|OAKLAND ( GOSSETT )|
DETROIT ( BELL )
|921||OAKLAND||-115||Ov 10.5,-110||-125||Ov 10.5,-115|
|922||DETROIT||+105||Un 10.5,-110||+115||Un 10.5,-105|
|vs Left-handed Starters||16-24||-5.6||20-17||4.1||0.240||0.314||0.402||0.716||5.2||0.266||0.333||0.421||0.754|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.8||2-4||4.4||0.217||0.297||0.400||0.697||4.4||0.250||0.298||0.384||0.682|
|vs Right-handed Starters||42-68||-24||59-47||4.4||0.253||0.314||0.401||0.716||5.6||0.285||0.346||0.463||0.809|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.2||4-3||4.6||0.255||0.305||0.456||0.761||6.3||0.318||0.381||0.475||0.855|
|9/5/2017||GRAVEMAN(R)||LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)||7-8||L||+130||9.5 un||O||13||11||0||9||8||0|
|9/6/2017||MANAEA(L)||LA ANGELS||SKAGGS(L)||3-1||W||+115||9.5 ov||U||7||7||0||7||9||1|
|9/12/2017||MANAEA(L)||@ BOSTON||RODRIGUEZ(L)||1-11||L||160||9.5 un||O||3||8||2||16||5||0|
|9/13/2017||COTTON(R)||@ BOSTON||FISTER(R)||7-3||W||170||10 ev||P||8||3||0||9||7||0|
|9/14/2017||GOSSETT(R)||@ BOSTON||POMERANZ(L)||2-6||L||200||10.5 un||U||8||10||1||8||4||1|
|9/15/2017||MENGDEN(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LEITER JR.(R)||4-0||W||120||10 un||U||8||6||0||2||1||0|
|9/16/2017||GRAVEMAN(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LIVELY(R)||3-5||L||-105||9.5 un||U||3||3||2||8||7||0|
|9/17/2017||MANAEA(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||ALVAREZ(R)||6-3||W||-120||9.5 ev||U||6||3||2||6||9||0|
|9/18/2017||ALCANTARA(R)||@ DETROIT||FARMER(R)||8-3||W||-110||10 ov||O||14||13||0||9||9||1|
|9/19/2017||GOSSETT(R)||@ DETROIT||BELL(L)|| |
|9/20/2017||MENGDEN(R)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)|| |
|9/25/2017|| ||SEATTLE|| || |
|9/26/2017|| ||SEATTLE|| || |
|9/5/2017||SANCHEZ(R)||KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)||13-2||W||+105||9.5 un||O||15||6||1||5||7||0|
|9/6/2017||BOYD(L)||KANSAS CITY||HAMMEL(R)||2-13||L||+120||9 ov||O||10||11||0||18||7||1|
|9/8/2017||FARMER(R)||@ TORONTO||STROMAN(R)||5-4||W||185||8.5 ev||O||7||3||0||8||4||0|
|9/9/2017||BELL(L)||@ TORONTO||ANDERSON(L)||4-5||L||120||9.5 un||U||8||4||0||13||10||0|
|9/10/2017||SANCHEZ(R)||@ TORONTO||HAPP(L)||2-8||L||145||9 un||O||7||6||0||16||8||1|
|9/11/2017||JAYE(R)||@ CLEVELAND||CARRASCO(R)||0-11||L||275||8.5 ev||O||9||10||2||11||9||0|
|9/12/2017||BOYD(L)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)||0-2||L||315||8 un||U||5||3||0||9||10||0|
|9/13/2017||FARMER(R)||@ CLEVELAND||CLEVINGER(R)||3-5||L||250||9.5 ov||U||7||7||0||7||4||2|
|9/14/2017||BELL(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||SHIELDS(R)||7-17||L||-115||10.5 un||O||12||6||0||25||14||1|
|9/15/2017||SANCHEZ(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||FULMER(R)||3-2||W||-120||10 ov||U||6||6||1||8||8||0|
|9/16/2017||JAYE(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||LOPEZ(R)||4-10||L||-110||9.5 ov||O||9||8||1||17||11||0|
|9/17/2017||BOYD(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||COVEY(R)||12-0||W||-125||10.5 un||O||13||4||0||1||2||0|
|9/26/2017|| ||@ KANSAS CITY|| || |
|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.
|DETROIT: 2016: 86-75, second place.
Manager: Brad Ausmus (fourth season).
He's Here: C Alex Avila, OF Mikie Mahtook.
He's Outta Here: OF Cameron Maybin, SS Erick Aybar, C Jarrod Saltalamacchia, 3B Casey McGehee.
Projected lineup: 2B Ian Kinsler (.288, 28 HRs, 83 RBIs), 3B Nicholas Castellanos (.285, 18, 58 in 110 games), 1B Miguel Cabrera (.316, 38, 108), DH Victor Martinez (.289, 27, 86), RF J.D. Martinez (.307, 22, 68 in 120 games), LF Justin Upton (.246, 31, 87), C James McCann (.221, 12, 48) or Alex Avila (.213, 7, 11 with White Sox), CF Mikie Mahtook (.195, 3, 11 with Tampa Bay) or Tyler Collins (.235, 4, 15), SS Jose Iglesias (.255, 4, 32).
