|TAMPA BAY ( ARCHER )|
LA ANGELS ( RICHARDS )
|927||TAMPA BAY||-115||Ov 8,-105||-115||Ov 7.5,-120|
|928||LA ANGELS||+105||Un 8,-115||+105||Un 7.5,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||50-39||+1.6||42-42||4.3||0.259||0.329||4.3||0.245||0.300|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-6.3||3-4||2.1||0.222||0.314||4.4||0.251||0.322|
|vs Right-handed Starters||50-51||-11.9||56-42||4.6||0.268||0.328||4.5||0.253||0.321|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+6||3-3||4.6||0.274||0.330||2.6||0.212||0.299|
|8/19/2013||PRICE(L)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)||4-3||W||-130||7.5 ev||U||10||7||0||15||15||1|
|8/20/2013||COBB(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GONZALEZ(R)||7-4||W||-105||8.5 ev||O||15||10||1||5||6||1|
|8/21/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||@ BALTIMORE||CHEN(L)||2-4||L||110||8.5 ev||U||7||5||0||8||9||0|
|8/23/2013||ARCHER(R)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||7-2||W||-110||7 un||O||9||1||0||5||4||0|
|8/24/2013||PRICE(L)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||4-2||W||-175||7 un||U||7||5||0||6||4||1|
|8/25/2013||COBB(R)||NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)||2-3||L||-155||7 un||U||6||5||1||10||6||0|
|8/26/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||1-11||L||-115||9 ev||O||7||9||0||13||6||0|
|8/27/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)||5-6||L||-130||7.5 un||O||10||12||1||10||8||0|
|8/28/2013||ARCHER(R)||LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)||4-1||W||-170||7.5 ev||U||8||7||1||5||3||1|
|8/29/2013||ODORIZZI(R)||LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)||0-2||L||-175||8.5 un||U||3||8||0||6||5||1|
|8/30/2013||PRICE(L)||@ OAKLAND||PARKER(R)||3-4||L||-110||6.5 ov||O||8||8||1||7||4||0|
|8/31/2013||COBB(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRAY(R)||1-2||L||100||7 ov||U||7||9||0||5||4||0|
|9/1/2013||WRIGHT(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRIFFIN(R)||1-5||L||120||8 un||U||7||5||2||9||7||0|
|9/2/2013||ARCHER(R)||@ LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)|| |
|9/3/2013||MOORE(L)||@ LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)|| |
|9/4/2013||PRICE(L)||@ LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)|| |
|9/5/2013||PRICE(L)||@ LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)|| |
|9/6/2013||COBB(R)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)|| |
|9/7/2013||WRIGHT(R)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|9/8/2013||ARCHER(R)||@ SEATTLE||RAMIREZ(L)|| |
|8/23/2013||RICHARDS(R)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)||2-0||W||155||7.5 un||U||4||4||0||5||5||0|
|8/24/2013||VARGAS(L)||@ SEATTLE||RAMIREZ(L)||5-1||W||110||8 un||U||11||9||1||9||9||1|
|8/25/2013||WEAVER(R)||@ SEATTLE||HARANG(R)||7-1||W||-140||7.5 ov||O||14||11||0||5||5||0|
|8/27/2013||WILSON(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)||6-5||W||120||7.5 un||O||10||8||0||10||12||1|
|8/28/2013||RICHARDS(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||1-4||L||160||7.5 ev||U||5||3||1||8||7||1|
|8/29/2013||VARGAS(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)||2-0||W||165||8.5 un||U||6||5||1||3||8||0|
|8/30/2013||WEAVER(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)||5-0||W||-125||8 ov||U||8||4||1||6||13||0|
|8/31/2013||WILLIAMS(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||ESTRADA(R)||6-5||W||115||8.5 ev||O||12||5||1||12||7||0|
|9/1/2013||WILSON(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||LOHSE(R)||5-3||W||100||8 ov||P||11||6||1||4||4||0|
|9/2/2013||RICHARDS(R)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|9/3/2013||VARGAS(L)||TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)|| |
|9/4/2013||WEAVER(R)||TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)|| |
|9/5/2013||WILLIAMS(R)||TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)|| |
|9/9/2013|| ||@ MINNESOTA|| || |
|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).
|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 (TAMPA BAY-LA ANGELS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rays-Angels Preview* =====================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Tampa Bay (75-59) at Los Angeles (62-72), 9:05 p.m. EDT
The Tampa Bay Rays' slump includes a pair of losses to the red-hot Los Angeles Angels, but they've performed well in recent visits to Anaheim.
The Rays will also have the only pitcher to beat the Angels in the past 11 days, Chris Archer, starting in Monday night's series opener.
Tampa Bay (75-60) suffered its seventh loss in eight games and fourth in a row Sunday, 5-1 in Oakland. Percentage points ahead of Boston in the AL East on Aug. 24, the Rays have fallen 5 1/2 games back in that race and are three games ahead of Baltimore for the AL's final wild card berth.
A struggling offense carries much of the blame. Tampa Bay has batted .217 - including .191 with runners in scoring position - while producing 17 runs in its last eight games.
"We'll get through this. We'll be fine," manager Joe Maddon said. "In a lot of these moments the right guys have been up in RBI situations. It just didn't work out. We're struggling with runners in scoring position and I keep believing it will happen. You just have to fight your way through it, that's all. It's all about the guys you planned to get you here and you stay with them."
Tampa Bay scored a combined nine runs while splitting the first two games of last week's series against Los Angeles but managed three hits in losing Thursday's finale 2-0.
Archer (8-5, 2.81 ERA) was credited with the win in Wednesday's 4-1 victory, allowing one run over seven innings in his first matchup with the Angels (63-72). He'll next try to lead Tampa Bay to its 14th victory in 16 games in Anaheim.
Archer would appear to have a good chance to aid that attempt as he's 3-0 with a 1.52 ERA in his last five road starts.
Los Angeles has lost four straight in Anaheim and has one win in its last 10 games there, but the club is returning home from a stellar road trip.
The pitching staff posted a 2.03 ERA on that 8-1 trek and gave up four hits in Sunday's 5-3 victory over Milwaukee, the Angels' fourth in a row.
"Our guys are playing hard and really getting after it every day," manager Mike Scioscia said.
While Los Angeles' staff has shined lately, Garrett Richards (4-6, 4.16) was hardly at his best while pitching opposite Archer on Wednesday. He gave up four runs in 3 1-3 innings, his shortest start of the season.
The right-hander had pitched 7 1-3 innings in his prior outing, a 2-0 win in Seattle on Aug. 23.
"It was just an off night," Richards said. "I just didn't have it from the beginning. Arm felt good. Body felt good. I just wasn't there tonight. I'm not going to take this as a step back. I'm just going to move forward from it."
J.B. Shuck is batting .387 during a seven-game hit streak and went 5 for 13 during last week's series against Tampa Bay. He had two hits off Archer.
Yunel Escobar is batting .389 in 21 career games against Los Angeles, his best against any opponent, and is 15 for 35 (.429) during a 10-game hit streak versus the Angels.
Ben Zobrist is batting .385 during an 11-game hit streak against Los Angeles and had two hits off Richards on Wednesday.
|Last Updated: 9/3/2014 1:44:45 AM EST|