|LA ANGELS ( BRIDWELL )|
BALTIMORE ( TILLMAN )
|917||LA ANGELS||-110||Ov 10,-120||+110||Ov 10.5,-110|
|918||BALTIMORE||+100||Un 10,+100||-120||Un 10.5,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||42-43||+4.6||29-47||4.2||0.242||0.304||0.391||0.695||4.1||0.247||0.308||0.403||0.711|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+4.4||2-4||4.6||0.216||0.296||0.420||0.716||3.6||0.269||0.312||0.416||0.728|
|vs Right-handed Starters||39-44||-6.1||45-37||4.8||0.265||0.313||0.441||0.755||5.4||0.275||0.341||0.455||0.796|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.6||5-2||6.1||0.318||0.353||0.508||0.861||5.6||0.281||0.337||0.536||0.873|
|8/10/2017||SKAGGS(L)||@ SEATTLE||PAXTON(L)||6-3||W||170||7.5 ov||O||8||6||0||8||5||0|
|8/11/2017||NOLASCO(R)||@ SEATTLE||GONZALES(L)||6-5||W||125||10 ov||O||11||9||0||10||4||1|
|8/12/2017||RAMIREZ(R)||@ SEATTLE||RAMIREZ(R)||6-3||W||140||9 ov||P||8||4||0||13||9||1|
|8/13/2017||BRIDWELL(R)||@ SEATTLE||MIRANDA(L)||4-2||W||120||9 ov||U||6||10||0||8||6||1|
|8/15/2017||SKAGGS(L)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)||1-3||L||100||8.5 ev||U||3||4||1||9||7||0|
|8/16/2017||NOLASCO(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ROARK(R)||3-2||W||120||9 ov||U||4||2||1||6||8||0|
|8/18/2017||HEANEY(L)||@ BALTIMORE||HELLICKSON(R)||7-9||L||120||10.5 un||O||11||4||1||11||4||1|
|8/19/2017||RAMIREZ(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GAUSMAN(R)||5-1||W||140||9.5 ov||U||7||7||1||7||8||1|
|8/20/2017||BRIDWELL(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)|| |
|8/25/2017|| ||HOUSTON|| || |
|8/26/2017|| ||HOUSTON|| || |
|8/27/2017|| ||HOUSTON|| || |
|8/7/2017||BUNDY(R)||@ LA ANGELS||RAMIREZ(R)||6-2||W||115||9 ov||U||9||4||0||5||4||1|
|8/8/2017||HELLICKSON(R)||@ LA ANGELS||BRIDWELL(R)||2-3||L||105||9 ov||U||8||7||0||6||4||1|
|8/9/2017||GAUSMAN(R)||@ LA ANGELS||SCRIBNER(R)||1-5||L||-135||9.5 un||U||4||3||0||10||7||0|
|8/10/2017||MILEY(L)||@ OAKLAND||SMITH(R)||7-2||W||-110||9.5 un||U||10||5||2||7||10||1|
|8/11/2017||JIMENEZ(R)||@ OAKLAND||BLACKBURN(R)||4-5||L||-120||9.5 ev||U||10||5||1||10||4||0|
|8/12/2017||BUNDY(R)||@ OAKLAND||MANAEA(L)||12-5||W||-105||9 un||O||20||9||1||10||9||0|
|8/13/2017||HELLICKSON(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRAVEMAN(R)||3-9||L||-115||9.5 un||O||10||6||1||8||2||0|
|8/14/2017||GAUSMAN(R)||@ SEATTLE||GALLARDO(R)||11-3||W||-115||9 un||O||16||7||2||8||6||0|
|8/15/2017||MILEY(L)||@ SEATTLE||ALBERS(L)||1-3||L||100||9 ev||U||6||4||0||7||7||0|
|8/16/2017||JIMENEZ(R)||@ SEATTLE||GONZALES(L)||6-7||L||110||10 un||O||12||9||0||15||8||0|
|8/18/2017||HELLICKSON(R)||LA ANGELS||HEANEY(L)||9-7||W||-130||10.5 un||O||11||4||1||11||4||1|
|8/19/2017||GAUSMAN(R)||LA ANGELS||RAMIREZ(R)||1-5||L||-150||9.5 ov||U||7||8||1||7||7||1|
|8/20/2017||TILLMAN(R)||LA ANGELS||BRIDWELL(R)|| |
|8/25/2017|| ||@ BOSTON|| || |
|8/26/2017|| ||@ BOSTON|| || |
|8/27/2017|| ||@ BOSTON|| || |
|LA ANGELS: 2016: 74-88, fourth place
Manager: Mike Scioscia (18th season)
Who's new? C Martin Maldonado, 2B Danny Espinosa, INF Luis Valbuena, OF Ben Revere, OF Cameron Maybin, RHP Jesse Chavez, RHP Austin Adams, RHP Yusmeiro Petit
Who's gone? C Jett Bandy, C Geovany Soto, C Juan Graterol, OF Gregorio Petit, OF Rafael Ortega, RHP Jered Weaver, LHP C.J. Wilson, RHP Jhoulys Chacin, RHP Tim Lincecum, RHP Cory Rasmus, LHP Brett Oberholtzer
Projected lineup: 3B Yunel Escobar (.304, 5 HR, 39 RBI), RF Kole Calhoun (.271, 18, 75), CF Mike Trout (.315, 29, 100, 30 SB), DH Albert Pujols (.268, 31, 119), 1B C.J. Cron (.278, 16, 69) or Luis Valbuena (.260, 13, 40 in 90 games with Astros), LF Cameron Maybin (.315, 4, 43, 15 SB with Tigers), 2B Danny Espinosa (.209, 24, 72 with Nationals), SS Andrelton Simmons (.281, 4, 44, 10 in 124 games), C Martin Maldonado (.202, 8, 21 with Brewers) or Carlos Perez (.209, 5, 31)
