|LA ANGELS ( WILLIAMS )|
TORONTO ( BUEHRLE )
|915||LA ANGELS||+130||Ov 9.5,-110||+125||Ov 9,+105|
|916||TORONTO||-140||Un 9.5,-110||-135||Un 9,-125|
|vs Left-handed Starters||15-23||-12.6||20-17||4.1||0.251||0.324||4.9||0.288||0.342|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.9||5-2||4.0||0.272||0.310||4.3||0.269||0.339|
|vs Right-handed Starters||49-57||-5.4||50-53||4.3||0.244||0.312||4.5||0.259||0.318|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.8||3-4||5.1||0.236||0.269||3.0||0.233||0.282|
|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)||3-6||L||-160||8.5 ov||O||12||9||1||11||12||0|
|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||WILSON(L)||@ OAKLAND||GRAY(R)|| |
|9/17/2013|| ||@ OAKLAND|| || |
|8/27/2013||HAPP(L)||NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||1-7||L||+105||9 ev||U||10||5||1||12||9||0|
|8/28/2013||REDMOND(R)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||7-2||W||+130||8.5 un||O||10||6||0||5||6||1|
|8/30/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)||3-2||W||+110||8.5 un||U||4||5||0||9||8||1|
|8/31/2013||DICKEY(R)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||4-2||W||-115||8.5 ov||U||10||6||0||8||8||1|
|9/1/2013||HAPP(L)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||0-5||L||+140||8.5 un||U||3||4||2||9||7||0|
|9/2/2013||ROGERS(R)||@ ARIZONA||MCCARTHY(R)||4-1||W||145||8.5 ev||U||5||2||0||4||2||0|
|9/3/2013||REDMOND(R)||@ ARIZONA||MILEY(L)||10-4||W||135||8.5 ov||O||15||9||2||7||3||2|
|9/4/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ ARIZONA||DELGADO(R)||3-4||L||110||8 un||U||5||0||1||9||6||0|
|9/6/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ MINNESOTA||PELFREY(R)||6-5||W||-120||7.5 ov||O||7||3||2||10||6||2|
|9/7/2013||HAPP(L)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)||11-2||W||100||8.5 ov||O||15||5||1||11||13||0|
|9/8/2013||ROGERS(R)||@ MINNESOTA||ALBERS(L)||2-0||W||100||8.5 un||U||7||5||0||5||6||1|
|9/10/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)|| |
|9/11/2013||DICKEY(R)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)|| |
|9/12/2013||HAPP(L)||LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)|| |
|9/17/2013|| ||NY YANKEES|| || |
|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.
|TORONTO: HITTING: SS YUNEL ESCOBAR brings a little pop and could score runs in bunches atop a solid lineup. OF JOSE BAUTISTA has simply been the best hitter in baseball the past two seasons. 1B ADAM LIND will have plenty of RBI chances, but his average stinks and he faded late last year. 3B BRETT LAWRIE will be a 30-30 candidate in his prime and he's a solid slugger already. Expect big power numbers but a painful average in C J.P. ARENCIBIA's sophomore season. OF COLBY RASMUS should have his head right this year and could see an uptick in power numbers. 2B KELLY JOHNSON improved his dreadful average after being traded to Toronto. He has great potential as a 20-20 candidate. DH EDWIN ENCARNACION raked at home last season and has the position flexibility to stay in the lineup every day. OF ERIC THAMES will start in left field. Thames has 15-15 potential. OF RAJAI DAVIS' speed makes him worthy of staying in the fourth outfielder role. |
STARTING PITCHING: He's not really an ace, but RICKY ROMERO is a solid innings-eater at the front of the Jays' staff. He's a low-risk, low-reward starting pitcher. BRANDON MORROW's talent is intriguing. His mid-90s heat and deceptive slider lead to huge strikeout tallies, but also leads to a lot of gopher balls. Questionable conditioning was an issue for BRETT CECIL last year, as he gave up a whopping 37 HR between the majors and Triple-A. He seemed to straighten things out over the second half of last season. HENDERSON ALVAREZ's performance as a 21-year-old gives him an inside track for a rotation spot. He has intriguing upside. DUSTIN McGOWAN returned in September from a 38-month layoff to put himself in the mix for the rotation. His mid-90s gas is still there, giving him 175-K potential. KYLE DRABEK has great potential, but he was a disaster in 2011. He could not command his promising arsenal of pitches, and broke down mentally at times.
