|LA ANGELS ( WILSON )|
OAKLAND ( PARKER )
|921||LA ANGELS||+130||Ov 7.5,+100||+125||Ov 7,-115|
|922||OAKLAND||-140||Un 7.5,-120||-135||Un 7,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||54-53||-9.9||59-45||4.6||0.269||0.328||4.5||0.251||0.320|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.3||4-2||5.6||0.298||0.363||4.4||0.272||0.323|
|vs Left-handed Starters||30-19||+8.8||22-26||4.1||0.248||0.322||3.6||0.241||0.290|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+5.2||4-3||7.3||0.311||0.371||2.9||0.231||0.302|
|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)||12-6||W||120||9 un||O||18||8||0||9||4||2|
|9/11/2013||WILSON(L)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)||5-4||W||-105||8.5 ov||O||8||5||2||4||4||0|
|9/12/2013||RICHARDS(R)||@ TORONTO||HAPP(L)||4-3||W||-120||9 un||U||8||8||0||11||9||1|
|9/13/2013||VARGAS(L)||@ HOUSTON||KEUCHEL(L)||7-9||L||-130||9 un||O||12||9||0||14||4||0|
|9/14/2013||WEAVER(R)||@ HOUSTON||OBERHOLTZER(L)||6-2||W||-150||8 ov||P||9||7||0||9||8||1|
|9/15/2013||WILLIAMS(R)||@ HOUSTON||CLEMENS(R)||2-1||W||-155||9 ov||U||6||4||1||7||7||0|
|9/16/2013||WILSON(L)||@ OAKLAND||GRAY(R)|| |
|9/17/2013||RICHARDS(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRAY(R)|| |
|9/18/2013||VARGAS(L)||@ OAKLAND||GRIFFIN(R)|| |
|9/23/2013|| ||OAKLAND|| || |
|9/10/2013||PARKER(R)||@ MINNESOTA||HENDRIKS(R)||3-4||L||-175||8.5 un||U||8||4||0||9||8||0|
|9/11/2013||GRAY(R)||@ MINNESOTA||PELFREY(R)||18-3||W||-160||8 ov||O||22||8||0||5||6||1|
|9/12/2013||GRIFFIN(R)||@ MINNESOTA||DIAMOND(L)||8-2||W||-180||8.5 un||O||11||5||0||7||5||1|
|9/13/2013||STRAILY(R)||@ TEXAS||HOLLAND(L)||9-8||W||115||9 un||O||14||10||1||8||9||0|
|9/14/2013||COLON(R)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)||1-0||W||150||8 un||U||4||5||0||7||8||0|
|9/15/2013||MILONE(L)||@ TEXAS||PEREZ(L)||5-1||W||125||9.5 un||U||8||5||0||10||10||1|
|9/16/2013||GRAY(R)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)|| |
|9/17/2013||GRAY(R)||LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)|| |
|9/18/2013||GRIFFIN(R)||LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)|| |
|9/23/2013|| ||@ LA ANGELS|| || |
|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.
|OAKLAND: HITTING: 2B JEMILE WEEKS may not be a legitimate .300 hitter, but he's still the best option they have at the leadoff spot. C KURT SUZUKI seemingly hits as many line outs as anyone in baseball. He has a solid bat for a catcher and qualifies as a middle-of-the-order option in Oakland. OF JOSH REDDICK is more of a line-drive hitter than a 25-HR guy, and he doesn't yet have the plate discipline to approach .300. 1B BRANDON ALLEN is an all-or-nothing hitter, but his potential for much-needed power should be enough for him to beat out DARIC BARTON. SS CLIFF PENNINGTON has quietly developed into a serviceable regular. With 3B SCOTT SIZEMORE out for the season with a torn ACL, either ERIC SOGARD or JOSH DONALDSON will win the job at third base. Neither player has reached 80 career at-bats yet. Highly-coveted Cuban OF YOENIS CESPEDES inked a four-year deal with Oakland, and will be expected to produced in the heart of the lineup immediately. OF COLLIN COWGILL is undersized, but has shown impressive power in the minors. The DH spot will fall to Allen when Barton is in the lineup. When he's not, it will be filled by such Quadruple-A types as KILA KA'AIHUE and CHRIS CARTER. |
STARTING PITCHING: BRANDON McCARTHY reclamation project worked out nicely. He's an injury risk, but when healthy he's one of baseball's better middle-of-the-rotation arms. BARTOLO COLON pitched better than expected with the Yankees last year (7.4 K/9, 4.00 ERA), and should perform just as well in his new spacious ballpark. DALLAS BRADEN (shoulder) and BRETT ANDERSON (elbow) are both question marks after major surgeries. Braden's return date has been pushed back to early May, while Anderson will might not take the hill until June. The jewel of the Trevor Cahill trade, hard-throwing righty JARROD PARKER has a chance to make a big impact if his arm is recovered from 2009 Tommy John surgery. The Gio Gonzalez trade landed Oakland TOMMY MILONE and BRAD PEACOCK, both of whom are coming off impressive minor-league seasons. They'll compete for rotation spots this spring. TYSON ROSS could get a few starts, but he's gotten very hittable over the past year. They're in no hurry to start the arbitration clock of top prospect SONNY GRAY, but he should make some late-season starts.
