|LA ANGELS ( WEAVER )|
MINNESOTA ( HERNANDEZ )
|965||LA ANGELS||-155||Ov 8,-115||-160||Ov 8,-115|
|966||MINNESOTA||+145||Un 8,-105||+150||Un 8,-105|
|vs Left-handed Starters||15-22||-11||19-17||4.2||0.249||0.324||4.9||0.288||0.340|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+2||5-2||5.1||0.288||0.336||3.7||0.252||0.332|
|vs Right-handed Starters||47-61||+2.4||43-60||3.9||0.237||0.305||4.5||0.276||0.332|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.3||5-2||5.0||0.290||0.360||5.6||0.283||0.323|
|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)||11-2||W||+125||8 ev||O||16||11||1||6||12||0|
|9/3/2013||VARGAS(L)||TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)||1-7||L||+120||7.5 ov||O||4||7||1||15||13||1|
|9/4/2013||WEAVER(R)||TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||1-3||L||-125||7.5 ov||U||7||7||1||7||6||0|
|9/5/2013||WILLIAMS(R)||TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||6-2||W||+170||7.5 ov||O||11||4||0||6||7||0|
|9/9/2013||WEAVER(R)||@ MINNESOTA||HERNANDEZ(L)|| |
|9/10/2013||WILLIAMS(R)||@ TORONTO||BUEHRLE(L)|| |
|9/11/2013||WILSON(L)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)|| |
|9/12/2013||RICHARDS(R)||@ TORONTO||HAPP(L)|| |
|9/13/2013||VARGAS(L)||@ HOUSTON||KEUCHEL(L)|| |
|9/14/2013||WEAVER(R)||@ HOUSTON||OBERHOLTZER(L)|| |
|9/15/2013||WILLIAMS(R)||@ HOUSTON||CLEMENS(R)|| |
|9/16/2013|| ||@ OAKLAND|| || |
|8/27/2013||CORREIA(R)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||1-6||L||+145||8.5 un||U||4||5||1||13||10||0|
|8/28/2013||ALBERS(L)||KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)||1-8||L||+110||8.5 un||O||6||5||2||13||8||0|
|8/29/2013||DEDUNO(R)||KANSAS CITY||CHEN(L)||1-3||L||+115||8 ev||U||5||4||0||6||4||0|
|8/30/2013||HENDRIKS(R)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)||3-2||W||265||8.5 ov||U||6||2||1||6||6||0|
|8/31/2013||PELFREY(R)||@ TEXAS||GARZA(R)||1-2||L||210||9 un||U||5||5||0||9||9||0|
|9/1/2013||CORREIA(R)||@ TEXAS||BLACKLEY(L)||4-2||W||185||9.5 ev||U||12||5||0||7||4||1|
|9/2/2013||ALBERS(L)||@ HOUSTON||CLEMENS(R)||10-6||W||-120||8.5 un||O||13||7||0||13||7||2|
|9/3/2013||HERNANDEZ(L)||@ HOUSTON||COSART(R)||9-6||W||105||8.5 un||O||16||13||1||10||4||1|
|9/4/2013||HENDRIKS(R)||@ HOUSTON||LYLES(R)||5-6||L||100||8.5 un||O||7||4||1||12||8||0|
|9/9/2013||HERNANDEZ(L)||LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)|| |
|9/13/2013||ALBERS(L)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|9/14/2013||HERNANDEZ(L)||TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)|| |
|9/15/2013||HENDRIKS(R)||TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)|| |
|9/16/2013|| ||@ CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|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.
