|SEATTLE ( HERNANDEZ )|
TEXAS ( CASHNER )
|969||SEATTLE||+100||Ov 10.5,-110||+100||Ov 10.5,-115|
|970||TEXAS||-110||Un 10.5,-110||-110||Un 10.5,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||51-54||-5.4||50-50||4.8||0.264||0.322||0.420||0.742||5.0||0.265||0.325||0.438||0.763|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.8||2-5||5.6||0.276||0.328||0.476||0.804||3.3||0.232||0.281||0.335||0.616|
|vs Right-handed Starters||51-57||-5.5||50-53||5.0||0.244||0.316||0.422||0.738||4.9||0.261||0.327||0.423||0.750|
|Past 7 Games||3-5||-2||4-3||5.5||0.256||0.334||0.426||0.760||7.2||0.300||0.352||0.478||0.830|
|9/6/2017||MOORE(R)||HOUSTON||MCCULLERS JR.(R)||3-5||L||+135||9.5 un||U||6||5||1||9||7||0|
|9/8/2017||LEAKE(R)||LA ANGELS||NOLASCO(R)||4-3||W||-125||9 un||U||11||9||0||8||4||0|
|9/9/2017||ALBERS(L)||LA ANGELS||HEANEY(L)||8-1||W||+100||8.5 ov||O||11||5||2||7||8||0|
|9/10/2017||RAMIREZ(R)||LA ANGELS||BRIDWELL(R)||3-5||L||-125||9.5 un||U||8||4||0||8||4||0|
|9/11/2017||MIRANDA(L)||@ TEXAS||HAMELS(L)||3-5||L||125||10 ov||U||6||7||0||7||5||1|
|9/12/2017||GONZALES(L)||@ TEXAS||GONZALEZ(R)||10-3||W||110||11.5 un||O||15||9||1||10||8||0|
|9/13/2017||LEAKE(R)||@ TEXAS||PEREZ(L)||8-1||W||-105||11 un||U||11||7||1||5||6||1|
|9/14/2017||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ TEXAS||CASHNER(R)|| |
|9/15/2017||PAXTON(L)||@ HOUSTON||MORTON(R)|| |
|9/16/2017||RAMIREZ(R)||@ HOUSTON||KEUCHEL(L)|| |
|9/17/2017||MIRANDA(L)||@ HOUSTON||VERLANDER(R)|| |
|9/20/2017|| ||TEXAS|| || |
|9/21/2017|| ||TEXAS|| || |
|8/31/2017||MARTINEZ(R)||@ HOUSTON||MCHUGH(R)||1-5||L||160||9.5 un||U||4||7||0||9||4||0|
|9/1/2017||HAMELS(L)||LA ANGELS||SKAGGS(L)||10-9||W||+120||10.5 ov||O||11||10||1||14||13||2|
|9/2/2017||GRIFFIN(R)||LA ANGELS||NOLASCO(R)||4-7||L||+105||11 ov||P||6||8||1||9||8||3|
|9/3/2017||PEREZ(L)||LA ANGELS||HEANEY(L)||7-6||W||+120||11 ov||O||10||8||1||12||12||0|
|9/4/2017||CASHNER(R)||@ ATLANTA||DICKEY(R)||8-2||W||-105||9.5 un||O||11||5||0||8||8||1|
|9/6/2017||GONZALEZ(R)||@ ATLANTA||GOHARA(L)||12-8||W||-110||9 ov||O||12||5||0||15||9||0|
|9/6/2017||HAMELS(L)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)||4-5||L||-115||9 un||P||9||10||1||7||6||0|
|9/8/2017||PEREZ(L)||NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)||11-5||W||+145||9.5 ev||O||15||6||2||8||6||0|
|9/9/2017||CASHNER(R)||NY YANKEES||SEVERINO(R)||1-3||L||+190||9 ev||U||1||4||0||9||9||1|
|9/10/2017||GRIFFIN(R)||NY YANKEES||MONTGOMERY(L)||7-16||L||+115||10.5 ev||O||10||11||1||18||7||1|
|9/15/2017||GRIFFIN(R)||@ LA ANGELS||HEANEY(L)|| |
|9/16/2017||HAMELS(L)||@ LA ANGELS||BRIDWELL(R)|| |
|9/17/2017||GONZALEZ(R)||@ LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)|| |
|9/19/2017||PEREZ(L)||@ SEATTLE||LEAKE(R)|| |
|9/20/2017|| ||@ SEATTLE|| || |
|9/21/2017|| ||@ SEATTLE|| || |
|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.
