|LA ANGELS ( CANNING )|
TORONTO ( STRIPLING )
|vs Right-handed Starters||4-1||+2.9||2-3||5.0||0.259||0.330||0.407||0.737||4.0||0.224||0.297||0.356||0.653|
|Past 7 Games||4-2||+1.7||3-3||5.5||0.249||0.324||0.406||0.730||5.3||0.243||0.316||0.388||0.704|
|vs Right-handed Starters||3-3||+0.3||1-5||3.3||0.214||0.262||0.368||0.630||3.2||0.232||0.293||0.364||0.657|
|Past 7 Games||3-3||+0.3||1-5||3.3||0.214||0.262||0.368||0.630||3.2||0.232||0.293||0.364||0.657|
|4/1/2021||BUNDY(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||GIOLITO(R)||4-3||W||+105||8.5 un||U||6||6||0||7||5||1|
|4/2/2021||HEANEY(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||KEUCHEL(L)||8-12||L||-125||8.5 ov||O||7||5||1||13||6||2|
|4/3/2021||COBB(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||LYNN(R)||5-3||W||+100||9 ev||U||9||6||0||9||9||2|
|4/4/2021||OHTANI(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||CEASE(R)||7-4||W||-125||9.5 un||O||10||9||3||5||10||0|
|4/8/2021||CANNING(R)||@ TORONTO||STRIPLING(R)|| |
|4/9/2021||HEANEY(L)||@ TORONTO|| || |
|4/10/2021|| ||@ TORONTO|| || |
|4/11/2021|| ||@ TORONTO|| || |
|4/12/2021|| ||@ KANSAS CITY|| || |
|4/13/2021|| ||@ KANSAS CITY|| || |
|4/14/2021|| ||@ KANSAS CITY|| || |
|4/1/2021||RYU(L)||@ NY YANKEES||COLE(R)||3-2||W||170||7.5 ov||U||8||6||0||6||10||0|
|4/3/2021||STRIPLING(R)||@ NY YANKEES||KLUBER(R)||3-5||L||150||9.5 un||U||8||7||1||11||12||1|
|4/4/2021||ZEUCH(R)||@ NY YANKEES||GERMAN(R)||3-1||W||170||9.5 ev||U||5||6||0||5||5||2|
|4/5/2021||MATZ(L)||@ TEXAS||FOLTYNEWICZ(R)||6-2||W||-145||9.5 un||U||7||6||1||5||6||2|
|4/6/2021||ROARK(R)||@ TEXAS||DUNNING(R)||4-7||L||-130||9.5 ov||O||6||3||0||11||4||0|
|4/7/2021||RYU(L)||@ TEXAS||GIBSON(R)||1-2||L||-180||8.5 ov||U||9||8||0||8||7||0|
|4/8/2021||STRIPLING(R)||LA ANGELS||CANNING(R)|| |
|4/9/2021|| ||LA ANGELS||HEANEY(L)|| |
|4/10/2021|| ||LA ANGELS|| || |
|4/11/2021|| ||LA ANGELS|| || |
|4/12/2021|| ||NY YANKEES|| || |
|4/13/2021|| ||NY YANKEES|| || |
|4/14/2021|| ||NY YANKEES|| || |
|4/15/2021|| ||@ KANSAS CITY|| || |
|LA ANGELS: He's Here: OF Dexter Fowler, SS Jos' Iglesias, RHP Raisel Iglesias, LHP Jos' Quintana, RHP Alex Cobb, C Kurt Suzuki, LHP Alex Claudio, RHP Aaron Slegers, GM Perry Minasian.
He's Outta Here: SS Andrelton Simmons, RHP Hansel Robles, RHP Julio Teher'n, RHP Keynan Middleton, RHP Cam Bedrosian, RHP No' Ramirez, RHP Matt Andriese, GM Billy Eppler.
