|TEXAS ( GRIMM )|
SEATTLE ( HERNANDEZ )
|913||TEXAS||+140||Ov 7,-110||+145||Ov 7,+110|
|914||SEATTLE||-150||Un 7,-110||-155||Un 7,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||5-2||+2.1||3-3||5.0||0.267||0.325||3.4||0.216||0.285|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.5||2-4||4.1||0.268||0.335||2.9||0.219||0.294|
|vs Right-handed Starters||2-3||-1.8||3-2||3.6||0.211||0.291||4.2||0.256||0.283|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-4.2||4-2||4.4||0.228||0.288||6.7||0.300||0.337|
|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)||5-4||W||-150||9 un||P||8||5||1||7||8||1|
|4/9/2013||TEPESCH(R)||TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)||6-1||W||-125||10.5 un||U||10||8||0||4||5||1|
|4/10/2013||HOLLAND(L)||TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)||0-2||L||-120||8.5 un||U||5||10||1||6||7||0|
|4/11/2013||GRIMM(R)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|4/12/2013||DARVISH(R)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)|| |
|4/13/2013|| ||@ SEATTLE|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||@ SEATTLE|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||@ CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||@ CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|4/18/2013|| ||@ CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|4/1/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ OAKLAND||ANDERSON(L)||2-0||W||105||6.5 un||U||5||6||0||3||6||1|
|4/2/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||@ OAKLAND||PARKER(R)||7-1||W||120||7 ov||O||9||10||0||3||3||0|
|4/3/2013||SAUNDERS(L)||@ OAKLAND||MILONE(L)||2-6||L||135||7.5 un||O||5||3||0||11||7||0|
|4/4/2013||MAURER(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRIFFIN(R)||2-8||L||150||7.5 un||O||8||8||0||10||1||0|
|4/5/2013||BEAVAN(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||8-7||W||125||8.5 un||O||12||4||1||10||7||1|
|4/6/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)||3-4||L||-135||7.5 un||U||6||6||1||6||4||1|
|4/7/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||3-4||L||155||7 ov||P||7||7||0||5||1||1|
|4/13/2013|| ||TEXAS|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||TEXAS|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||DETROIT|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||DETROIT|| || |
|4/18/2013|| ||DETROIT|| || |
|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.
|SEATTLE: HITTING: C/DH JESUS MONTERO was brought over from the Yankees to hit in the heart of the order. At age 22, his offensive potential is scary. OF ICHIRO SUZUKI is entering the twilight of his career, but he might still have another .300 season left. 2B DUSTIN ACKLEY is the kind of line-drive hitter who fits well in Safeco, but he needs to catch up to MLB pitching. 1B JUSTIN SMOAK has disappointed, but he's making strides and has 30-HR upside. OF CASPER WELLS could play everyday. He won't hit for average, but has the power Seattle needs. MIKE CARP figures to at least grab early at-bats against righties. He'll strike out, but has lots of power. OF FRANKLIN GUTIERREZ is out for at least a month with a pectoral injury, but will reclaim his starting gig based on his defense. Seattle would love to see OF MICHAEL SAUNDERS step up to replace Gutierrez, but he's shown no signs of being able to handle MLB pitching. C MIGUEL OLIVO still has solid power, but he's an all-or-nothing hitter. 3B CHONE FIGGINS isn't quite done, but he's close. He'll have to battle line-drive hitting KYLE SEAGER for a job. SS BRENDAN RYAN will stick around for defense, but his bat is barely good enough for a regular gig. |
STARTING PITCHING: FELIX HERNANDEZ had a touch of bad luck last year, but he's one of the few pitchers in baseball who's a lock for 200 strikeouts. JASON VARGAS just keeps throwing strikes and letting his defense make plays. He'll get by fine again in spacious Safeco. BLAKE BEAVAN doesn't have a strikeout pitch, but he'll make few mistakes and get some outs thanks to a strong defense. HECTOR NOESI, who also came over from New York with Montero, isn't a big strikeout pitcher, but has good control and is savvy enough to get his shot in Seattle's rotation this year. 37-year-old journeyman KEVIN MILLWOOD will fill out the fifth spot in the rotation after a solid spring. Top prospect DANNY HULTZEN could break into the bigs in 2012. The lefty has the polish of a big leaguer right now, though his ceiling is more good-not-great.
