|BALTIMORE ( CHEN )|
TAMPA BAY ( ARCHER )
|963||BALTIMORE||+125||Ov 7.5,+100||+115||Ov 7,-105|
|964||TAMPA BAY||-135||Un 7.5,-120||-125||Un 7,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||56-47||+5.1||49-49||4.8||0.261||0.314||4.3||0.256||0.317|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.8||1-6||2.6||0.168||0.235||3.1||0.233||0.297|
|vs Left-handed Starters||29-23||-1.9||21-27||4.5||0.260||0.332||3.5||0.231||0.301|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.8||4-2||3.7||0.233||0.300||3.7||0.214||0.269|
|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|
|9/20/2013||HAMMEL(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||4-5||L||170||7.5 un||O||12||13||1||14||16||0|
|9/21/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||1-5||L||135||7.5 un||U||5||5||1||7||6||0|
|9/22/2013||FELDMAN(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ROMERO(L)||1-3||L||-115||7.5 ov||U||3||5||0||6||5||1|
|9/23/2013||CHEN(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|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||KURODA(R)|| |
|9/25/2013||PRICE(L)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|9/26/2013||COBB(R)||@ NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)|| |
|9/27/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)|| |
|9/28/2013||ARCHER(R)||@ TORONTO||HAPP(L)|| |
|9/29/2013||MOORE(L)||@ TORONTO||REDMOND(R)|| |
|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 KEVIN CHROUST STATS Writer
Baltimore (81-73) at Tampa Bay (85-69), 3:10 p.m. EDT
Tampa Bay's pitching has silenced the Baltimore Orioles' offense for three straight days, bringing the Rays a step closer to the postseason.
The surging Rays will go for a four-game sweep Monday as they look to strengthen their grip on the top wild-card spot.
Following strong performances from David Price and Alex Cobb in the first two games of this series, Enny Romero was outstanding for Tampa Bay in his major league debut Sunday. He pitched one-hit ball over 4 2-3 scoreless innings and five relievers combined on a three-hitter in a 3-1 victory.
"The pitching has been outstanding," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "We've gotten enough hitting. The defense has been great."
Rays pitching has held the Orioles to a .163 average (20 for 123) in this series, after Baltimore batted .171 in the previous series against Boston. The Orioles have lost eight of 12, batting .207 during that span.
Baltimore's ninth-inning run Sunday was its second in the last 29 innings after going scoreless in the final 11 of Friday's 18-inning game and managing one Saturday.
"We're facing good pitching, but that's no excuse," center fielder Adam Jones said. "We're just not getting it done. Sometimes that's just how the game unfolds. On our side it's at the wrong time for it to unfold, but there's no complaints."
With their eighth win in 11 tries, the Rays (86-69) maintained a one-half game lead over Cleveland in the race for the first wild-card position and extended their advantage over Texas to two games.
Baltimore (81-74), meanwhile, dropped 4 1/2 games behind the second wild-card berth with seven to play.
"We'll have to get little cooperation mathematically, but you'd be surprised how quickly the outlook on things change in one day's time," Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said.
The Rays seek to finish their second four-game sweep of the season behind Chris Archer (9-7, 3.02 ERA). His one career start against Orioles was his second outing of the year, a 2-1 win on June 7 in which he allowed a run and two hits in seven innings.
The right-hander is 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA in his last two starts, yielding two runs over six innings Wednesday in a 4-3 win over Texas.
Baltimore's Wei-Yin Chen (7-7, 4.03) hasn't won in over a month, but that win came against the Rays. He threw seven innings of two-run ball in a 4-2 victory Aug. 21.
Since then, the left-hander is 0-1 with a 7.36 ERA in five starts. It's a span in which he hasn't been able to get left-handed hitters out with his usual success. He's held left-handed hitters to a .224 average for the year, but in the last five starts, they're batting .364 and slugging .727.
Chen is 1-0 with a 2.84 ERA in two starts against the Rays this year. He's yielded three earned runs or less in six of seven career meetings.
Rays third baseman Evan Longoria was scratched from Sunday's lineup with flu-like symptoms, though he entered the game as a defensive replacement. Center fielder Desmond Jennings left the game with left hamstring tightness.
The two are a combined 4 for 28 lifetime against Chen, but Ben Zobrist is 10 for 20 with a home run.
Tampa Bay has won 12 of 18 against Baltimore this season.
|Last Updated: 9/22/2014 9:21:15 PM EST|