|OAKLAND ( MILONE )|
KANSAS CITY ( DAVIS )
|975||OAKLAND||-125||Ov 9,-110||-115||Ov 9,+100|
|976||KANSAS CITY||+115||Un 9,-110||+105||Un 9,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||33-25||+6.4||32-25||4.7||0.250||0.321||4.1||0.246||0.297|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.1||3-4||4.1||0.240||0.309||3.3||0.233||0.270|
|vs Left-handed Starters||8-14||-7||8-14||3.3||0.233||0.284||4.1||0.255||0.315|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1||5-2||6.0||0.272||0.338||5.4||0.260||0.341|
|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)||3-6||L||-145||7.5 ov||O||8||8||0||7||2||0|
|6/28/2013||COLON(R)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||6-1||W||-110||7.5 un||U||9||7||0||7||5||0|
|6/29/2013||PARKER(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||1-7||L||+110||7.5 ev||O||5||5||0||10||5||1|
|6/30/2013||MILONE(L)||ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)||7-5||W||-130||8.5 ov||O||12||6||1||8||5||2|
|7/2/2013||GRIFFIN(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||RUSIN(L)||8-7||W||-215||8 ev||O||10||4||0||13||5||1|
|7/3/2013||COLON(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||GARZA(R)||1-3||L||-190||7.5 un||U||4||7||0||12||9||0|
|7/4/2013||STRAILY(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||1-0||W||-160||8 ov||U||5||6||1||2||4||0|
|7/5/2013||MILONE(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)|| |
|7/6/2013||PARKER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)|| |
|7/7/2013||GRIFFIN(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||MENDOZA(R)|| |
|7/8/2013||COLON(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LOCKE(L)|| |
|7/9/2013||STRAILY(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)|| |
|7/10/2013||MILONE(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||LIRIANO(L)|| |
|7/12/2013|| ||BOSTON|| || |
|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)||9-3||W||-135||8 ov||O||11||2||0||10||9||0|
|6/29/2013||DAVIS(R)||@ MINNESOTA||GIBSON(R)||2-6||L||105||8.5 un||U||10||9||0||9||5||0|
|6/30/2013||SANTANA(R)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)||9-8||W||-110||8 ov||O||13||6||2||9||9||0|
|7/8/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|7/9/2013||SHIELDS(R)||@ NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)|| |
|7/10/2013||DAVIS(R)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|7/11/2013||SANTANA(R)||@ NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)|| |
|7/12/2013|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|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.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (OAKLAND-KANSAS CITY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Athletics-Royals Preview* ==========================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Oakland (49-36) at Kansas City (39-42), 8:10 p.m. EDT
The Kansas City Royals have been putting up plenty of runs lately, though that wasn't the case when they faced the Oakland Athletics earlier this season.
With Oakland starter Tommy Milone struggling lately, Kansas City seeks another big offensive performance as it tries to end a four-game losing streak to the visiting A's on Friday night.
The Royals have scored 41 runs while winning four of their last six, rallying for a 10-7 win over Cleveland on Thursday. Lorenzo Cain hit his first career grand slam in the sixth, Eric Hosmer added a two-run homer in the seventh and Salvador Perez a bases-loaded double in the eighth.
"The character of this offense is we're not quitting," said Hosmer, who is batting .440 with five homers during a six-game hitting streak. "We told ourselves before, if we're going to make a run at this, these are big games to make up ground, facing the teams ahead of you in the division. We didn't want to let this opportunity slip away."
Kansas City (40-42) sits in third place in the AL Central, 3 1/2 games behind second-place Cleveland.
"Hopefully we can get a little string of wins together," Thursday's starter James Shields said.
The Royals, though, have scored only five runs during their four-game skid against the A's, and were swept in a three-game series at Oakland from May 17-19.
Milone gave up one run in five innings in a 2-1 victory in the middle game and is 2-1 with a 1.29 ERA in three career starts versus Kansas City.
He hasn't been nearly as good of late, though. Milone (7-7, 4.17 ERA) was credited with a 7-5 win over St. Louis on Sunday, but he gave up five runs - four earned - and a career high-tying three homers in six innings. He has a 7.31 ERA over his last three starts after posting a 2.18 ERA in his previous three.
"I have to go in and check myself and keep us in the game," the left-hander said.
Oakland (50-36) will be looking to get back on track offensively after scoring one run in each of the last two games. It was able to pull out a 1-0 win in the series finale with the Chicago Cubs on Thursday, as Derek Norris scored on a passed ball with two outs in the seventh inning.
The A's have won six of eight despite scoring a single run in three of their last five contests.
"That's what you look for: any chance to score," Norris said. "I tried to kick it into another gear."
Kansas City will send Wade Davis to the mound as he looks to bounce back from a dismal outing.
Davis (4-6, 5.55) had gone 1-0 with a 2.19 ERA over his previous four starts before tying a career worst with five walks and giving up six runs in one-plus inning of a 6-2 loss to Minnesota on Saturday.
It marked his shortest outing in 80 career starts.
"Just off. No release point at all," Davis said. "Just one that I'm going to forget, real quick."
The right-hander went 2-1 with a 6.75 ERA in three career starts versus the A's through 2011 before making three relief appearances against them last season, all while with Tampa Bay.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 11:11:40 PM EST|