|OAKLAND ( STRAILY )|
LA ANGELS ( WILSON )
|927||OAKLAND||+135||Ov 8,-115||+125||Ov 8,+100|
|928||LA ANGELS||-145||Un 8,-105||-135||Un 8,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||19-12||+6.2||15-16||4.1||0.238||0.320||3.6||0.245||0.290|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.9||0-7||1.9||0.167||0.248||2.4||0.227||0.270|
|vs Right-handed Starters||35-35||-10.2||39-29||4.9||0.274||0.331||4.6||0.254||0.320|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.7||2-4||4.0||0.256||0.307||4.0||0.246||0.307|
|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)||2-1||W||-115||7.5 un||U||3||3||1||9||10||0|
|7/9/2013||STRAILY(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)||2-1||W||-105||7.5 un||U||5||4||0||3||4||0|
|7/10/2013||MILONE(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||LIRIANO(L)||0-5||L||130||7 ev||U||5||5||1||12||9||1|
|7/19/2013||GRIFFIN(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)||1-4||L||120||7.5 ov||U||7||9||1||8||6||1|
|7/20/2013||STRAILY(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)|| |
|7/21/2013||COLON(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)|| |
|7/22/2013|| ||@ HOUSTON|| || |
|7/23/2013|| ||@ HOUSTON||COSART(R)|| |
|7/24/2013||GRIFFIN(R)||@ HOUSTON||NORRIS(R)|| |
|7/25/2013||STRAILY(R)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)|| |
|7/26/2013||COLON(R)||LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)|| |
|7/27/2013|| ||LA ANGELS|| || |
|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)||3-4||L||105||8 un||U||8||6||0||7||8||0|
|7/23/2013|| ||MINNESOTA||DEDUNO(R)|| |
|7/25/2013||WILSON(L)||@ OAKLAND||STRAILY(R)|| |
|7/26/2013||WILLIAMS(R)||@ OAKLAND||COLON(R)|| |
|7/27/2013|| ||@ OAKLAND|| || |
|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.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (OAKLAND-LA ANGELS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Athletics-Angels Preview* ==========================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Oakland (56-40) at Los Angeles (45-49), 9:05 p.m. EDT
C.J. Wilson has his sights set on starting the second half the same way he ended the first - in dominant fashion.
The potential absence of Yoenis Cespedes could make things a little easier for Wilson as he seeks his sixth victory in seven starts when the Los Angeles Angels host the Oakland Athletics on Saturday night.
Wilson (9-6, 3.37 ERA) went 5-1 in his last six outings prior to the All-Star break, posting a 2.04 ERA over that stretch.
The left-hander has also been outstanding against division foes, posting a 6-2 record and 2.43 ERA in nine starts, including two against Oakland. He didn't record a decision in a 9-5 loss to the A's on April 9, allowing four runs in six innings, but won 5-4 at Oakland on May 1 after limiting the A's to two runs in 6 1-3 innings.
Wilson would love to see his team put together another big offensive output after it gave him 12 runs of support in his last start, matching his career high. He held the Chicago Cubs to one run and four hits over seven innings of a 13-2 road win July 10.
"Offense is kind of a streaky thing sometimes," Wilson said. "You have instances where you score 13 runs, which is kind of a fluke no matter how good your offense is. I feel like our offense is capable of scoring six runs a night."
Wilson might not need that many if Oakland (56-40) is again without Cespedes, who sat out Friday's 4-1 loss. The Home Run Derby winner was a late scratch due to a sore left wrist and was replaced by Chris Young, who went 1 for 4 with an RBI double in the ninth.
"It came up (Friday) in batting practice," manager Bob Melvin said of the injury. "When he was taking some swings in the cage, he still felt it, so we pulled him out."
Melvin said he didn't think it was related to the home run contest, and he won't know until Saturday if Cespedes can play.
Cespedes' .364 average versus Wilson is the highest by any current Oakland player with more than three at-bats against him.
Mike Trout, who entered the break batting .397 with 13 RBIs over his last 16 games, was one of three Angels to connect for a solo homer Friday, joining Albert Pujols and Erick Aybar. Pujols had been without an extra-base hit in his previous eight home games.
Trout will try to stay hot for the Angels (45-49) against Oakland's Dan Straily (6-2, 4.28), who is 1-0 with a 7.88 ERA in three starts versus Los Angeles. Trout is 5 for 10 off of him.
Straily also entered the break on a high note, however, winning his last two starts while yielding a run and three hits over 13 1-3 innings. He was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento following his last start - in which he threw 6 1-3 innings in a 2-1 win at Pittsburgh on July 9 - as Oakland temporarily didn't need a fifth starter because of a scheduling oddity.
"I could have thrown a perfect game and I was going to get optioned out," Straily said. "It's nothing personal. It's the situation we're in. It is what it is."
Despite Friday's defeat, Oakland has won 10 of 13 at Angel Stadium. The A's, though, have scored 13 runs in their last seven games.
|Last Updated: 8/29/2014 9:27:19 PM EST|