|LA ANGELS ( WEAVER )|
TEXAS ( DARVISH )
|927||LA ANGELS||+125||Ov 8.5,+105||+120||Ov 8.5,+105|
|928||TEXAS||-135||Un 8.5,-125||-130||Un 8.5,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||1-2||-1.1||2-1||3.7||0.226||0.294||3.7||0.155||0.243|
|Past 7 Games||2-3||-0.9||3-2||4.2||0.243||0.315||3.6||0.213||0.271|
|vs Right-handed Starters||2-2||-0.9||2-2||4.2||0.259||0.304||4.0||0.219||0.275|
|Past 7 Games||3-2||+0.1||2-3||4.0||0.276||0.319||3.6||0.214||0.269|
|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)||8-4||W||120||10 un||O||12||9||0||9||5||1|
|4/7/2013||WEAVER(R)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)|| |
|4/10/2013|| ||OAKLAND|| || |
|4/11/2013|| ||OAKLAND|| || |
|4/12/2013|| ||HOUSTON|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||HOUSTON|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||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)||4-8||L||-130||10 un||O||9||5||1||12||9||0|
|4/7/2013||DARVISH(R)||LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)|| |
|4/8/2013||OGANDO(R)||TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)|| |
|4/9/2013||TEPESCH(R)||TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|4/10/2013|| ||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|4/11/2013|| ||@ SEATTLE|| || |
|4/12/2013|| ||@ SEATTLE|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||@ SEATTLE|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||@ 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 MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Los Angeles (1-3) at Texas (3-1), 8:05 p.m. EDT
Yu Darvish's finger and stamina are both fine enough for him to try and build on the best outing of his young major league career.
After coming within an out of a perfect game in his season debut, Darvish takes the ball for the Texas Rangers in Sunday night's decisive series finale against Jered Weaver and the visiting Los Angeles Angels.
Darvish, an All-Star who went 16-9 with a 3.90 ERA after coming over from Japan last season, struck out a career-high 14 and had thrown 8 2-3 perfect innings Tuesday when Houston shortstop Marwin Gonzalez singled up the middle. Darvish was pulled after the hit in Texas' 7-0.
"He was nasty," manager Ron Washington said. "I mean, his ball was moving all over the place. He had his cutter working. He had a breaking ball. He threw some splits. He threw a couple of changeups. He threw very few four-seamers. To watch it after the fact, I said he was dominating."
Darvish developed a blister on his ring finger but insists that won't be a problem Saturday. Washington, however, seemed more concerned with the 111 pitches Darvish threw. He threw a high of 78 pitches during spring training and felt tired as the game went on Tuesday, but feels ready after throwing 29 in the bullpen Friday.
"It's been a good process of recovery," Darvish told the Rangers' official website.
That's obviously good news for the Rangers (3-2), who look to rebound from an 8-4 to Los Angeles (2-3) on Saturday.
"The thing is, we have a chance each time he takes the mound and that's important," Washington said. "Whatever happens in nine innings after that, it happens. But I'm certainly not looking for him to go out there every night and dazzle people the way he did (Tuesday). I expect him to go out every night and keep us in ball games. That's all."
Darvish, who went 3-1 with a 4.23 ERA in six starts against the Angels in 2012, gets the chance to face former Ranger Josh Hamilton.
The five-time All-Star is 1 for 20 with two RBIs and 10 strikeouts for the Angels, and again heard boos from Rangers fans Saturday.
"We're only five games into the season. Let the guy settle down," said new teammate Albert Pujols, who homered twice and had three RBIs on Saturday. "Let's see where we are a month from now. You guys said that last year about me and I proved a lot of people wrong."
Pujols, who didn't hit his first homer until May 6 in his first season in Los Angeles, was 1 for 14 with two RBIs in this season's first four games.
Weaver, who allowed a run, two hits, two walks with four strikeouts in six innings of Monday's 3-1, 13-inning win at Cincinnati, won't look too much into facing Darvish in this prime-time matchup.
"I try not to get too caught up in matchups," Weaver told the Angels' official website. "It'll be a challenge facing these guys, as it always is. They're a good club with some dangerous hitters."
The right-hander gave up eight runs and 10 hits in 3 1-3 innings of a 13-6 loss at Texas on May 13, but posted a 2.63 ERA while winning his next four against the Rangers in 2012.
Texas shortstop Elvis Andrus is batting .383 (23 for 60) with four doubles and two homers against Weaver, but is 2 for 13 in the last three games.
Los Angeles star Mike Trout is 6 for 17 (.353) with two homers and a double against Darvish.
|Last Updated: 9/3/2014 3:59:24 AM EST|