|LA ANGELS ( WILSON )|
TAMPA BAY ( ARCHER )
|923||LA ANGELS||-110||Ov 7,-120||+105||Ov 7.5,+100|
|924||TAMPA BAY||+100||Un 7,+100||-115||Un 7.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||44-28||+11||35-35||5.1||0.262||0.325||3.8||0.229||0.290|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.3||2-5||3.3||0.237||0.283||2.3||0.189||0.227|
|vs Left-handed Starters||12-17||-8.6||14-12||3.7||0.247||0.314||4.6||0.258||0.322|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-0.1||2-5||3.0||0.255||0.332||2.7||0.215||0.266|
|7/29/2014||WEAVER(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)||6-7||L||-130||8.5 un||O||11||8||1||10||7||2|
|7/30/2014||RICHARDS(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GAUSMAN(R)||3-4||L||-135||8 un||U||4||3||0||6||3||0|
|7/31/2014||SKAGGS(L)||@ BALTIMORE||NORRIS(R)||1-0||W||-110||9 un||U||12||11||0||5||9||0|
|8/1/2014||SHOEMAKER(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||5-3||W||100||7.5 un||O||10||7||1||12||9||0|
|8/2/2014||WILSON(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|8/3/2014||WEAVER(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)|| |
|8/4/2014||RICHARDS(R)||@ LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)|| |
|8/5/2014||SANTIAGO(L)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|8/6/2014||SHOEMAKER(R)||LA DODGERS||HAREN(R)|| |
|8/7/2014||WILSON(L)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)|| |
|8/9/2014|| ||BOSTON|| || |
|7/19/2014||PRICE(L)||@ MINNESOTA||HUGHES(R)||5-1||W||-145||7 ev||U||13||4||1||5||6||1|
|7/20/2014||ARCHER(R)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)||5-3||W||-130||8.5 ev||U||11||12||2||6||8||1|
|7/22/2014||ODORIZZI(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||7-2||W||130||7 un||O||7||7||0||7||9||1|
|7/23/2014||COBB(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||3-0||W||-120||7 un||U||8||11||0||5||4||1|
|8/1/2014||HELLICKSON(R)||LA ANGELS||SHOEMAKER(R)||3-5||L||-110||7.5 un||O||12||9||0||10||7||1|
|8/2/2014||ARCHER(R)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)|| |
|8/3/2014||ODORIZZI(R)||LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)|| |
|8/4/2014||COBB(R)||@ OAKLAND||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|8/5/2014||SMYLY(L)||@ OAKLAND||HAMMEL(R)|| |
|8/6/2014||HELLICKSON(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRAY(R)|| |
|8/8/2014||ARCHER(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WADA(L)|| |
|8/9/2014|| ||@ CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|LA ANGELS: ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton didn't exactly fit in right away with the Los Angeles Angels after they accepted owner Arte Moreno's lavish free-agent contracts.|
Now that both sluggers feel much more comfortable and confident in Orange County, they know it's time the Angels started getting more wins for their money.
The Angels' four-year absence from the playoffs is embarrassing for an organization with a sky-high payroll and equally lofty expectations, but they seem capable of ending the drought if the club's various pieces finally add up properly.
Pujols and Hamilton are full of spring optimism after those disappointing 2013 efforts, while superstar Mike Trout is back for the third full major league campaign in his already remarkable career.
|TAMPA BAY: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - The Tampa Bay Rays feel they have everything it takes to win the World Series and aren't afraid to say it.|
The budget-minded franchise that's played into October four out of the past six seasons boosted payroll instead of cutting back this winter in hopes of making another strong run for the playoffs.
''The goal is to be the team that plays the last game of the year and win,'' third baseman Evan Longoria said.
''I felt like we were really close to breaking through last year,'' the three-time AL All-Star added. ''And with the team that we have this year, I'm really excited to go out and try to prove to ourselves that we are good enough to do that.''
The Rays won 92 games a year ago, including a Game 163 tie-breaker to claim a wild-card spot, and have compiled the second-best record in baseball over the past six seasons.
That's not enough for manager Joe Maddon and a hungry collection of players who reported to spring training feeling as if there's unfinished business to tend to after losing to eventual World Series champion Boston in the AL division round.
''I love that our guys feel and think that way. I think it's great,'' Maddon said.
