|SEATTLE ( IWAKUMA )|
OAKLAND ( MANAEA )
|977||SEATTLE||+105||Ov 7.5,+100||+115||Ov 7.5,-125|
|978||OAKLAND||-115||Un 7.5,-120||-125||Un 7.5,+105|
|vs Left-handed Starters||2-2||-0.1||1-3||2.5||0.205||0.287||0.303||0.590||4.0||0.244||0.277||0.389||0.667|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.5||3-4||5.3||0.257||0.345||0.446||0.791||4.0||0.249||0.289||0.386||0.675|
|vs Right-handed Starters||5-5||+0.5||4-6||4.1||0.237||0.307||0.403||0.710||4.7||0.216||0.288||0.326||0.614|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.8||4-3||4.4||0.254||0.313||0.464||0.777||5.1||0.207||0.300||0.300||0.599|
|4/7/2017||GALLARDO(R)||@ LA ANGELS||CHAVEZ(R)||1-5||L||120||8.5 ev||U||5||7||1||11||7||1|
|4/8/2017||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ LA ANGELS||NOLASCO(R)||4-5||L||-105||8 ev||O||8||4||1||13||7||0|
|4/9/2017||IWAKUMA(R)||@ LA ANGELS||SHOEMAKER(R)||9-10||L||115||8.5 un||O||7||3||0||11||5||2|
|4/20/2017||PAXTON(L)||@ OAKLAND||VALDEZ(R)||6-9||L||-145||7.5 un||O||8||5||2||11||5||0|
|4/21/2017||IWAKUMA(R)||@ OAKLAND||MANAEA(L)|| |
|4/22/2017||MIRANDA(L)||@ OAKLAND||COTTON(R)|| |
|4/23/2017||GALLARDO(R)||@ OAKLAND||TRIGGS(R)|| |
|4/25/2017||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ DETROIT||ZIMMERMANN(R)|| |
|4/26/2017||PAXTON(L)||@ DETROIT||NORRIS(L)|| |
|4/27/2017||IWAKUMA(R)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)|| |
|4/28/2017|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|4/7/2017||ALCANTARA(R)||@ TEXAS||GRIFFIN(R)||5-10||L||120||9.5 ov||O||6||4||1||11||6||1|
|4/8/2017||GRAVEMAN(R)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)||6-1||W||160||8.5 ov||U||10||7||1||2||2||1|
|4/9/2017||MANAEA(L)||@ TEXAS||PEREZ(L)||1-8||L||-125||10 un||U||8||11||3||7||8||0|
|4/10/2017||COTTON(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||KENNEDY(R)||2-0||W||100||8.5 ov||U||6||5||1||3||6||0|
|4/12/2017||TRIGGS(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||HAMMEL(R)||8-3||W||105||8.5 ov||O||12||8||1||8||7||0|
|4/13/2017||HAHN(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)||1-3||L||115||9 un||U||6||5||2||8||9||1|
|4/25/2017||GRAVEMAN(R)||@ LA ANGELS||RAMIREZ(R)|| |
|4/26/2017||HAHN(R)||@ LA ANGELS||SHOEMAKER(R)|| |
|4/27/2017||MANAEA(L)||@ LA ANGELS||SKAGGS(L)|| |
|4/28/2017|| ||@ HOUSTON|| || |
|SEATTLE: 2016: 86-76, second place
Manager: Scott Servais (second season)
Who's new? LF Jarrod Dyson, SS Jean Segura, IF Danny Valencia, RF Mitch Haniger, C Carlos Ruiz, C Tuffy Gosewich, RHP Yovani Gallardo, LHP Drew Smyly, LHP Marc Rzepczynski, RHP Casey Fien, RHP Chris Heston
Who's gone? OF Seth Smith, SS Ketel Marte, C Chris Iannetta, OF Nori Aoki, RHP Taijuan Walker, RHP Nathan Karns, LHP Vidal Nuno, LHP David Rollins, RHP Tom Wilhelmsen
Projected lineup: LF Jarrod Dyson (.278, 1 HR, 25 RBI, 30 SB with Royals), SS Jean Segura (.319, 20, 64, 33 with Diamondbacks), 2B Robinson Cano (.298, 39, 103), DH Nelson Cruz (.287, 43, 105), 3B Kyle Seager (.278, 30, 99), C Mike Zunino (.207, 12, 31), 1B Danny Valencia (.287, 17, 51 with A's), RF Mitch Haniger (.229, 5, 17 in 34 games with Diamondbacks), CF Leonys Martin (.247, 15, 47, 24 SB)
Rotation: RH Felix Hernandez (11-8, 3.82), RH Hisashi Iwakuma (16-12, 4.12), LH James Paxton (6-7, 3.79), RH Yovani Gallardo (6-8, 5.42 with Orioles), LH Drew Smyly (7-12, 4.88 with Rays)
