|KANSAS CITY ( VENTURA )|
SEATTLE ( MAURER )
|971||KANSAS CITY||-135||Ov 8.5,+105||-135||Ov 7.5,-105|
|972||SEATTLE||+125||Un 8.5,-125||+125||Un 7.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||59-50||+8.4||43-58||4.2||0.265||0.319||3.8||0.259||0.317|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.9||2-4||3.7||0.248||0.307||2.1||0.225||0.269|
|vs Right-handed Starters||47-59||-8.2||55-45||4.0||0.244||0.310||4.6||0.255||0.311|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.4||3-3||3.7||0.220||0.298||3.7||0.233||0.318|
|9/9/2013||SANTANA(R)||@ CLEVELAND||JIMENEZ(R)||3-4||L||-110||7.5 ev||U||10||7||1||5||0||1|
|9/10/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MCALLISTER(R)||6-3||W||105||9 un||P||11||9||0||12||6||1|
|9/11/2013||SHIELDS(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KAZMIR(L)||6-2||W||-115||7.5 ov||O||11||6||2||4||5||2|
|9/13/2013||CHEN(L)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)||3-6||L||155||7.5 un||O||10||8||1||7||3||0|
|9/14/2013||SANTANA(R)||@ DETROIT||FISTER(R)||1-0||W||115||7.5 un||U||8||8||0||7||7||0|
|9/15/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)||2-3||L||175||8 un||U||6||4||0||13||10||0|
|9/23/2013||VENTURA(R)||@ SEATTLE||MAURER(R)|| |
|9/24/2013||CHEN(L)||@ SEATTLE||PAXTON(L)|| |
|9/25/2013||SANTANA(R)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)|| |
|9/26/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||RIENZO(R)|| |
|9/27/2013||SHIELDS(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)|| |
|9/28/2013||VENTURA(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||JOHNSON(R)|| |
|9/29/2013||CHEN(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|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)||4-5||L||182||8.5 un||O||9||6||0||9||9||0|
|9/20/2013||RAMIREZ(L)||@ LA ANGELS||SHOEMAKER(R)||2-3||L||120||8.5 un||U||7||10||1||10||9||1|
|9/21/2013||SAUNDERS(L)||@ LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)||5-6||L||160||9 un||O||9||11||0||6||2||1|
|9/22/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)||3-2||W||-105||7 un||U||8||4||1||5||13||0|
|9/23/2013||MAURER(R)||KANSAS CITY||VENTURA(R)|| |
|9/24/2013||PAXTON(L)||KANSAS CITY||CHEN(L)|| |
|9/25/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)|| |
|KANSAS CITY: HITTING: With Melky Cabrera gone, OF LORENZO CAIN will get first crack at leadoff and centerfield. If he falters, speedster JASON BOURGEOIS, vet MITCH MAIER and prospect WIL MYERS are waiting. Former Brewer YUNIESKY BETANCOURT will start at 2B and has good life in his bat for a middle infielder. OF ALEX GORDON may not hit for average, but his approach and power are there. DH BILLY BUTLER is rock solid, but it's fair to wonder whether his power will ever progress. 1B ERIC HOSMER has MVP-type upside, and he's on the verge of figuring out MLB pitching. OF JEFF FRANCOEUR still chases too many bad pitches, but the organization likes him and he still has some pop and speed. 3B MIKE MOUSTAKAS is too good for the minors, but he still hasn't caught up to major-league pitching. There's a good chance he finds his groove this year. C HUMBERTO QUINTERO will be the main backstop with BRAYAN PENA backing him up. Speedy SS ALCIDES ESCOBAR's bat hasn't caught up to his glove. |
STARTING PITCHING: K.C. once again hopes this is the year LUKE HOCHEVAR puts it all together. His velocity picked up late last year, allowing him to be more than a groundball guy. Lefty BRUCE CHEN's late-career renaissance continues. He'll be a reliable veteran arm in the middle of K.C.'s rotation again. FELIPE PAULINO has the biggest upside in this rotation. He's always had one of MLB's best fastballs. His problem was that, when he missed (which has been often), it was usually belt-high and over the middle of the plate. If he hits his spots as he did late last year, he's got potential. But Paulino will start the season on the DL with a sore elbow. The Royals hope to solve JONATHAN SANCHEZ's command issues. The lefty is a risk, but has legitimate No. 3 potential. Top