|TAMPA BAY ( PRICE )|
BALTIMORE ( TILLMAN )
|913||TAMPA BAY||-125||Ov 7.5,-105||-125||Ov 7.5,-120|
|914||BALTIMORE||+115||Un 7.5,-115||+115||Un 7.5,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||46-34||+3.4||38-37||4.4||0.260||0.329||4.3||0.244||0.298|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-0.3||4-2||3.9||0.240||0.306||4.1||0.264||0.298|
|vs Left-handed Starters||18-21||-6.6||17-19||4.3||0.254||0.299||4.5||0.266||0.323|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.8||6-1||5.9||0.271||0.324||4.3||0.247||0.309|
|8/6/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||@ ARIZONA||MILEY(L)||1-6||L||-120||8 ev||U||7||7||0||8||4||0|
|8/7/2013||ARCHER(R)||@ ARIZONA||DELGADO(R)||8-9||L||-120||8 un||O||16||4||0||12||7||0|
|8/9/2013||PRICE(L)||@ LA DODGERS||CAPUANO(L)||6-7||L||-145||6.5 un||O||12||9||2||13||9||1|
|8/10/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||0-5||L||130||7.5 un||U||6||7||0||12||7||0|
|8/11/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||2-8||L||170||6.5 un||O||3||4||0||14||7||4|
|8/19/2013||PRICE(L)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)|| |
|8/20/2013||COBB(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GONZALEZ(R)|| |
|8/21/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||@ BALTIMORE||CHEN(L)|| |
|8/23/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|8/24/2013||ARCHER(R)||NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)|| |
|8/25/2013||PRICE(L)||NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)|| |
|8/26/2013|| ||@ KANSAS CITY|| || |
|8/6/2013||NORRIS(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)||4-1||W||-130||7.5 un||U||10||8||1||7||7||0|
|8/7/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||10-3||W||-125||7.5 un||O||13||7||0||7||5||3|
|8/9/2013||TILLMAN(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)||5-2||W||-130||7 ev||P||9||8||0||6||6||0|
|8/10/2013||CHEN(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||GAUDIN(R)||2-3||L||-125||7.5 un||U||8||10||0||6||4||1|
|8/11/2013||NORRIS(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)||10-2||W||105||7 un||O||12||5||0||7||7||1|
|8/12/2013||FELDMAN(R)||@ ARIZONA||MILEY(L)||6-7||L||100||8.5 un||O||10||5||2||9||7||0|
|8/13/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||@ ARIZONA||DELGADO(R)||3-4||L||-115||8.5 un||U||6||3||0||9||5||1|
|8/14/2013||TILLMAN(R)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)||4-5||L||115||7.5 un||O||14||9||0||11||13||1|
|8/19/2013||TILLMAN(R)||TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)|| |
|8/20/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)|| |
|8/21/2013||CHEN(L)||TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)|| |
|TAMPA BAY: HITTING: OF DESMOND JENNINGS' on-base skills will lead to tons of runs and SBs despite his mediocre batting average. 2B BEN ZOBRIST bounced back from a disappointing 2010, and will continue to produce near the top of the batting order. Though a series of nagging injuries plagued his 2011 season, 3B EVAN LONGORIA slugged 17 HR in his last 53 games. Fully healthy this season, he'll be an elite power-hitter with double-digit SB potential. OF B.J. UPTON's days in Tampa may be numbered. He's an elite athlete, but he just might lose his head if he's traded into a tough situation. After a hot start, OF MATT JOYCE settled in as the productive hitter he is. He should get to play every day in right field. SSs SEAN RODRIGUEZ and REID BRIGNAC will battle for ABs but neither hits on a consistent basis. C JOSE MOLINA was acquired for his defense much more than his hitting. DH LUKE SCOTT can also play some 1B when slugger CARLOS PENA, who is returning to Tampa after hitting 28 homers for the Cubs in 2011, needs a rest. |
STARTING PITCHING: DAVID PRICE was a little more hittable than in 2010, but he increased his already-high strikeout rate while cutting back on walks. His win total should rise from a disappointing 12 last year. JAMES SHIELDS put his 2010 disaster season behind him and became a Cy Young candidate. His peripheral stats and skills weren't all that different the past two years, it was a big swing of luck. Some people are putting out the Bust Alert on Rookie of the Year JEREMY HELLICKSON. He had the league's luckiest batting average on balls in play (.217), but he improved as last season progressed. MATT MOORE may be this year's R.O.Y. after a dominant late-season call up. He'll be among the league leaders in strikeouts for years to come. WADE DAVIS is a mediocre pitcher who eats innings at the back of the rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: KYLE FARNSWORTH looked as strong as he has in years, converting 25 of 31 saves in his first season with the Rays. He's the closer again this year, but it won't take much for him to lose that job after an unsteady last third of the 2011 season. JOEL PERALTA may overtake Farnsworth for ninth-inning duties at some point this season. Peralta was 5-for-5 on saves in September when Farnsworth was hurt, and gave up only one run in his final 21.3 innings. Possible future closer JAKE McGEE progressed nicely after a tough start to 2011. He's got potentially lethal stuff. Former Angels hurler FERNANDO RODNEY is looking to bounce back after a wild season (28 walks, 26 strikeouts in 32 IP).
