|SEATTLE ( RAMIREZ )|
BALTIMORE ( FELDMAN )
|913||SEATTLE||+160||Ov 9.5,-110||+165||Ov 9.5,+110|
|914||BALTIMORE||-170||Un 9.5,-110||-175||Un 9.5,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||34-41||-5.9||38-33||4.1||0.250||0.313||4.6||0.258||0.312|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-7||4-2||4.1||0.264||0.314||6.1||0.262||0.331|
|vs Left-handed Starters||17-17||-2||13-18||4.1||0.252||0.299||4.4||0.269||0.321|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-0.7||3-3||4.3||0.243||0.290||5.3||0.267||0.328|
|7/20/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||@ HOUSTON||BEDARD(L)||4-2||W||-135||8 ov||U||1||3||0||7||7||0|
|7/21/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ HOUSTON||LYLES(R)||12-5||W||-200||7.5 ov||O||13||8||2||9||9||1|
|7/30/2013||SAUNDERS(L)||@ BOSTON||WORKMAN(R)||2-8||L||175||10 un||P||8||8||1||11||3||0|
|7/31/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||@ BOSTON||LACKEY(R)||4-5||L||145||8.5 un||O||16||12||2||12||13||0|
|8/1/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)||7-8||L||-105||8.5 ov||O||11||9||0||13||10||0|
|8/2/2013||HARANG(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)||8-11||L||170||9 un||O||12||3||2||11||3||0|
|8/3/2013||RAMIREZ(L)||@ BALTIMORE||FELDMAN(R)|| |
|8/4/2013||SAUNDERS(L)||@ BALTIMORE||CHEN(L)|| |
|8/10/2013|| ||MILWAUKEE|| || |
|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)||1-7||L||-135||8 ov||P||8||7||0||10||5||0|
|8/6/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)|| |
|8/7/2013||NORRIS(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)|| |
|8/9/2013||TILLMAN(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|8/10/2013|| ||@ SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|SEATTLE: HITTING: C/DH JESUS MONTERO was brought over from the Yankees to hit in the heart of the order. At age 22, his offensive potential is scary. OF ICHIRO SUZUKI is entering the twilight of his career, but he might still have another .300 season left. 2B DUSTIN ACKLEY is the kind of line-drive hitter who fits well in Safeco, but he needs to catch up to MLB pitching. 1B JUSTIN SMOAK has disappointed, but he's making strides and has 30-HR upside. OF CASPER WELLS could play everyday. He won't hit for average, but has the power Seattle needs. MIKE CARP figures to at least grab early at-bats against righties. He'll strike out, but has lots of power. OF FRANKLIN GUTIERREZ is out for at least a month with a pectoral injury, but will reclaim his starting gig based on his defense. Seattle would love to see OF MICHAEL SAUNDERS step up to replace Gutierrez, but he's shown no signs of being able to handle MLB pitching. C MIGUEL OLIVO still has solid power, but he's an all-or-nothing hitter. 3B CHONE FIGGINS isn't quite done, but he's close. He'll have to battle line-drive hitting KYLE SEAGER for a job. SS BRENDAN RYAN will stick around for defense, but his bat is barely good enough for a regular gig. |
STARTING PITCHING: FELIX HERNANDEZ had a touch of bad luck last year, but he's one of the few pitchers in baseball who's a lock for 200 strikeouts. JASON VARGAS just keeps throwing strikes and letting his defense make plays. He'll get by fine again in spacious Safeco. BLAKE BEAVAN doesn't have a strikeout pitch, but he'll make few mistakes and get some outs thanks to a strong defense. HECTOR NOESI, who also came over from New York with Montero, isn't a big strikeout pitcher, but has good control and is savvy enough to get his shot in Seattle's rotation this year. 37-year-old journeyman KEVIN MILLWOOD will fill out the fifth spot in the rotation after a solid spring. Top prospect DANNY HULTZEN could break into the bigs in 2012. The lefty has the polish of a big leaguer right now, though his ceiling is more good-not-great.
