|LA ANGELS ( WILLIAMS )|
SEATTLE ( SAUNDERS )
|927||LA ANGELS||-115||Ov 8.5,+100||-115||Ov 8,-105|
|928||SEATTLE||+105||Un 8.5,-120||+105||Un 8,-115|
|vs Left-handed Starters||10-13||-6.5||10-12||3.8||0.246||0.318||4.5||0.274||0.327|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.4||4-2||5.3||0.280||0.332||5.6||0.266||0.330|
|vs Right-handed Starters||25-36||-9.6||30-28||3.7||0.243||0.304||4.6||0.256||0.310|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+0.2||5-2||5.9||0.274||0.332||7.1||0.287||0.358|
|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)||13-2||W||-130||8 un||O||15||7||0||5||2||0|
|7/12/2013||WILLIAMS(R)||@ SEATTLE||SAUNDERS(L)|| |
|7/13/2013||WEAVER(R)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|7/14/2013||BLANTON(R)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)|| |
|7/19/2013|| ||OAKLAND|| || |
|6/28/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||5-4||W||-150||7 un||O||9||11||1||7||2||0|
|6/29/2013||HARANG(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||3-5||L||+100||7 ov||O||10||8||0||10||6||0|
|6/30/2013||BONDERMAN(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||6-7||L||-115||8 ov||O||10||7||1||9||6||0|
|7/2/2013||SAUNDERS(L)||@ TEXAS||GRIMM(R)||9-2||W||150||9.5 un||O||13||8||1||11||9||1|
|7/3/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ TEXAS||HOLLAND(L)||4-2||W||130||8 un||U||10||9||0||8||7||0|
|7/4/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||@ TEXAS||PEREZ(L)||4-5||L||130||8.5 un||O||14||13||1||8||3||2|
|7/5/2013||HARANG(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)||4-2||W||182||8.5 ev||U||6||3||1||6||5||0|
|7/6/2013||BONDERMAN(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)||4-13||L||235||8.5 un||O||8||11||2||13||8||0|
|7/7/2013||SAUNDERS(L)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)||3-1||W||170||8.5 ov||U||6||5||1||6||5||1|
|7/12/2013||SAUNDERS(L)||LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)|| |
|7/13/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)|| |
|7/14/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)|| |
|7/19/2013|| ||@ HOUSTON|| || |
|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.
|SEATTLE: HITTING: C/DH JESUS MONTERO was brought over from the Yankees to hit in the heart of the order. At age 22, his offensive potential is scary. OF ICHIRO SUZUKI is entering the twilight of his career, but he might still have another .300 season left. 2B DUSTIN ACKLEY is the kind of line-drive hitter who fits well in Safeco, but he needs to catch up to MLB pitching. 1B JUSTIN SMOAK has disappointed, but he's making strides and has 30-HR upside. OF CASPER WELLS could play everyday. He won't hit for average, but has the power Seattle needs. MIKE CARP figures to at least grab early at-bats against righties. He'll strike out, but has lots of power. OF FRANKLIN GUTIERREZ is out for at least a month with a pectoral injury, but will reclaim his starting gig based on his defense. Seattle would love to see OF MICHAEL SAUNDERS step up to replace Gutierrez, but he's shown no signs of being able to handle MLB pitching. C MIGUEL OLIVO still has solid power, but he's an all-or-nothing hitter. 3B CHONE FIGGINS isn't quite done, but he's close. He'll have to battle line-drive hitting KYLE SEAGER for a job. SS BRENDAN RYAN will stick around for defense, but his bat is barely good enough for a regular gig. |
STARTING PITCHING: FELIX HERNANDEZ had a touch of bad luck last year, but he's one of the few pitchers in baseball who's a lock for 200 strikeouts. JASON VARGAS just keeps throwing strikes and letting his defense make plays. He'll get by fine again in spacious Safeco. BLAKE BEAVAN doesn't have a strikeout pitch, but he'll make few mistakes and get some outs thanks to a strong defense. HECTOR NOESI, who also came over from New York with Montero, isn't a big strikeout pitcher, but has good control and is savvy enough to get his shot in Seattle's rotation this year. 37-year-old journeyman KEVIN MILLWOOD will fill out the fifth spot in the rotation after a solid spring. Top prospect DANNY HULTZEN could break into the bigs in 2012. The lefty has the polish of a big leaguer right now, though his ceiling is more good-not-great.
