|BALTIMORE ( NORRIS )|
CLEVELAND ( MASTERSON )
|923||BALTIMORE||+120||Ov 8,-105||+120||Ov 8,-110|
|924||CLEVELAND||-130||Un 8,-115||-130||Un 8,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||52-39||+10.9||45-41||5.0||0.267||0.319||4.4||0.258||0.319|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.6||4-3||4.3||0.239||0.283||5.0||0.281||0.347|
|vs Right-handed Starters||48-44||+6.5||36-52||4.3||0.246||0.318||4.2||0.251||0.323|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.6||1-6||2.4||0.227||0.312||3.7||0.289||0.355|
|8/19/2013||TILLMAN(R)||TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||3-4||L||+120||7.5 ev||U||15||15||1||10||7||0|
|8/20/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||4-7||L||-105||8.5 ev||O||5||6||1||15||10||1|
|8/21/2013||CHEN(L)||TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||4-2||W||-120||8.5 ev||U||8||9||0||7||5||0|
|8/27/2013||CHEN(L)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)||2-13||L||110||9 un||O||4||4||0||14||5||0|
|8/28/2013||NORRIS(R)||@ BOSTON||LACKEY(R)||3-4||L||170||9.5 un||U||7||4||0||9||9||0|
|8/29/2013||TILLMAN(R)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)||3-2||W||135||8.5 un||U||7||10||0||8||5||0|
|8/30/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||5-8||L||115||8.5 un||O||9||5||0||13||5||0|
|8/31/2013||FELDMAN(R)||@ NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)||0-2||L||120||9 un||U||3||4||1||7||7||0|
|9/1/2013||CHEN(L)||@ NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||7-3||W||105||8.5 ov||O||12||5||0||7||10||0|
|9/2/2013||NORRIS(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)|| |
|9/3/2013||TILLMAN(R)||@ CLEVELAND||JIMENEZ(R)|| |
|9/4/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MCALLISTER(R)|| |
|9/5/2013||FELDMAN(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)|| |
|9/6/2013||CHEN(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||RIENZO(R)|| |
|9/7/2013||NORRIS(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|9/8/2013||TILLMAN(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)|| |
|9/9/2013|| ||NY YANKEES|| || |
|8/19/2013||MCALLISTER(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)||5-2||W||115||7.5 ev||U||10||9||0||6||4||0|
|8/20/2013||SALAZAR(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)||4-1||W||100||7.5 ov||U||8||12||1||12||17||1|
|8/21/2013||MASTERSON(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)||3-1||W||-150||8 ov||U||8||8||0||7||10||0|
|8/27/2013||SALAZAR(R)||@ ATLANTA||WOOD(L)||0-2||L||120||7 un||U||6||10||0||3||2||0|
|8/28/2013||MASTERSON(R)||@ ATLANTA||MAHOLM(L)||2-3||L||-110||7.5 un||U||9||7||0||10||11||0|
|8/29/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||@ ATLANTA||MEDLEN(R)||1-3||L||135||7.5 ev||U||7||6||0||8||5||0|
|8/30/2013||MCALLISTER(R)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)||2-7||L||135||9.5 ev||U||7||7||0||9||7||1|
|8/31/2013||KAZMIR(L)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)||5-10||L||155||8.5 ev||O||9||5||0||15||9||0|
|9/1/2013||SALAZAR(R)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)||4-0||W||150||8.5 un||U||5||6||0||11||10||0|
|9/6/2013||KAZMIR(L)||NY METS||WHEELER(R)|| |
|9/7/2013||SALAZAR(R)||NY METS||NIESE(L)|| |
|9/8/2013||MASTERSON(R)||NY METS||MATSUZAKA(R)|| |
|9/9/2013|| ||KANSAS CITY|| || |
|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.
|CLEVELAND: HITTING: SS ASDRUBAL CABRERA's reinvented swing, modeled after Ben Zobrist, likely led to his power surge. OF GRADY SIZEMORE is back on a one-year deal, so he has plenty of financial incentive to stay healthy. But he will begin the season on the DL after back surgery. OF SHELLEY DUNCAN is expected to get more playing time in replacing Sizemore, but speedy OF EZEQUIEL CARRERA is also waiting for his shot. Injuries and off-the-field issues spoiled OF SHIN SOO-CHOO's 2011, but there's a good chance he bounces back . . . OF MICHAEL BRANTLEY does everything well enough to get a regular gig in center. C CARLOS SANTANA is developing into a middle-of-the-order run producer. DH TRAVIS HAFNER can't be trusted to stay healthy or to produce power numbers. After another down year, 1B MATT LaPORTA will have to sit and watch CASEY KOTCHMAN start at first more often than not. 3B LONNIE CHISENHALL will get his chance to play every day, but dwindling production the past two years is a concern. 2B JASON KIPNIS will get first crack at second base. He's got nice pop for a middle infielder. |
STARTING PITCHING: JUSTIN MASTERSON's strikeout rate continues to decline, and he still gets hit hard by lefties. Still, his strong groundball rate guarantees he's a solid middle-of-the-rotation arm at worst. His velocity dropped last year, and there's no telling if UBALDO JIMENEZ will ever regain his early 2010 form. He's the definition of high-risk, high-reward. DEREK LOWE was a decent middle-of-the-rotation arm in the National League, but now he must adjust to facing superior A.L. lineups . . . Healthy again, JOSH TOMLIN will remain in the rotation. He's hittable, throwing strikes and relying on his defense. Former Twins hurler KEVIN SLOWEY rounds out the staff. Although he posted a 6.67 ERA last year, Slowey has exhibited pinpoint control in his career with just 84 walks in 532.2 innings, tallying a .470 K-to-BB ratio. JEANMAR GOMEZ is a decent minor league arm, but his ceiling is low (long term and in the immediate future). CARLOS CARRASCO may not pitch in the bigs this year after Tommy John surgery.
