|KANSAS CITY ( SHIELDS )|
MINNESOTA ( WALTERS )
|919||KANSAS CITY||-130||Ov 8,-105||-135||Ov 8,-105|
|920||MINNESOTA||+120||Un 8,-115||+125||Un 8,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||29-26||+3||21-31||4.1||0.268||0.317||3.7||0.250||0.312|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.5||3-4||3.0||0.257||0.296||4.9||0.261||0.331|
|vs Right-handed Starters||28-34||+2.2||25-35||4.0||0.243||0.313||4.3||0.281||0.334|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.6||2-4||4.1||0.275||0.335||4.3||0.277||0.353|
|6/14/2013||MENDOZA(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)||7-2||W||155||8 un||O||10||7||0||7||7||0|
|6/15/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||3-5||L||160||7.5 un||O||8||9||1||8||6||0|
|6/16/2013||DAVIS(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)||5-3||W||135||8 un||P||11||10||0||7||8||1|
|6/17/2013||SHIELDS(R)||@ CLEVELAND||CARRASCO(R)||2-1||W||-130||8 un||U||7||8||1||6||11||0|
|6/18/2013||SANTANA(R)||@ CLEVELAND||JIMENEZ(R)||3-4||L||-105||7.5 un||U||7||8||0||6||5||1|
|6/19/2013||MENDOZA(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)||3-6||L||140||8 un||O||12||9||1||7||6||0|
|6/21/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)||1-9||L||-135||8.5 ov||O||3||2||1||11||7||0|
|6/22/2013||DAVIS(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||2-3||L||-120||8.5 un||U||7||6||0||9||8||0|
|6/23/2013||SHIELDS(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)||7-6||W||-190||8 ev||O||12||8||0||11||10||2|
|6/27/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||@ MINNESOTA||DEDUNO(R)||1-3||L||125||9 ov||U||7||7||1||6||4||0|
|6/28/2013||SHIELDS(R)||@ MINNESOTA||WALTERS(R)|| |
|6/29/2013||DAVIS(R)||@ MINNESOTA||GIBSON(R)|| |
|6/30/2013||SANTANA(R)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)|| |
|7/5/2013|| ||OAKLAND|| || |
|6/18/2013||PELFREY(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)||7-5||W||-140||8.5 ov||O||13||9||1||11||5||1|
|6/19/2013||CORREIA(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||7-4||W||+130||7 ov||O||10||11||0||9||5||2|
|6/20/2013||DIAMOND(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)||8-4||W||-120||8 ov||O||15||8||1||10||8||2|
|6/21/2013||DEDUNO(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KAZMIR(L)||1-5||L||115||9 ov||U||5||4||0||8||6||1|
|6/22/2013||WALTERS(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)||7-8||L||140||9 un||O||13||11||0||12||9||0|
|6/23/2013||HERNANDEZ(L)||@ CLEVELAND||CARRASCO(R)||5-3||W||140||9.5 ev||U||12||10||0||8||10||0|
|6/25/2013||CORREIA(R)||@ MIAMI||FERNANDEZ(R)||2-4||L||105||7 ov||U||8||9||3||8||8||1|
|6/26/2013||DIAMOND(L)||@ MIAMI||KOEHLER(R)||3-5||L||100||8 un||P||8||9||1||11||6||1|
|6/27/2013||DEDUNO(R)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||3-1||W||-135||9 ov||U||6||4||0||7||7||1|
|6/28/2013||WALTERS(R)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)|| |
|6/29/2013||GIBSON(R)||KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)|| |
|6/30/2013||CORREIA(R)||KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)|| |
|7/1/2013||DIAMOND(L)||NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)|| |
|7/2/2013||DEDUNO(R)||NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)|| |
|7/3/2013||WALTERS(R)||NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)|| |
|7/4/2013||GIBSON(R)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|7/5/2013|| ||@ TORONTO|| || |
|KANSAS CITY: HITTING: With Melky Cabrera gone, OF LORENZO CAIN will get first crack at leadoff and centerfield. If he falters, speedster JASON BOURGEOIS, vet MITCH MAIER and prospect WIL MYERS are waiting. Former Brewer YUNIESKY BETANCOURT will start at 2B and has good life in his bat for a middle infielder. OF ALEX GORDON may not hit for average, but his approach and power are there. DH BILLY BUTLER is rock solid, but it's fair to wonder whether his power will ever progress. 1B ERIC HOSMER has MVP-type upside, and he's on the verge of figuring out MLB pitching. OF JEFF FRANCOEUR still chases too many bad pitches, but the organization likes him and he still has some pop and speed. 3B MIKE MOUSTAKAS is too good for the minors, but he still hasn't caught up to major-league pitching. There's a good chance he finds his groove this year. C HUMBERTO QUINTERO will be the main backstop with BRAYAN PENA backing him up. Speedy SS ALCIDES ESCOBAR's bat hasn't caught up to his glove. |
