|BALTIMORE ( GONZALEZ )|
KANSAS CITY ( GUTHRIE )
|973||BALTIMORE||-110||Ov 8.5,+100||-135||Ov 8,-115|
|974||KANSAS CITY||+100||Un 8.5,-120||+125||Un 8,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||40-30||+9.8||36-32||5.0||0.273||0.321||4.5||0.261||0.323|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.4||3-4||5.0||0.288||0.331||2.9||0.265||0.306|
|vs Right-handed Starters||37-34||+4.1||30-38||4.1||0.263||0.318||4.0||0.258||0.320|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.8||3-4||3.0||0.250||0.311||4.1||0.290||0.332|
|7/19/2013||CHEN(L)||@ TEXAS||HOLLAND(L)||3-1||W||130||9 un||U||6||5||0||9||10||0|
|7/20/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||@ TEXAS||WOLF(R)||7-4||W||-105||9.5 ev||O||17||8||1||14||10||1|
|7/21/2013||TILLMAN(R)||@ TEXAS||PEREZ(L)||4-2||W||120||9.5 un||U||10||11||0||6||6||2|
|7/22/2013||FELDMAN(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)||9-2||W||-120||9 un||O||18||13||0||5||5||1|
|7/23/2013||HAMMEL(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||CHEN(L)||2-3||L||100||8.5 ov||U||5||5||0||11||12||1|
|7/24/2013||CHEN(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)||3-4||L||-110||7.5 ov||U||8||6||1||9||5||2|
|7/25/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)|| |
|8/1/2013|| ||HOUSTON|| || |
|7/11/2013||SANTANA(R)||@ NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||4-8||L||105||8 un||O||10||9||0||11||6||2|
|7/12/2013||CHEN(L)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)||0-3||L||140||8.5 un||U||5||9||0||6||6||0|
|7/13/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KAZMIR(L)||3-5||L||135||9 un||U||8||8||0||9||7||0|
|7/14/2013||SHIELDS(R)||@ CLEVELAND||JIMENEZ(R)||4-6||L||-105||8 un||O||10||9||0||13||11||1|
|7/26/2013||SHIELDS(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|7/27/2013||DAVIS(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)|| |
|7/28/2013||CHEN(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)|| |
|7/30/2013||SANTANA(R)||@ MINNESOTA||PELFREY(R)|| |
|7/31/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)|| |
|8/1/2013|| ||@ MINNESOTA|| || |
|BALTIMORE: HITTING: The leadoff spot is 2B BRIAN ROBERTS' if he can stay on the field. His recent injury history is very troubling, though his talent makes him a risk worth taking. 2B ROBERT ANDINO and 2B RYAN ADAMS would compete for time if Roberts is out. The O's best hitter last year was arguably SS J.J. HARDY. He was healthy for the first time in years and flexed his legit 30-HR power. If Roberts and Hardy stay healthy, OF NICK MARKAKIS will likely hit third and see an increase in RBI chances. OF ADAM JONES seems to have the highest ceiling of any Baltimore hitter. 3B MARK REYNOLDS will probably end up at 1B. His horrendous average cancels out some of his 40-HR potential. OF NOLAN REIMOLD revived his MLB career with an impressive end of the season. He's got a shot to start in left. 1B CHRIS DAVIS is a candidate to start at first, third or DH as sort of a Junior Mark Reynolds. C MATT WIETERS is already one of the best two-way backstops in baseball at age 25. |
STARTING PITCHING: WEI-YIN CHEN pitched well enough in Japan (2.48 ERA, 1.06 WHIP in past four seasons) to become the de-facto ace of this horrible pitching staff. JAKE ARRIETA is a mediocre talent, but is good enough to secure a spot as a Baltimore starter. JASON HAMMEL hopes the switch from Coors Field will help lower his career ERA of 4.99. The highest-risk, highest-potential O's pitcher may be BRIAN MATUSZ. His 2011 line is frightening (10.69 ERA, 2.11 WHIP), but he has the raw skills and pitch repertoire to turn it around. TOMMY HUNTER came over from Texas midseason and should round out the rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: There was talk of JIM JOHNSON being converted into a starter, but he'll open the season as the team's closer. Johnson established himself as the O's best option to close after going 7-for-7 in that role last September. KEVIN GREGG would step in as the ninth-inning man if Johnson falters. He was unstable in that role last year. Gregg is a trade candidate this midseason, in which case he'd probably end up a set-up man elsewhere. Flame-throwing MATT LINDSTROM is a darkhorse for saves. He saved 23 games for Houston in 2010 before being used as a set-up man in Colorado last year. TSUYOSHI WADA brings his finesse game from Japan. He's a heady hurler who hides the ball well, but he's in for a rude awakening in the A.L. East. BRAD BERGESEN and CHRIS JAKUBAUSKAS are long relievers who may get bumped into the rotation if the young Baltimore SPs struggle again.