Rotation: RH Garrett Richards (1-3, 2.34 in six starts), RH Matt Shoemaker (9-13, 3.88), LH Tyler Skaggs (3-4, 4.17), RH Ricky Nolasco (8-14, 4.42 with Twins and Angels), RH Jesse Chavez (2-2, 4.43 with Blue Jays and Dodgers) or RH Bud Norris (6-10, 5.10 for Braves and Dodgers)
Key relievers: RH Huston Street (3-2, 6.45, 9/12 SV), RH Cam Bedrosian (2-0, 1.12), RH Andrew Bailey (3-1, 5.36 6/7 SV for Phillies and Angels), RH J.C. Ramirez (2-1, 2.91), LH Jose Alvarez (1-3, 3.45), RH Austin Adams (0-0, 9.82 with Indians), RH Yusmeiro Petit (3-5, 4.30 with Nationals), RH Mike Morin (2-2, 4.37)
Hot spots: First base and fifth starter. Pujols started 23 games at first base last year, and will likely play fewer this year after offseason plantar fascia surgery. For now, Pujols is the primary DH, Cron is the first baseman, and Valbuena will begin the season on the DL with a strained hamstring. One problem: neither Cron (.698 OPS) nor Valbuena (.666) could hit lefties last year. The top candidates for fifth starter are similarly flawed. Chavez and Norris finished last season as relievers. Alex Meyer has six major league starts to his name. The Angels might need all of them at points in 2017.
Outlook: It's hard to be too optimistic about a team that's made one playoff appearance in seven years. Yet it's hard to be too pessimistic considering the hard-luck injuries that decimated the Angels in 2016, particularly on the pitching side. Still, 2017 figures to be a transition year. The back of the rotation is a patch job until Tommy John patients Andrew Heaney and Nick Tropeano return from rehab. The Angels will gain some financial freedom after the season, when Josh Hamilton finally comes off the books. Any positive momentum in the meantime would make Anaheim a more attractive destination for free agents. Getting back above .500 would be a realistic step in that direction; anything beyond that is a bonus
|BALTIMORE: 2016: 89-73, second place
Manager: Buck Showalter (eighth season)
Who's new? C Welington Castillo, OF Seth Smith, OF Craig Gentry, OF Michael Bourn, LHP Vidal Nuno
Who's gone? C Matt Wieters, OF Nolan Reimold, INF/OF Steve Pearce, RHP Vance Worley, RHP Odrisamer Despaigne, LHP T.J. McFarland, LHP Brian Duensing, RHP Tommy Hunter
Projected lineup: LF Hyun-Soo Kim (.302, 6 HR, 22 RBI), CF Adam Jones (.265, 29, 83), 3B Manny Machado (.294, 37, 96), 1B Chris Davis (.221, 38, 84), DH Mark Trumbo (.256, 47, 108), RF Seth Smith (.249, 16, 63 with Mariners), 2B Jonathan Schoop (.267, 25, 82), C Welington Castillo (.264, 14, 68 with Diamondbacks), SS J.J. Hardy (.269, 9, 48)
Rotation: RH Kevin Gausman (9-12, 3.61 ERA), RH Dylan Bundy (10-6, 4.02), LH Wade Miley (9-13, 5.37), RH Ubaldo Jimenez (8-12, 5.44), RH Mike Wright (3-4, 5.79) or Chris Lee (5-0, 2.98 at Double-A) or Gabriel Ynoa (1-0, 6.38 with Mets) or Tyler Wilson (4-6, 5.27) or Jayson Aquino (0-0, 0.00 in three games)
Key relievers: LH Zach Britton (2-1, 0.54, 47/47 SV), RH Brad Brach (10-4, 2.05), RH Darren O'Day (3-1, 3.77), RH Mychal Givens (8-2, 3.13), LH Donnie Hart (0-0, 0.49), LH Vidal Nuno (1-1, 3.53 with Mariners)
Hot spots: Fifth starter and bullpen. A shoulder injury in camp left 16-game winner Chris Tillman in doubt for opening day. That opened the floodgates for a pair of competitions that are somewhat intertwined, since the Orioles value long relievers more than perhaps any team. Wright and Wilson, who shuttled between the bullpen and the rotation last season, are the top candidates for the final rotation job. Aquino is a candidate to start or relieve. Logan Verrett, Richard Bleier and Zach Stewart are all potential long men. Keep an eye on Lee, a 24-year-old lefty who missed most of last season with a lat strain.