Rotation: RH Justin Verlander (16-9, 3.04 ERA, 254 Ks), RH Michael Fulmer (11-7, 3.06), RH Jordan Zimmermann (9-7, 4.87), LH Daniel Norris (4-2, 3.38), LH Matt Boyd (6-5, 4.53).
Key relievers: RH Francisco Rodriguez (3-4, 3.24, 44/49 saves), RH Bruce Rondon (5-2, 2.97), LH Justin Wilson (4-5, 4.14, 1 save), RH Alex Wilson (4-0, 2.96), RH Anibal Sanchez (7-13, 5.87 in 35 games, 26 starts).
Hot Spot: Back of Starting Rotation. Zimmermann and Norris could be major contributors if healthy, but the No. 5 spot in the rotation is much more uncertain. Sanchez has a big contract and some impressive career accomplishments, but he's 33 and coming off two straight disappointing seasons. Boyd was merely serviceable a season ago.
Outlook: The Tigers have made no secret of the fact that they'll need to cut costs soon, but they've generally put off doing so. Verlander, Cabrera and Kinsler are back, and Detroit is ready to make another bid for a postseason spot. The Tigers fell just short of a wild card last season, and the team's top players aren't getting any younger, so this could be the last shot for Detroit to win big before a significant overhaul. Verlander and Cabrera are still producing like stars, and Fulmer won Rookie of the Year honors last year. If the Tigers are going to take another step forward, they'll probably need Zimmermann and Norris to perform well after both dealt with injury problems a season ago. Speaking of injuries: J.D. Martinez sprained his right foot March 18 and is expected to miss the start of the season. The Tigers finished eight games behind Cleveland in 2016. Closing that gap won't be easy, and a lot might depend on whether Detroit can stay healthy.
|Teammate pumps up Tigers starter for outing against A's|
DETROIT -- Matthew Boyd's near no-hitter gives Detroit Tigers teammate Chad Bell inspiration for his start on Tuesday against the Oakland A's at Comerica Park.
Bell has struggled since joining the Detroit rotation in September. He has allowed 13 runs in 12 innings in three starts this month, and he lasted just 3 1/3 innings against the Chicago White Sox on Thursday, surrendering six runs and nine hits in 3 1/3 innings.
Watching Boyd mow down the White Sox on Sunday lifted Bell's spirits. Boyd was one out from a no-hitter before Tim Anderson smacked a double.
"It fires us up," Bell said Monday. "It was a great performance, really fun to watch. He located his pitches to all parts of the plate, he was throwing strikes with everything. He was just attacking 'em.
"It's something we can all build on. There's always something you can learn from watching the other four guys (in the rotation) throw."
Bell (0-3, 6.42 ERA) will make his first career appearance against the A's, but they won't be total strangers.
"Being in the Texas Rangers' organization coming up, there are quite a few guys I've faced a lot in Double-A and Triple-A," he said. "That's been two or three years ago, so a lot has probably changed, but at least there are probably some names and faces I'm familiar with. Plus, with all the information you get today, there's scouting reports on everything."
Bell took some positives out of his last outing. The left-hander threw more strikes early in the count. However, he had trouble locating his bread-and-butter pitch, his changeup.
"I don't evaluate the line as being a good stat line, absolutely, but as I'm watching film of the game, I put myself in good situations to succeed," he said. "I felt like I got in a lot of 1-2 counts where I was ahead, it's just about executing pitches late in the count to put 'em away.
"I felt there was some game plan stuff I could have done better, but I put myself in good positions to succeed. I just didn't finish them off in those situations."
Daniel Gossett (4-9, 5.02 ERA) will oppose Bell. The right-hander has shown improvement against two of the majors' best offensive teams in his most recent outings.
Gossett held the Houston Astros to one run on six hits and struck out seven on Sept. 9 for his fourth victory, then allowed three runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings at Boston on Thursday.
"He seems to be a bit more comfortable on the mound," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "We've seen him have a good game and then a bad game, but he seems to be getting a little more confident now. He's starting to put a couple of outings together where he's pitched well. That leads to a little confidence, and that's why you see him pitching a little better at this point."
Gossett, who was recalled from Triple-A Nashville on Aug. 23, has never faced the Tigers.
"When he's struggled some, he's been behind in counts and having to throw fastballs in some tough counts, and (he's) finding out in the big leagues, it's difficult to do that," Melvin said. "He has to be a little unpredictable with his pitches and get ahead and be able to use all of them."
Oakland won the series opener 8-3 on Monday. A's first baseman Matt Olson, who blasted a two-run shot, will try to extend his homer streak to five consecutive games. Olson has seven home runs in his past nine games.
|Last Updated: 1/20/2018 7:03:40 PM EST|