|BALTIMORE ( JIMENEZ )|
SEATTLE ( GONZALES )
|913||BALTIMORE||+105||Ov 10,-120||+105||Ov 10,+100|
|914||SEATTLE||-115||Un 10,+100||-115||Un 10,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||20-18||+2.1||15-22||4.5||0.259||0.310||0.402||0.712||4.5||0.265||0.334||0.413||0.748|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.7||3-4||5.6||0.299||0.326||0.516||0.842||4.6||0.265||0.328||0.442||0.770|
|vs Right-handed Starters||42-45||-5.2||40-42||4.7||0.262||0.320||0.415||0.735||5.0||0.261||0.321||0.438||0.759|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-5||3-3||3.6||0.265||0.309||0.432||0.741||5.3||0.253||0.322||0.449||0.771|
|8/2/2017||HELLICKSON(R)||KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)||6-0||W||-130||10 un||U||7||5||0||5||7||0|
|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)|| |
|8/18/2017||BUNDY(R)||LA ANGELS||NOLASCO(R)|| |
|8/19/2017||HELLICKSON(R)||LA ANGELS||HEANEY(L)|| |
|8/20/2017||GAUSMAN(R)||LA ANGELS||RAMIREZ(R)|| |
|8/22/2017|| ||OAKLAND|| || |
|8/23/2017|| ||OAKLAND|| || |
|8/2/2017||MIRANDA(L)||@ TEXAS||CASHNER(R)||1-5||L||105||10.5 un||U||6||9||1||9||3||0|
|8/3/2017||GALLARDO(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||CAHILL(R)||4-6||L||115||9.5 ov||O||10||9||1||8||5||1|
|8/4/2017||PAXTON(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||HAMMEL(R)||5-2||W||-155||8.5 un||U||9||3||0||4||3||0|
|8/6/2017||GONZALES(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)||8-7||W||125||8.5 ev||O||11||7||0||10||6||0|
|8/6/2017||RAMIREZ(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||JUNIS(R)||1-9||L||105||9.5 un||O||4||4||1||13||6||0|
|8/8/2017||MIRANDA(L)||@ OAKLAND||GRAVEMAN(R)||7-6||W||-115||9 ov||O||11||9||0||8||6||3|
|8/9/2017||GALLARDO(R)||@ OAKLAND||COTTON(R)||6-3||W||100||9.5 ov||U||8||4||0||7||7||0|
|8/10/2017||PAXTON(L)||LA ANGELS||SKAGGS(L)||3-6||L||-180||7.5 ov||O||8||5||0||8||6||0|
|8/11/2017||GONZALES(L)||LA ANGELS||NOLASCO(R)||5-6||L||-135||10 ov||O||10||4||1||11||9||0|
|8/12/2017||RAMIREZ(R)||LA ANGELS||RAMIREZ(R)||3-6||L||-150||9 ov||P||13||9||1||8||4||0|
|8/13/2017||MIRANDA(L)||LA ANGELS||BRIDWELL(R)||2-4||L||-130||9 ov||U||8||6||1||6||10||0|
|8/18/2017||RAMIREZ(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRUITT(R)|| |
|8/19/2017||MIRANDA(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)|| |
|8/20/2017||GALLARDO(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||SNELL(L)|| |
|8/21/2017||ALBERS(L)||@ ATLANTA||FOLTYNEWICZ(R)|| |
|8/22/2017|| ||@ ATLANTA|| || |
|8/23/2017|| ||@ ATLANTA|| || |
|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.
|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.
|Mariners hope Gonzales goes long against Orioles|
SEATTLE -- The Seattle Mariners might be ready to unleash Marco Gonzales.
The left-hander, acquired in a July 21 trade with the St. Louis Cardinals for minor league outfielder Tyler O'Neill, one of the Mariners' top prospects, has yet to finish five innings in either of his first two starts for Seattle.
Gonzales (0-0, 8.49 ERA overall) is scheduled to take the mound Wednesday afternoon against Baltimore right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez (5-7, 6.25 ERA) in the finale of the three-game series at Safeco Field.
"I'm definitely looking forward to (pitching deeper in games)," said Gonzales, the Cardinals' first-round draft pick in 2013 out of Gonzaga. "I know I can be a guy who goes seven or eight innings.
"But I understand the situation and where we're at (in the American League wild-card race)."
In his first start Aug. 6 in Kansas City, Gonzales was staked to a 7-0 lead through two innings. He allowed two runs in the third, and the Royals scored three more in the fifth, knocking Gonzales from the game. The Mariners ended up winning 8-7.
On Friday against the Los Angeles Angels, the score was tied at 1-1 with one out in the fifth when Gonzales was pulled before facing the top of the batting order for the third time. The Mariners lost that one 6-5.
"The first time I had some nerves, just trying to get my bearings," Gonzales said. "The second time I was calmer and had a clear plan of what I wanted to do."
Said Mariners manager Scott Servais: "He left the game on a positive note last time. He felt he had plenty left in the tank."
Servais said he would have no qualms about letting Gonzales pitch five-plus innings Wednesday.
"If he's throwing good, he has the weapons to get out of trouble," Servais said. "I'm pretty confident in letting him go."
Jimenez, meanwhile, has pitched much better of late.
He got a no-decision in his last outing, striking out a season-high 11 in 5 1/3 innings against the Oakland A's on Friday. He beat the Detroit Tigers in his previous start, allowing one run in 5 2/3 innings.
Over his past four starts, Jimenez is 1-1 with a 2.63 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 24 innings.
"He's commanding the fastball well," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "When you can locate the fastball on both sides of the plate, (batters) have to cheat in or cheat away, making them more susceptible to the breaking stuff. A lot of guys can't locate, that's why they end up in the bullpen."
The Mariners snapped a season-high five-game losing streak Tuesday as Andrew Albers, making his 2017 debut, allowed one run in five innings. Seattle won 3-1 to even the series, getting four perfect innings from its bullpen.
Gonzales will be making his first career appearance against the Orioles.
"The pitcher always had the advantage with the unknown," Showalter said. "Guys like (Albers and Gonzales) give you the most trouble because they come at you from a different perspective."
Jimenez is 2-3 with a 5.85 ERA in seven career starts against the Mariners.
|Last Updated: 11/18/2017 7:17:18 PM EST|