|OAKLAND ( GRAY )|
SEATTLE ( RAMIREZ )
|977||OAKLAND||-135||Ov 7.5,-105||-130||Ov 7.5,+100|
|978||SEATTLE||+125||Un 7.5,-115||+120||Un 7.5,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||32-22||+6.5||26-27||4.2||0.249||0.320||3.7||0.238||0.287|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.6||5-2||6.3||0.292||0.351||4.0||0.219||0.272|
|vs Right-handed Starters||49-61||-8||58-46||4.0||0.242||0.309||4.6||0.255||0.311|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.4||4-3||4.6||0.219||0.313||3.9||0.219||0.289|
|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)||10-5||W||130||8 ov||O||13||6||1||6||4||0|
|9/24/2013||GRIFFIN(R)||@ LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)||0-3||L||-125||8 un||U||4||2||0||5||4||0|
|9/25/2013||STRAILY(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)||1-3||L||110||7.5 un||U||6||6||1||8||6||0|
|9/27/2013||COLON(R)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)||8-2||W||100||6.5 un||O||11||6||1||4||5||1|
|9/28/2013||PARKER(R)||@ SEATTLE||MAURER(R)||5-7||L||-145||7.5 ov||O||10||10||0||7||1||0|
|9/29/2013||GRAY(R)||@ SEATTLE||RAMIREZ(L)|| |
|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)||5-6||L||+125||7.5 ov||O||6||10||2||11||8||2|
|9/24/2013||PAXTON(L)||KANSAS CITY||CHEN(L)||4-0||W||+115||7 un||U||9||8||0||5||4||2|
|9/25/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)||6-0||W||-115||6.5 un||U||8||6||0||5||4||2|
|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.
|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 (OAKLAND-SEATTLE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Athletics-Mariners Preview* ============================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Oakland (95-65) at Seattle (70-90), 4:10 p.m. EDT
With their postseason fate already determined, the Oakland Athletics appear to have shifted their focus to their upcoming divisional series.
The Seattle Mariners might have more to play for in Sunday's season finale at Safeco Field as they try to send manager Eric Wedge out on a winning note.
Oakland suffered a 7-5 loss Saturday, allowing Boston to clinch the top seed and home-field advantage in the AL playoffs. The Athletics (95-66) are assured the No. 2 seed, setting them up to host Detroit with Game 1 scheduled for Friday.
They fell to the Tigers in five games in last year's divisional series.
"It was a good matchup last year," manager Bob Melvin said. "We've had some spirited games with them this year, so it should be an exciting series."
While they can't improve their playoff position anymore, the A's would surely like to see a better performance Sunday from Sonny Gray after Jarrod Parker was tagged for seven runs and seven hits Saturday in 4 1-3 innings. He surrendered three homers - two to Brad Miller, including his first career grand slam - after the club had yielded an average of 0.9 home runs per nine innings while going 12-4 over its previous 16 contests.
Oakland also left 10 runners on base, going 2 for 10 with runners in scoring position, sorely feeling the absence of Yoenis Cespedes. Cespedes, 11 for 28 (.393) with runners in scoring position this month with 13 RBIs, is day-to-day after leaving Friday's game due to shoulder stiffness. He's 2 for 7 off scheduled Seattle starter Erasmo Ramirez with a triple.
Wedge announced prior to Friday's 8-2 loss that he would not be returning to manage the Mariners (71-90) for a fourth year, then elaborated on his decision Saturday.
"If they'd offered me a five-year contract, I'm not coming back here," he said, citing differences between him and Seattle's front office. "My vision of the future and theirs are just different."
Gray (4-3, 2.90 ERA) was the winner as Oakland clinched the AL West his last time out, allowing four runs in five innings of an 11-7 victory over Minnesota last Sunday.
He threw seven innings in a 7-4 loss to Seattle on Aug. 20, yielding two runs - both on a Nick Franklin homer - and one additional hit.
Ramirez (5-2, 4.56) left in the seventh inning of his last start due to groin tightness one at-bat after Kyle Seager's throwing error, which later led to him being charged with two unearned runs.
He's expected to be OK for Sunday.
"He's just a little tight and felt like it was pulling a little bit, but he was smart enough to let us know about it to where nothing more than that happened," Wedge told the team's official website.
Ramirez went 0-1 in three games versus Oakland last year - two starts - while recording a 1.76 ERA and 18 strikeouts over 15 1-3 innings.
|Last Updated: 8/29/2014 12:30:04 AM EST|