|KANSAS CITY: HITTING: With Melky Cabrera gone, OF LORENZO CAIN will get first crack at leadoff and centerfield. If he falters, speedster JASON BOURGEOIS, vet MITCH MAIER and prospect WIL MYERS are waiting. Former Brewer YUNIESKY BETANCOURT will start at 2B and has good life in his bat for a middle infielder. OF ALEX GORDON may not hit for average, but his approach and power are there. DH BILLY BUTLER is rock solid, but it's fair to wonder whether his power will ever progress. 1B ERIC HOSMER has MVP-type upside, and he's on the verge of figuring out MLB pitching. OF JEFF FRANCOEUR still chases too many bad pitches, but the organization likes him and he still has some pop and speed. 3B MIKE MOUSTAKAS is too good for the minors, but he still hasn't caught up to major-league pitching. There's a good chance he finds his groove this year. C HUMBERTO QUINTERO will be the main backstop with BRAYAN PENA backing him up. Speedy SS ALCIDES ESCOBAR's bat hasn't caught up to his glove. |
STARTING PITCHING: K.C. once again hopes this is the year LUKE HOCHEVAR puts it all together. His velocity picked up late last year, allowing him to be more than a groundball guy. Lefty BRUCE CHEN's late-career renaissance continues. He'll be a reliable veteran arm in the middle of K.C.'s rotation again. FELIPE PAULINO has the biggest upside in this rotation. He's always had one of MLB's best fastballs. His problem was that, when he missed (which has been often), it was usually belt-high and over the middle of the plate. If he hits his spots as he did late last year, he's got potential. But Paulino will start the season on the DL with a sore elbow. The Royals hope to solve JONATHAN SANCHEZ's command issues. The lefty is a risk, but has legitimate No. 3 potential. Top prospect DANNY DUFFY will get every chance to pitch his way into the Opening Day rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: JOAKIM SORIA is out for the season with Tommy John surgery, leaving GREG HOLLAND to pick up closer duties. Holland was the Royals' best bullpen arm in 2011 and his stuff has always been nearly unhittable. It's just a matter of whether last year's vastly improved walk rate was for real. JONATHAN BROXTON was a disaster last season, but he'll be given every chance to become the No. 2 guy in this bullpen because of his experience in Los Angeles. AARON CROW was a first-round pick (twice) for his college career as a starter, but wore down late last year, and walked too many batters.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (BALTIMORE-KANSAS CITY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Orioles-Royals Preview* ========================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Baltimore (57-44) at Kansas City (46-51), 8:10 p.m. EDT
The Baltimore Orioles have had a run of solid starting pitching performances, though their last two efforts were wasted in losses to the Kansas City Royals.
Red-hot Miguel Gonzalez figures to give them a good shot at getting back on track Thursday night when the Orioles seek a series split at Kauffman Stadium.
Wei-Yin Chen provided Baltimore with another effective outing Wednesday, allowing only a solo Eric Hosmer homer through seven innings before serving up a tying two-run shot to Hosmer in the eighth.
Shortstop Alcides Escobar later came through with a walk-off double off Darren O'Day to seal a 4-3 victory for the Royals (47-51).
While the Orioles have received seven straight quality starts, Baltimore (57-45) has plated just five runs while dropping the last two. The team had totaled 30 runs while hitting .319 during its preceding five-game winning streak.
Baltimore, though, may be able to bounce back offensively against a struggling Jeremy Guthrie (9-7, 4.41 ERA).
The right-hander, who won his first five decisions of the season, is 2-4 with a 6.05 ERA in his last seven starts. He was tagged for five runs and 10 hits over six innings in a 6-5 victory over Detroit on Saturday.
Guthrie has been hit particularly hard at home, going 1-1 with a 9.82 ERA in his last three starts.
The former Oriole faces his old club for the second time after yielding two runs - one earned - over six innings in a 6-2 win at Baltimore on May 9.
Slugger Chris Davis hit one of his major league-leading 37 home runs in that meeting for his only hit in 13 career at-bats when facing Guthrie. After going 2 for 4 with three RBIs in Monday's 9-2 win, Davis is 1 for 7 with three strikeouts in the past two games.
Catcher Matt Wieters, however, continued his recent tear, going 2 for 4 with his 14th homer in Wednesday's loss. He's 13 for 26 with three homers during a seven-game road hitting streak.
Gonzalez (8-3, 3.34), who has gone 6-1 with a 2.35 ERA in his last eight starts, has also excelled on the road. His 2.83 road ERA over the past two seasons ranks among the lowest in the major leagues.
The right-hander pitched into the sixth inning for the 23rd consecutive start - one of the longest active streaks in baseball - as he allowed one run over 6 2-3 innings in Saturday's 7-4 win at Texas.
"I've started off a little slow and building up throughout the whole year and I think that's what counts," Gonzalez said. "Hopefully I can keep it going and keep our team in good ballgames and win some more."
Gonzalez will try to put together another solid effort against a Kansas City team that has won four of six despite going 7 for 43 (.163) with runners in scoring position.
He pitched well in his only career start against the Royals, giving up one run over eight innings in a 7-1 victory Aug. 10.
Catcher Salvador Perez homered off Gonzalez that day, but enters this contest 5 for 44 (.114) in his last 13 games.
Fellow All-Star Alex Gordon, 5 for 41 (.122) over his last 11 games, is expected to return to the lineup after being given Wednesday off.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 8:54:30 PM EST|