Projected Lineup: 2B David Fletcher (.319, 3 HRs, 18 RBIs, .376 OBP), CF Mike Trout (.281, 17, 46, .993 OPS), DH Shohei Ohtani (.190, 7, 24, .657 OPS), 3B Anthony Rendon (.286, 9, 31, .915 OPS, 10 GIDP), LF Justin Upton (.204, 9, 22, 43 Ks, .711 OPS), 1B Albert Pujols (.224, 6, 25, .665 OPS), RF Dexter Fowler (.233, 4, 15 with Cardinals), SS Jos' Iglesias (.373, 3, 24 in 39 games with Orioles), C Max Stassi (.278, 7, 20 in 31 games).
Rotation: RH Dylan Bundy (6-3, 3.29 ERA), LH Andrew Heaney (4-3, 4.46), RH Griffin Canning (2-3, 3.99, Gold Glove), LH Jos' Quintana (0-0, 4.50 in 4 appearances with Cubs), RH Alex Cobb (2-5, 4.30 with Orioles), RH Shohei Ohtani (0-1, 37.80 ERA in 2 starts since 2018).
Key Relievers: RH Raisel Iglesias (4-3, 2.74, 8/10 saves with Reds), RH Ty Buttrey (2-3, 5.81, 5 saves), LH Alex Claudio (0-0, 4.26, 1 save with Brewers), RH Mike Mayers (2-0, 2.10, 2 saves), RH F'lix Pe'a (3-0, 4.05, 2 saves), RH Junior Guerra (1-2, 3.04 with Diamondbacks), RH Jaime Barria (1-0, 3.62), LH Patrick Sandoval (1-5, 5.65).
Outlook: The big-budget Angels believe they've got the talent and stability to end their streaks of five straight losing seasons ' the franchise's longest skid since the 1970s ' and six consecutive non-playoff campaigns. Limited groups of fans at Angel Stadium next month should provide a big boost for a team that will welcome the help. With much of the AL West rebuilding or rebooting, the timing could be right for Los Angeles to get Trout's first playoff victory. Coming off an unimpressive year by his peerless standards, Trout is back with Rendon for their first full season together. Starting pitching has been the Angels' biggest problem for years, and new GM Minasian addressed it only by acquiring Quintana and Cobb instead of bigger-name targets. Minasian is also overhauling the Halos' awful bullpen, starting with new closer Raisel Iglesias. While they're talented enough to win now, this also is a transition year for the Angels, with only four players under contract past 2021 ' including Ohtani, who will be a two-way player again after a rough 2020. Ohtani is hitting the cover off the ball in spring training, and the early results from his return to the mound are promising. This is also a probable farewell season for the 41-year-old Pujols, the oldest player in the majors as he hits the final summer of his 10-year contract with a fraction of his prime production.
|TORONTO: He's Here: OF George Springer, INF Marcus Semien, RHP Kirby Yates, LHP Steven Matz, RHP Tyler Chatwood, RHP David Phelps, LHP Francisco Liriano, LHP Tommy Milone, RHP Joel Payamps, LHP Travis Bergen.
He's Outta Here: RHP Ken Giles, RHP Taijuan Walker, RHP Anthony Bass, RHP Matt Shoemaker, INF Travis Shaw, INF Jonathan Villar, RHP Chase Anderson, RHP Sean Reid-Foley, RHP Shun Yamaguchi, OF Billy McKinney, OF Derek Fisher, RHP Yennsy Diaz, RHP Wilmer Font.
Projected Lineup: CF George Springer (.265, 14 HRs, 32 RBIs with Houston), 2B Marcus Semien (.223, 7, 23 with Oakland), SS Bo Bichette (.301, 5, 23), RF Teoscar Hernandez (.289, 16, 34), 1B Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (.262, 9, 33), LF Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (.308, 11, 33), 3B Cavan Biggio (.250, 8, 28, 41 BB), DH Rowdy Tellez (.283, 8, 23), C Danny Jansen (.183, 6, 20).
Rotation: LH Hyun Jin Ryu (5-2, 2.69 ERA), LH Robbie Ray (2-6, 6.62 with Arizona and Toronto), RH Nate Pearson (1-0, 6.00), RH Tanner Roark (2-3, 6.80), LH Steven Matz (0-5, 9.68 with Mets).
