|CLEVELAND ( KAZMIR )|
BALTIMORE ( HAMMEL )
|911||CLEVELAND||+140||Ov 9.5,-110||+140||Ov 9.5,-105|
|912||BALTIMORE||-150||Un 9.5,-110||-150||Un 9.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||26-23||+5.6||20-26||4.8||0.255||0.329||4.3||0.253||0.325|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.9||2-5||4.9||0.258||0.366||3.9||0.263||0.325|
|vs Left-handed Starters||12-8||+4||9-9||4.8||0.279||0.331||4.2||0.247||0.298|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.5||3-4||5.6||0.269||0.306||5.3||0.265||0.336|
|6/12/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||@ TEXAS||TEPESCH(R)||5-2||W||135||10 ev||U||10||8||0||8||9||0|
|6/17/2013||CARRASCO(R)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||1-2||L||+120||8 un||U||6||11||0||7||8||1|
|6/18/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)||4-3||W||-105||7.5 un||U||6||5||1||7||8||0|
|6/19/2013||MASTERSON(R)||KANSAS CITY||MENDOZA(R)||6-3||W||-150||8 un||O||7||6||0||12||9||1|
|6/24/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||@ BALTIMORE||BRITTON(L)||5-2||W||140||9.5 ov||U||9||9||0||9||9||0|
|6/25/2013||MASTERSON(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)||3-6||L||115||9.5 un||U||6||7||0||6||2||0|
|6/26/2013||KAZMIR(L)||@ BALTIMORE||HAMMEL(R)|| |
|6/27/2013||KLUBER(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GONZALEZ(R)|| |
|6/28/2013|| ||@ CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|6/28/2013|| ||@ CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|6/29/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)|| |
|6/30/2013||MASTERSON(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)|| |
|7/2/2013||KAZMIR(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||MENDOZA(R)|| |
|7/3/2013|| ||@ KANSAS CITY|| || |
|6/12/2013||HAMMEL(R)||LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)||5-9||L||-110||9.5 ev||O||10||6||2||12||6||1|
|6/17/2013||ARRIETA(R)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)||1-5||L||175||8.5 ov||U||7||8||0||14||7||0|
|6/18/2013||BRITTON(L)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)||5-2||W||187||8 ov||U||9||7||1||9||10||0|
|6/19/2013||TILLMAN(R)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)||13-3||W||125||9 un||O||17||5||0||11||10||0|
|6/21/2013||HAMMEL(R)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)||6-7||L||110||9 ov||O||7||2||0||9||4||0|
|6/22/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||@ TORONTO||WANG(R)||2-4||L||-115||9.5 un||U||6||3||0||4||2||1|
|6/23/2013||GARCIA(R)||@ TORONTO||JOHNSON(R)||5-13||L||145||8.5 ov||O||11||6||0||14||6||1|
|6/28/2013||GAUSMAN(R)||NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)|| |
|6/29/2013||BRITTON(L)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|6/30/2013||TILLMAN(R)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|7/2/2013||HAMMEL(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)|| |
|7/3/2013|| ||@ CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|CLEVELAND: HITTING: SS ASDRUBAL CABRERA's reinvented swing, modeled after Ben Zobrist, likely led to his power surge. OF GRADY SIZEMORE is back on a one-year deal, so he has plenty of financial incentive to stay healthy. But he will begin the season on the DL after back surgery. OF SHELLEY DUNCAN is expected to get more playing time in replacing Sizemore, but speedy OF EZEQUIEL CARRERA is also waiting for his shot. Injuries and off-the-field issues spoiled OF SHIN SOO-CHOO's 2011, but there's a good chance he bounces back . . . OF MICHAEL BRANTLEY does everything well enough to get a regular gig in center. C CARLOS SANTANA is developing into a middle-of-the-order run producer. DH TRAVIS HAFNER can't be trusted to stay healthy or to produce power numbers. After another down year, 1B MATT LaPORTA will have to sit and watch CASEY KOTCHMAN start at first more often than not. 3B LONNIE CHISENHALL will get his chance to play every day, but dwindling production the past two years is a concern. 2B JASON KIPNIS will get first crack at second base. He's got nice pop for a middle infielder. |
STARTING PITCHING: JUSTIN MASTERSON's strikeout rate continues to decline, and he still gets hit hard by lefties. Still, his strong groundball rate guarantees he's a solid middle-of-the-rotation arm at worst. His velocity dropped last year, and there's no telling if UBALDO JIMENEZ will ever regain his early 2010 form. He's the definition of high-risk, high-reward. DEREK LOWE was a decent middle-of-the-rotation arm in the National League, but now he must adjust to facing superior A.L. lineups . . . Healthy again, JOSH TOMLIN will remain in the rotation. He's hittable, throwing strikes and relying on his defense. Former Twins hurler KEVIN SLOWEY rounds out the staff. Although he posted a 6.67 ERA last year, Slowey has exhibited pinpoint control in his career with just 84 walks in 532.2 innings, tallying a .470 K-to-BB ratio. JEANMAR GOMEZ is a decent minor league arm, but his ceiling is low (long term and in the immediate future). CARLOS CARRASCO may not pitch in the bigs this year after Tommy John surgery.