RELIEF PITCHING: Like many rebuilding teams, the Mariners will continue to shop their closer. BRANDON LEAGUE will pick up saves in Seattle, but he's more of a groundball pitcher than a strikeout artist. He'd likely be ticketed for a set-up role elsewhere. If League is traded, the closer role is wide open. SHAWN KELLEY came back from Tommy John surgery late last year and looked as good as ever. If he picks up where he left off last year, he'd be an obvious choice for ninth inning duties. CHANCE RUFFIN, part of the Doug Fister trade, has a strong minor-league track record. He could carve out a big role in this bullpen if he can improve his command.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (LA ANGELS-SEATTLE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Angels-Mariners Preview* =========================
Los Angeles (44-46) at Seattle (40-51), 10:10 p.m. EDT
Seattle Mariners starter Joe Saunders is still looking for his first victory over his first major-league club, although that's not entirely his fault.
He's enjoyed success against several of the Los Angeles Angels' stars, and has shut down Josh Hamilton this season after previously struggling in those matchups.
Hamilton, however, is heating up with four homers and 10 RBIs over his last six games for the visiting Angels heading into Friday night's opener against Saunders and the Mariners.
Saunders (7-8, 4.51 ERA), who pitched for the Angels from 2005-10, is 0-2 in two starts against them despite a 1.93 ERA.
"I've pitched well against them, just came up on the short end a couple times," Saunders told the Mariners' official website. "It was a couple 'hang-with-'em' starts. But that's OK. As long as I keep the team in the game, I'm doing my job."
Both previous outings were in Anaheim. He's 10-3 with a 2.80 ERA in 17 career starts at Safeco Field, although he is 1-3 with a 7.45 ERA in his last four there.
Saunders has yielded two earned runs over 13 2-3 innings in winning his first two July outings - both on the road.
The left-hander has held Albert Pujols hitless in eight at-bats and limited Mike Trout to a double in seven, while Hamilton is 4 for 13 with a homer against him.
Hamilton, however, is 0 for 3 against Saunders this year while hitting an AL-low .151 against lefties. The left fielder has put together a solid six-game stretch capped by his first multihomer effort with the Angels (44-46) in Wednesday's 13-2 win over the Chicago Cubs.
"I'm sort of just getting back to doing what you do and quit worrying about listening to everybody," said Hamilton, who drove in a season-high five runs. "Listen to the guys here I really care about, the coaches and the players, and go from there."
Pujols and Hamilton hit back-to-back homers for the first time as the Angels won their 11th in 14 games.
"Those are two guys who are critical to where we want to be," manager Mike Scioscia told the Angels' official website. "And to see those guys have such good nights in the same game - I hope we see more of it."
Trout is 11 for 25 during a seven-game hitting streak, and he's 17 for 37 with seven RBIs and seven runs scored against Seattle (40-52) this year, helping Los Angeles win six of 10.
Pujols has a team-high nine RBIs versus the Mariners. Alberto Callaspo is 11 for 22 in the season series and 4 for 12 off Saunders.
The Mariners dropped the final three games of a four-game home set with Boston after falling 8-7 in 10 innings Thursday.
Second baseman Nick Franklin missed the game with a sore right knee, but could return Friday.
Endy Chavez, 11 for 33 against the Angels, left in the bottom of the fourth inning with tightness in the right side of his groin.
Kyle Seager is 19 for 43 during an 11-game hitting streak, and 13 for 38 against the Angels in 2013.
Seattle has matched a franchise record by homering in 19 straight games, also doing so from Sept. 7-27, 1999.
The Angels will start Jerome Williams (5-4, 4.16), who is 0-2 with an 8.47 ERA over his last four outings and has failed to last past the fourth inning in the last two.
The right-hander is 4-1 with a 3.38 ERA in five career starts against the Mariners, pitching eight innings to earn a 12-0 victory May 21.
|Last Updated: 9/3/2014 4:06:42 AM EST|