STARTING PITCHING: K.C. once again hopes this is the year LUKE HOCHEVAR puts it all together. His velocity picked up late last year, allowing him to be more than a groundball guy. Lefty BRUCE CHEN's late-career renaissance continues. He'll be a reliable veteran arm in the middle of K.C.'s rotation again. FELIPE PAULINO has the biggest upside in this rotation. He's always had one of MLB's best fastballs. His problem was that, when he missed (which has been often), it was usually belt-high and over the middle of the plate. If he hits his spots as he did late last year, he's got potential. But Paulino will start the season on the DL with a sore elbow. The Royals hope to solve JONATHAN SANCHEZ's command issues. The lefty is a risk, but has legitimate No. 3 potential. Top prospect DANNY DUFFY will get every chance to pitch his way into the Opening Day rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: JOAKIM SORIA is out for the season with Tommy John surgery, leaving GREG HOLLAND to pick up closer duties. Holland was the Royals' best bullpen arm in 2011 and his stuff has always been nearly unhittable. It's just a matter of whether last year's vastly improved walk rate was for real. JONATHAN BROXTON was a disaster last season, but he'll be given every chance to become the No. 2 guy in this bullpen because of his experience in Los Angeles. AARON CROW was a first-round pick (twice) for his college career as a starter, but wore down late last year, and walked too many batters.
|MINNESOTA: HITTING: OF BEN REVERE's slap-and-run style fits well in spacious Target Field. He will compete with lefty Chris Parmelee for the starting RF job. OF DENARD SPAN should be over his concussion problems. He works the count well as a steady presence near the top of the order. C JOE MAUER will see more time at first in an attempt to keep him healthy. Offensively, he'll be limited by a pitcher-friendly home park and no support in the lineup. RYAN DOUMIT has a chance to play regularly and stay healthy as a full-time DH and/or backing up Mauer behind the dish. 1B JUSTIN MORNEAU's concussion symptoms came back late last year. It's a bad omen. OF JOSH WILLINGHAM is being relied on to produce runs, but he's going from one pitcher-friendly home park (Oakland) to another. 3B DANNY VALENCIA showed enough power in 2011 to secure an everyday job heading into 2012. Newly signed SS JAMEY CARROLL has done a nice job off the bench, but hasn't been tested in an everyday role. If hamstring problems are still holding him back, 2B ALEXI CASILLA has won the second-base job ahead of disappointing import TSUYOSHI NISHIOKA, who will start the year in the minors. |
STARTING PITCHING: Who would have thought CARL PAVANO would emerge as the picture of consistency and durability? While he's far from a star, the veteran continues to be a rock for Minnesota, throwing strikes and eating innings. SCOTT BAKER got hurt again last year. If he could ever stay healthy, he's the prototype for success at Target Field'lots of strikeouts, few walks, lots of flyouts. The FRANCISCO LIRIANO rollercoaster nosedived again last year. The Twins have gotten so desperate to keep him healthy that they actually let him pitch more over the offseason. He's obviously a huge risk again. BRIAN DUENSING, NICK BLACKBURN and JASON MARQUIS are all the definition of fifth starter. They serve it up, give up a lot of hard-hit balls, and hope they get hit right at their defenders. If Duensing and Blackburn falter, ANTHONY SWARZAK probably pitched well enough last year to get a shot in the rotation. LIAM HENDRICKS, one of the organization's better prospects, would be a slightly more exciting option.