RELIEF PITCHING: CHRIS PEREZ is entrenched as the closer, but he was a bit of a disappointment last season. His velocity dropped slightly, and his strikeout rate fell off a cliff. If Perez gets hurt, VINNIE PESTANO is next in line for saves. He may be undersized, but his stuff is overpowering. TONY SIPP proved he can get out righties too, but his value is as a lefty-on-lefty guy. Ditto for sidearmer JOE SMITH, who is deadly on righties. But it would be a surprise if he shut down lefties for a second straight year. RAFAEL PEREZ has been hampered by shoulder soreness in Spring Training, but the lefty should once again be serviceable in the late innings this year.
|BALTIMORE: HITTING: The leadoff spot is 2B BRIAN ROBERTS' if he can stay on the field. His recent injury history is very troubling, though his talent makes him a risk worth taking. 2B ROBERT ANDINO and 2B RYAN ADAMS would compete for time if Roberts is out. The O's best hitter last year was arguably SS J.J. HARDY. He was healthy for the first time in years and flexed his legit 30-HR power. If Roberts and Hardy stay healthy, OF NICK MARKAKIS will likely hit third and see an increase in RBI chances. OF ADAM JONES seems to have the highest ceiling of any Baltimore hitter. 3B MARK REYNOLDS will probably end up at 1B. His horrendous average cancels out some of his 40-HR potential. OF NOLAN REIMOLD revived his MLB career with an impressive end of the season. He's got a shot to start in left. 1B CHRIS DAVIS is a candidate to start at first, third or DH as sort of a Junior Mark Reynolds. C MATT WIETERS is already one of the best two-way backstops in baseball at age 25. |
STARTING PITCHING: WEI-YIN CHEN pitched well enough in Japan (2.48 ERA, 1.06 WHIP in past four seasons) to become the de-facto ace of this horrible pitching staff. JAKE ARRIETA is a mediocre talent, but is good enough to secure a spot as a Baltimore starter. JASON HAMMEL hopes the switch from Coors Field will help lower his career ERA of 4.99. The highest-risk, highest-potential O's pitcher may be BRIAN MATUSZ. His 2011 line is frightening (10.69 ERA, 2.11 WHIP), but he has the raw skills and pitch repertoire to turn it around. TOMMY HUNTER came over from Texas midseason and should round out the rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: There was talk of JIM JOHNSON being converted into a starter, but he'll open the season as the team's closer. Johnson established himself as the O's best option to close after going 7-for-7 in that role last September. KEVIN GREGG would step in as the ninth-inning man if Johnson falters. He was unstable in that role last year. Gregg is a trade candidate this midseason, in which case he'd probably end up a set-up man elsewhere. Flame-throwing MATT LINDSTROM is a darkhorse for saves. He saved 23 games for Houston in 2010 before being used as a set-up man in Colorado last year. TSUYOSHI WADA brings his finesse game from Japan. He's a heady hurler who hides the ball well, but he's in for a rude awakening in the A.L. East. BRAD BERGESEN and CHRIS JAKUBAUSKAS are long relievers who may get bumped into the rotation if the young Baltimore SPs struggle again.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (CLEVELAND-BALTIMORE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Indians-Orioles Preview* =========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Cleveland (39-36) at Baltimore (42-35), 7:05 p.m. EDT
The Baltimore Orioles just snapped their second-longest losing streak of the season thanks to another homer from Chris Davis.
Another unlikely hero also came up big, too.
Davis and the Orioles continue a four-game set against the visiting Cleveland Indians, who are hoping to welcome shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera back Wednesday night following a three-week absence.
Baltimore (43-35) appeared headed for a fifth consecutive loss before scoring five runs in the seventh inning in Tuesday's 6-3 victory. Davis tied things up with a two-run homer - his major league-leading 28th - before No. 9 hitter Alexi Casilla delivered a three-run shot, snapping a 65-game homerless drought dating to August.
"Awesome, awesome," winning pitcher Chris Tillman said. "I think it's every night, it's somebody new, somebody else. It's good to see. This is a pretty tight-knit team and we enjoy seeing that. It's fun for all of us."
Despite Tuesday's loss, the Indians (39-37) have won nine of 13, and Cabrera's possible return should only make them stronger.
The two-time All-Star, batting .254 with five homers, 28 runs and 25 RBIs, has missed the last 19 games with a strained right quad.
"I've worked really hard every day to come back and help," he told MLB's official website. "I'm 100 percent. I ran the bases (on Monday) and I felt really, really good."
Cabrera is 2 for 6 with a homer and a double against Orioles scheduled starter Jason Hammel (7-4, 5.30 ERA). The right-hander gave up four runs and four hits in six innings Friday in a 7-6 walkoff loss at Toronto. It was his first start since June 12 after being skipped in the rotation due to flu-like symptoms.
"Stuff wise, comparable to the best all year," Hammel said after striking out seven and walking one. "I felt great. You never want to say a stomach virus helped me but, overall, I felt awesome. Body, physically, mentally, everything, I felt pretty good today. It was a pretty good outing."
Hammel could be hard-pressed to build on that effort at home, where he's gone 1-3 over six starts while compiling a 7.09 ERA - nearly three runs higher than his 4.19 road mark. A matchup against the Indians would also appear less than ideal - he's posted a 7.71 ERA in losing each of his three starts against them.
Mark Reynolds, who spent the previous two seasons with Baltimore before signing with Cleveland this offseason, is 2 for 11 with four strikeouts versus Hammel.
Cleveland counters with Scott Kazmir (4-4, 5.37), who had gone 0-2 with a 7.98 ERA over a three-start stretch before beating Minnesota 5-1 on Friday. The left-hander allowed one run and five hits in seven innings while striking out seven and walking none.
"This was more the guy that we expect to see," manager Terry Francona said of Kazmir, who was signed to a minor league contract in December after pitching in the independent Atlantic League last season. "If we thought he would get through the whole year without some hiccups, that's probably unrealistic."
Kazmir is 5-5 with a 4.80 ERA in 15 career starts versus Baltimore, with his last one coming in 2010. He's had a difficult time against Nick Markakis, who is 10 for 21 with two homers in their matchups.
Kazmir will also need to be wary of Davis, who's 17 for 52 with eight home runs and 20 RBIs in his last 13 games.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 6:16:41 PM EST|