|LA ANGELS ( WILSON )|
CHICAGO CUBS ( SAMARDZIJA )
|927||LA ANGELS||-130||Ov 7.5,-120||-125||Ov 8,-110|
|928||CHICAGO CUBS||+120||Un 7.5,+100||+115||Un 8,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||33-33||-10.2||38-26||4.9||0.274||0.331||4.7||0.255||0.321|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.4||3-3||4.1||0.263||0.301||5.4||0.277||0.339|
|vs Left-handed Starters||12-14||-0.4||10-14||3.7||0.236||0.295||3.8||0.240||0.302|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+4.6||2-4||4.0||0.238||0.310||2.3||0.205||0.281|
|6/26/2013||BUCKNER(R)||@ DETROIT||ALVAREZ(L)||7-4||W||135||10 ov||O||10||5||0||12||7||1|
|6/27/2013||WEAVER(R)||@ DETROIT||FISTER(R)||3-1||W||135||8.5 un||U||11||10||0||7||7||0|
|6/28/2013||WILLIAMS(R)||@ HOUSTON||NORRIS(R)||4-2||W||-140||9 un||U||8||7||0||7||7||2|
|6/29/2013||BLANTON(R)||@ HOUSTON||LYLES(R)||7-2||W||-145||9 un||P||11||7||0||4||4||2|
|6/30/2013||WILSON(L)||@ HOUSTON||HARRELL(R)||3-1||W||-150||9 un||U||9||7||1||5||7||1|
|7/2/2013||WEAVER(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||5-1||W||-120||8 ov||U||9||4||1||9||8||1|
|7/3/2013||WILLIAMS(R)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||2-12||L||-110||8.5 ov||O||6||5||1||13||8||0|
|7/4/2013||BLANTON(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||6-5||W||+125||8 un||O||11||4||1||10||6||0|
|7/9/2013||BLANTON(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||2-7||L||-135||9 ov||P||6||5||0||9||6||0|
|7/10/2013||WILSON(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|7/12/2013||WILLIAMS(R)||@ SEATTLE||SAUNDERS(L)|| |
|7/13/2013||WEAVER(R)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|7/14/2013||BLANTON(R)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)|| |
|6/26/2013||FELDMAN(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)||5-4||W||125||8.5 un||O||11||11||0||9||5||2|
|6/27/2013||GARZA(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)||7-2||W||100||9 un||P||9||6||0||9||8||2|
|6/28/2013||WOOD(L)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)||4-5||L||140||7 un||O||7||2||0||9||11||1|
|6/29/2013||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ SEATTLE||HARANG(R)||5-3||W||-110||7 ov||O||10||6||0||10||8||0|
|6/30/2013||JACKSON(R)||@ SEATTLE||BONDERMAN(R)||7-6||W||105||8 ov||O||9||6||0||10||7||1|
|7/2/2013||RUSIN(L)||@ OAKLAND||GRIFFIN(R)||7-8||L||195||8 ev||O||13||5||1||10||4||0|
|7/3/2013||GARZA(R)||@ OAKLAND||COLON(R)||3-1||W||180||7.5 un||U||12||9||0||4||7||0|
|7/4/2013||WOOD(L)||@ OAKLAND||STRAILY(R)||0-1||L||150||8 ov||U||2||4||0||5||6||1|
|7/8/2013||GARZA(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)||8-2||W||110||8 ov||O||13||10||1||5||3||0|
|7/9/2013||WOOD(L)||LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)||7-2||W||+125||9 ov||P||9||6||0||6||5||0|
|7/10/2013||SAMARDZIJA(R)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)|| |
|7/11/2013||JACKSON(R)||ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)|| |
|7/12/2013||VILLANUEVA(R)||ST LOUIS||KELLY(R)|| |
|7/13/2013||GARZA(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|7/14/2013||WOOD(L)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|LA ANGELS: HITTING: SS ERICK AYBAR will likely get another crack at the leadoff spot by default. DH/OF BOBBY ABREU can still draw walks and run a little. 2B HOWIE KENDRICK traded batting average for more power last year. He's still one of baseball's better middle infield bats. 1B ALBERT PUJOLS should benefit from DH-ing a couple of times a year. OF TORII HUNTER is fading fast and may not provide middle-of-the-order power. OF VERNON WELLS has a better chance than Hunter to bounce back, and the Angels have to be patient considering his monster contract. MARK TRUMBO will get a look at 3B. If he can't get it done, ALBERTO CALLASPO would start and Trumbo would back-up first and DH. Speedy OF PETER BOURJOS will start in left, and top prospect MIKE TROUT will soon replace free agents-to-be Abreu or Hunter. KENDRYS MORALES could DH regularly if his ankle is healthy. CHRIS IANNETTA is no Mike Napoli, but he's a monster upgrade over Jeff Mathis. |