Key Relievers: RH Kirby Yates (0-1, 12.46, 2/2 saves with Padres), RH Jordan Romano (2-1, 1.23, 2 saves), RHP Rafael Dolis (2-2, 1.50, 5 saves), RH Tyler Chatwood (2-2, 5.30 with Cubs), RH David Phelps (2-4, 6.53 with Milwaukee and Philadelphia), LH Ryan Borucki (1-1, 2.70), LH Francisco Liriano (did not pitch in 2020).
Outlook: The Blue Jays beefed up a young, talented team by adding several playoff-tested veterans in a busy, productive offseason. Springer signed a team-record $150 million, six-year deal, and Semien joined on an $18 million, one-year deal. Toronto also acquired starting rotation depth by getting Matz in a trade with the Mets and bolstered its bullpen by signing a trio of right-handed relievers, including closer Yates. By adding Springer and Semien to a promising group of youngsters including Bichette, Guerrero and Biggio, the Blue Jays have built one of the AL's most fearsome lineups. However, beyond staff ace Ryu, the rotation is full of question marks. If hard-throwing Pearson doesn't develop quickly, Toronto might need to make an in-season pitching addition to boost its postseason hopes. With home games in Canada still ruled out by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Blue Jays will begin the regular season at their spring training home in Dunedin, Florida. If playing in Toronto still isn't an option by mid-season, the Jays may move to another minor league park once searing summer heat and thunderstorms become an issue in Florida.
|Jays still won't have George Springer for home opener vs. Angels|
The Toronto Blue Jays will play their home opener Thursday night against the Los Angeles Angels in Dunedin, Fla., but they will still be without George Springer.
The outfielder, Toronto's pricey acquisition as a free-agent -- six years, $150 million -- was eligible to leave the injured list on Thursday after being sidelined for the first six games of the season with a strained left oblique muscle.
Springer, however, felt tightness in his right quadriceps when running the bases on Tuesday during his rehabilitation and has had an MRI.
"He did the live batting practice, and everything was fine," Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said on Wednesday before Toronto's 2-1 loss to the Texas Rangers. "Then it was time for him to run the bases, and when he was running the bases, he felt a tightness in the quad and stopped. As the day went on, he felt like, 'OK, this is not just a cramp,' and that's when we got the MRI."
Speaking to the media on Tuesday, Springer said he felt he had taken a "great step" toward his return and was eager to Thursday.
"It's tough," Montoyo said. "You've got to be careful, just like with the oblique. If you make it worse, then you're really out for a long time."
The Blue Jays, 3-3 after dropping the final two games of a three-game set against the Rangers, will start right-hander Ross Stripling (0-1, 8.10) Thursday in the opener of a four-game series. The Angels, who had Wednesday off, will start right-hander Griffin Canning (season debut).
Stripling allowed three runs in 3 1/3 innings April 3 in a 5-3 loss to the New York Yankees. He is 1-2 with a 4.67 ERA in five career games (three starts) against the Angels.
Canning did not factor in the decision in his only start against the Blue Jays on April 30, 2019, at Angel Stadium (4 1/3 innings, three earned runs, one walk, and six strikeouts).
The Angels opened their season with a 4-2 homestand -- winning three of four against the Chicago White Sox and splitting two with the Houston Astros.
Angels manager Joe Maddon is familiar with Dunedin from spring-training visits as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays. The ballpark has been expanded, and the facilities have improved since, but Maddon is concerned about the wind.
"The wind was constantly blowing out at that ballpark, and the ball really flew," Maddon said. "It wasn't one of my favorite venues. It was kind of nondescript, just a windy spring-training ballpark."
Maddon is pleased with the way his relievers are developing. The bullpen was a problem last season.
"I love the makeup of this one," Maddon said after acknowledging the volatility of bullpens from year to year. "I love the makeup, the character, the slow heartbeat of this one. This one's very interesting."
He is still sorting out the roles.
Steve Cishek and left-hander Tony Watson were signed just before Opening Day. Cishek and Mike Mayers are the only relievers he has managed previously.
So far, Raisel Iglesias is the closer, although he also has been used in non-save situations this season. Mayers has been the eighth-inning option or a closer when Iglesias is unavailable. Chris Rodriguez appears set for early multi-inning stints. The other roles are to be determined.
--Field Level Media
|Last Updated: 4/14/2021 1:16:08 PM EST|