|LA ANGELS ( WILSON )|
OAKLAND ( STRAILY )
|975||LA ANGELS||+105||Ov 7.5,-110||+100||Ov 7.5,+100|
|976||OAKLAND||-115||Un 7.5,-110||-110||Un 7.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||37-38||-12.4||40-33||4.7||0.271||0.328||4.6||0.253||0.318|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.2||1-6||2.3||0.237||0.281||3.6||0.231||0.299|
|vs Left-handed Starters||20-13||+6.2||15-18||4.0||0.235||0.317||3.5||0.243||0.287|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.4||1-6||3.1||0.203||0.288||2.7||0.213||0.252|
|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|
|7/25/2013||WILSON(L)||@ OAKLAND||STRAILY(R)|| |
|7/26/2013||WILLIAMS(R)||@ OAKLAND||COLON(R)|| |
|7/27/2013||RICHARDS(R)||@ OAKLAND||MILONE(L)|| |
|7/28/2013||HANSON(R)||@ OAKLAND||PARKER(R)|| |
|7/29/2013||WEAVER(R)||@ TEXAS||GARZA(R)|| |
|7/30/2013||WILSON(L)||@ TEXAS||HOLLAND(L)|| |
|7/31/2013||WILLIAMS(R)||@ TEXAS||PEREZ(L)|| |
|8/1/2013|| ||TORONTO|| || |
|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)||0-2||L||130||8 un||U||3||6||0||8||6||0|
|7/21/2013||COLON(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)||6-0||W||-125||8 ov||U||9||6||0||4||4||3|
|7/22/2013||MILONE(L)||@ HOUSTON||KEUCHEL(L)||4-3||W||-155||9 un||U||8||8||3||5||4||1|
|7/23/2013||PARKER(R)||@ HOUSTON||COSART(R)||4-5||L||-165||8.5 ov||O||9||7||3||8||8||1|
|7/24/2013||GRIFFIN(R)||@ HOUSTON||NORRIS(R)||4-3||W||-170||8.5 un||U||6||8||0||7||6||0|
|7/25/2013||STRAILY(R)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)|| |
|7/26/2013||COLON(R)||LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)|| |
|7/27/2013||MILONE(L)||LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)|| |
|7/28/2013||PARKER(R)||LA ANGELS||HANSON(R)|| |
|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.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (LA ANGELS-OAKLAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
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*Angels-Athletics Preview* ==========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Los Angeles (47-52) at Oakland (59-42), 10:05 p.m. EDT
The Los Angeles Angels' C.J. Wilson continued his recent mastery on the mound over the weekend, outdueling the Oakland Athletics' Dan Straily.
The visiting Angels will be looking for another dominant display Thursday night as Wilson and Straily square off again in the opener of a four-game set.
After posting a 4-5 record and 4.02 ERA over his first 13 starts, Wilson has turned a corner in his last seven, going 6-1 with a 1.69 ERA.
"His past couple starts have been really good," catcher Hank Conger told MLB's official website. "He's throwing a lot of strikes, he's getting ahead of counts."
Wilson (10-6, 3.15 ERA) was at his best Saturday in a 2-0 win over the AL West-leading Athletics (59-42), striking out eight in a season-high 8 1-3 innings of three-hit ball.
"I've only faced him two or three times before that, but I think the difference in him was that he was throwing two or three different types of breaking pitches," A's first baseman Brandon Moss said. "He was throwing a little bit of a cutter, a slider and a curveball. He was mixing what he was throwing in different counts and he was throwing strikes."
Wilson is looking to win a career-high fourth consecutive road outing after compiling a 0.64 ERA in his last two. He is 4-1 with a 2.48 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 36 1-3 innings in his last six starts in Oakland.
Wilson, who has held Chris Young and Seth Smith hitless in a combined 17 at-bats, has also made things difficult on Derek Norris (1 for 14), Coco Crisp (4 for 28) and Josh Reddick (3 for 15).
Straily (6-3, 4.14) had gone 5-0 with a 2.83 ERA over a nine-start stretch before yielding both runs and eight hits in seven innings Saturday.
"I just needed to throw up two more zeros than I did," he said. "My job is to go out there and just make pitches and keep us in the ball game as long as possible."
The right-hander is 1-1 with a 6.26 ERA in four starts versus Los Angeles. Mike Trout is 6 for 13 against him, and Mark Trumbo is 4 for 8 with a homer and double.
Straily may not face Josh Hamilton, who has missed the last three games with an injured right ankle. Hamilton, 2 for his last 19, is hitting .186 with no homers in his last 14 games against Oakland.
The A's have gone a major league-best 20-5 at home since May 17, and they return to the Bay Area after concluding a 3-3 trip with Wednesday's 4-3 win over Houston. Crisp hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh inning and John Jaso also went deep.
"I don't think we rely on home runs, we just go up there and battle," Crisp said. "We just go out there and battle and try to manufacture runs in any way that we can."
Home Run Derby champion Yoenis Cespedes, who didn't the Angels (47-52) over the weekend due to an injured left wrist, is 9 for 28 with a homer and seven RBIs during a six-game hitting streak in the series.
Los Angeles had dropped three straight by a 20-6 margin and six of eight overall before holding on to beat Minnesota 1-0 on Wednesday. Albert Pujols drove in the only run, and he's hitting .320 with four homers and 11 RBIs over a 13-game stretch.
Oakland has taken six of nine from the Angels this year.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 11:07:49 AM EST|