|TEXAS: 2016: 95-67, first place
Manager: Jeff Banister (third season)
Who's new? 1B Mike Napoli, 1B James Loney, INF Will Middlebrooks, RHP Andrew Cashner, RHP Tyson Ross, RHP Mike Hauschild
Who's gone? 1B Mitch Moreland, INF/OF Ian Desmond, OF/DH Carlos Beltran, RHP Derek Holland, RHP Colby Lewis, RHP Shawn Tolleson, RHP Lucas Harrell
Projected lineup: CF Carlos Gomez (.231, 13 HR, 53 RBI, 18 SB in 118 games with Astros and Rangers), DH Shin-Soo Choo (.242, 7, 17, 6 in 48 games), 3B Adrian Beltre (.300, 32, 104), 1B Mike Napoli (.239, 34, 101 with Indians), 2B Rougned Odor (.271, 33, 88, 14 SB), C Jonathan Lucroy (.292, 24, 81 with Brewers and Rangers), RF Nomar Mazara (.266, 20, 64), SS Elvis Andrus (.302, 8, 69, 24 SB), LF Jurickson Profar (.239, 5, 20) or Ryan Rua (.258, 8, 22, 9 SB)
Rotation: LH Cole Hamels (15-5, 3.32 ERA), RH Yu Darvish (7-5, 3.42 in 17 games), LH Martin Perez (10-11, 4.39), RH A.J. Griffin (7-4, 5.07), RH Andrew Cashner (5-11, 5.25 with Padres and Marlins)
Key relievers: RH Sam Dyson (3-2, 2.43, 38/43 SV), RH Matt Bush (7-2, 2.48), RH Jeremy Jeffress (27/28 SV with Brewers and Rangers), RH Tony Barnette (7-3, 2.09), LH Alex Claudio (4-1, 2.79), RH Keone Kela (5-1, 6.09)
Hot spots: Designated hitter and left field. Choo, Napoli and Joey Gallo are all candidates to DH. Gallo, a perennial prospect with prodigious power, can make it interesting by seizing his first-ever Opening Day roster spot. Otherwise Napoli (a first baseman) and Choo (an outfielder) can switch off as needed. Moving Desmond to the outfield was successful enough last year that the Rangers are taking a similar approach with Profar. The oft-injured 24-year-old will try to break camp as a left fielder, platooning with Rua.
Outlook: Coming off back-to-back division titles, the Rangers begin 2017 with a weakened farm system and the footsteps of the Astros and Mariners passing them by ' or at least catching up. There's still a lot to like here. Napoli was a huge bargain on a $6 million contract following his 34-homer season in Cleveland. He'll join Beltre and Odor to form a dangerous middle of the order. Darvish is entering his first full season back from Tommy John surgery, and he and catcher Lucroy are entering their long-awaited walk years. This isn't the deepest roster in the AL but it's capable of winning another division title if its stars can avoid the disabled list.
|Mariners try to use Rangers as steppingstone|
ARLINGTON, Texas -- One night after inching past the Texas Rangers in the wild-card race, the Seattle Mariners look to increase the gap against their American League West rival.
Going into Thursday night's series finale at Globe Life Park, Seattle is in position to take three of four against Texas.
The Los Angeles Angels, another division rival, stand between the Mariners and the second-place wild-card team, the Minnesota Twins. Seattle (73-73) leapfrogged Texas and Kansas City on Wednesday and is 3 1/2 games behind the Twins.
"There's always that urgency that sets in," said Mike Zunino, who hit two home runs Wednesday in an 8-1 victory. "Obviously, we're running out of time. There's only a few (16) games left. You want to come together and play as well as we can. Our pitching's been great. That really started us, and we've been able to back things up."
The Mariners have won four of their last six.
The Rangers (72-73) have to feel good about their chances to at least split the series, with red-hot Andrew Casher (9-9) going to the mound. The 30-year-old right-hander has gone 6-2 with a 2.49 ERA over his last 11 starts to lower season ERA from 3.87 to 3.19, sixth-lowest among AL qualifiers.
"He's been the most consistent guy out there," manager Jeff Banister said. "He's missed a little time but has progressively gotten better throughout the year. He's been a stabilizer in that rotation. He's pitched like a front-end-of-the-rotation pitcher for us."
Cashner has been in and out of qualifying status all season because of stints on the disabled list and a skipped start, but he needs just 15 1/3 innings the rest of the way to become a 2017 qualifier. He is 1-3 with a 3.26 ERA in seven games (six starts) against Seattle in his career, including 1-1 and 2.60 in three starts this season.
The Mariners counter with longtime ace Felix Hernandez. The 31-year-old right-hander is making his first start since being on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder bursitis. Hernandez was also on the DL with right shoulder bursitis from April 26 to June 23.
"We're fighting for one spot in the wild card, so I'm just trying to help this team to win," Hernandez said. "If I can do a little something to help, that will be good."
Hernandez is 19-23 with a 3.93 ERA in 52 career starts vs. Texas, including 7-11 with a 4.38 ERA in 24 starts at Globe Life Park.
The Rangers' injury ranks added another member with first baseman Mike Napoli going down with a stress reaction in his lower right leg. Despite the initial decision to shut him down, Napoli insists he could play if needed.
"I've always played with stuff going on my whole career," said Napoli, who first began feeling a problem with his leg in Atlanta last week. "I told (Banister) I can play. I'm not the person who is just going to say, 'I'm done.'"
|Last Updated: 9/22/2017 11:03:13 PM EST|