|MINNESOTA: HITTING: OF BEN REVERE's slap-and-run style fits well in spacious Target Field. He will compete with lefty Chris Parmelee for the starting RF job. OF DENARD SPAN should be over his concussion problems. He works the count well as a steady presence near the top of the order. C JOE MAUER will see more time at first in an attempt to keep him healthy. Offensively, he'll be limited by a pitcher-friendly home park and no support in the lineup. RYAN DOUMIT has a chance to play regularly and stay healthy as a full-time DH and/or backing up Mauer behind the dish. 1B JUSTIN MORNEAU's concussion symptoms came back late last year. It's a bad omen. OF JOSH WILLINGHAM is being relied on to produce runs, but he's going from one pitcher-friendly home park (Oakland) to another. 3B DANNY VALENCIA showed enough power in 2011 to secure an everyday job heading into 2012. Newly signed SS JAMEY CARROLL has done a nice job off the bench, but hasn't been tested in an everyday role. If hamstring problems are still holding him back, 2B ALEXI CASILLA has won the second-base job ahead of disappointing import TSUYOSHI NISHIOKA, who will start the year in the minors. |
STARTING PITCHING: Who would have thought CARL PAVANO would emerge as the picture of consistency and durability? While he's far from a star, the veteran continues to be a rock for Minnesota, throwing strikes and eating innings. SCOTT BAKER got hurt again last year. If he could ever stay healthy, he's the prototype for success at Target Field'lots of strikeouts, few walks, lots of flyouts. The FRANCISCO LIRIANO rollercoaster nosedived again last year. The Twins have gotten so desperate to keep him healthy that they actually let him pitch more over the offseason. He's obviously a huge risk again. BRIAN DUENSING, NICK BLACKBURN and JASON MARQUIS are all the definition of fifth starter. They serve it up, give up a lot of hard-hit balls, and hope they get hit right at their defenders. If Duensing and Blackburn falter, ANTHONY SWARZAK probably pitched well enough last year to get a shot in the rotation. LIAM HENDRICKS, one of the organization's better prospects, would be a slightly more exciting option.
RELIEF PITCHING: Despite his underwhelming performance last year, MATT CAPPS will pitch the ninth inning again because of his 'closer's experience.' He figures to be on an undeservedly long leash. GLEN PERKINS certainly proved he deserves to close. He was Minnesota's best reliever in his first full season in the 'pen. His velocity was up as a short reliever, and the lefty was truly overpowering. If things go sour for the Twins again this season (and it seems likely they will), perhaps they'll get serious about Perkins later this year.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (LA ANGELS-MINNESOTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Angels-Twins Preview* ======================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Los Angeles (67-74) at Minnesota (61-79), 7:10 p.m. EDT
Following a rare setback during their outstanding run, the Los Angeles Angels appear to be in a good position to bounce back with Jered Weaver facing a team he's dominated recently.
Those Minnesota Twins are simply trying to avoid the longest home losing streak in franchise history.
Weaver looks to win his fifth straight decision against the struggling Twins on Monday night when visiting Los Angeles goes for its 13th win in 17 games.
Although the Angels (67-75) are way out of contention as they wrap up a very disappointing season, solid pitching and timely hitting has keyed this late hot stretch.
"They're playing hard," manager Mike Scioscia told the league's official website. "It's been fun to watch these guys rebound from the depths of what's been a very frustrating season."
They've batted .333 with runners in scoring position during the 12-4 stretch despite going 2 for 10 in a 4-3 loss to Texas on Sunday. Kole Calhoun, who went 2 for 4 with a home run in the defeat, is 8 for 12 with 10 RBIs with runners in scoring position over that span.
"He's a strong little guy," Scioscia said. "What his numbers will end up being, that's just going to be a function of him just continuing to put good swings on the ball."
Los Angeles' pitchers have a 2.71 ERA over the last 16 games and Weaver (9-8, 3.33 ERA) has been instrumental to that success.
The right-hander has limited opponents to a .158 batting average while posting a 1.71 ERA in his last three starts. He surrendered three runs over seven innings in a tough-luck 3-1 loss to Tampa Bay on Wednesday.
Weaver hasn't lost to the Twins (61-80) since Aug. 22, 2010. He's 4-0 with a 2.51 ERA in six starts since, including a no-hitter May 2, 2012, at Anaheim. Weaver has allowed one run and five hits over 23 innings while winning three straight starts against them.
This time, he faces a Minnesota team that has dropped 10 straight home games for the first time since Sept. 15-29, 1957, when the franchise was the Washington Senators.
The Twins, who have averaged 2.0 runs during the skid, haven't lost 11 in a row at home in franchise history.
"That's terrible, to be honest with you," infielder Brian Dozier said. "We're not playing very good. Offense, defense, anything."
Minnesota, however, has had success at Target Field against the Angels, winning five of the last seven meetings dating back to last season.
The Twins will also try to avoid their fifth straight loss overall behind left-hander Pedro Hernandez (3-1, 5.19), who makes his second start since getting recalled from the minors Aug. 30.
He fared well against light-hitting Houston on Tuesday, giving up two runs and six hits over six-plus innings in a 9-6, 12-inning road win.
Hernandez will have to contend with Mike Trout, who is 15 for 33 during a 10-game hitting streak. He's also 8 for 16 with four doubles and five RBIs in four career games at Target Field.
|Last Updated: 9/21/2014 9:08:21 AM EST|