/28/2013||WILLIAMS(R)||@ HOUSTON||KEUCHEL(L)|| |
|6/29/2013||BLANTON(R)||@ HOUSTON||NORRIS(R)|| |
|6/30/2013|| ||@ HOUSTON|| || |
|PITTSBURGH: HITTING: The Pirates' two-month casual flirtation with competitiveness was cute while it lasted, before this team fizzled to a 72-win season. This team is still years away. But don't blame OF ANDREW McCUTCHEN, who might be the best all-around player in the division. Of all the ballyhooed outfielders from the 2005 draft, he's the one GMs would most want to build around. OF JOSE TABATA, not so much. He's serviceable and has plus speed, but the six-year extension the Pirates gave him was absurd. 2B NEIL WALKER has settled into a respectable place short of stardom. 3B PEDRO ALVAREZ has a lot of uphill climbing to do if he wants to wake up old expectations. He'll compete with 3B CASEY MCGEHEE for a starting role, but it's most likely that Alvarez moves to first base to back up 1B GARRETT JONES. OFs NATE McLOUTH and ALEX PRESLEY are underwhelming choices for the starting left-field spot. SS CLINT BARMES and C ROD BARAJAS would like to thank the Pirates for wildly overpaying them. |
STARTING PITCHING: JEFF KARSTENS looked pretty decent for much of last year. But that's what happens when you get to log 14 percent of your innings against the lowly Astros. Better teams exposed him for the replacement-level guy he is. Contrary to what a lot of bored, lazy sportswriters wanted you to believe last year, CHARLIE MORTON doesn't pitch like Roy Halladay. At all. JAMES McDONALD could still be special if he cut down his walk rate. ERIK BEDARD was a respectable signing. Even if his shoulder acts up, he cost only $4.5 million for a year. If he's healthy, he's still well above-average. KEVIN CORREIA may only be slightly more effective at striking out hitters than a batting tee, but the Pirates are grateful for the innings he eats. BRAD LINCOLN is the designated fill-in if any of the other starters get hurt (cough, Bedard). In the meantime, he's a swing man.
RELIEF PITCHING: Closer JOEL HANRAHAN has been outstanding since first donning a Pirates uniform in 2009, converting 40-of-44 saves with a 1.83 ERA last season. It makes sense for the rebuilding Pirates to move him, but they'll probably keep the hand they were dealt. There isn't another qualified ninth-inning pitcher in this bullpen though. EVAN MEEK was bit by the shoulder bug. His early season was an unqualified disaster, but he turned it around and regained his form once he came back in September. He should be fully healthy again, and a quiet source of a few saves. CHRIS RESOP is another primary set-up man, but he posted a 4.39 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 2011. DANIEL McCUTCHEN won't be so lucky with his ERA this year if he doesn't lower his walk rate. He's just not a guy to put much faith in.
|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 NL PREVIEW (PITTSBURGH-LA ANGELS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Pirates-Angels Preview* ========================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Pittsburgh (44-30) at Los Angeles (33-41), 3:35 p.m. EDT
Joe Blanton has started to show signs of improvement during a dreadful season. But with the way Pedro Alvarez has been swinging the bat lately - and historically against Blanton - the right-hander could be a mistake away from another rough outing.
Still looking for his first home win, Blanton takes the mound as the Los Angeles Angels try to avoid a three-game sweep at the hands of the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday.
Blanton (1-10, 5.62 ERA) has suffered more losses than any AL pitcher, though he's recorded quality starts in four of his last five outings. Only three of his first nine were quality starts.
He received an eight-day layoff between his last two starts, dedicating time to polish his fastball command with pitching coach Mike Butcher. He responded by striking out a career-high 11 for the second time in three starts while giving up two runs over 6 2-3 innings in a 3-2 loss to Seattle on Tuesday.
Both runs came on solo homers, however, and he's allowed seven home runs through his last four starts. Blanton gave up eight homers in his previous 10 starts.
"The outcome of a game is kind of out of your hands sometimes, but your job is to keep it right there," Blanton said. "I've given up home runs before. You know how to come back."
He also needed a season-high 118 pitches to get through the outing and walked two.
"Throwing strikes is one thing, and commanding the zone is another," manager Mike Scioscia said. "Joe has the ability to throw strikes. It's just making that quality pitch in a good zone that has kind of wavered a little bit in his game, and that's when he's had trouble."
Blanton has had mixed results against the Pirates, going 2-2 with a 4.66 over six starts, but the most recent was a disaster. He was charged with eight runs and seven hits - including three homers - over 4 1-3 innings in a 10-6 loss at Pittsburgh on Aug. 16, while with the Dodgers.
Alvarez, who homered in his third straight game for the first time in his career Saturday to power the Pirates (45-30) to a 6-1 win Saturday, accounted for one of those home runs. He's 6 for 9 with two homers and a double when facing Blanton.
The Pittsburgh slugger also doubled Saturday against the Angels (33-42) to extend his hitting streak to seven games, during which he's batting .393 with four homers and 12 RBIs.
Andrew McCutchen and Gaby Sanchez also connected on home runs in the Pirates' fourth consecutive game with 10 or more hits.
"This is the way we should come out and play every day. We don't have to depend on just one or two guys. Everybody's coming through," McCutchen said. "To have a complete lineup like that from top to bottom is always fun."
The Pirates will start right-hander Charlie Morton (1-1, 1.74), who yielded three hits over 5 1-3 innings in Pittsburgh's 4-0 win at Cincinnati on Tuesday, his first victory in his second start since undergoing Tommy John surgery over a year ago.
"For him, second time back in the major leagues after a year, go through five innings, get into the sixth inning against those guys, we were way good with that and we'll move on from there," manager Clint Hurdle told the team's official website.
Morton was a member of the Braves when he won his only start against the Angels on June 14, 2008, giving up three runs in six innings.
|Last Updated: 9/15/2014 1:03:46 AM EST|