|LA ANGELS ( HANSON )|
TEXAS ( HARRISON )
|971||LA ANGELS||+115||Ov 9.5,-105||+120||Ov 10,+100|
|972||TEXAS||-125||Un 9.5,-115||-130||Un 10,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||0-1||-1||0-1||2.0||0.194||0.242||3.0||0.343||0.378|
|Past 7 Games||1-3||-2.1||2-2||3.2||0.219||0.283||3.5||0.203||0.276|
|vs Right-handed Starters||2-1||+0.4||1-2||4.3||0.262||0.321||2.7||0.172||0.206|
|Past 7 Games||3-1||+1.4||1-3||4.0||0.283||0.336||2.5||0.177||0.215|
|4/1/2013||WEAVER(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CUETO(R)||3-1||W||105||7.5 un||U||6||12||3||3||10||1|
|4/3/2013||WILSON(L)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)||4-5||L||110||7.5 un||O||9||6||2||6||9||1|
|4/4/2013||BLANTON(R)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)||4-5||L||-115||8 un||O||11||9||1||7||3||0|
|4/5/2013||VARGAS(L)||@ TEXAS||HOLLAND(L)||2-3||L||110||9.5 un||U||6||4||0||12||11||0|
|4/6/2013||HANSON(R)||@ TEXAS||HARRISON(L)|| |
|4/7/2013||WEAVER(R)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)|| |
|4/10/2013|| ||OAKLAND|| || |
|4/11/2013|| ||OAKLAND|| || |
|4/12/2013|| ||HOUSTON|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||HOUSTON|| || |
|3/31/2013||HARRISON(L)||@ HOUSTON||NORRIS(R)||2-8||L||-160||8.5 un||O||6||6||1||9||3||0|
|4/2/2013||DARVISH(R)||@ HOUSTON||HARRELL(R)||7-0||W||-170||8 un||U||12||8||0||2||2||0|
|4/3/2013||OGANDO(R)||@ HOUSTON||HUMBER(R)||4-0||W||-160||8.5 un||U||9||8||0||5||6||1|
|4/5/2013||HOLLAND(L)||LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)||3-2||W||-120||9.5 un||U||12||11||0||6||4||0|
|4/6/2013||HARRISON(L)||LA ANGELS||HANSON(R)|| |
|4/7/2013||DARVISH(R)||LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)|| |
|4/8/2013||OGANDO(R)||TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)|| |
|4/9/2013||()||TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|4/10/2013|| ||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|4/11/2013|| ||@ SEATTLE|| || |
|4/12/2013|| ||@ SEATTLE|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||@ SEATTLE|| || |
|LA ANGELS: HITTING: SS ERICK AYBAR will likely get another crack at the leadoff spot by default. DH/OF BOBBY ABREU can still draw walks and run a little. 2B HOWIE KENDRICK traded batting average for more power last year. He's still one of baseball's better middle infield bats. 1B ALBERT PUJOLS should benefit from DH-ing a couple of times a year. OF TORII HUNTER is fading fast and may not provide middle-of-the-order power. OF VERNON WELLS has a better chance than Hunter to bounce back, and the Angels have to be patient considering his monster contract. MARK TRUMBO will get a look at 3B. If he can't get it done, ALBERTO CALLASPO would start and Trumbo would back-up first and DH. Speedy OF PETER BOURJOS will start in left, and top prospect MIKE TROUT will soon replace free agents-to-be Abreu or Hunter. KENDRYS MORALES could DH regularly if his ankle is healthy. CHRIS IANNETTA is no Mike Napoli, but he's a monster upgrade over Jeff Mathis. |
STARTING PITCHING: JERED WEAVER had a lot of things go right in 2011, and it's not hard to picture him as a Cy Young candidate again. But he faded late in the year, and may not belong in the upper echelon or pitchers. A cutter has led to DAN HAREN's rebirth. He's right there with Weaver, just a step behind the elite arms. C.J. WILSON may not get the same run support, but he should benefit from getting out of hitter-friendly Arlington; he had a 2.31 road ERA last year. ERVIN SANTANA never developed into a top-of-the-line starter, but he's become more consistent and settled in as a solid starter. Once a washed-out former prospect, JEROME WILLIAMS came back to the States from Taiwan and delivered three quality starts last September. He's not likely to have sustained success, but he does have the inside track for a rotation spot. Middling prospect GARRETT RICHARDS seems like the most likely candidate to step into the rotation in case of injury.
RELIEF PITCHING: JORDAN WALDEN will have the closer's role again entering the spring, but while he was overpowering he was also very shaky at times. He gave up seven runs over 2.2 innings in his last three appearances. RICH THOMPSON decided to lean on his cutter last year and the results were excellent. If Walden slips up, Thompson has to be in the closer conversation. LaTROY HAWKINS was solid with Milwaukee (2.42 ERA) and joins his ninth different team since 2003. He is expected to set up Walden as well. Lefty SCOTT DOWNS was far from dominant last year, despite his 1.34 ERA. But Scioscia does trust him in high-leverage situations, making him a possible fallback if Walden struggles. The Angels don't seem to have big plans for HISANORI TAKAHASHI, the most well-compensated long reliever in baseball.
