|SEATTLE ( RAMIREZ )|
LA ANGELS ( SHOEMAKER )
|925||SEATTLE||+120||Ov 8.5,+100||+115||Ov 8.5,+100|
|926||LA ANGELS||-130||Un 8.5,-120||-125||Un 8.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||47-56||-5.2||53-44||4.0||0.245||0.310||4.6||0.256||0.311|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2||2-4||2.9||0.208||0.285||4.4||0.254||0.310|
|vs Left-handed Starters||18-24||-10.7||22-18||4.4||0.258||0.331||5.0||0.290||0.342|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.6||3-3||5.3||0.249||0.318||3.1||0.262||0.313|
|9/6/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||6-4||W||+115||7 un||O||8||4||1||12||12||1|
|9/7/2013||PAXTON(L)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||6-2||W||+135||7.5 ov||O||11||7||1||5||7||1|
|9/8/2013||RAMIREZ(L)||TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)||1-4||L||+130||7.5 un||U||5||8||1||10||11||0|
|9/13/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||1-2||L||170||7 un||U||10||7||1||4||7||0|
|9/14/2013||PAXTON(L)||@ ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)||4-1||W||185||7.5 un||U||7||8||0||3||6||0|
|9/15/2013||RAMIREZ(L)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||2-12||L||180||7.5 un||O||5||4||0||19||9||1|
|9/16/2013||SAUNDERS(L)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)||2-4||L||210||9 un||U||7||8||1||9||5||1|
|9/17/2013||MAURER(R)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)||2-6||L||235||8 un||P||6||9||1||10||10||1|
|9/18/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)||8-0||W||160||7.5 ov||O||8||4||1||4||7||1|
|9/19/2013||PAXTON(L)||@ DETROIT||FISTER(R)|| |
|9/20/2013||RAMIREZ(L)||@ LA ANGELS||SHOEMAKER(R)|| |
|9/21/2013||SAUNDERS(L)||@ LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)|| |
|9/22/2013||MAURER(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)|| |
|9/23/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||KANSAS CITY||VENTURA(R)|| |
|9/24/2013||PAXTON(L)||KANSAS CITY||CHEN(L)|| |
|9/25/2013||RAMIREZ(L)||KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)|| |
|9/27/2013|| ||OAKLAND|| || |
|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||PARKER(R)||12-1||W||120||7 ov||O||15||8||0||6||8||1|
|9/17/2013||RICHARDS(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRAY(R)||1-2||L||145||7.5 un||U||7||10||0||9||11||1|
|9/18/2013||VARGAS(L)||@ OAKLAND||GRIFFIN(R)||5-4||W||165||8 ev||O||5||4||0||8||7||1|
|9/26/2013|| ||@ TEXAS|| || |
|9/27/2013|| ||@ TEXAS|| || |
|SEATTLE: HITTING: C/DH JESUS MONTERO was brought over from the Yankees to hit in the heart of the order. At age 22, his offensive potential is scary. OF ICHIRO SUZUKI is entering the twilight of his career, but he might still have another .300 season left. 2B DUSTIN ACKLEY is the kind of line-drive hitter who fits well in Safeco, but he needs to catch up to MLB pitching. 1B JUSTIN SMOAK has disappointed, but he's making strides and has 30-HR upside. OF CASPER WELLS could play everyday. He won't hit for average, but has the power Seattle needs. MIKE CARP figures to at least grab early at-bats against righties. He'll strike out, but has lots of power. OF FRANKLIN GUTIERREZ is out for at least a month with a pectoral injury, but will reclaim his starting gig based on his defense. Seattle would love to see OF MICHAEL SAUNDERS step up to replace Gutierrez, but he's shown no signs of being able to handle MLB pitching. C MIGUEL OLIVO still has solid power, but he's an all-or-nothing hitter. 3B CHONE FIGGINS isn't quite done, but he's close. He'll have to battle line-drive hitting KYLE SEAGER for a job. SS BRENDAN RYAN will stick around for defense, but his bat is barely good enough for a regular gig. |
STARTING PITCHING: FELIX HERNANDEZ had a touch of bad luck last year, but he's one of the few pitchers in baseball who's a lock for 200 strikeouts. JASON VARGAS just keeps throwing strikes and letting his defense make plays. He'll get by fine again in spacious Safeco. BLAKE BEAVAN doesn't have a strikeout pitch, but he'll make few mistakes and get some outs thanks to a strong defense. HECTOR NOESI, who also came over from New York with Montero, isn't a big strikeout pitcher, but has good control and is savvy enough to get his shot in Seattle's rotation this year. 37-year-old journeyman KEVIN MILLWOOD will fill out the fifth spot in the rotation after a solid spring. Top prospect DANNY HULTZEN could break into the bigs in 2012. The lefty has the polish of a big leaguer right now, though his ceiling is more good-not-great.