Key relievers: RH Steve Cishek (4-6, 2.81, 25/32 SV), RH Edwin Diaz (0-4, 2.79, 18/21), RH Nick Vincent (4-4, 3.73), RH Evan Scribner (0-0, 0.00 in 12 games), LH Marc Rzepczynski (1-0, 2.64 with A's and Nationals), RH Casey Fien (1-1, 5.49 with Twins and Dodgers)
Hot spots: First base and right field. Veteran Valencia has the first baseman's job for now, but Dan Vogelbach is the heir apparent who will begin the season at Triple-A. Vogelbach, 24, slimmed down this offseason ' a necessity when you're 6 feet tall, weigh 250 pounds and expect to play your first full major league season ' and might have more weight to lose. Valencia, 32, has never been a full-time first baseman in seven seasons. Haniger is known more for his glove than his bat, but he struggled (.713 OPS) in limited time at a hitter-friendly park in Arizona last year. Safeco Field won't be as kind. Cruz will play right field if Haniger doesn't.
Outlook: General Manager Jerry Dipoto has paired a staff of fly-ball pitchers with three rangy outfielders, an exercise in team-building he once tried with the Angels. Dipoto caused a stir by executing 40 roster transactions during the offseason, but is it possible he didn't do enough? Haniger has never been atop a major league depth chart. Pitchers Gallardo and Smyly are coming off shaky seasons in Baltimore and Tampa Bay, respectively. On paper, the Mariners look like a top-heavy team without much help in the minors if the bottom falls out. That was the case for Dipoto with the Angels too, and sometimes it worked out OK. More often it didn't.
|OAKLAND: 2016: 69-93, fifth place
Manager: Bob Melvin (seventh season)
Who's new? CF Rajai Davis, OF Matt Joyce, 3B Trevor Plouffe, IF Adam Rosales, RHP Santiago Casilla
Who's gone? IF/OF Danny Valencia, OF Brett Eibner, 2B Eric Sogard, 2B Tyler Ladendorf, LHP Dillon Overton, RHP Fernando Rodriguez
Projected lineup: CF Rajai Davis (.249, 12 HR, 48 RBI, 43 SB with Indians), C Stephen Vogt (.251, 14, 56), DH Ryon Healy (.305, 13, 37 in 72 games), LF Khris Davis (.247, 42, 102), RF Matt Joyce (.242, 13, 42 with Pirates) or Mark Canha (.122, 3, 6 in 16 games), SS Marcus Semien (.238, 27, 75, 10 SB), 3B Trevor Plouffe (.260, 12, 47 with Twins), 1B Yonder Alonso (.253, 7, 56), 2B Jed Lowrie (.263, 2, 27 in 87 games)
Rotation: RH Kendall Graveman (10-11, 4.11), LH Sean Manaea (7-9, 3.86), RH Jharel Cotton (2-0, 2.15 in five games), RH Andrew Triggs (1-1, 4.31), RH Jesse Hahn (2-4, 6.02 in nine games) and Frankie Montas (0-0, 2.38 in four games at Triple-A)
Key relievers: RH Ryan Madson (6-7, 3.62, 30/37 SV), LH Sean Doolittle (2-3, 3.23), RH Santiago Casilla (2-5, 3.57 with Giants), RH Ryan Dull (5-5, 2.42), RH John Axford (6-4, 3.97), RH Liam Hendriks (0-4, 3.76), LH Daniel Coulombe (3-1, 4.53)
Hot spots: Fifth Starter and Second Base. Triggs, Hahn and Montas are the top candidates to fill out the rotation. Montas, who turns 24 before the season, is the youngest and has the highest ceiling. Hahn is the only one with something resembling a track record of success in the majors. Triggs showed potential in five starts last year. Second base will belong to prospect Franklin Barreto at some point. For now the position belongs to Lowrie, who figures to become trade bait as the A's begin their annual migration toward mathematical elimination.