RELIEF PITCHING: CHRIS PEREZ is entrenched as the closer, but he was a bit of a disappointment last season. His velocity dropped slightly, and his strikeout rate fell off a cliff. If Perez gets hurt, VINNIE PESTANO is next in line for saves. He may be undersized, but his stuff is overpowering. TONY SIPP proved he can get out righties too, but his value is as a lefty-on-lefty guy. Ditto for sidearmer JOE SMITH, who is deadly on righties. But it would be a surprise if he shut down lefties for a second straight year. RAFAEL PEREZ has been hampered by shoulder soreness in Spring Training, but the lefty should once again be serviceable in the late innings this year.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (BALTIMORE-CLEVELAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(UPDATES wild-card standings in 5th graph)
*Orioles-Indians Preview* =========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Baltimore (71-63) at Cleveland (71-64), 4:05 p.m. EDT
While the Baltimore Orioles and Cleveland Indians both sit quite a ways back in their respective division races, they continue to keep pace in the highly competitive AL wild-card hunt.
The Orioles try to distance themselves from the Indians when these teams open a pivotal three-game set Monday at Progressive Field.
After dropping four of five to begin a nine-game trip, Baltimore salvaged Sunday's finale against the New York Yankees with a thrilling 7-3 victory. J.J. Hardy hit a go-ahead three-run homer and Adam Jones followed with a three-run shot of his own as the Orioles put together a seven-run seventh inning.
"Hopefully, it jump-starts us in September," said Hardy, whose team remains 8 1/2 games behind East-leading Boston.
Sunday's win, though, moved Baltimore (72-63) into third place in the wild-card standings, three games back of second-place Tampa Bay. The Indians (72-64), meanwhile, are in a fourth-place tie with New York, one-half game behind the Orioles.
Cleveland returns home after concluding a 1-5 trek with Sunday's 4-0 win over Detroit. Mike Aviles provided all the offense with a ninth-inning grand slam as the Indians climbed within 7 1/2 games of the Central-leading Tigers.
"We needed this game because we've had a tough road trip," said manager Terry Francona, whose team is 10-15 since Aug. 5. "We want to keep playing until they make us stop."
The Indians will look for their momentum to carry over against Orioles starter Bud Norris (3-1, 4.91 ERA), who is 3-0 in six starts since he was acquired from Houston on July 31. After giving up a season high-tying seven runs in 4 2-3 innings in a 9-7 win over Oakland on Aug. 23, Norris yielded one run and four hits in 5 1-3 innings of Wednesday's 4-3 loss at Boston.
"These guys scored some runs early to give me a little cushion, so my focus is putting up a zero on every scoreboard, every half inning," said Norris, who left with a 3-1 lead. "As long as I could go and, (manager) Buck (Showalter), he made the decision and I'm OK with it, handing the ball off to the bullpen. I feel confident doing that every time."
Norris, set to make his first appearance versus Cleveland, posted a 2.20 ERA in three road starts last month.
The Indians counter with Justin Masterson (14-9, 3.49), who has gone 1-0 with a 2.13 ERA in his last two outings despite walking nine in 12 2-3 innings. The All-Star right-hander yielded two runs in six innings of Wednesday's 3-2 walkoff loss at Atlanta.
"When our ace goes out and gives us strong innings, we've got to find a way to get a W," said Aviles, referring to Masterson.
Masterson had a 2.30 ERA in winning four consecutive starts versus the Orioles before surrendering six runs in 6 1-3 innings of a 6-3 loss at Baltimore on June 25. While Jones, Matt Wieters and Nick Markakis are a combined 13 for 68 (.191) versus Masterson, Alexi Casilla is 6 for his last 14 with two homers, a double and a triple in their matchups.
Hardy has hit safely in each of his 14 games in Cleveland, batting .310, but he's 2 for his last 9 against Masterson.
Orioles outfielder Michael Morse, acquired from Seattle on Friday, went 2 for 4 with a run in his team debut.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 8:34:59 AM EST|