|TORONTO ( BUEHRLE )|
OAKLAND ( STRAILY )
|925||TORONTO||+145||Ov 8,-110||+145||Ov 8,+105|
|926||OAKLAND||-155||Un 8,-110||-155||Un 8,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||35-40||-4.2||36-37||4.4||0.245||0.316||4.6||0.254||0.315|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.7||5-2||5.7||0.274||0.358||6.0||0.265||0.332|
|vs Left-handed Starters||20-14||+5.2||16-18||4.0||0.234||0.315||3.7||0.245||0.290|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.3||5-2||5.6||0.254||0.342||4.4||0.229||0.303|
|7/19/2013||ROGERS(R)||TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||5-8||L||+120||8.5 un||O||8||6||2||14||9||0|
|7/20/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||3-4||L||-105||9 ov||U||6||10||1||12||10||1|
|7/21/2013||DICKEY(R)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||3-4||L||-125||9 ov||U||8||11||0||8||7||1|
|7/22/2013||JOHNSON(R)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||5-14||L||-125||9 un||O||13||8||5||16||11||0|
|7/23/2013||REDMOND(R)||LA DODGERS||CAPUANO(L)||9-10||L||-115||9.5 ev||O||15||9||0||13||9||2|
|7/24/2013||ROGERS(R)||LA DODGERS||NOLASCO(R)||3-8||L||-115||9.5 un||O||5||8||2||16||13||3|
|7/29/2013||ROGERS(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRIFFIN(R)||4-9||L||160||7.5 ov||O||5||3||2||11||10||0|
|7/30/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ OAKLAND||STRAILY(R)|| |
|7/31/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ OAKLAND||COLON(R)|| |
|8/1/2013||JOHNSON(R)||@ LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)|| |
|8/2/2013||REDMOND(R)||@ LA ANGELS||HANSON(R)|| |
|8/3/2013||ROGERS(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)|| |
|8/4/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)|| |
|8/5/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)|| |
|8/6/2013|| ||@ SEATTLE|| || |
|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)||10-6||W||-150||8 un||O||10||7||0||7||10||1|
|8/6/2013|| ||@ CINCINNATI|| || |
|TORONTO: HITTING: SS YUNEL ESCOBAR brings a little pop and could score runs in bunches atop a solid lineup. OF JOSE BAUTISTA has simply been the best hitter in baseball the past two seasons. 1B ADAM LIND will have plenty of RBI chances, but his average stinks and he faded late last year. 3B BRETT LAWRIE will be a 30-30 candidate in his prime and he's a solid slugger already. Expect big power numbers but a painful average in C J.P. ARENCIBIA's sophomore season. OF COLBY RASMUS should have his head right this year and could see an uptick in power numbers. 2B KELLY JOHNSON improved his dreadful average after being traded to Toronto. He has great potential as a 20-20 candidate. DH EDWIN ENCARNACION raked at home last season and has the position flexibility to stay in the lineup every day. OF ERIC THAMES will start in left field. Thames has 15-15 potential. OF RAJAI DAVIS' speed makes him worthy of staying in the fourth outfielder role. |
STARTING PITCHING: He's not really an ace, but RICKY ROMERO is a solid innings-eater at the front of the Jays' staff. He's a low-risk, low-reward starting pitcher. BRANDON MORROW's talent is intriguing. His mid-90s heat and deceptive slider lead to huge strikeout tallies, but also leads to a lot of gopher balls. Questionable conditioning was an issue for BRETT CECIL last year, as he gave up a whopping 37 HR between the majors and Triple-A. He seemed to straighten things out over the second half of last season. HENDERSON ALVAREZ's performance as a 21-year-old gives him an inside track for a rotation spot. He has intriguing upside. DUSTIN McGOWAN returned in September from a 38-month layoff to put himself in the mix for the rotation. His mid-90s gas is still there, giving him 175-K potential. KYLE DRABEK has great potential, but he was a disaster in 2011. He could not command his promising arsenal of pitches, and broke down mentally at times.