RELIEF PITCHING: Like many rebuilding teams, the Mariners will continue to shop their closer. BRANDON LEAGUE will pick up saves in Seattle, but he's more of a groundball pitcher than a strikeout artist. He'd likely be ticketed for a set-up role elsewhere. If League is traded, the closer role is wide open. SHAWN KELLEY came back from Tommy John surgery late last year and looked as good as ever. If he picks up where he left off last year, he'd be an obvious choice for ninth inning duties. CHANCE RUFFIN, part of the Doug Fister trade, has a strong minor-league track record. He could carve out a big role in this bullpen if he can improve his command.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (SEATTLE-LA ANGELS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Mariners-Angels Preview* =========================
By KEVIN CHROUST STATS Writer
Seattle (67-85) at Los Angeles (74-78), 10:05 p.m. EDT
A week shy of his 27th birthday, Matt Shoemaker finally gets his shot in the majors, and it comes against one of the AL's worst offenses.
Filling in for the Los Angeles Angels ace, Shoemaker makes his major league debut Friday night against the visiting Seattle Mariners.
The Angels (74-78) announced Thursday that Jered Weaver had been scratched from his scheduled start due to right forearm tightness he first experienced Sept. 9. He is only expected to miss one start, but it gives Shoemaker an opportunity to debut against a Seattle team batting an AL-worst .239 this year and scoring only 3.1 runs per game since Aug. 23.
The right-hander went 11-13 with a 4.64 ERA in 29 starts for Triple-A Salt Lake this year - his sixth in the minors. He allowed two earned runs or less in each of his last five starts, though he hasn't pitched since Aug. 30.
"It gives Shoe an opportunity to show what he can do at the big league level," general manager Jerry Dipoto told the Angels' official website. "We called him up for a reason. He fits very well down the stretch and in Triple-A. He's had nothing but consistent durability throughout his minor league career."
Shoemaker opposes Erasmo Ramirez (5-2, 4.98). The right-hander lost his only start of the year against the Angels on Aug. 24, allowing three runs - two earned - in 6 2-3 innings of a 5-1 home defeat. He's 0-2 with a 3.55 ERA in two career starts against them.
Ramirez is running into a hot Angels team and coming off a shaky start in St. Louis on Sunday, when he allowed five runs and eight hits in four innings of a 12-2 loss.
The Angels have won seven of nine and are a major league-best 19-7 since Aug. 23, a stretch which began with a three-game sweep of the Mariners. Their 3.02 ERA is the best in the AL since the start of that series.
Josh Hamilton has keyed the offense during this hot stretch, including Wednesday in a 5-4 win over Oakland as he hit the game-tying two-run homer in the ninth inning and the go-ahead sacrifice fly in the 11th.
The right fielder is batting .328 since Aug. 9, bumping his season average from .217 to .245.
"I feel like I am having good at-bats even if the results aren't always there," Hamilton said. "If I can build off this last month of quality at-bats, it would be good."
A win would bring the Angels within three games of .500 for the first time since July 20 when they were 46-49.
The Mariners (67-86) are in danger of falling 20 games under .500 for the first time this season. They've lost nine of 11 but beat Detroit 8-0 on Wednesday and nearly defeated the AL Central leader again Thursday, leading in the seventh inning only to lose 5-4.
"We're not looking for moral victories, but I am very appreciative of the way these guys are fighting and stepping up to these teams at this time of the year," manager Eric Wedge told the team's official website.
Kyle Seager broke a 2-for-40 slump with two hits Thursday, and Dustin Ackley had a three-run homer after going 10 straight games without an extra-base hit.
The Angels lead the season series 9-7 and will win it with one victory in this three-game set.
|Last Updated: 9/18/2014 8:43:48 AM EST|