prospect DANNY DUFFY will get every chance to pitch his way into the Opening Day rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: JOAKIM SORIA is out for the season with Tommy John surgery, leaving GREG HOLLAND to pick up closer duties. Holland was the Royals' best bullpen arm in 2011 and his stuff has always been nearly unhittable. It's just a matter of whether last year's vastly improved walk rate was for real. JONATHAN BROXTON was a disaster last season, but he'll be given every chance to become the No. 2 guy in this bullpen because of his experience in Los Angeles. AARON CROW was a first-round pick (twice) for his college career as a starter, but wore down late last year, and walked too many batters.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (KANSAS CITY-SEATTLE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Royals-Mariners Preview* =========================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Kansas City (81-73) at Seattle (67-88), 10:10 p.m. EDT
With their wild-card hopes running thin, the Kansas City Royals have a very small margin of error entering the season's final week.
That would seem to put a lot of pressure on rookie starter Yordana Ventura, but if his debut was any indication, he could be just fine on the mound against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on Monday night.
The Royals (82-73) are 3 1/2 games back of Cleveland for the AL's second wild card with seven games left to play.
Neither club has a particularly challenging remaining schedule. After three games in Seattle, Kansas City ends with a four-game road set against the Chicago White Sox, while Cleveland concludes with two home games against the White Sox and four at Minnesota.
The Royals claimed a 4-0 win over Texas in 10 innings on Sunday, walking off on a Justin Maxwell grand slam against former Kansas City reliever Joakim Soria.
"I kind of blacked out after I looked at Gordo (Alex Gordon) over there going crazy," Maxwell said. "I just saw the excitement in all my teammates' eyes. I couldn't wait to get around the bases and to home plate."
James Shields gave the Royals yet another strong pitching performance, throwing eight innings of six-hit ball. Kansas City starters have posted a 2.62 ERA during the team's current 9-5 stretch.
Ventura (0-0, 1.59 ERA) will try to continue that roll after an impressive showing in his first major league start. The right-hander limited the Indians to a run and five hits over 5 2-3 innings Tuesday, exiting with a lead before the bullpen fell apart in a 5-3 loss.
The 22-year-old's night started inauspiciously as he issued a four-pitch walk to begin the game, but he settled down, wielded a fastball that hit as high as 101 mph.
"Everyone knows I was nervous," he said. "That's why I couldn't throw one strike. But thank God, I was able to make adjustments and get next guy out."
Seattle will counter with another rookie in Brandon Maurer (4-8, 6.95), who has struggled lately but showed encouraging signs in his most recent outing.
The right-hander yielded two runs and five hits over five innings and matched a season high with six strikeouts in a 6-2 loss at Detroit on Tuesday. He had posted an 11.32 ERA over his previous four appearances, including a three-inning start in which he allowed five runs. He gave up three runs and four hits over 1 1-3 innings of relief in a 7-6 loss at Kansas City on Sept. 5.
"I thought Maurer was much better today than he's been," manager Eric Wedge said. "He's struggled lately, and he was pitching at this time of year against that team, but he didn't let any of that get to him. He kept his emotions in check and did a very nice job."
The Mariners (68-88) come off a 3-2 road win Sunday over the Los Angeles Angels that was twice delayed by a swarm of bees.
The Royals, who won three of four against Seattle at home earlier this month, are 38-36 on the road as they try to finish above .500 away from home for the first time since a 43-39 mark in 2003.
|Last Updated: 9/16/2014 8:30:33 AM EST|