STARTING PITCHING: JERED WEAVER had a lot of things go right in 2011, and it's not hard to picture him as a Cy Young candidate again. But he faded late in the year, and may not belong in the upper echelon or pitchers. A cutter has led to DAN HAREN's rebirth. He's right there with Weaver, just a step behind the elite arms. C.J. WILSON may not get the same run support, but he should benefit from getting out of hitter-friendly Arlington; he had a 2.31 road ERA last year. ERVIN SANTANA never developed into a top-of-the-line starter, but he's become more consistent and settled in as a solid starter. Once a washed-out former prospect, JEROME WILLIAMS came back to the States from Taiwan and delivered three quality starts last September. He's not likely to have sustained success, but he does have the inside track for a rotation spot. Middling prospect GARRETT RICHARDS seems like the most likely candidate to step into the rotation in case of injury.
RELIEF PITCHING: JORDAN WALDEN will have the closer's role again entering the spring, but while he was overpowering he was also very shaky at times. He gave up seven runs over 2.2 innings in his last three appearances. RICH THOMPSON decided to lean on his cutter last year and the results were excellent. If Walden slips up, Thompson has to be in the closer conversation. LaTROY HAWKINS was solid with Milwaukee (2.42 ERA) and joins his ninth different team since 2003. He is expected to set up Walden as well. Lefty SCOTT DOWNS was far from dominant last year, despite his 1.34 ERA. But Scioscia does trust him in high-leverage situations, making him a possible fallback if Walden struggles. The Angels don't seem to have big plans for HISANORI TAKAHASHI, the most well-compensated long reliever in baseball.
|CHICAGO CUBS: HITTING: 'Under New Management' is the motto in Wrigleyville, where Epstein, Hoyer, Sveum and Co. aim to turn SS STARLIN CASTRO and a bunch of straw into gold. OF DAVID DeJESUS was an underrated first pick-up. But OFs ALFONSO SORIANO and MARLON BYRD are overpaid and over the hill. C GEOVANY SOTO has lost his mojo. New 3B IAN STEWART has a lousy career OPS of .737 away from Coors Field. 1B BRYAN LaHAIR is tagged as part of a 'youth movement,' but he's almost 30. The other youths'2B DARWIN BARNEY, IF JEFF BAKER, and IF BLAKE DEWITT 'are interchangeable guys with low ceilings. Fourth OF TONY CAMPANA is fast but one-dimensional. And minor-league reinforcements are scarce. OF BRETT JACKSON is solid, but blocked in the lineup. And former uber-prospect 3B JOSH VITTERS has done nothing to justify his third-overall draft status. This rebuilding process will take time. Meanwhile, somewhere in the Chicago suburbs, Jim Hendry quietly sobs into a pile of Cubs-themed stuffed animals. |
STARTING PITCHING: RYAN DEMPSTER should bounce back from an unlucky year in which there was nearly a full-run difference between his ERA and his FIP. He's no ace in good times, but he's an underrated and dependable source of innings and strikeouts. MATT GARZA didn't disappoint in his debut season on the North Side, but he was an odd acquisition to begin with: the Cubs dealt top prospects from a thin system when all signs pointed to a belly-flop of a season. He's already trade bait again. JEFF SAMARDZIJA is moving to the rotation after a strong year in the bullpen (2.97 ERA, 87 K in 88 IP), but he needs to cut down on his walks (5.1 per 9 IP). What killed TRAVIS WOOD in 2011 was uncharacteristic wildness. His walk total spiked by over 50 percent from 2010. He's better than this, though it's hard to say how much. It could be that a 40-inning jump from 2010 to 2011 aided his freefall. Subpar newcomers PAUL MAHOLM and CHRIS VOLSTAD will also compete for rotation spots. The lefty Maholm is coming off his best season in Pittsburgh (3.66 ERA, 1.29 WHIP), but was awful after the All-Star break (0-5, 5.75 ERA, .355 Opp. BA). The 6-foot-8 Volstad was 5-13 with a 4.89 ERA for the Marlins last year, but still has time to figure things out at age 25.
