|LA ANGELS ( RICHARDS )|
OAKLAND ( MILONE )
|969||LA ANGELS||+120||Ov 8.5,-105||+125||Ov 8.5,+110|
|970||OAKLAND||-130||Un 8.5,-115||-135||Un 8.5,-130|
|vs Left-handed Starters||10-14||-7.8||11-12||3.8||0.246||0.317||4.6||0.276||0.328|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.2||3-4||3.0||0.256||0.307||4.1||0.236||0.291|
|vs Right-handed Starters||40-29||+8.7||35-32||4.7||0.247||0.318||3.9||0.241||0.292|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.3||3-4||3.9||0.220||0.296||3.6||0.234||0.275|
|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)||8-3||W||-105||7.5 un||O||12||6||0||6||6||0|
|7/26/2013||WILLIAMS(R)||@ OAKLAND||COLON(R)||4-6||L||150||8 un||O||10||9||1||10||6||2|
|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)|| |
|8/3/2013|| ||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)||3-8||L||-105||7.5 un||O||6||6||0||12||6||0|
|7/26/2013||COLON(R)||LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)||6-4||W||-160||8 un||O||10||6||2||10||9||1|
|7/27/2013||MILONE(L)||LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)|| |
|7/28/2013||PARKER(R)||LA ANGELS||HANSON(R)|| |
|8/3/2013|| ||TEXAS|| || |
|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) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Angels-Athletics Preview* ==========================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Los Angeles (48-52) at Oakland (59-43), 3:05 p.m. EDT
The Los Angeles Angels were hoping to begin a run toward the top of the standings in Oakland, though one of the best pitchers in baseball halted that momentum.
They should stand a better chance to make up some ground against a pitcher they've hit hard.
The Angels look to bounce back with their fifth win in seven games in this series Saturday when they face Tommy Milone and the AL West-leading A's.
Red-hot Bartolo Colon tied for the major league lead with his 14th win, allowing two runs over six innings in Oakland's 6-4 victory over Los Angeles on Friday. Jed Lowrie broke out of a 4-for-36 slump with three hits, including a homer, to help the A's (60-43) win for the 21st time in 27 home games.
Now 11 games behind Oakland and tied for fourth place in the division, the Angels (48-53) will try to start chipping away at the deficit by continuing their recent success against Milone (8-8, 4.18 ERA).
Following the shortest start of his career - 2 2-3 innings - in a 5-0 loss at Pittsburgh on July 10, Milone responded by allowing two earned runs and five hits over six innings Monday as the A's rallied for a 4-3 win at Houston.
The left-hander, however, has gone 1-2 with a 7.80 ERA in his last three starts versus the Angels.
Los Angeles has hit five home runs off Milone in those meetings after Mike Trout, Mark Trumbo and Howie Kendrick took him deep in a 5-4 victory in Oakland on May 1.
Kendrick (6 for 14), Josh Hamilton (6 for 14) and Erick Aybar (5 for 11) have done some damage against Milone, while Albert Pujols is 7 for 14 with six doubles.
Trumbo has gone 9 for 19 in his last five games overall, though Hamilton is 4 for 29 in his last seven. Kendrick should be back in the lineup after getting the day off Friday.
Another productive day at the plate versus Milone would certainly help Garrett Richards (2-4, 4.66).
The right-hander, who went 1-2 with a 5.54 ERA in four April starts, gets another shot in the rotation as he replaces 13-game loser Joe Blanton.
"I feel like this is an opportunity to go out and pitch and to show them what I can do," Richards told the team's official website. "Every opportunity I feel like is an audition for a job, whether that be in the starting rotation or in the bullpen or even on the team. I'm just going to go out and pitch."
Richards allowed a season-high seven runs and eight hits over 5 2-3 innings in a 10-6 loss in Oakland on April 30. He's 0-1 with a 6.10 ERA in five appearances against the A's after holding them to one hit over two innings of relief in Sunday's 6-0 home loss.
Slugger Yoenis Cespedes has a double and triple in three at-bats against Richards this season, but he's just 3 for 21 in his last seven home games.
Catchers Derek Norris and Stephen Vogt are a combined 4 for 8 with two homers and four RBIs in their two starts while filling in for John Jaso (concussion).
|Last Updated: 9/18/2014 12:44:57 PM EST|