RELIEF PITCHING: Like many rebuilding teams, the Mariners will continue to shop their closer. BRANDON LEAGUE will pick up saves in Seattle, but he's more of a groundball pitcher than a strikeout artist. He'd likely be ticketed for a set-up role elsewhere. If League is traded, the closer role is wide open. SHAWN KELLEY came back from Tommy John surgery late last year and looked as good as ever. If he picks up where he left off last year, he'd be an obvious choice for ninth inning duties. CHANCE RUFFIN, part of the Doug Fister trade, has a strong minor-league track record. He could carve out a big role in this bullpen if he can improve his command.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (SEATTLE-BALTIMORE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Mariners-Orioles Preview* ==========================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Seattle (50-58) at Baltimore (60-49), 7:05 p.m. EDT
Slugger Chris Davis has regained his power stroke and the Baltimore Orioles have followed suit at the plate.
They might need another scoring surge with the way Scott Feldman has pitched at his new home.
The Orioles will try to stay hot offensively and win their fourth in five games Saturday night when Feldman faces Kendrys Morales and the visiting Seattle Mariners.
After totaling 19 runs and batting .213 while losing six of eight, Baltimore (61-49) has piled up 17 runs and 22 hits in its last two following an 11-8 victory in Friday's series opener.
Davis hit his major league-leading 40th home run and Nate McLouth broke open a close game with a sixth-inning grand slam. With his third homer in four games, Davis became the fifth Oriole to hit 40 homers in a season, joining Brady Anderson (50), Frank Robinson (49), Jim Gentile (46) and Rafael Palmeiro (43).
"It's pretty good company to be in," Davis said. "I'm proud of the way things are going this year. Still got a lot more work to do, but it's nice to be a big part of a winning team."
Morales is 13 for 17 over his last four games following consecutive four-hit performances. He's the first Seattle player to record back-to-back four-hit games since Ichiro Suzuki on June 6-7, 2006.
Morales will attempt to continue his tear against Feldman (2-2, 5.12 ERA), but he's 2 for 13 lifetime in this matchup.
Feldman has allowed two runs over 14 innings in two road starts - both Baltimore victories - but he's 1-2 with a 7.13 ERA in three outings at home since being acquired from the Chicago Cubs on July 2. He gave up four runs and six hits over five innings there in Saturday's 7-3 loss to Boston.
The right-hander may have a difficult time settling in versus the Mariners (50-59). He's 0-4 with a 7.89 ERA while allowing five home runs and 14 walks in 21 2-3 innings in his last five starts against them. He was tagged for six runs and seven hits over 2 2-3 innings before leaving without a decision in an 8-6 loss on Sept. 15 while with Texas.
Kyle Seager has gone 4 for 8 lifetime against Feldman and looks to improve his major league-best .398 batting average since July 1.
Nick Franklin, however, went 0 for 5 Friday and is hitless in 17 at-bats.
The Mariners hope to avoid their eighth loss in 10 games as they give the ball to Erasmo Ramirez (2-0, 7.71), who seeks his third straight win.
Although the right-hander has allowed eight walks and 21 hits - including a home run in each of his three starts - the Mariners have aided him with 16 runs of support.
Ramirez, who has missed most of the season with right triceps tendinitis, yielded four runs and seven hits over six innings in a 6-4 win over Minnesota on Sunday.
He pitched well in his only start against the Orioles, allowing two runs and four hits over eight-plus innings in a 4-2, 18-inning loss at Safeco Field on Sept. 18.
Baltimore's Matt Wieters went 0 for 7 in that contest and hopes to end a career-worst 0-for-25 drought in this meeting.
The Orioles will be without second baseman Brian Roberts, who was put on the paternity leave list Friday awaiting the birth of his family's first son.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 11:04:01 PM EST|