''You'll hear that rhetoric in a lot of clubhouses, whether it's baseball, football or basketball, but you've got to back it up. You have to really believe it. Not just say it,'' he said. ''Some groups say it because they're supposed to say it. Some groups say it because they believe it. Our guys believe it.''
That confidence was bolstered by the Rays' ability to keep most of the key components from last year's roster together, including lefty David Price, who anchors one of baseball's deepest pitching rotations.
Price and just about everybody else expected the 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner to be traded, however the Rays wound up giving him a $14 million one-year deal, in addition to re-signing first baseman James Loney and landing free agent closer Grant Balfour in moves that represent a big chunk of a club-record payroll of around $80 million.
Andrew Friedman, the team's vice president of baseball operations, also traded for catcher Ryan Hanigan and infielder Logan Forsythe to give Maddon additional flexibility filling out a batting order around Longoria and 2013 AL rookie of the year Wil Myers.
''Talent can't win every game for you, but it's a good start,'' said Loney, who signed a three-year, $21 million deal - largest since Tampa Bay has given to a free agent since Stuart Sternberg became principal owner.
''If we can stay healthy, if we can do the things we're capable of doing,'' second baseman Ben Zobrist add, ''we certainly have as good or better chance than any other team in the league to win it all.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (LA ANGELS-TAMPA BAY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Angels-Rays Preview* =====================
By KEVIN CHROUST STATS Writer
Los Angeles (64-43) at Tampa Bay (53-55), 7:10 p.m. EDT
The reasoning behind the Los Angeles Angels remaining quiet through the trade deadline might have had something to do with knowing they'd soon be getting back an established starter.
C.J. Wilson will return to the rotation Saturday night and try to back up his front office's decision in a road game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Wilson (8-6, 4.33 ERA), who has been on the disabled list with a sprained right ankle, last started July 9, and the need for some time away was evident. Over his last four starts, the left-hander had a 10.26 ERA and .392 opponent batting average, yet still managed a 1-0 record.
"I just want to step back in and be a winning piece," Wilson told MLB's official website. "If I had been pitching well, I'd have like 13 wins by now. I have to get back on that train."
Wilson, whose 6.34 run support average is third-highest in the majors, might be choosing the right opponent against which to return. He threw a five-hit shutout versus the Rays on May 17 to improve to 5-2 with a 2.99 ERA lifetime against them.
He's had plenty of success against Evan Longoria (4 for 23), Desmond Jennings (2 for 18), Jose Molina (3 for 18), David DeJesus (2 for 17) and James Loney (2 for 10). Yunel Escobar is 5 for 11.
The Angels (65-43) opened the series with a 5-3 win Friday behind home runs from Mike Trout and Josh Hamilton. Trout has followed a 2-for-19 stretch by going 4 for 9 in the last two games, both Los Angeles victories as the offense totaled 22 hits after batting .214 in its previous nine.
"We're getting our timing back," Trout said. "A good win tonight for sure."
Hamilton, though, could sit out Saturday with a bruised left middle finger after being hit by a pitch.
Los Angeles has won four of five in the season series with Tampa Bay (53-56), which had a bases-loaded, no-out opportunity in the ninth but failed to score.
"We had every chance to win that game late," manager Joe Maddon said. "Seven-eight-nine (hitters) load up the bases and here comes one-two-three and we can't get anything done. That's really disappointing.
"There are no moral victories; we've got to start winning games, and that's a game we should not have permitted to get away."
Ben Zobrist went 2 for 5 and is batting .480 on a seven-game hitting streak.
Tampa Bay is trying to avoid its first losing streak of at least three games since dropping four straight June 7-10. It is 29-14 since, and now turns to Chris Archer.
Archer (6-6, 3.37) has been steady but not spectacular, which wasn't enough to avoid being stuck with the decision in Sunday's 3-2 loss to Boston. The right-hander allowed three runs and six hits in six innings. He walked at least two batters for the eighth straight start, and his 3.51 walks per nine innings rank third-worst in the AL, right behind Wilson (3.71).
That amounted to him again running up his pitch count (106), as he did May 16 against Los Angeles. Archer threw 104 pitches in 5 2-3 innings while issuing five walks in the 3-0 win, but the only hits he surrendered were two singles.
He's 2-1 with a 3.31 ERA in three career starts against the Angels, but Trout is 4 for 7 off Archer while Hamilton is 3 for 7 with a home run and four strikeouts.
|Last Updated: 9/19/2014 8:47:46 AM EST|