Outlook: Boston landed the biggest trade chip of the winter and Baltimore couldn't (or didn't try to) acquire the number-one starter it badly needed. When the dust settled, the Orioles look like another 80-something win team that will lean on its organizational depth to overachieve. Machado is already one of the five best players in the game, and at 24 his prime years might still lie ahead. Only three teams in history have had three 40-home run hitters, but Machado, Davis and Trumbo are capable of making it four. Expect some high-scoring games: the Orioles' outfield earned low marks on defense last year, while their starting rotation is iffy at best. Bridging the gap to closer Britton will be key.
|Orioles' Tillman tries to rediscover top form vs. Angels|
BALTIMORE -- Chris Tillman returns to the starting rotation for the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday in the series finale with the Los Angeles Angels. The question now is if he can find his old form in this spot start, something that's eluded him all season.
Tillman will try to help the Orioles (60-63) win the rubber match of this three-game series with the Angels (63-60) on Sunday afternoon at Camden Yards.
Tillman (7.83 ERA) lost his spot in the starting rotation after going 1-7 in his first 15 starts and has pitched out of the bullpen twice since.
He will go against Parker Bridwell (7-1, 2.88), the former Oriole farmhand who has flourished since Los Angeles acquired him from Baltimore on April 17 for a player to be named later and cash.
Tillman hasn't given up a run in two short appearances out of the bullpen, and this will be his first start since Aug. 3, when he gave up seven runs in two innings versus the Tigers.
He missed a month at the start of the season with arm issues and hasn't rediscovered his old form that earned him 16 wins last year and 56 over the past four seasons.
"Chris has a really good pedigree of pitching good baseball for the Orioles and he's done the things that we asked him to do to get back," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "We need him to pitch well for us to get to where we want to go."
Bridwell has been a pleasant surprise since the Angels got him from the Orioles. This will be his 12th start (and 13th game) of the season, and he's given the injury-riddled Los Angeles starting rotation some much-needed help.
Since the beginning of July, he is 5-0 with a 2.22 ERA over seven starts. He even beat his old team, allowing one run on six hits in seven innings as the Angels topped the Orioles 3-2 on Aug. 8 in Anaheim.
If the Angels show the kind of power they have in the first two games, Bridwell could have a good chance to beat the Orioles again.
Los Angeles entered this series ranked next-to-last in the American League in homers but the Angels banged out five in Friday's loss and added four more -- two apiece by Mike Trout and Luis Valbuena -- in Saturday's 5-1 victory.
"We've hit them out," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "We haven't hit many all year. We haven't had the slugging percentage to the level we need it. It's good to see it come alive."
Both teams will have a few injury questions heading into the series finale. The Orioles are hoping that Chris Davis will be able to return as he's missed the first two games with an unspecified illness.
Welington Castillo also was sick and missed Friday but was a late add to Saturday's lineup and played.
The Angels still are hoping that Cameron Maybin returns to the lineup Sunday or soon. He missed the first two games as his right knee hasn't felt right.
Maybin and manager Mike Scioscia said the situation is day-to-day. It's the same knee that kept him on the disabled list from July 19 to Aug. 7 (an MCL sprain).
Also, pitcher JC Ramirez, who came out of Saturday's start with irritation in his arm, will have an MRI exam on Monday. He was checked by the medical staff but they're going to do more testing.
|Last Updated: 9/19/2017 10:29:47 AM EST|