|MINNESOTA ( ALBERS )|
OAKLAND ( COLON )
|927||MINNESOTA||+210||Ov 7.5,+100||+195||Ov 7.5,+100|
|928||OAKLAND||-230||Un 7.5,-120||-215||Un 7.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||49-66||+0.5||48-62||3.9||0.237||0.304||4.7||0.280||0.335|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-1.7||3-4||2.9||0.230||0.290||5.9||0.276||0.357|
|vs Left-handed Starters||30-21||+5.7||24-26||4.0||0.246||0.320||3.8||0.241||0.291|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.8||4-3||4.3||0.249||0.332||4.7||0.241||0.306|
|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)||6-4||W||+200||7.5 un||O||10||5||1||6||8||0|
|9/16/2013||HENDRIKS(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||JOHNSON(R)||1-12||L||110||8.5 un||O||8||10||0||13||7||1|
|9/17/2013||PELFREY(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||3-4||L||135||7.5 ov||U||10||10||0||11||11||3|
|9/18/2013||DIAMOND(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)||4-3||W||130||8.5 ov||U||7||4||1||6||4||0|
|9/19/2013||CORREIA(R)||@ OAKLAND||STRAILY(R)||6-8||L||187||7.5 un||O||10||10||0||11||7||2|
|9/20/2013||ALBERS(L)||@ OAKLAND||COLON(R)|| |
|9/21/2013||HERNANDEZ(L)||@ OAKLAND||PARKER(R)|| |
|9/22/2013||DE VRIES(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRAY(R)|| |
|9/27/2013|| ||CLEVELAND|| || |
|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||PARKER(R)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)||1-12||L||-130||7 ov||O||6||8||1||15||8||0|
|9/17/2013||GRAY(R)||LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)||2-1||W||-155||7.5 un||U||9||11||1||7||10||0|
|9/18/2013||GRIFFIN(R)||LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)||4-5||L||-175||8 ev||O||8||7||1||5||4||0|
|9/22/2013||GRAY(R)||MINNESOTA||DE VRIES(R)|| |
|9/23/2013||GRIFFIN(R)||@ LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)|| |
|9/24/2013||STRAILY(R)||@ LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)|| |
|9/25/2013||COLON(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)|| |
|9/27/2013|| ||@ SEATTLE|| || |
|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.
|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 (MINNESOTA-OAKLAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
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*Twins-Athletics Preview* =========================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Minnesota (65-87) at Oakland (90-63), 10:05 p.m. EDT
The Oakland Athletics are closing in on another AL West title, and giving the ball to Bartolo Colon should get them even closer.
It could also improve his chances at another AL Cy Young Award.
Colon attempts keep the A's rolling against the Minnesota Twins by continuing his strong stretch run Friday night.
Oakland (90-63) has won 10 of 13 games to build a 6 1/2-game lead on second-place Texas in the division chase with nine to play.
The A's magic number at back-to-back West crowns is at four after opening this four-game set with an 8-6 win over Minnesota on Thursday.
"I know we're close," said center fielder Coco Crisp, who had two hits, including a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth. "We've got to keep the same philosophy. Hopefully we can get there and win this division."
Facing the Twins (65-87) may help since the A's have won eight of the past 10 meetings, and turning to Colon (16-6, 2.73 ERA) should improve their odds further.
The 2005 AL Cy Young Award winner with Los Angeles, Colon is second in the league in ERA and tied for third in wins. He's been superb over his past four starts, compiling a 1.13 ERA with a 2-1 record.
The right-hander has won his last two, yielding one run while striking out 14 in 14 innings. He was dominant again Saturday, outpitching Yu Darvish by fanning seven while scattering seven hits in eight innings of a 1-0 road win over the Rangers.
"I think that's probably as high velocity as I've seen him," third baseman Josh Donaldson told the team's official website.
Colon is facing the Twins for the first time since a loss with the Chicago White Sox in 2009.
Crisp, who has homered in consecutive games while totaling four RBIs, could be a factor again. He's 10 for 25 (.400) with three homers while driving in six runs and scoring 10 in his latest six meetings with Minnesota.
The Twins have dropped seven of nine, leaving manager Ron Gardenhire three victories shy of becoming the eighth active manager with 1,000.
He'll give the ball to Andrew Albers (2-3, 3.81) for the first time against Oakland, and he's in search of his first win since beating Cleveland on Aug. 12.
The rookie left-hander is 0-3 with a 5.85 ERA in six starts since, getting charged with a 7-0 defeat to Tampa Bay in his last time out Saturday. He gave up four runs and six hits in four innings.
Taking the mound on the road may not help Albers, who has no record in his past two away starts while giving up 10 runs in 7 1-3 innings.
|Last Updated: 10/20/2014 1:24:57 AM EST|