|LA ANGELS ( HANSON )|
OAKLAND ( PARKER )
|925||LA ANGELS||+130||Ov 8,-110||+145||Ov 8,+115|
|926||OAKLAND||-140||Un 8,-110||-155||Un 8,-135|
|vs Right-handed Starters||38-39||-12.4||42-33||4.7||0.272||0.329||4.6||0.253||0.318|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-4.2||3-4||2.9||0.243||0.305||4.6||0.252||0.309|
|vs Right-handed Starters||41-29||+9.7||35-33||4.6||0.247||0.318||3.9||0.240||0.292|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.3||3-4||4.3||0.237||0.314||3.4||0.220||0.273|
|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)||1-3||L||135||8 un||U||5||7||0||7||7||0|
|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)|| |
|8/4/2013|| ||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)||3-1||W||-145||8 un||U||7||7||0||5||7||0|
|7/28/2013||PARKER(R)||LA ANGELS||HANSON(R)|| |
|8/4/2013|| ||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* ==========================
Los Angeles (48-53) at Oakland (60-43), 4:05 p.m. EDT
No AL pitcher has limited opponents to a lower average since May 28 than Jarrod Parker of the Oakland Athletics has over his last 10 starts.
While things went right for Oakland in the first half of that stretch, they haven't since.
The Athletics have dropped Parker's last five starts heading into Sunday's home matchup with a Los Angeles Angels club that will be without Albert Pujols.
Parker (6-6, 3.79 ERA) is 4-0 with a 2.17 ERA over his last 10 starts with an opponent batting average of .175 - the best in the league since May 28.
Oakland (61-43) won the first five starts of this stellar stretch by Parker, but has totaled 12 runs in losing the next five. The right-hander's ERA is 2.32 and opponent batting average is .180 during his winless run.
The Athletics have won both of his starts against Los Angeles this year, with Parker going 1-0 with a 4.82 ERA.
Erick Aybar is 8 for 13 in his career against Parker and Mike Trout is 6 for 17. Josh Hamilton is just 1 for 12 while Pujols' 3-for-16 mark won't be a factor.
That's because Pujols returned to Los Angeles on Saturday morning for further testing on his ailing left foot. The slugger has been dealing with plantar fasciitis all season, re-injuring his foot running to first base after singling in the ninth inning in Friday's 6-4 loss.
The Angels (48-54) opened this four-game set Thursday with an 8-3 victory before the Athletics responded with strong starts by Bartolo Colon and Tommy Milone to take the next two games.
Colon won his 14th game with six innings Friday before Milone gave up one run over seven in Saturday's 3-1 victory.
Los Angeles took the lead Saturday on Hamilton's second-inning homer. Oakland did all of its scoring in the seventh, with Derek Norris' two-run pinch-hit homer putting the home team up by one.
"That's just the way we play baseball," Norris said. "There's no one guy like a (Miguel) Cabrera or a Chris Davis. We have a group of guys who can put together things."
Norris rudely greeted reliever Scott Downs, who allowed his first run in 30 appearances, one short of tying the Angels club record. The last homer allowed by Downs was Sept. 25 by Seattle's Justin Smoak.
"I can't remember the last time Downs gave up a home run," manager Mike Scioscia said. "You like the matchup with his sinker and hopefully he can get the double play ball."
Scioscia will give the ball to Tommy Hanson (4-2, 4.75), who yielded one run over 5 1-3 innings and did not get a decision in Tuesday's 10-3 defeat to Minnesota - his first start since June 20 after being on the disabled list with a strained right forearm.
The right-hander's lone career outing against Oakland was a 10-8, 19-inning loss April 29. He allowed two runs in six innings.
Trout is 5 for 12 in this series and has hit safely in nine straight games against the A's with a .342 average and 10 RBIs.
Jed Lowrie is 5 for 12 with five RBIs for Oakland in this series while slugger Yoenis Cespedes is 0 for 9 with five strikeouts.
|Last Updated: 8/29/2014 7:21:40 AM EST|