|LA ANGELS ( WEAVER )|
SEATTLE ( HERNANDEZ )
|977||LA ANGELS||+100||Ov 6.5,-120||+100||Ov 7,+100|
|978||SEATTLE||-110||Un 6.5,+100||-110||Un 7,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||34-33||-9.2||39-26||5.0||0.275||0.334||4.7||0.254||0.319|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.2||4-2||5.4||0.289||0.340||5.0||0.262||0.315|
|vs Right-handed Starters||26-36||-8.4||31-28||3.8||0.244||0.305||4.5||0.256||0.310|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.5||6-1||6.4||0.288||0.344||7.3||0.296||0.367|
|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)||3-8||L||-130||8 ov||O||9||7||0||11||4||0|
|7/13/2013||WEAVER(R)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|7/14/2013||BLANTON(R)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)|| |
|7/19/2013|| ||OAKLAND|| || |
|7/20/2013|| ||OAKLAND|| || |
|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)||8-3||W||+120||8 ov||O||11||4||0||9||7||0|
|7/13/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)|| |
|7/14/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)|| |
|7/19/2013|| ||@ HOUSTON|| || |
|7/20/2013|| ||@ 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* =========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Los Angeles (44-47) at Seattle (41-52), 10:10 p.m. EDT
While things haven't really gone Jered Weaver's way this year, he's starting to find his groove.
He could, however, be in for a challenge against the red-hot Raul Ibanez, who has had his number over the years.
Weaver pitches opposite Felix Hernandez in a marquee matchup as the visiting Los Angeles Angels continue a three-game set against the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night.
After winning a career-high 20 games in 2012, Weaver (3-4, 3.38 ERA), who missed over seven weeks with a fractured left elbow earlier this year, went 1-4 with a 4.65 ERA in his first seven starts. The right-hander, though, has come around in last three, going 2-0 while allowing two runs in 20 2-3 innings.
Weaver struck out six over 6 2-3 innings of five-hit ball to beat Boston 3-0 on Sunday, winning back-to-back outings for the first time this year.
"It's the best stuff that Jered's had all season, so it's a good time for it," manager Mike Scioscia told MLB's official website.
Weaver lost each of his three matchups against the Mariners (41-52) last year, dropping to 12-7 with a 3.21 ERA in the series. He is 2-3 with a 2.20 ERA in his last five starts at Safeco Field.
Weaver can't be looking forward to facing Ibanez, who is 14 for 30 with four homers and two doubles in their matchups. The 41-year-old Ibanez continues to turn heads, going 25 for 70 (.357) with 10 homers, 18 RBIs and 15 runs in his last 17 games.
Ibanez went 3 for 4 with his team-leading 23rd and 24th homers as Seattle took Friday's opener 8-3 to snap a three-game skid.
"What hasn't he done," winning pitcher Joe Saunders said. "From my perspective, it's fun to be part of. To see what he's doing day in and day out, it's impressive.
"I just hope he can keep it going. He's the heart and soul of this ball club, really, the way he goes about preparing, the teammate he is, the leader he is."
Kyle Seager and Kendrys Morales also went deep for the Mariners, who broke the franchise record by homering in their 20th consecutive game. Seattle has left the yard 35 times over that stretch, the most in the majors since June 20.
The Mariners now turn to Hernandez (9-4, 2.69), who has posted the AL's second-highest strikeout-to-walk ratio (5.23) - behind only teammate Hisashi Iwakuma (5.89).
Hernandez is looking to win a season-high fifth consecutive decision after yielding two runs in seven innings Monday in an 11-4 victory over Boston.
"He wasn't as tough as I've seen him in the past when he was throwing 96-97, but he still is a great pitcher," Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia said of Hernandez, who struck out six. "He goes out there and throws all his pitches for strikes and still gets of lot of swings and misses."
Hernandez is 7-12 versus Los Angeles with a 4.12 ERA - his second-highest mark against any team he has faced more than once. Hernandez has allowed at least five runs in five of his last seven starts in the series.
While Mike Trout is 14 for 30 with a homer, two doubles and a triple versus Hernandez, Josh Hamilton is 8 for 53 with 16 strikeouts.
Mariners rookie infielder Nick Franklin has missed the last two games with a right knee injury but he could return Saturday. He is hitting .327 with a homer, six doubles and 10 RBIs over a 13-game stretch at home.
|Last Updated: 9/22/2014 5:15:03 AM EST|