|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 (TAMPA BAY-BALTIMORE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rays-Orioles Preview* ======================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Tampa Bay (69-52) at Baltimore (66-56), 7:05 p.m. EDT
While the second-place Tampa Bay Rays continue to chase the AL East leaders, the Baltimore Orioles aren't far behind.
The Rays try to distance themselves from the Orioles as these division rivals open a three-game set Monday night at Camden Yards.
Tampa Bay (70-52) has followed a season-worst six-game losing streak by winning four of five, including Sunday's 2-1, 10-inning victory over Toronto. Evan Longoria hit his team-leading 24th homer before Jose Lobaton came through with a game-winning shot in extras.
"Walk-off homer, run the bases like that, is unbelievable," said Lobaton, who also delivered a walk-off triple in Friday's 5-4 win. "It's something that you want to do all the time. Hopefully it's not the last one."
Sitting just behind division-leading Boston, Tampa Bay now turns its attention to the Orioles (67-56). The Rays, who have hit .307 in taking five of the last six in the season series, are 3 1/2 games ahead of Baltimore.
"This time of year, you definitely want to win as many series as you can, especially when you're at home," Orioles All-Star first baseman Chris Davis said. "Every game is important down the stretch."
Davis went 4 for 5 with his major league-leading 45th homer as Baltimore beat Colorado 7-2 on Sunday. Adam Jones, who also went deep, posted his second consecutive three-hit effort.
"When those guys get rolling, sometimes you just hope they hit it at somebody," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said of Davis and Jones. "Most middles of the order in this league are tough to handle, and that middle of the order is about as good as anybody's. When they're swinging the bat well, it's going to be tough to get through it."
The Orioles will try to stay hot against Rays starter David Price (6-5, 3.28 ERA), who is 5-1 with a 1.77 ERA since the beginning of July. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner had surrendered three earned runs during a four-start stretch spanning 32 1-3 innings before yielding four in seven innings Wednesday in a 5-4 walkoff victory over Seattle.
"I wasn't able to make pitches," he said. "That's what I've been doing, but it's what I didn't do as well tonight, especially with two outs, and that's how innings start."
Price has mostly had his way against the Orioles, going 6-2 with a 2.60 ERA over 14 career starts. Jones is 5 for his last 29 with nine strikeouts versus Price, and Nick Markakis is 5 for his last 24.
The left-hander is 3-0 with a 3.20 ERA in seven career outings in Baltimore. He was, however, hit hard during his most recent visit, yielding five runs in six innings in a 10-6 defeat April 18.
The Orioles counter with Chris Tillman (14-3, 3.70), who ranks among the major league leaders in wins. He has limited opponents to a .222 average in winning six consecutive home starts, and Baltimore has won 13 of his last 15 overall.
The right-hander allowed two runs in six innings Wednesday and was in line for a fifth straight winning decision before Jim Johnson blew the save in a 5-4, 14-inning loss at Arizona.
Two of Tillman's three losses have come against Tampa Bay, which has taken him deep five times in three starts this year. He is 2-5 with a 4.77 ERA in 10 outings in the series.
Longoria has hit Tillman hard, going 8 for his last 16 with three homers and two doubles. Ben Zobrist also has three homers against him, but he's 5 for 26.
|Last Updated: 9/24/2014 1:24:38 AM EST|