RELIEF PITCHING: Because of his contract and the head-scratching faith in the 'closer mentality' that still pervades even the most enlightened front offices, CARLOS MARMOL will enter the 2012 campaign with a near-ironclad grip on ninth-inning duties for the Cubs. Trading away Sean Marshall, arguably Chicago's best reliever last season, is yet another vote of confidence for Marmol. His lack of command leads to more hittable pitches (along with tons of walks), though his ceiling for strikeouts and saves is sky-high. KERRY WOOD will be the main set-up man again after a triumphant return to Chicago last season (3.35 ERA, 57 K in 51 IP).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (LA ANGELS-CHICAGO CUBS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Angels-Cubs Preview* =====================
By JONAH ROSENBLUM STATS Writer
Los Angeles (43-45) at Chicago (39-48), 8:05 p.m. EDT
The Chicago Cubs watched former NL Central rival Houston switch to the American League for this season. They may be wishing they had joined the Astros.
The Cubs seek their 14th win in 20 interleague games in 2013 when they host the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night.
Chicago will be playing its final game of the year against the AL, looking to close out a dominant performance versus those teams. The Cubs (40-48), who hit a season-high five home runs in a 7-2 victory over the Angels on Tuesday, are batting .286 in interleague play compared to .230 versus the NL.
They've compiled a 2.84 ERA against AL opponents, compared to 4.08 against their own league.
Alfonso Soriano hit two homers Tuesday to give him five in his last four games, and a .367 average in interleague play this year. Seven of his 15 home runs have come against the AL.
Soriano has batted .400 with eight home runs and 17 RBIs in his last 11 contests.
"I'm not going to tell you how we're trying to get him out, but Soriano is a guy if you miss some spots and sometimes if you're hitting spots, he has the ability to hit a wide range of pitches hard like he did tonight," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.
Catcher Dioner Navarro went 1 for 3 with a double Tuesday and is batting .405 with seven extra-base hits against AL foes, compared to .238 with five extra-base hits versus the NL.
The Cubs have scored 23 runs and posted a 1.66 ERA while winning four in a row, one shy of tying their season high.
"We have so much talent in this clubhouse," Soriano said. "It's a long season and they have to believe in themselves because they have the talent."
Jeff Samardzija (5-8, 3.54 ERA) will look to bounce back from a rough outing after three consecutive strong starts. Samardzija, who went 2-0 with a 2.82 ERA in those three games, surrendered five runs, nine hits and a season-high five walks in a 6-2 loss to Pittsburgh on Friday. He didn't get a decision.
Samardzija will likely face former NL Central rival Albert Pujols, who's 5 for 12 with two home runs against him. Pujols ended a 14-game homer drought with a two-run shot Tuesday and is batting .350 during a five-game hitting streak.
The Angels (43-46), who had won seven straight on the road entering Tuesday, will send C.J. Wilson (8-6, 3.49) to the mound.
The left-hander had won four straight starts before suffering a 6-2 loss to Boston on Friday. He went 6 2-3 innings and gave up a season-high 10 hits and three runs, though only one was earned.
The Cubs scored five runs in 5 2-3 innings of a 5-4 victory in Wilson's second and latest appearance against them May 23, 2010. Soriano has reached base in all three of his plate appearances against Wilson, including a home run.
|Last Updated: 9/23/2014 5:26:16 AM EST|