|TAMPA BAY ( COBB )|
SEATTLE ( IWAKUMA )
|927||TAMPA BAY||-115||Ov 7,-110||-120||Ov 7,-115|
|928||SEATTLE||+105||Un 7,-110||+110||Un 7,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||51-41||-0.4||44-43||4.2||0.257||0.328||4.3||0.247||0.303|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-4.1||4-3||2.7||0.237||0.326||4.3||0.265||0.328|
|vs Right-handed Starters||43-49||-2.6||47-40||4.1||0.248||0.311||4.5||0.254||0.308|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.9||2-5||3.7||0.235||0.296||3.1||0.251||0.302|
|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)||2-11||L||-135||8 ev||O||6||12||0||16||11||1|
|9/3/2013||MOORE(L)||@ LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)||7-1||W||-130||7.5 ov||O||15||13||1||4||7||1|
|9/4/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)||3-1||W||115||7.5 ov||U||7||6||0||7||7||1|
|9/5/2013||PRICE(L)||@ LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)||2-6||L||-180||7.5 ov||O||6||7||0||11||4||0|
|9/6/2013||COBB(R)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)|| |
|9/7/2013||ARCHER(R)||@ SEATTLE||PAXTON(L)|| |
|9/8/2013||MOORE(L)||@ SEATTLE||RAMIREZ(L)|| |
|9/13/2013|| ||@ MINNESOTA|| || |
|8/23/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)||0-2||L||-165||7.5 un||U||5||5||0||4||4||0|
|8/24/2013||RAMIREZ(L)||LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)||1-5||L||-120||8 un||U||9||9||1||11||9||1|
|8/25/2013||HARANG(R)||LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)||1-7||L||+130||7.5 ov||O||5||5||0||14||11||0|
|8/29/2013||RAMIREZ(L)||@ HOUSTON||LYLES(R)||3-2||W||-140||9 un||U||6||5||0||5||5||1|
|8/30/2013||WALKER(R)||@ HOUSTON||PEACOCK(R)||7-1||W||-135||9 un||U||11||10||1||4||4||0|
|8/31/2013||SAUNDERS(L)||@ HOUSTON||KEUCHEL(L)||3-1||W||110||9 un||U||6||6||1||8||10||1|
|9/1/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||@ HOUSTON||OBERHOLTZER(L)||0-2||L||-150||8 un||U||4||5||0||9||8||0|
|9/2/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)||1-3||L||105||7 ov||U||7||10||2||6||4||0|
|9/3/2013||RAMIREZ(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||CHEN(L)||3-4||L||155||8 un||U||10||7||0||9||6||1|
|9/4/2013||WALKER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)||6-4||W||150||8 un||O||11||8||0||4||2||1|
|9/5/2013||SAUNDERS(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||6-7||L||160||9 un||O||11||8||0||19||11||1|
|9/6/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)|| |
|9/7/2013||PAXTON(L)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|9/8/2013||RAMIREZ(L)||TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)|| |
|9/13/2013|| ||@ ST LOUIS|| || |
|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).
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (TAMPA BAY-SEATTLE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rays-Mariners Preview* =======================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Tampa Bay (77-62) at Seattle (63-77), 10:10 p.m. EDT
The Tampa Bay Rays' recent struggles may have cost them a shot at the AL East title.
Reaching the postseason at all could be in doubt if they continue to falter.
The Rays will try to begin ending their sluggish stretch by capitalizing on the Seattle Mariners in the opener of this three-game set at Safeco Field on Friday night.
Tampa Bay (77-62) has lost nine of 12 games after falling 6-2 to the Los Angeles Angels, settling for a split of the four-game series.
Those struggles have severely dented the Rays' hopes of catching Boston for the division lead, dropping 6 1/2 games back with 23 to play.
That likely means their best chance to return to the postseason will be through the wild card, and they hold the second spot. However, Tampa Bay's lead is just 2 1/2 games on New York, while Baltimore and Cleveland lurk three back.
Part of the Rays' issues have been at the plate, where they're hitting .227 and averaging 2.6 runs during their rough patch.
Evan Longoria has been one of the major culprits, batting .146 with one RBI and 13 strikeouts in 11 games.
Visiting Seattle may not help since he's 3 for 22 over his last eight contests there. He went 5 for 12 with two doubles and a homer as Tampa Bay took two of three from the Mariners at home from Aug. 13-15.
The Rays will give the ball to Alex Cobb (8-3, 2.82 ERA), who is 2-1 with a 2.19 ERA in four starts after missing two months due to a concussion suffered when he was hit in the head with a line drive.
He returned from that scary incident Aug. 15, and earned a 7-1 win over Seattle, allowing one run with six strikeouts in five innings.
Cobb pitched well Saturday, but was the hard-luck loser in a 2-1 defeat at Oakland. The right-hander pitched a five-hitter for his first complete game of the year.
"I liked the fact I was able to go deep into the game for the first time in a while," Cobb told the team's official website. "And I felt the same in the eighth as I did in the early stages of the game. That obviously will be in my mindset now, as it always is. Now that it's been done for me, I expect to do that every time out."
He came up two innings short in his most recent outing at Safeco, allowing one run in a 4-1 win Aug. 13, 2012.
The Mariners lost for the fourth time in five games Thursday, when they wasted a five-run lead and allowed a walkoff homer to fall 7-6 in 13 innings to Kansas City.
A return home may not solve their struggles. Seattle has dropped six straight at home, and a defeat Friday would give the team its longest slide as host since an eight-game skid April 30-May 8, 2010.
Hisashi Iwakuma (12-6, 2.92) will try to help the Mariners avoid getting closer to that dubious mark.
He's 2-0 with a 2.33 ERA over his last four starts and coming off his best performance of that stretch. The right-hander, though, didn't get a decision in Sunday's 2-0 loss at Houston despite collecting seven strikeouts in seven scoreless innings.
Iwakuma allowed two runs and fanned seven in six innings of a 4-3, 14-inning loss in his only meeting with Tampa Bay on July 20, 2012.
|Last Updated: 9/20/2014 1:05:36 PM EST|