|SEATTLE ( HARANG )|
OAKLAND ( PARKER )
|917||SEATTLE||+170||Ov 8,-105||+180||Ov 8,-105|
|918||OAKLAND||-180||Un 8,-115||-190||Un 8,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||38-45||-4.5||42-36||4.1||0.251||0.313||4.6||0.256||0.310|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+3.6||3-3||3.1||0.223||0.276||5.0||0.249||0.332|
|vs Right-handed Starters||47-36||+4.3||42-38||4.7||0.247||0.318||4.0||0.243||0.299|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-2.8||2-4||3.7||0.229||0.296||2.9||0.255||0.317|
|8/13/2013||RAMIREZ(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||5-4||W||170||8 un||O||12||8||0||8||8||0|
|8/14/2013||HARANG(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||4-5||L||235||7 ov||O||6||5||0||11||12||1|
|8/15/2013||SAUNDERS(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||1-7||L||187||8 un||P||5||6||0||11||8||0|
|8/16/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||@ TEXAS||HOLLAND(L)||3-1||W||165||8 un||U||4||6||0||4||7||1|
|8/17/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ TEXAS||PEREZ(L)||3-15||L||100||8 un||O||10||5||2||14||11||0|
|8/18/2013||RAMIREZ(L)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)||4-3||W||230||8 un||U||10||10||2||5||3||0|
|8/19/2013||HARANG(R)||@ OAKLAND||PARKER(R)|| |
|8/20/2013||SAUNDERS(L)||@ OAKLAND||GRAY(R)|| |
|8/21/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRIFFIN(R)|| |
|8/23/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)|| |
|8/24/2013||RAMIREZ(L)||LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)|| |
|8/25/2013||HARANG(R)||LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)|| |
|8/26/2013|| ||TEXAS|| || |
|8/6/2013||STRAILY(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)||1-3||L||140||8 un||U||5||8||1||8||5||1|
|8/7/2013||COLON(R)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)||5-6||L||115||7.5 un||O||11||7||0||10||9||0|
|8/9/2013||PARKER(R)||@ TORONTO||ROGERS(R)||14-6||W||-105||9 ov||O||17||7||1||11||7||0|
|8/10/2013||GRAY(R)||@ TORONTO||BUEHRLE(L)||4-5||L||105||9 ov||P||11||9||2||5||4||0|
|8/11/2013||GRIFFIN(R)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)||6-4||W||105||9 un||O||10||10||2||7||15||1|
|8/12/2013||STRAILY(R)||@ TORONTO||HAPP(L)||5-1||W||-120||9.5 ov||U||7||5||1||7||7||0|
|8/23/2013||STRAILY(R)||@ BALTIMORE||NORRIS(R)|| |
|8/24/2013||MILONE(L)||@ BALTIMORE||FELDMAN(R)|| |
|8/25/2013||PARKER(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)|| |
|8/26/2013|| ||@ DETROIT|| || |
|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.
|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 (SEATTLE-OAKLAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Mariners-Athletics Preview* ============================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Seattle (56-66) at Oakland (69-53), 10:05 p.m. EDT
Kyle Seager's clutch hitting in the Seattle Mariners' last series actually did Oakland a favor, as they took two of three from the AL West leaders to help the Athletics pull within one-half game of the division's top spot.
He won't be receiving any thank-yous from the A's, though, if he stays hot through this three-game set that begins Monday night in Oakland.
Seager hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth inning of Friday's 3-1 win at Texas and doubled home the eventual winning run with two outs in the ninth Sunday to give Seattle (57-66) a 4-3 victory.
He also homered Saturday after entering that series 0 for 17 over his previous five games.
"We have other hitters here, but when the game's on the line like that, it's Kyle Seager," acting manager Robby Thompson said. "He's a great grinder and battler."
The Mariners' wins helped Oakland (70-53) gain a game on the Rangers, as the A's also took two of three from Cleveland after winning 7-3 on Sunday.
Chris Young and Alberto Callaspo homered while Josh Donaldson drove in three runs for Oakland, which would regain the West lead with a win and a Texas loss to Houston on Monday.
"That's when we're at our best, when we have equal parts and we can trust everybody up and down the lineup," said Jed Lowrie, who batted leadoff and was one of five A's with at least two hits. "That's been our key offensively. I don't think I'm a prototypical leadoff hitter but I get on base a lot."
Lowrie is hitting .409 versus Seattle this season, but Oakland is just 5-8 in the series. Monday's starter Jarrod Parker hasn't helped much by going 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA in three starts against the Mariners, most recently allowing three runs in seven innings of Oakland's 6-3, 10-inning loss June 23.
Parker (8-6, 3.87 ERA), though, is coming off the longest outing of his career, as he allowed one run in 8 1-3 innings before the A's fell 2-1 to Houston in 11 on Wednesday. He has allowed two or fewer earned runs in 12 of his last 16 starts, going 6-1 with a 2.73 ERA in that stretch.
"You pitch like that and you get that deep into the game and only give up one run," manager Bob Melvin said, "you're going to win that game a lot more times than not."
Parker will be opposed by Aaron Harang, who had been struggling of late before a better outing his last time out.
After allowing seven runs in back-to-back starts, Harang (5-10, 5.77) gave up three in five innings as Seattle fell 5-4 at Tampa Bay on Wednesday.
He's 1-5 with a 6.75 ERA in eight road starts.
The right-hander made his only start in Oakland on June 19, 2012, allowing three runs and walking a career-worst eight in 3 2-3 innings of a 3-0 loss while pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He gave up three runs in five innings before the Mariners rallied for a 7-5 win over the A's on June 22.
Seager went 2 for 14 in the last series with the A's as Seattle took two of three from June 21-23, and he's just 4 for 28 over the last eight meetings.
|Last Updated: 9/22/2014 3:18:07 PM EST|