|TAMPA BAY ( PRICE )|
MINNESOTA ( HERNANDEZ )
|969||TAMPA BAY||-220||Ov 7,-110||-210||Ov 7.5,-110|
|970||MINNESOTA||+200||Un 7,-110||+190||Un 7.5,-110|
|vs Left-handed Starters||28-22||-0.7||20-27||4.5||0.262||0.334||3.4||0.231||0.302|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-0.3||2-5||3.3||0.220||0.322||2.7||0.199||0.275|
|vs Left-handed Starters||14-20||-2.2||16-18||3.8||0.254||0.319||5.1||0.276||0.324|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2||3-4||2.1||0.205||0.273||6.3||0.310||0.348|
|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)||3-0||W||-155||8 un||U||9||6||1||5||5||1|
|9/14/2013||MOORE(L)||@ MINNESOTA||ALBERS(L)||7-0||W||-155||7.5 ov||U||10||8||0||4||7||1|
|9/15/2013||PRICE(L)||@ MINNESOTA||HERNANDEZ(L)|| |
|9/22/2013|| ||BALTIMORE|| || |
|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)||0-3||L||+145||8 un||U||5||5||1||9||6||1|
|9/14/2013||ALBERS(L)||TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)||0-7||L||+145||7.5 ov||U||4||7||1||10||8||0|
|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||ALBERS(L)||@ OAKLAND||PARKER(R)|| |
|9/21/2013||HERNANDEZ(L)||@ OAKLAND||GRAY(R)|| |
|9/22/2013|| ||@ 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 JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Tampa Bay (81-66) at Minnesota (63-84), 2:10 p.m. EDT
Another matchup between the Tampa Bay Rays and Minnesota Twins on Saturday ended in yet another Tampa Bay win.
The Rays can match their longest winning streak in franchise history versus a single opponent with a series sweep Sunday at Target Field as David Price tries to avoid losing a career-high fourth straight start.
Tampa Bay's 7-0 win over the Twins Saturday marked its 11th straight in the series. The Rays (81-66) haven't beaten the same team 12 consecutive times since accomplishing the feat against Baltimore from April 30-Sept. 24, 2008.
A 2 hour, 4-minute rain delay limited starter Matt Moore to four innings, but five relievers combined with him on a four-hitter as Tampa Bay shut out Minnesota for the second straight game. The Rays' 15 shutouts trail only Cleveland's 16 in the AL.
They maintained a 1 1/2-game edge over Cleveland for the AL's second wild-card spot, while New York and Baltimore - who both lost Saturday - trail by 2 1/2 and three games, respectively. Kansas City also trails by three games after a 1-0 win over Detroit.
Price, however, has dropped three straight starts for the second time in his career, though he's pitched at least seven innings in each. The other time he lost three in a row was July 20-Aug. 2, 2011.
He owns a 4.50 ERA during the skid, though his last defeat was more due to a lack of offense. He limited Boston to two runs and three hits over eight innings with nine strikeouts in a 2-0 home loss on Tuesday, a strong bounce-back performance after he yielded six runs and a season-high 11 hits in a defeat to the Los Angeles Angels on Sept. 5.
"Dave was outstanding," manager Joe Maddon told the team's official website. "I thought he was great. He could not have done anything more."
Price is 2-2 with a 2.67 ERA over three career starts against the Twins. The left-hander limited Minnesota to two runs over seven innings of a 4-2 road win in the only matchup last season.
It appears to be a particularly inopportune time for the scuffling Twins (63-84) to face the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner after recording nine hits in the series' first two contests. Still without Joe Mauer due to a concussion, Minnesota has totaled 17 runs during a 2-6 stretch, going 3 for 22 (.136) with runners in scoring position over the last five.
"Those guys are playing for something over there," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "They're into the game and we didn't look like we were really getting after it too much. I guess the weather really bothered us a lot more, which is pretty disappointing."
The club's bullpen could also be taxed Sunday with left-hander Pedro Hernandez (3-1, 5.25) getting the start. He needed 89 pitches to get through 4 2-3 innings of a 6-3 win over the Angels on Monday and has thrown six innings just once in nine starts.
Five different Rays recorded at least one RBI Saturday, with Desmond Jennings going 2 for 5 and driving in two. James Loney, though, went 0 for 5 to end his eight-game hitting streak.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 6:11:39 AM EST|