|BALTIMORE ( HAMMEL )|
TAMPA BAY ( PRICE )
|919||BALTIMORE||+170||Ov 7.5,+100||+170||Ov 7.5,+120|
|920||TAMPA BAY||-180||Un 7.5,-120||-180||Un 7.5,-140|
|vs Left-handed Starters||25-25||-3.4||20-26||4.2||0.258||0.302||4.4||0.261||0.314|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.3||1-5||4.0||0.246||0.293||3.4||0.230||0.284|
|vs Right-handed Starters||54-45||-2.7||48-46||4.1||0.256||0.327||4.3||0.245||0.300|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+1.6||3-3||4.1||0.239||0.309||3.0||0.204||0.258|
|9/6/2013||FELDMAN(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)||4-0||W||-185||8 un||U||9||4||0||5||4||1|
|9/7/2013||CHEN(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)||4-3||W||-170||8.5 un||U||13||12||1||7||5||3|
|9/8/2013||NORRIS(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||RIENZO(R)||2-4||L||-205||9 un||U||6||8||0||10||7||1|
|9/9/2013||TILLMAN(R)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||4-2||W||-130||8.5 un||U||7||5||0||5||3||1|
|9/10/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)||5-7||L||-115||8.5 ov||O||6||4||1||11||7||1|
|9/11/2013||FELDMAN(R)||NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||4-5||L||-125||9 un||P||13||7||0||6||3||0|
|9/12/2013||CHEN(L)||NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||5-6||L||-155||9 un||O||10||6||1||8||6||1|
|9/13/2013||HAMMEL(R)||@ TORONTO||REDMOND(R)||5-3||W||-115||9 un||U||10||9||0||7||3||0|
|9/14/2013||TILLMAN(R)||@ TORONTO||ROGERS(R)||3-4||L||-130||9 un||U||8||8||0||6||2||1|
|9/15/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||@ TORONTO||BUEHRLE(L)||3-1||W||-120||9 un||U||6||8||0||10||11||1|
|9/17/2013||FELDMAN(R)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)||3-2||W||105||8.5 ev||U||6||6||3||3||7||0|
|9/18/2013||CHEN(L)||@ BOSTON||PEAVY(R)||5-3||W||130||8.5 un||U||10||7||0||15||9||0|
|9/19/2013||TILLMAN(R)||@ BOSTON||LACKEY(R)||1-3||L||120||8.5 un||U||2||3||0||7||6||0|
|9/19/2013||TILLMAN(R)||@ BOSTON||LACKEY(R)|| |
|9/20/2013||HAMMEL(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)|| |
|9/21/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)|| |
|9/22/2013||FELDMAN(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)|| |
|9/23/2013||CHEN(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|9/26/2013|| ||TORONTO|| || |
|9/27/2013|| ||BOSTON|| || |
|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)||4-6||L||-220||7.5 un||O||6||8||0||10||5||1|
|9/24/2013||MOORE(L)||@ NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)|| |
|9/25/2013||PRICE(L)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|9/26/2013|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|9/27/2013|| ||@ TORONTO|| || |
|BALTIMORE: HITTING: The leadoff spot is 2B BRIAN ROBERTS' if he can stay on the field. His recent injury history is very troubling, though his talent makes him a risk worth taking. 2B ROBERT ANDINO and 2B RYAN ADAMS would compete for time if Roberts is out. The O's best hitter last year was arguably SS J.J. HARDY. He was healthy for the first time in years and flexed his legit 30-HR power. If Roberts and Hardy stay healthy, OF NICK MARKAKIS will likely hit third and see an increase in RBI chances. OF ADAM JONES seems to have the highest ceiling of any Baltimore hitter. 3B MARK REYNOLDS will probably end up at 1B. His horrendous average cancels out some of his 40-HR potential. OF NOLAN REIMOLD revived his MLB career with an impressive end of the season. He's got a shot to start in left. 1B CHRIS DAVIS is a candidate to start at first, third or DH as sort of a Junior Mark Reynolds. C MATT WIETERS is already one of the best two-way backstops in baseball at age 25. |
STARTING PITCHING: WEI-YIN CHEN pitched well enough in Japan (2.48 ERA, 1.06 WHIP in past four seasons) to become the de-facto ace of this horrible pitching staff. JAKE ARRIETA is a mediocre talent, but is good enough to secure a spot as a Baltimore starter. JASON HAMMEL hopes the switch from Coors Field will help lower his career ERA of 4.99. The highest-risk, highest-potential O's pitcher may be BRIAN MATUSZ. His 2011 line is frightening (10.69 ERA, 2.11 WHIP), but he has the raw skills and pitch repertoire to turn it around. TOMMY HUNTER came over from Texas midseason and should round out the rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: There was talk of JIM JOHNSON being converted into a starter, but he'll open the season as the team's closer. Johnson established himself as the O's best option to close after going 7-for-7 in that role last September. KEVIN GREGG would step in as the ninth-inning man if Johnson falters. He was unstable in that role last year. Gregg is a trade candidate this midseason, in which case he'd probably end up a set-up man elsewhere. Flame-throwing MATT LINDSTROM is a darkhorse for saves. He saved 23 games for Houston in 2010 before being used as a set-up man in Colorado last year. TSUYOSHI WADA brings his finesse game from Japan. He's a heady hurler who hides the ball well, but he's in for a rude awakening in the A.L. East. BRAD BERGESEN and CHRIS JAKUBAUSKAS are long relievers who may get bumped into the rotation if the young Baltimore SPs struggle again.