RELIEF PITCHING: SERGIO SANTOS has unhittable stuff, but will have to battle newcomer FRANCISCO CORDERO as Toronto's closer. Cordero's strikeout rate dropped down to a putrid 5.4 K/9 last year, but he showed great command with a stellar 1.02 WHIP. CASEY JANSSEN was Toronto's most improved pitcher in 2011. He has a sinking fastball, a pretty good K rate and performed quite well against the AL East last season. Prospect JOEL CARRENO, a starter in the minors, is a closer-in-waiting. He was impressive out of the pen after a late-August call-up, and averaged better than a strikeout per inning, albeit with shaky control, in the minors.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (LA ANGELS-TORONTO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Angels-Blue Jays Preview* ==========================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Los Angeles (67-75) at Toronto (67-76), 7:07 p.m. EDT
The last time Mark Buehrle put together a personal seven-game winning streak, he ended the season winning a World Series.
Buehrle goes for his longest winning streak in eight years Tuesday night when the last-place Blue Jays attempt to win for the 11th time in 14 tries in a matchup against the Los Angeles Angels.
Buehrle (11-7, 3.88 ERA) is 6-0 with a 2.02 ERA over his last nine starts, winning all four at home with a 1.27 ERA.
The veteran left-hander hasn't produced a longer overall winning streak since going 9-0 during a 14-start stretch with the Chicago White Sox from April 16-June 28, 2005.
That season the White Sox went on to win the World Series, but Toronto (67-76) is all but mathematically assured of finishing at the bottom of the AL East in 2013.
Still, Buehrle is finding motivation.
"I've got a couple more starts left, and I'm going to go out there and try to finish the season strong," Buehrle told the team's official website. "Personally, I feel like I'm back to where I've been throughout my career. I just wish we were in a better spot than we are."
Buehrle's recent winning streak, though, includes a rough outing in a 6-5 road victory over Los Angeles on Aug. 4. He gave up five runs and two homers in six innings before the offense bailed him out by scoring four times in the final two.
He's 0-2 with a 4.85 ERA over his last four meetings with the Angels (67-76).
Beating them for the first time since Sept. 5, 2008, would keep the Blue Jays hot after they did all of their scoring in the eighth inning in Sunday's 2-0 win at Minnesota to complete a three-game sweep.
Jose Reyes had two hits, including an RBI double, and is 10 for 22 with seven runs and three RBIs over the past five games.
He shares Buehrle's attitude about September.
"The season isn't over yet, and I feel that good," said Reyes, who missed 66 games with a sprained left ankle earlier this season. "I still feel it a little bit, but it's way better than it was months ago. Hopefully, I'll keep feeling better, and I can go into the offseason with a better idea and go to spring training 100 percent, and do what I do best, just play my game."
The Angels send Jerome Williams (6-10, 4.60) to the mound looking to avoid a third straight loss after opening a season-long 10-game trip with a 6-3 defeat to Minnesota on Monday.
The right-hander allowed two runs with seven strikeouts in 6 1-3 innings of a 6-2 win over Tampa Bay on Thursday. He had been 0-8 with a 6.15 ERA over his 15 previous games - 13 starts - dating to a victory at Baltimore on June 12.
Williams is 0-2 with a 5.03 ERA in six road starts since.
"I'm just going out here and doing my job, trying to do my best," Williams said. "As long as at the end of the day, end of the season, I can look myself in the mirror and say, 'I did OK,' that's fine."
Los Angeles' Mike Trout is 16 for 37 (.432) during an 11-game hit streak. He has a .553 on-base percentage during that span.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 3:52:30 PM EST|