|TAMPA BAY ( HELLICKSON )|
TEXAS ( OGANDO )
|969||TAMPA BAY||+145||Ov 9,-110||+140||Ov 9,-105|
|970||TEXAS||-155||Un 9,-110||-150||Un 9,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||2-3||-2.6||3-2||3.4||0.217||0.300||5.2||0.263||0.321|
|Past 7 Games||3-3||-1.6||4-2||4.2||0.251||0.317||5.5||0.270||0.325|
|vs Right-handed Starters||3-2||+0.1||3-2||4.8||0.260||0.317||3.8||0.233||0.294|
|Past 7 Games||4-2||+1.1||3-3||4.5||0.275||0.327||3.5||0.227||0.286|
|4/8/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||@ TEXAS||OGANDO(R)|| |
|4/9/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ TEXAS||TEPESCH(R)|| |
|4/10/2013|| ||@ TEXAS|| || |
|4/12/2013|| ||@ BOSTON|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||@ BOSTON|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||@ BOSTON|| || |
|4/15/2013|| ||@ BOSTON|| || |
|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)||7-3||W||-135||8 ov||O||8||5||0||10||10||0|
|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|| || |
|TAMPA BAY: HITTING: OF DESMOND JENNINGS' on-base skills will lead to tons of runs and SBs despite his mediocre batting average. 2B BEN ZOBRIST bounced back from a disappointing 2010, and will continue to produce near the top of the batting order. Though a series of nagging injuries plagued his 2011 season, 3B EVAN LONGORIA slugged 17 HR in his last 53 games. Fully healthy this season, he'll be an elite power-hitter with double-digit SB potential. OF B.J. UPTON's days in Tampa may be numbered. He's an elite athlete, but he just might lose his head if he's traded into a tough situation. After a hot start, OF MATT JOYCE settled in as the productive hitter he is. He should get to play every day in right field. SSs SEAN RODRIGUEZ and REID BRIGNAC will battle for ABs but neither hits on a consistent basis. C JOSE MOLINA was acquired for his defense much more than his hitting. DH LUKE SCOTT can also play some 1B when slugger CARLOS PENA, who is returning to Tampa after hitting 28 homers for the Cubs in 2011, needs a rest. |
STARTING PITCHING: DAVID PRICE was a little more hittable than in 2010, but he increased his already-high strikeout rate while cutting back on walks. His win total should rise from a disappointing 12 last year. JAMES SHIELDS put his 2010 disaster season behind him and became a Cy Young candidate. His peripheral stats and skills weren't all that different the past two years, it was a big swing of luck. Some people are putting out the Bust Alert on Rookie of the Year JEREMY HELLICKSON. He had the league's luckiest batting average on balls in play (.217), but he improved as last season progressed. MATT MOORE may be this year's R.O.Y. after a dominant late-season call up. He'll be among the league leaders in strikeouts for years to come. WADE DAVIS is a mediocre pitcher who eats innings at the back of the rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: KYLE FARNSWORTH looked as strong as he has in years, converting 25 of 31 saves in his first season with the Rays. He's the closer again this year, but it won't take much for him to lose that job after an unsteady last third of the 2011 season. JOEL PERALTA may overtake Farnsworth for ninth-inning duties at some point this season. Peralta was 5-for-5 on saves in September when Farnsworth was hurt, and gave up only one run in his final 21.3 innings. Possible future closer JAKE McGEE progressed nicely after a tough start to 2011. He's got potentially lethal stuff. Former Angels hurler FERNANDO RODNEY is looking to bounce back after a wild season (28 walks, 26 strikeouts in 32 IP).
|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 (TAMPA BAY-TEXAS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rays-Rangers Preview* ======================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Tampa Bay (3-2) at Texas (3-2), 8:05 p.m. EDT
If his remarkable season debut is any indication, Alexi Ogando could be on the verge of a special year.
Jeremy Hellickson's first start, meanwhile, didn't go very well.
Ogando takes the hill opposite Hellickson as the Texas Rangers open a three-game set against the visiting Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.
After going 13-8 with a 3.56 ERA over 29 starts in 2011, Ogando pitched primarily out of the bullpen last year. The Rangers, though, aren't likely to remove him from the rotation anytime soon following Wednesday's performance.
The right-hander struck out a career-high 10 over 6 1-3 innings of four-hit ball in a 4-0 win at Houston.
"He was outstanding," manager Ron Washington told the league's official website. "We were looking for him to build on his progress in spring training, and he did exactly what we needed him to do. He was outstanding.
"He used his changeup, moved the ball in and out and had a good breaking ball. He still didn't have (total) command of his fastball. He's usually able to do that up. But he'll start dotting it up before it's all over."
Ogando improved to 14-1 with a 2.22 ERA over 21 career starts when going at least six innings, and his expanded repertoire could make him all the more formidable going forward.
"Ogando is known for striking folks out," Washington added. "He had a good fastball, he has a tremendous slider and now he's got a changeup and a curveball to go with all of that."
After struggling in Wednesday's 8-7 walkoff win over Baltimore, Hellickson (0-0, 7.11) is hoping to come out with a better effort on his 26th birthday. The right-hander surrendered five runs and eight hits over 6 1-3 innings.
"I don't think we should be too excited with six innings," he said. "We should be going seven. We're getting enough pitches to do that and we just have to be efficient with them. We'd like to go more than that."
Hellickson could have a hard time getting on track against the Rangers (4-2), who hit three homers for the second consecutive game Sunday in a 7-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. Lance Berkman and David Murphy both went deep in the first inning and Ian Kinsler added some insurance with a three-run shot in the sixth.
Kinsler finished 3 for 3 with a career best-tying four RBIs and two runs scored. Berkman is batting .450 and has hit safely in all six contests.
The Rangers will look to stay hot against the Rays (3-3), who posted back-to-back wins over Cleveland before falling 13-0 in Sunday's series finale.
Tampa Bay entered that game averaging 5.0 runs but was limited to four singles and watched reigning AL Cy Young Award winner David Price get knocked around.
"Everything was going in our favor, we had the right guy pitching and it just did not want to work out," manager Joe Maddon said. "It is the beauty of our game. It's so unpredictable.
"It's unfortunate. We did win two out of three against this team and (are 3-3) overall. I can't be overly upset about that."
Hellickson is 0-2 with a 3.38 ERA in three career outings against the Rangers, including a loss in a 2011 AL division series.
Including the playoffs, Elvis Andrus has gone 0 for 8 against Hellickson. Adrian Beltre and Berkman, though, are a combined 5 for 8 with four homers.
In his only start against Tampa Bay, Ogando gave up three runs, five hits and two walks in 2 2-3 innings of a 4-1 home loss Aug. 31, 2011.
The Rays took five of nine from the Rangers last year.
|Last Updated: 9/3/2014 3:59:40 AM EST|