RELIEF PITCHING: Like many rebuilding teams, the Mariners will continue to shop their closer. BRANDON LEAGUE will pick up saves in Seattle, but he's more of a groundball pitcher than a strikeout artist. He'd likely be ticketed for a set-up role elsewhere. If League is traded, the closer role is wide open. SHAWN KELLEY came back from Tommy John surgery late last year and looked as good as ever. If he picks up where he left off last year, he'd be an obvious choice for ninth inning duties. CHANCE RUFFIN, part of the Doug Fister trade, has a strong minor-league track record. He could carve out a big role in this bullpen if he can improve his command.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (TEXAS-SEATTLE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rangers-Mariners Preview* ==========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Texas (6-3) at Seattle (4-6), 10:10 p.m. EDT
While the Seattle Mariners just got knocked around by one of the weaker teams in baseball, they should have a big edge on the mound Thursday night.
Felix Hernandez is scheduled to start opposite Justin Grimm as the slumping Mariners open a four-game set against the visiting Texas Rangers.
After beating lowly Houston 3-0 on Monday, Seattle (4-6) gave up 24 runs and 37 hits in losing the last two games of the series. Before those two, the Astros totaled nine runs and a .188 average during a six-game losing streak.
The Mariners saw their ERA rise to 5.40 with Wednesday's 8-3 defeat, dropping to 2-6 over their last eight contests.
Seattle now turns to Hernandez (1-1, 2.57 ERA) in hopes of bouncing back. However, after allowing three hits and striking out eight in 7 2-3 innings of a 2-0 win at Oakland on April 1, Hernandez struggled in Saturday's 4-3 defeat to the Chicago White Sox.
The right-hander was tagged for four runs and six hits over 6 1-3 innings while managing just three strikeouts - he tied for fifth in the majors last year with 223.
"I don't think he had his best stuff," manager Eric Wedge told MLB's official website. "He always competes and pitches, but he didn't quite have the same fastball he typically has, and I think that probably leaked into his secondary stuff."
Besides a lack of velocity, Hernandez had a hard time hitting his spots.
"I was opening up too much. I was going too quick," he said. "The stuff was there today, but it was the command. That was the problem. When I don't have my command, it's tough to pitch."
Hernandez had gone 10-16 with a 4.03 ERA over 32 starts against the Rangers (6-3) before giving them fits in two meetings last year. The former AL Cy Young Award winner threw eight innings of one-run ball in a 6-1 win May 21, then struck out 12 in a three-hitter July 14.
Among Texas hitters to have problems with Hernandez in recent years are Nelson Cruz and A.J. Pierzynski, who are a combined 7 for 42 against him since the start of 2010.
Lance Berkman hasn't faced Hernandez since 2007 but enters this matchup batting .480 and got a day off Wednesday.
Without him, Texas lost 2-0 to Tampa Bay after posting wins in the first two games of the series. The Rangers were limited to four singles and a double Wednesday, and they went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position.
Grimm could use a much better performance from the offense Thursday. The 24-year-old right-hander is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Round Rock to start in place of the injured Matt Harrison, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a sore back.
"I just expect him to come and keep us in the ballgame," manager Ron Washington said of Grimm. "He's a strike-thrower, and he understands how to use those strikes. It doesn't have to be a no-hitter, a perfect game, none of that. Just keep us around."
Grimm went 1-1 with a 9.00 ERA last year in five games - two starts.
He won't have to face Michael Saunders, who was removed from Wednesday's loss with a sprained shoulder after crashing into the wall in the first inning. Saunders had hit safely in each of the previous seven games, going 8 for 24 with five RBIs.
"He's going to have to miss some time. It's just a matter of how much time," Wedge said. "It could be a DL situation."
Michael Morse figures to be back in the lineup following a day off. The slugging left fielder leads the AL with six home runs.
|Last Updated: 10/20/2014 1:27:35 AM EST|