Outlook: It's been a long two years since the A's played postseason baseball. Rather than rebuilding outright, the A's spent their offseason stocking up on veteran position players. Their strength is a young rotation led by right-hander Sonny Gray ' another trade candidate who's coming off the worst of his four major league seasons (5-11, 5.69 ERA) and will miss time with a lat strain. If Cotton, Manaea and Triggs pick up where they left off, pitching won't be the problem. No team scored fewer runs than the A's in 2016, and it still isn't obvious that their lineup improved. Their home turf will be renamed in honor of Rickey Henderson when the Angels visit Oakland for the opener; maybe Rickey can hit leadoff, too.
|As Oakland series continues, Mariners try to avoid backsliding|
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Seattle Mariners' rough start to the season is becoming a distant memory.
After losing eight of their first 10 games, the Mariners have won five of their past seven. Seattle swept three games from the Texas Rangers and took two of three from the Miami Marlins before falling 9-6 to the Oakland A's on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series and 10-game road trip.
Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma will face A's lefty Sean Manaea in the second game of the series on Friday night at Oakland Coliseum.
"We weren't playing good baseball," Mariners manager Scott Servais said before Thursday's game. "The biggest thing for us is we have to control the strike zone, control the line of scrimmage, and we got back to doing that. That's kind of who we are, that's our identity, and it pays off. We walked 10 times in (Wednesday's) game. Guys are grinding at-bats.
"Our mentality's getting back to where it needs to be. We have a talented team, no doubt, but you don't win the game on paper. You've got to go out and do it and execute and finish off hitters and finish off at-bats when you're in the batter's box. Our guys have done a good job here."
After losing the opener to Oakland, Servais knows the Mariners can't afford to let up.
"We need everybody to step up right now," Servais said. "Oakland's got a good team. And they will battle. They put the bat on the ball. Bullpen's pretty good; they can do some things. We need to get after it here. Big series, (division) series. We've got to pick it up a little bit."
Manaea, who is in his second major league season, is 0-1 with a 5.51 ERA in three starts this year. Opposing hitters are batting .138 (8-for-58) against Manaea, but he has been hurt by wildness. He has walked nine batters and hit four.
In his last start, Manaea had a no-hitter through five innings against the Houston Astros on Saturday, but he walked the bases loaded in the sixth and faced just one more batter. Carlos Correa hit a hard line drive that went off shortstop Adam Rosales' glove for an error and was booted by center fielder Jaff Decker for another error as two runs scored.
Manaea wound up with a no-decision in Oakland's 10-6 loss.
"It's kind of been a weird season so far, but I feel like I'm in a good place, too, keep improving and things like that," Manaea said. "Just kind of lost it, lost the feel for my arm slot, just my pitches and everything like that. That's completely on me. Last game, I put the loss on me because I put the bullpen in a really bad situation.
"It's just something I have to improve on and get better at. I'm doing everything I can, and I know one day it's just going to click and everything's going to be for the better. I'm not worried about anything right now. I'm just trying to improve on everything I can and looking forward to (Friday)."
Iwakuma (0-1, 5.40 ERA) allowed two or fewer runs and pitched six innings in each of his first two starts but struggled in his third start on Sunday against Texas. He gave up six runs on seven hits over three innings and got a no-decision in Seattle's 8-7 victory.
"I know he's anxious to get back out there," Servais said. "He was really disappointed in his outing. He's very quiet, as we all know, but he's very much a team guy. And when it doesn't work in his favor, he feels like he let the team down. He'll be ready to go. He's anxious to get back out there and turn it around, and hopefully his stuff is a little bit better, too.
"The ball just wasn't coming out of his hand good the other day, and that happens. You're going to make 30-some-odd starts, there's going to be days where you don't have your really good stuff, but you've got to figure out a way through it. He just wasn't able to do that last time out."
Iwakuma is 9-5 with a 4.14 ERA in 16 games, including 15 starts, against Oakland. Manaea is 2-0 with a 4.76 ERA in three career starts against Seattle.
|Last Updated: 12/15/2017 4:33:14 AM EST|