|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).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (BALTIMORE-TAMPA BAY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Orioles-Rays Preview* ======================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Baltimore (81-70) at Tampa Bay (83-68), 7:10 p.m. EDT
The Tampa Bay Rays will try to protect their razor-thin lead in the AL wild-card race by continuing their success against a fellow contender.
David Price will seek to provide another solid outing against the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night while leading the Rays to their eighth win in the last 10 matchups.
After passing Texas for the top wild-card spot, Tampa Bay (83-69) dropped back into a tie for the two playoff berths after an 8-2 loss to the Rangers on Thursday. Four teams - including Baltimore (81-71) - remain within 3 1/2 games of the co-leaders, with Cleveland another half-game back.
The Orioles' chances of cutting their two-game deficit depend on whether they can end their recent struggles against the Rays. Price helped Tampa Bay win two of three in the latest matchup Aug. 19-21 by earning a 4-3 victory in the series opener.
Price (8-8, 3.42 ERA) gave up two runs despite allowing 10 hits over five innings in that game and is 3-0 with a 2.15 ERA in last seven starts against Baltimore.
"It's big. If they come in here and beat me up, that has them feeling good going against everybody else after me," Price told the team's website. "If I can come out here and throw the way I expect to, it might put a little doubt in their mind and give us some confidence. That's what we need."
The left-hander is also 1-0 with a 0.84 ERA in three home matchups with the Orioles but 0-3 with a 4.13 ERA in his last four starts. Price, though, has yielded two runs in each of his last two outings.
He was in line for the win when he exited Sunday's game in Minnesota after 6 1-3 innings, but the Rays bullpen couldn't hold on to a lead in a 6-4 defeat.
He'll face an Orioles team that had won three straight - including two games against AL East-leading Boston - before getting no-hit in the first six innings of a 3-1 loss Thursday.
"Who cares about this getting two out of three?" said outfielder Adam Jones, who matched a career high with his 32nd homer. "At this point in time, winning the series means nothing. We need wins. 'Good job getting the series' if this was June, but it's September. We need wins."
Jason Hammel (7-8, 5.12) will try to lead Baltimore to a victory while snapping a six-game losing streak. The right-hander has made only three starts since the All-Star break and had his first since coming back from the disabled list last Friday in Toronto.
Hammel, who had been dealing with an ailing forearm, gave up three runs and three hits over five innings against the Blue Jays but did not get a decision as Baltimore rallied for a 5-3 win. His teammates have given him one run over his last three starts.
Hammel is 0-2 with a 7.15 ERA in last two starts against the Rays but gave up two runs over 6 2-3 innings in a 2-1 loss at Tropicana Field on June 7.
Ben Zobrist is 5 for 7 with a home run and a double against Hammel this season but is hitting just .167 (6 for 36) in his last nine games.
Danny Valencia is 9 for 12 with two doubles lifetime against Price and Matt Wieters is 5 for 8 with three doubles and a home run in their matchups this season.
|Last Updated: 9/18/2014 8:44:27 PM EST|