|LA ANGELS ( BLANTON )|
SEATTLE ( IWAKUMA )
|927||LA ANGELS||+110||Ov 8,-110||+115||Ov 8,+100|
|928||SEATTLE||-120||Un 8,-110||-125||Un 8,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||34-34||-10.2||39-27||4.9||0.274||0.332||4.7||0.255||0.320|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2||3-3||4.6||0.273||0.323||5.1||0.269||0.325|
|vs Right-handed Starters||27-36||-7.4||31-29||3.8||0.246||0.306||4.5||0.256||0.308|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.6||5-2||6.7||0.302||0.348||5.4||0.277||0.335|
|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)||0-6||L||100||7 ev||U||7||6||0||11||6||0|
|7/14/2013||BLANTON(R)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)|| |
|7/19/2013|| ||OAKLAND|| || |
|7/20/2013|| ||OAKLAND|| || |
|7/21/2013|| ||OAKLAND|| || |
|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)||6-0||W||-110||7 ev||U||11||6||0||7||6||0|
|7/14/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)|| |
|7/19/2013|| ||@ HOUSTON|| || |
|7/20/2013|| ||@ HOUSTON|| || |
|7/21/2013|| ||@ 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) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(UPDATES ninth graf to reflect Blanton's 22 HRs allowed are tied for major league most.)
*Angels-Mariners Preview* =========================
Los Angeles (44-48) at Seattle (42-52), 4:10 p.m. EDT
Struggling Seattle Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma can only hope his past form against the Los Angeles Angels helps him break out of a five-start winless run.
Joe Blanton may be tied for the major league lead in losses, but he's pitched better over his last five outings than Iwakuma has in the same span.
Both starters allowed six runs in shaky efforts their last time out and will meet Sunday when the Mariners try for their first three-game home sweep of the Angels in eight seasons.
Iwakuma (7-4, 2.97 ERA) has been close to or at the top of the AL in ERA through most of the season while Blanton (2-11, 5.40) owns the majors' third-worst ERA. Yet this may not be the pitching mismatch it appears to be based on that alone.
Iwakuma is 0-3 with a 6.83 ERA over his last five outings. The six runs allowed by the All-Star on Tuesday came in the shortest start of his career, a three-inning stint in which he escaped without a decision in an 11-8 loss to Boston.
"I think my pitches are catching too much of the plate the last couple of starts," Iwakuma said through a translator. "I need to work on that."
Blanton lasted five-plus innings in Tuesday's 7-2 defeat to the Chicago Cubs. His ERA in his last five starts is 4.26.
"It was just one of those games," said Blanton, who had a 3.04 ERA over his previous four starts. "I tried to battle through, but I made too many mistakes over the plate."
The right-hander allowed a season-worst four homers and has given up a major league high-tying 22.
He'll be up against a Seattle team that has homered five times in this series to extend its club record for consecutive games with at least one to 21. That's the longest by an AL team since Texas set the major league record with 27 straight in 2002.
"Everybody has been busting our chops on offense and rightfully so but I think you've got to give these kids kudos for that," manager Eric Wedge said.
Blanton is 0-1 with a 3.55 ERA in two 2013 starts against the Mariners.
Seattle (42-52) last swept three at home from Los Angeles (44-48) from Sept. 12-14, 2005. The Mariners have to like their chances if Iwakuma can duplicate his past results against the Angels.
Iwakuma has beaten Los Angeles more than any team, going 4-0 with a 1.11 ERA in five starts. He has struck out 22 and never allowed an earned run in 19 1-3 innings at home versus the Angels.
Albert Pujols is 2 for 16 against the right-hander, Mike Trout is 2 for 15, Erick Aybar 2 for 10 and Josh Hamilton 2 for 9. Pujols and Trout have each struck out five times versus Iwakuma.
Pujols is 3 for 23 at Safeco Field this year and Hamilton is 4 for 24. Neither has gone deep.
The Mariners, meanwhile, have outhomered the Angels 10-3 in winning five of six at home. Raul Ibanez is 5 for 8 with two homers in this series.
Justin Smoak had the game's only homer Saturday and drove in four runs in a 6-0 victory.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 6:07:00 PM EST|