|TEXAS: HITTING: 2B IAN KINSLER will lead off again. A few less at-'em balls and he's an MVP candidate. SS ELVIS ANDRUS is coming along offensively, but his poor SB% could lead to fewer attempts. Injuries are the only thing that will keep OF JOSH HAMILTON out of the MVP discussion. He'll likely start declining at age 35, but DH MICHAEL YOUNG can't help but put up numbers batting cleanup in this lineup. 3B ADRIAN BELTRE was unstoppable in Arlington. Like Hamilton, he's an MVP candidate if healthy. Injuries are piling up for OF NELSON CRUZ, who still has monster power but doesn't run as much anymore. C MIKE NAPOLI is MLB's best offensive catcher and will play some 1B on 'off' days. Because their lineup is stacked, Texas can play defensive-minded/offensively limited 1B MITCH MORELAND. And because Ron Washington would prefer to play Hamilton in left, speedy CF CRAIG GENTRY looks to have the edge over DAVID MURPHY for the starting job in center. Cuban import LEONYS MARTIN will start the season in Triple-A, but JULIO BORBON could earn a significant OF role. |
STARTING PITCHING: COLBY LEWIS can overpower when he's on, but as a flyball pitcher in cozy Arlington he's going to have a handful of ugly days. The much-ballyhooed YU DARVISH brings a deep arsenal of pitches and a durable frame from Japan. He's probably the best Japanese arm to ever cross the Pacific. Lefty MATT HARRISON solidified his rotation spot. He has topped out as a respectable No. 3-type starter. DEREK HOLLAND has top-of-the-rotation upside. Consistency has been an issue, but hopefully another year and some big postseason moments helped to cure that. The big story is NEFTALI FELIZ moving to the rotation. He was considered a future ace in the minors, but the transition might not be easy. His K/BB ratio plummeted last year and his flyball tendencies could spell disaster in Arlington. Keep in mind the Rangers made a successful closer-to-ace switch with C.J. Wilson. Top prospect MARTIN PEREZ could be an option in the second half.
RELIEF PITCHING: Veteran JOE NATHAN was brought in and handed the closer's job. He struggled in his first year back from Tommy John surgery, but most pitchers who've had the procedure don't come all the way back until their second full season. If Nathan falters, MIKE ADAMS could be next in line. He had no trouble transitioning from pitcher-friendly San Diego in the National League to hitter-friendly Arlington and the A.L.'s superior bats. KOJI UEHARA would also be in the closer discussion if Nathan falters, but he was unhappy about being traded from Baltimore and faltered for the Rangers late last year. ALEXI OGANDO got a huge boost from his defense and his bullpen before a late-season collapse. He threw by far a career-high in innings; better stamina would allow him to take the next step and possibly rejoin the rotation.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (LA ANGELS-TEXAS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Angels-Rangers Preview* ========================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Los Angeles (1-2) at Texas (2-1), 4:05 p.m. EDT
Now that the expected jeers that showered Josh Hamilton in his return to Texas are out of the way, he can focus on helping the Los Angeles Angels win baseball games.
After a rough first contest against his former team, Hamilton looks to help Los Angeles end a three-game skid Saturday against the Texas Rangers.
Much of Texas' home opener was focused on Hamilton's first game as an opponent at Rangers Ballpark since he signed a five-year, $125 million contract with the Angels in the offseason.
Hamilton struck out his first two times up, lined out in the sixth inning and flew out in the ninth of Friday's 3-2 defeat. Los Angeles has dropped three straight one-run games since winning its opener Monday at Cincinnati.
Chris Iannetta hit a solo homer in the third and Mike Trout had an RBI double to give him a hit in each game this season for the Angels.
Hamilton, who was booed by the Texas fans after going 0 for 4 in a 5-1 loss to Baltimore in the AL wild-card game in his final contest in a Rangers uniform, is 1 for 16 with eight strikeouts on the season.
"I got worn out as good today as I had anywhere else. The booing was a little louder. The chants, I've been called a crack head before at Yankee Stadium and places like that, just like it was today," Hamilton said. "It probably hurt a little more to know that people would turn that quickly. To think that they kind of supported you as far as personal, your story, things like that. Just tells you a lot."
The Rangers (3-1) don't seem too affected by the loss of Hamilton, winning for the third straight time. Adrian Beltre tied the game with a homer in the seventh before Ian Kinsler's RBI single with two outs in the eighth helped Texas win its fifth straight home opener.
"That was a heck of a victory," manager Ron Washington told the team's official website. "We grinded out that game the whole way and finally got it done. I wouldn't say that's the blueprint, because we're still capable of scoring a lot of runs. We're capable of winning any way."
Texas looks to keep rolling as it sends Matt Harrison to the mound for his second start.
Harrison (0-1, 7.94 ERA) struck out a career high-tying nine but allowed six runs in 5 2-3 innings of Sunday's season-opening 8-2 loss to Houston. The left-hander, who signed a five-year, $55 million contract this offseason after winning a career-best 18 games, became the fourth pitcher in the last 25 seasons to strike out at least nine yet suffer a loss on Opening Day.
"It was the opener, not the last game of the season," Harrison said. "You're not going to win or lose the division on the first game of the season, but it would have been nice to win the game."
He hasn't been very good against the Angels recently, either, going 1-3 with a 4.31 ERA in his last five matchups.
Los Angeles will counter with Tommy Hanson, who will be making his team debut after being acquired from Atlanta in November for reliever Jordan Walden.
The right-hander went 13-10 with a 4.48 ERA in 2012. His ERA has risen each season since going 11-4 with a 2.89 ERA as a rookie for the Braves in 2009. Hansen, who has never faced the Rangers, went 1-5 with a 5.14 ERA over his final eight starts last season.
A.J. Pierzynski, who is 6 for 14 this season, has singled in each of his three career plate appearances versus Hanson.
|Last Updated: 10/1/2014 3:48:36 AM EST|