|OAKLAND ( MILONE )|
LA ANGELS ( RICHARDS )
|969||OAKLAND||+140||Ov 8,+110||+130||Ov 8,+110|
|970||LA ANGELS||-150||Un 8,-130||-140||Un 8,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||61-42||+11.6||54-46||4.9||0.255||0.325||4.0||0.246||0.303|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2||6-1||6.6||0.293||0.363||4.6||0.240||0.293|
|vs Left-handed Starters||20-24||-8.7||23-19||4.4||0.257||0.329||4.9||0.286||0.341|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.8||3-4||4.4||0.220||0.289||2.6||0.219||0.290|
|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)||11-7||W||-255||8 un||O||11||6||1||12||7||0|
|9/23/2013||MILONE(L)||@ 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||PARKER(R)||@ SEATTLE||RAMIREZ(L)|| |
|9/28/2013||GRAY(R)||@ SEATTLE||SAUNDERS(L)|| |
|9/29/2013||GRIFFIN(R)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|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||WILLIAMS(R)||@ TEXAS||GARZA(R)|| |
|9/27/2013||WILSON(L)||@ TEXAS||OGANDO(R)|| |
|9/28/2013||RICHARDS(R)||@ TEXAS||HOLLAND(L)|| |
|9/29/2013||VARGAS(L)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)|| |
|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.
|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 (OAKLAND-LA ANGELS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Athletics-Angels Preview* ==========================
By MATT BECKER STATS Editor
Oakland (92-63) at Los Angeles (76-78), 10:05 p.m. EDT
Although the Oakland Athletics have clinched a second straight AL West title, they still have something to play for with home-field advantage in a division series up for grabs.
It could still be another day, however, until they turn their entire focus to playoff seeding.
After celebrating their division crown, it's uncertain how many regulars will be in the starting lineup Monday night when the A's open a road series against the Los Angeles Angels.
Oakland (93-63) found out during its game against Minnesota on Sunday that it won the West with Texas' loss in Kansas City. Word spread of the Rangers' loss in the third inning, but the news didn't deter the A's, as they rolled to an 11-7 victory to complete a four-game sweep.
After winning, Oakland then celebrated in the clubhouse and on the field with beer and champagne.
"The only bad part about this is our clubhouse is going to stink for about two weeks," right fielder Josh Reddick said.
The A's, who have moved a season-high 30 games over .500 by winning 13 of 16, are now jockeying for playoff seeding. They trail AL East-champion Boston by 1 1/2 games for the league's best record and have a two-game edge over Central-leading Detroit for home field in a possible division series.
"I think last year we surprised a lot of people," third baseman Josh Donaldson said. "I think this year we're an all-around better team and we feel like we belong."
Oakland dropped two of three at home to the Angels (76-79) last week after winning nine of the season's first 13 meetings.
The A's were scheduled to give the ball to A.J. Griffin, but are now expected to turn to Tommy Milone (11-9, 4.17) with the division wrapped up.
Milone, who tossed two scoreless innings Friday, made his most recent start at Texas last Sunday, yielding a run in five innings of a 5-1 win. The left-hander is 2-1 with a 4.26 ERA in three starts against the Angels this season.
Josh Hamilton is 7 for 17 with two homers lifetime against Milone, while Mike Trout is 1 for 8 this season.
Trout was 1 for 10 with four walks in a weekend series against Seattle after homering in each game in Oakland last week. He is batting .340 with six home runs, 16 RBIs and 11 runs in his last 12 games versus the A's.
Yoenis Cespedes had homered in three straight games before going 0 for 5 on Sunday. Coco Crisp stayed hot, though, hitting a three-run home run - his third homer in four games.
Crisp is 1 for 7 lifetime against scheduled starter Garrett Richards (7-6, 3.77), but Brandon Moss is 4 for 8 with three doubles in their 2013 matchups.
In making his 11th start since replacing Joe Blanton in the rotation, Richards allowed a run in seven-plus innings Tuesday in Oakland's 2-1 walk-off win.
"I feel like I've some major strides this year in a positive way," said the right-hander, who is 3-0 with a 2.10 ERA in his last four starts. "I feel good about where I'm at right now."
The Angels are trying to bounce back after losing 3-2 Sunday, their third defeat in 12 games. They left 13 men on base and went 0 for 11 with runners in scoring position, and are batting .097 (3 for 31) in such situations in their last five games.
|Last Updated: 9/23/2014 1:19:41 PM EST|