|OAKLAND ( PARKER )|
SEATTLE ( BONDERMAN )
|971||OAKLAND||-155||Ov 8,-110||-145||Ov 7.5,-120|
|972||SEATTLE||+145||Un 8,-110||+135||Un 7.5,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||29-22||+6.8||28-22||4.8||0.252||0.322||4.2||0.247||0.300|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.8||5-1||5.9||0.287||0.348||5.0||0.281||0.321|
|vs Right-handed Starters||21-30||-8.8||23-25||3.5||0.240||0.303||4.4||0.255||0.308|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.1||5-2||3.9||0.240||0.292||6.4||0.355||0.404|
|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)||6-3||W||-110||6.5 ov||O||8||1||0||8||5||0|
|6/22/2013||STRAILY(R)||@ SEATTLE||HARANG(R)||5-7||L||-125||7.5 un||O||12||8||0||13||10||0|
|6/23/2013||PARKER(R)||@ SEATTLE||BONDERMAN(R)|| |
|6/28/2013||COLON(R)||ST LOUIS||LYONS(L)|| |
|6/29/2013||STRAILY(R)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)|| |
|6/30/2013|| ||ST LOUIS|| || |
|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||IWAKUMA(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)|| |
|6/29/2013||HARANG(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|6/30/2013|| ||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 NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Oakland (44-33) at Seattle (33-43), 4:10 p.m. EDT
After a forgettable first few starts, the Oakland Athletics' Jarrod Parker has been at the top of his game.
The Seattle Mariners' Jeremy Bonderman is also thriving after a disastrous season debut.
Seeking a career-high fifth consecutive win, Parker takes the mound opposite Bonderman as the visiting Athletics conclude a three-game set against the Mariners on Sunday.
Parker (6-6, 4.30 ERA) opened 1-5 with a 7.34 ERA but has since turned a corner, going 5-1 with a 2.43 ERA and a .177 opponents' batting average. The right-hander has been especially good in his last five starts, compiling a 4-0 record while allowing two or zero earned runs in each.
Parker outpitched Yu Darvish in Tuesday's 6-2 win at Texas, allowing two runs and three hits over seven innings.
"My changeup was pretty good," he told MLB's official website. "It's starting to come back to where I can throw it for a strike or put it down in the zone for a punchout."
Despite averaging a lackluster 6.10 strikeouts per nine innings, Parker's still getting the job done.
"He just finds a way to throw the right pitch at the right time," Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz said.
Although Parker has compiled a 9.31 ERA while losing two career home starts against the Mariners (33-43), he's 2-0 with a 2.70 mark in Seattle. He walked a season-high four but yielded three runs and three hits in 6 1-3 innings in a 4-3 victory at Safeco Field on May 11.
Bonderman (1-1, 3.28), meanwhile, continues to impress after missing the previous two seasons due to injury. The right-hander has gone 1-0 with a 0.90 ERA in three starts since being tagged for seven runs in 4 2-3 innings in a loss to Minnesota on June 2.
"When you look at the physical shape he's in and how hard he's worked to come back, it was a good guy to give an opportunity to - and it was worth it," manager Eric Wedge said of Bonderman, who was signed to a minor league contract this offseason.
Bonderman allowed a run and six hits over six innings Tuesday in a 3-2, 10-inning road win over the Los Angeles Angels. He's 4-3 with a 3.49 ERA in eight regular-season starts against the A's, but hasn't faced them since 2010.
Coco Crisp is Oakland's only hitter with significant experience against Bonderman, going 10 for 42 (.238) with a homer and three doubles.
The A's (44-33) took Friday's series opener 6-3 before falling 7-5 Saturday - their sixth defeat in nine games. Raul Ibanez hit a game-tying three-run homer in the seventh inning and Nick Franklin gave Seattle the lead with a two-run single in the eighth.
Franklin went 3 for 5 and has hit safely in 10 of 11 games, going 15 for 44 (.341) with two homers and 10 RBIs.
"For him to be able to stay calm in those situations and for him to be able to stay disciplined like that is huge," Ibanez said. "He's a really heads-up player. He plays very, very mature.
"He's been very impressive."
Ibanez has seven home runs and 17 RBIs in his last 18 home contests. Seattle has won seven straight and 10 of 13 at home when Ibanez drives in at least one run.
The Mariners have taken five of eight in the series.
|Last Updated: 9/18/2014 12:44:09 AM EST|