|TAMPA BAY ( ARCHER )|
MINNESOTA ( CORREIA )
|977||TAMPA BAY||-155||Ov 8,-120||-155||Ov 8,-110|
|978||MINNESOTA||+145||Un 8,+100||+145||Un 8,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||52-44||-3.4||46-45||4.2||0.256||0.328||4.3||0.246||0.302|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-5.4||4-3||2.7||0.216||0.326||4.4||0.242||0.313|
|vs Right-handed Starters||49-63||+3.5||46-61||3.9||0.237||0.305||4.6||0.279||0.334|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.1||5-2||3.1||0.246||0.315||7.3||0.317||0.349|
|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)||4-6||L||-125||7 un||O||12||12||1||8||4||1|
|9/7/2013||ARCHER(R)||@ SEATTLE||PAXTON(L)||2-6||L||-145||7.5 ov||O||5||7||1||11||7||1|
|9/8/2013||MOORE(L)||@ SEATTLE||RAMIREZ(L)||4-1||W||-140||7.5 un||U||10||11||0||5||8||1|
|9/13/2013||ARCHER(R)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)|| |
|9/14/2013||MOORE(L)||@ MINNESOTA||ALBERS(L)|| |
|9/15/2013||PRICE(L)||@ MINNESOTA||HERNANDEZ(L)|| |
|9/20/2013|| ||BALTIMORE|| || |
|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)||6-3||W||+150||8.5 ov||O||11||12||0||12||9||1|
|9/13/2013||CORREIA(R)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|9/14/2013||ALBERS(L)||TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)|| |
|9/15/2013||HERNANDEZ(L)||TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)|| |
|9/16/2013||HENDRIKS(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||JOHNSON(R)|| |
|9/17/2013||PELFREY(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|9/18/2013||DIAMOND(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)|| |
|9/19/2013||CORREIA(R)||@ OAKLAND||COLON(R)|| |
|9/20/2013|| ||@ OAKLAND|| || |
|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).
|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 (TAMPA BAY-MINNESOTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rays-Twins Preview* ====================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Tampa Bay (78-66) at Minnesota (63-81), 8:10 p.m. EDT
Clinging to the AL's second wild-card spot, the Tampa Bay Rays would appear to have a good chance to help their cause this weekend.
The visiting Rays go for a 10th consecutive victory over the lowly Minnesota Twins in the opener of a three-game set Friday night.
Tampa Bay (79-66) had dropped five of six and 13 of 17 before beating Boston 4-3 on Thursday. Desmond Jennings homered and Wil Myers went 2 for 3 with two RBIs, including a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning.
"We needed it bad ... we needed to win bad," said Myers, who is 12 for his last 31. "With the wild-card getting tight, we needed a win here."
The Rays are two games behind Texas for the wild-card lead and one ahead of third-place New York.
"We've got to keep winning," Myers added. "Just not one and lose tomorrow. We need to win this series coming up and keep it going the rest of the year."
Tampa Bay has taken 20 of 26 from Minnesota (63-82), including nine straight by a 52-25 margin. Ben Zobrist is hitting .354 with four homers and 19 RBIs over a 17-game stretch against the Twins, and Evan Longoria has seven homers and 34 RBIs in 33 games.
The Rays now give the ball to Chris Archer (8-7, 3.19 ERA), who will try to avoid losing a career-worst third consecutive start. After yielding a season high-tying five runs in 3 2-3 innings in an 11-2 road loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Sept. 2, Archer was tagged for three runs in four innings Saturday in a 6-2 defeat at Seattle.
"I'm sure if we weren't in such a tight pennant race, two solo homers wouldn't lead to me coming out," said Archer, who was pulled after throwing just 75 pitches. "Considering the situation, I have to understand, we are trying to do what is best for the team."
The 24-year-old right-hander could benefit from facing Minnesota, which has managed 27 runs during a 2-6 stretch. Archer allowed one unearned run and three hits in six innings to beat the Twins in his only matchup in the series, 4-1 on July 9.
Loser in 12 of 14 at home, Minnesota is coming off an 8-2 defeat Thursday to Oakland. Oswaldo Arcia stayed hot with two hits, including his second homer in three days.
"He's still got things to learn. He still gets a little nonchalant," manager Ron Gardenhire said of Arcia, who is 9 for his last 27. "But hopefully he'll get there. He's a strong young man, and he can hit the baseball."
The Twins will turn to Kevin Correia (9-11, 4.30) in hopes of bouncing back. The right-hander had gone 2-2 with a 1.80 ERA over his previous five starts before allowing five runs in six innings Saturday in an 11-2 loss to Toronto.
"You just have to ride with him and try to get through five or six innings because we don't have enough pitchers right now," Gardenhire said of Correia, who gave up all five runs in the first.
Correia surrendered three runs and a season-high five walks in 5 1-3 innings in a 4-3, 13-inning loss at Tampa Bay on July 10. Kelly Johnson, who hit a two-run shot off him in that game, is 9 for 25 with five homers in their matchups. Johnson, though, is mired in a 3-for-25 slump.
Myers is batting .354 with six homers and 18 RBIs in his last 26 road games.
|Last Updated: 9/17/2014 12:32:29 AM EST|