|TORONTO ( ROGERS )|
LA ANGELS ( WEAVER )
|919||TORONTO||+170||Ov 7.5,-115||+155||Ov 8,+100|
|920||LA ANGELS||-180||Un 7.5,-105||-165||Un 8,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||37-42||-3.6||38-39||4.4||0.245||0.316||4.5||0.256||0.316|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.7||4-3||4.1||0.245||0.323||5.0||0.266||0.322|
|vs Right-handed Starters||40-41||-12.4||45-34||4.8||0.273||0.332||4.6||0.253||0.318|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3||4-3||5.3||0.269||0.363||5.7||0.291||0.371|
|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)||5-0||W||135||8 un||U||9||6||0||7||6||2|
|7/31/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ OAKLAND||COLON(R)||5-2||W||135||7.5 un||U||11||9||4||8||10||0|
|8/1/2013||JOHNSON(R)||@ LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)||2-8||L||-105||8 ov||O||6||4||2||12||9||1|
|8/2/2013||REDMOND(R)||@ LA ANGELS||HANSON(R)||5-7||L||105||8.5 ov||O||8||4||0||14||9||1|
|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||JOHNSON(R)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|8/7/2013||REDMOND(R)||@ SEATTLE||HARANG(R)|| |
|8/10/2013|| ||OAKLAND|| || |
|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)||6-10||L||140||8 un||O||7||10||1||10||7||0|
|7/29/2013||WEAVER(R)||@ TEXAS||GARZA(R)||3-4||L||125||8 ov||U||7||8||1||9||5||0|
|7/30/2013||WILSON(L)||@ TEXAS||HOLLAND(L)||11-14||L||125||8.5 ov||O||16||11||0||19||13||1|
|7/31/2013||WILLIAMS(R)||@ TEXAS||PEREZ(L)||1-2||L||135||10.5 ov||U||4||7||1||9||5||0|
|8/9/2013||WEAVER(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KAZMIR(L)|| |
|8/10/2013|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|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.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (TORONTO-LA ANGELS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Blue Jays-Angels Preview* ==========================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Toronto (50-59) at Los Angeles (50-58), 9:05 p.m. EDT
The Los Angeles Angels' lineup has been quiet when Jered Weaver takes the mound, but it may be on the verge of snapping that trend.
Weaver seeks another solid performance and some support from his surging offense while helping Los Angeles earn a fifth straight home win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday night.
The Angels (50-58) entered this series coming off three-game sweeps at the hands of AL West rivals Oakland and Texas, but they haven't had much trouble with Toronto.
J.B. Shuck drove in three runs in Thursday's 8-2 victory before Kole Calhoun capped a four-hit night with a go-ahead two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth in Friday's 7-5 win.
"Not all the wins are going to come easy, especially with our backs against the wall," Calhoun said. "We're going to have to beat those All-Star guys. We're going to have to compete."
Shuck tripled home the tying run earlier in the eighth. He also robbed Jose Bautista of a home run in left field, jumping high above the fence to make the grab before tumbling into the crowd for one of baseball's best highlights of the season.
"I just tried to go get it," Shuck said. "I don't know what really happened after that. I think that's the first one I've ever brought back."
With the offense producing, Weaver (5-5, 2.84 ERA) may have a good chance to get some rare support. His 2.64 run-support average in 14 outings would rank among the worst in the majors if he qualified.
Weaver gave up one run in seven innings and left with a 3-1 lead over Texas on Monday, but the bullpen allowed two homers in the bottom of the ninth for a 4-3 loss to overshadow another of his stellar outings.
"It's a little frustrating. This was probably one of the best (games) I've thrown in Texas," Weaver said. "No lead is safe."
Weaver had gone 20 1-3 innings without allowing a run before giving up an RBI single in the sixth, and he's 4-1 with a 1.31 ERA over his last seven starts.
The right-hander is 7-2 with a 3.70 ERA in nine starts versus the Blue Jays, but he hasn't faced them since giving up eight runs in 4 2-3 innings of an 11-2 road loss Aug. 13, 2011. Adam Lind hit a grand slam and Edwin Encarnacion added a two-run shot off Weaver in that contest.
Jose Reyes hit a two-run homer Friday for Toronto (50-59), which has lost six of its last eight road meetings with the Angels.
"We let the game get away, and if that continues to happen, we're going to go nowhere and we're going to be home in October," Reyes said. "It's tough to play the way we've been playing. It's not acceptable with the kind of team that we have. We're better than this."
Esmil Rogers opposes Weaver looking to bounce back from a rough outing.
Rogers (3-5, 4.36) is 2-3 with a 4.43 ERA in 11 starts this season, and he's been inconsistent of late. After allowing two runs in seven innings of Toronto's 8-3, 10-inning loss the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 24, he gave up eight runs and 10 hits in 4 1-3 innings of Monday's 9-4 loss to Oakland.
The right-hander, winless in his last seven starts, has never started versus the Angels. He did give up three runs in 2 2-3 innings over four relief appearances last season.
|Last Updated: 10/22/2014 6:35:15 AM EST|