|OAKLAND ( COLON )|
PITTSBURGH ( LOCKE )
|923||OAKLAND||+105||Ov 7.5,-115||-110||Ov 7.5,+115|
|924||PITTSBURGH||-115||Un 7.5,-105||+100||Un 7.5,-135|
|vs Left-handed Starters||17-11||+5.2||15-13||4.4||0.244||0.327||3.8||0.242||0.290|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.1||3-3||5.1||0.266||0.318||3.7||0.243||0.293|
|vs Right-handed Starters||44-25||+25.2||28-39||3.9||0.241||0.301||3.3||0.222||0.290|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.4||3-4||3.3||0.248||0.330||3.6||0.231||0.280|
|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)||6-3||W||-115||9 un||P||9||5||0||7||4||1|
|7/6/2013||PARKER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)||3-4||L||105||8.5 ov||U||8||6||3||6||9||1|
|7/7/2013||GRIFFIN(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||MENDOZA(R)||10-4||W||-130||9 ov||O||15||7||1||10||10||0|
|7/8/2013||COLON(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LOCKE(L)|| |
|7/9/2013||STRAILY(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)|| |
|7/10/2013||MILONE(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||LIRIANO(L)|| |
|6/25/2013||LOCKE(L)||@ SEATTLE||SAUNDERS(L)||9-4||W||-120||7 ov||O||13||7||0||5||4||1|
|6/26/2013||GOMEZ(R)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)||4-2||W||160||6.5 ov||U||8||7||1||8||10||0|
|7/5/2013||LIRIANO(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||6-2||W||-135||7.5 un||O||13||13||0||4||4||0|
|7/6/2013||MORTON(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||1-4||L||-115||9 un||U||5||5||1||7||6||0|
|7/7/2013||BURNETT(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||VILLANUEVA(R)||3-4||L||-145||9 ov||U||9||9||2||8||7||1|
|7/12/2013||MORTON(R)||NY METS||HEFNER(R)|| |
|7/13/2013||BURNETT(R)||NY METS||HARVEY(R)|| |
|7/14/2013||LOCKE(L)||NY METS||GEE(R)|| |
|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.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (OAKLAND-PITTSBURGH) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Athletics-Pirates Preview* ===========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Oakland (51-37) at Pittsburgh (53-33), 7:05 p.m. EDT
Though Jeff Locke hasn't received much attention from the national media, he figures to receive a bit more acclaim after making the NL All-Star team.
The 40-year-old Bartolo Colon will also be a part of next week's festivities.
These unlikely All-Stars are set to square off on the mound Monday night as the Pittsburgh Pirates open a three-game set against an Oakland Athletics team hoping to stay unbeaten in the series.
After going 1-6 with a 6.36 ERA in his first two major league seasons, Locke (8-1, 2.12 ERA) has come out of nowhere to post baseball's second-lowest ERA. The 25-year-old left-hander, whose only loss came at Dodger Stadium in his season debut April 7, will join teammates Andrew McCutchen, Pedro Alvarez and Jason Grilli at the Midsummer Classic.
"I was totally surprised. And felt honored. It's something they can't take away from you," Locke, who yielded three runs in 5 2-3 innings Wednesday in a 6-5 win over Philadelphia, told MLB's official website.
"It goes beyond the numbers; the confidence level is something I did not have before. I got a little edge on the mound."
Colon (11-3, 2.78), meanwhile, was the only Athletics player to make the AL squad. The 16-year veteran has two prior All-Star appearances, coming in 1998 and 2005.
"I feel extremely happy about it," he said through coach and interpreter Ariel Prieto. "I believe it's all about the work that I've been doing, since even before the season started. I thank the Oakland A's for giving me the opportunity to be part of them."
Colon had posted a 1.37 ERA in winning a career-high eight consecutive starts before allowing two runs in seven innings Wednesday in a 3-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs. He is 2-1 with a 1.50 ERA in four starts against the Pirates (53-34), but hasn't faced them since 2007.
The Athletics (52-37) have had their way with Pittsburgh, taking all nine matchups in the series by a 65-28 margin. Oakland's only previous visit to PNC Park came in 2002.
Sitting one-half game ahead of Texas in the AL West, the A's are coming off their eighth win in 11 games, 10-4 at Kansas City on Sunday. Josh Reddick, Jed Lowrie and Eric Sogard all homered, going a combined 7 for 14 with nine RBIs.
"It's nice to make the All-Star team and everything, but at the same time we're a big family here and we have our eyes set on the goal of the Fall Classic rather than the Midsummer Classic," winning pitcher A.J. Griffin said. "We're just trying to continue to play good baseball as a team and not worry about stuff like that."
The Pirates are tied with St. Louis for the NL's best record, but they are looking to avoid a fifth loss in seven games after falling 4-3 in 11 innings at Wrigley Field on Sunday. Starling Marte hit a game-tying homer in the ninth before Pittsburgh came undone in the 11th following Russell Martin's first error of the season.
"We're playing to win," manager Clint Hurdle said, "and if you've watched that guy play all year \2026 You just move on."
While Pittsburgh has outscored opponents 41-21 during an eight-game winning streak in interleague play, the A's are 20-7 versus NL foes dating to last June.
Oakland will need to be wary of Alvarez, who is hitting .333 with eight homers and 19 RBIs in his last 19 games. He is also batting .389 with five homers and eight RBIs in his last 10 interleague contests.
|Last Updated: 8/30/2014 11:32:03 AM EST|