RELIEF PITCHING: With Andrew Bailey gone, righty GRANT BALFOUR (2.47 ERA, 1.03 WHIP) will get the first chance to close games. Though his occasional bouts with command issues make him a risk. If Balfour falters, BRIAN FUENTES will get the next look because of his ninth-inning experience and strong second half of 2011 . . . Long a favorite inside the organization, injury-prone righty JOEY DEVINE has long been considered a future closer and should get some late-innings duties. The highest upside option for a future closer is 25-year-old righty FAUTINO DE LOS SANTOS. He has overpowering stuff but his command comes and goes.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (LA ANGELS-OAKLAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Angels-Athletics Preview* ==========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Los Angeles (71-77) at Oakland (87-61), 10:05 p.m. EDT
The surging Oakland Athletics have started to run away with the AL West.
Continuing their playoff push, though, could prove difficult against C.J. Wilson, who hasn't lost in over two months.
Emerging rookie Sonny Gray takes the mound opposite Wilson as the Athletics open a three-game set against the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.
Oakland (88-61) returns home seeking a sixth consecutive victory after sweeping Texas over the weekend. Josh Donaldson, Chris Young and Josh Reddick all homered in Sunday's 5-1 victory as the A's moved 6 1/2 games ahead of the second-place Rangers with 13 to play.
"It's a good lead, but we can't pay too much attention to the standings right now," Donaldson, batting .450 with four homers, six doubles, 11 RBIs and 12 runs during an 11-game hitting streak, told MLB's official website. "We don't want to get too comfortable. We want to continue steadily getting better, as we have. Hopefully that takes us to where we want to go."
Oakland, which has hit .305 with 32 homers while outscoring opponents 123-65 during a 16-4 stretch, will try to stay hot against Wilson (16-6, 3.44 ERA). The two-time All-Star, enjoying a career-high eight-game winning streak, is 12-1 with a 3.02 ERA in his last 17 starts.
"Of all the things we've talked about this year that haven't worked out, C.J. is on the other side of that ledger," manager Mike Scioscia said of Wilson, who is on the verge of a career-best 17th victory. "He's having just a terrific season, pitching deep into games. He's going to be 200-plus innings again. Every stat you look at is terrific for him."
The left-hander is looking to win a fourth consecutive start after allowing four runs and four hits in seven innings Wednesday in a 5-4 victory at Toronto.
"He can carve you up," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "He has that nice cutter that he runs inside to the right-handers and really kind of neutralizes you in a lot of ways, and then can go to the outside part of the plate. He keeps you off-balance, and he's sneaky."
Wilson has also baffled the A's during a three-start winning streak, holding them to a combined five runs and 14 hits in 21 2-3 innings. He has had his way with Coco Crisp (4 for 32), Kurt Suzuki (2 for 22), Donaldson (4 for 20) and Reddick (3 for 18).
While Home Run Derby champion Yoenis Cespedes is 4 for 12 in their matchups, he is scheduled to have an MRI on Monday and likely to miss his second straight game with right shoulder soreness.
The Angels (72-77) could also be in for a long night against Gray (3-3, 2.63). The 23-year-old right-hander has struck out 45 and held opponents to a .211 batting average in seven outings spanning 44 innings since getting called up for the second time Aug. 10.
Gray surrendered two runs in five innings during an 18-3 rout at Minnesota on Wednesday.
"It was nice to have the offensive display we had," he said.
Gray has been especially good in four home starts, going 2-1 with a 1.21 ERA. He struck out three over two scoreless innings of relief in his only appearance versus Los Angeles.
The Angels are coming off Sunday's 2-1 win at Houston and have won 17 of 23. MVP candidate Mike Trout walked and scored, becoming the first AL player in major league history with 70 extra-base hits, 30 stolen bases and 100 walks in a season.
Trout, though, is 1 for his last 15.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 11:03:10 PM EST|