RELIEF PITCHING: SERGIO SANTOS has unhittable stuff, but will have to battle newcomer FRANCISCO CORDERO as Toronto's closer. Cordero's strikeout rate dropped down to a putrid 5.4 K/9 last year, but he showed great command with a stellar 1.02 WHIP. CASEY JANSSEN was Toronto's most improved pitcher in 2011. He has a sinking fastball, a pretty good K rate and performed quite well against the AL East last season. Prospect JOEL CARRENO, a starter in the minors, is a closer-in-waiting. He was impressive out of the pen after a late-August call-up, and averaged better than a strikeout per inning, albeit with shaky control, in the minors.
|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 (TORONTO-OAKLAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Blue Jays-Athletics Preview* =============================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
Toronto (48-57) at Oakland (63-43), 10:05 p.m. EDT
The Oakland Athletics couldn't add to their AL West lead, but they keep building plenty of momentum.
Dan Straily hopes he can contribute to that run after losing his last two starts.
The right-hander faces the Toronto Blue Jays for the first time since his major league debut Tuesday night when the A's go for a fifth straight win.
Entering this three-game set with a six-game edge over second-place Texas - their largest division lead since Sept. 27, 2006 - the A's (63-43) maintained that cushion with Monday's 9-4 victory.
The Rangers rallied to defeat the Los Angeles Angels 4-3 earlier Monday.
"You keep trying to pile up the wins, add them up at the end and see where you're at," said manager Bob Melvin, whose team has matched its best record through 106 games since 1992 and is tied with Tampa Bay for the best record in the AL.
Oakland goes for its longest undefeated stretch since a six-game surge May 24-29 with Straily (6-4, 4.43 ERA) coming off back-to-back losses to the Angels. He had won a career-best five consecutive decisions prior to that.
"I wasn't keeping it down," said Straily, who was charged with five runs in 4 1-3 innings of Thursday's 8-3 defeat. "I still got ahead, then they got to some balls, and obviously I left it too good. Just didn't command it."
That wasn't the case the last time Tuesday's starter Mark Buehrle (6-7, 4.50) took the ball for the Blue Jays (48-57). The veteran left-hander fanned a season-best nine and tossed a two-hitter in Thursday's 4-0 win over Houston that helped Toronto end a season-worst seven-game skid.
It was Buehrle's ninth career shutout, and first since a perfect game against Tampa Bay four seasons ago.
"I had everything working," he told the Blue Jays' official website. "I was making pitches when I had to, movement was good, keeping guys off balance. I'm not going to sit here and say it was one pitch that was making guys strike out a lot. I struck out multiple guys on certain pitches, but it was just one of those games that I had everything going for me."
However, he's struggled in 13 starts in Oakland, going 2-7 with a 4.45 ERA - all while with the Chicago White Sox.
Improving those numbers could be asking a lot as Buehrle will face an A's team that's won 24 of 30 at home and is scoring 5.4 runs per contest during a 7-2 run there.
Buehrle has never faced Yoenis Cespedes, who has back-to-back three-hit games and seven RBIs in the last two after coming up a double shy of the cycle Monday. The Home Run Derby champion's solo shot in the eighth ended a career-high 25-game homerless streak.
"It's not about the homer. I've started to feel better and everything is going to be fine," Cespedes said through an interpreter. "When I'm hitting well, I feel like I'm contributing my grain of sand, doing my part."
AL player of the week Edwin Encarnacion is doing his part. After going 9 for 12 with two homers and eight RBIs as Toronto took three of four from the Astros over the weekend, he hit his third homer in four games Monday to move within one of reaching 30 for the second consecutive season.
Straily held Encarnacion hitless in three at-bats and threw six innings of one-run ball in a 5-4, 15-inning home win Aug. 3.
|Last Updated: 9/3/2014 1:44:50 AM EST|