|OAKLAND ( GOSSETT )|
BALTIMORE ( BUNDY )
|963||OAKLAND||+140||Ov 10,+100||+165||Ov 10.5,+100|
|964||BALTIMORE||-150||Un 10,-120||-175||Un 10.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||42-51||-5.1||50-42||4.4||0.241||0.314||0.414||0.728||5.2||0.262||0.320||0.428||0.748|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+0.9||2-5||4.1||0.280||0.338||0.464||0.803||4.9||0.266||0.328||0.445||0.773|
|vs Right-handed Starters||40-46||-8||45-40||4.8||0.264||0.313||0.441||0.754||5.3||0.275||0.342||0.456||0.798|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-4.4||2-5||4.6||0.262||0.306||0.418||0.723||5.1||0.282||0.361||0.530||0.891|
|8/14/2017||COTTON(R)||KANSAS CITY||JUNIS(R)||2-6||L||-120||9 ev||U||5||6||0||10||6||1|
|8/15/2017||SMITH(R)||KANSAS CITY||HAMMEL(R)||10-8||W||+115||9 un||O||14||5||0||8||2||0|
|8/16/2017||BLACKBURN(R)||KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)||6-7||L||+110||9.5 un||O||12||9||1||14||12||1|
|8/18/2017||MANAEA(L)||@ HOUSTON||KEUCHEL(L)||1-3||L||190||8.5 ov||U||5||3||1||7||5||0|
|8/19/2017||GRAVEMAN(R)||@ HOUSTON||MCHUGH(R)||0-3||L||150||9.5 un||U||6||5||0||8||5||1|
|8/20/2017||COTTON(R)||@ HOUSTON||PEACOCK(R)||3-2||W||220||9 ov||U||10||10||0||7||7||2|
|8/21/2017||SMITH(R)||@ BALTIMORE||MILEY(L)||3-7||L||165||10.5 ov||U||7||5||1||10||7||1|
|8/22/2017||BLACKBURN(R)||@ BALTIMORE||JIMENEZ(R)||6-4||W||155||11 ov||U||13||10||1||7||3||0|
|8/23/2017||GOSSETT(R)||@ BALTIMORE||BUNDY(R)|| |
|8/28/2017|| ||@ LA ANGELS|| || |
|8/29/2017|| ||@ LA ANGELS|| || |
|8/30/2017|| ||@ LA ANGELS|| || |
|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)||4-5||L||-120||10.5 ev||U||9||6||1||6||8||1|
|8/25/2017||HELLICKSON(R)||@ BOSTON||PORCELLO(R)|| |
|8/26/2017||GAUSMAN(R)||@ BOSTON||RODRIGUEZ(L)|| |
|8/27/2017||TILLMAN(R)||@ BOSTON||FISTER(R)|| |
|8/28/2017|| ||SEATTLE|| || |
|8/29/2017|| ||SEATTLE|| || |
|8/30/2017|| ||SEATTLE|| || |
|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.
|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' Bundy in uncharted territory as he faces A's|
BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles are being very careful with starter Dylan Bundy at this point of the season.
Bundy (12-8, 4.17) has been the lone member of the rotation to show any consistency this season. However, he also has a history of injury problems, including Tommy John surgery, and the 2016 season was his first full year in the major leagues.
That is why when Bundy starts Wednesday afternoon in the series finale with the Oakland A's, it will be the first time the right-hander has pitched since an Aug. 12 start against the same team, when he earned the victory in a 12-5 win.
Oakland will call up right-hander Daniel Gossett (3-6, 5.17 ERA) from Triple-A Nashville to make the start. Sean Manaea was supposed to pitch, but the A's (55-71) announced the change after their 6-4 victory over Baltimore on Tuesday.
Manaea is 0-3 with an 8.17 ERA in his past six starts, leaving him 8-8 with a 4.58 ERA for the season.
The Orioles (61-65) have spread Bundy out more in the second half of the season. The right-hander already has pitched 140 1/3 innings this year, the most he has thrown in a year during his professional career. Last season, he threw 109 2/3 innings.
Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said Bundy understands the situation.
"I think he's handled the rest well," Showalter said. "I know he's charting every game in the dugout. I've been real impressed with the maturity he's handled it with. Believe me, he wants to be out there every fifth day."
Bundy is 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA against the A's in two career appearances.
Gossett, who has never faced Baltimore, has started in all 10 major league games he has appeared in this season. The right-hander most recently pitched for Oakland on Aug. 2, when he held the San Francisco Giants to one run on three hits in seven innings during a 6-1 victory.
He went 1-1 with a 4.60 ERA in three starts for Nashville after being sent down following the San Francisco game. Gossett struck out 17 and walked five over 15 2/3 innings during those outings.
Oakland shortstop Marcus Semien's status for Wednesday was not known, as he came out early from the Monday game and sat out Tuesday. Manager Bob Melvin said Semien was dealing with irritation of the scar tissue in his surgically repaired right wrist.
The A's have an off day Thursday, and that could also factor in Melvin's decision to play Semien on Wednesday, as three consecutive days off could help.
Melvin also enjoyed that his team's Boog Powell met the Orioles legend of the same name before the Tuesday game, especially because it came one day after the young outfielder hit his first major league homer.
"You see a lot of cool things, unique things, in this game," Melvin said. "Sometimes things surprise you, some don't. That (homer) was a little bit of a surprise, being his first home run and hitting it in the direction that he did (near the elder Powell's barbecue stand at Camden Yards)."
The A's also dealt with some trouble Tuesday when starter Paul Blackburn had to exit after being hit on his pitching arm by a shot from Trey Mancini. Blackburn had a 5-0 lead in the fifth but had to leave the game.
Melvin said after the game that X-rays showed no fracture or break, adding that Blackburn might have been fortunate.
"We're calling it a bruised hand/wrist," Melvin said. "We'll see how he is in the next couple of days. He (was) sailing along pretty good ... and maybe as good command-wise as we've seen him pitch."
|Last Updated: 9/24/2017 6:04:38 PM EST|