RELIEF PITCHING: Despite his underwhelming performance last year, MATT CAPPS will pitch the ninth inning again because of his 'closer's experience.' He figures to be on an undeservedly long leash. GLEN PERKINS certainly proved he deserves to close. He was Minnesota's best reliever in his first full season in the 'pen. His velocity was up as a short reliever, and the lefty was truly overpowering. If things go sour for the Twins again this season (and it seems likely they will), perhaps they'll get serious about Perkins later this year.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (KANSAS CITY-MINNESOTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Royals-Twins Preview* ======================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Kansas City (36-39) at Minnesota (34-40), 8:10 p.m. EDT
The Kansas City Royals are winning games started by James Shields, but the right-hander has nothing to show for it.
While the visiting Royals look for a sixth straight victory with him on the mound, Shields again tries for his first win in almost two months Friday night against a Minnesota Twins team searching for a season-high fifth consecutive home triumph.
In the five consecutive wins Kansas City (36-40) has recorded in games started by Shields (2-6, 2.92 ERA), it's totaled seven runs with him physically on the hill in those contests. Shields is 0-4 with a 2.87 ERA in 10 starts since beating Tampa Bay on April 30.
He posted a 3.72 ERA while dropping his final four starts of May, but has a 2.81 ERA in his five June outings.
Shields' worst outing this month came Sunday when he allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings of a 7-6 win over the Chicago White Sox. That ended his streak of 29 straight starts of at least six innings.
"I just didn't have my command (Sunday), that's all. It's plain and simple," he told the Royals' official website. "I got behind almost every hitter and as a result you're not going to throw deep in the game.
"I guess I've got to start another 29-game streak."
Shields is 4-2 with a 4.08 ERA in 11 starts against the Twins, but has yet to face them as a Royal.
He'll try to help the Royals bounce back from Thursday's 3-1 loss at Minnesota. Salvador Perez homered for one of his two hits as Kansas City lost for the sixth time in eight games since winning 11 of 13.
The Twins (35-40) are 2-5 against the Royals this season, but have won 11 of 15 overall at home. Samuel Deduno pitched seven strong innings to help Minnesota regroup after a 1-4 trip to Cleveland and Miami.
"He did a really nice job," teammate Justin Morneau said. "That was what we needed."
Morneau doubled twice and drove in a run for Minnesota in the opener. The veteran is batting .241 in his last 16 games but .353 with three doubles and five RBIs in the last four at Target Field.
Morneau, and teammates Joe Mauer and Josh Willingham are batting a combined .355 with nine doubles versus Shields.
Scheduled Minnesota starter P.J. Walters (2-3, 4.88) looks to bounce back after giving up six runs and walking five while throwing 46 pitches to nine batters over two-thirds innings of Saturday's 8-7 loss to Cleveland.
"It was just a bad night," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He couldn't find anything. Hopefully, we won't see that again from him."
The right-hander dropped to 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA against the Royals after allowing three unearned runs in six innings of a 4-1 loss at Kauffman Stadium on June 5.
Kansas City's Billy Butler is 3 for 5 against Walters, and batting .448 during a 15-game hitting streak against the Twins.
Perez also is 3 for 5 versus Walters, and 6 for 12 in the last three games.
|Last Updated: 8/29/2014 1:21:15 PM EST|