|TEXAS ( DARVISH )|
SEATTLE ( IWAKUMA )
|977||TEXAS||-135||Ov 6.5,-120||-140||Ov 6.5,-110|
|978||SEATTLE||+125||Un 6.5,+100||+130||Un 6.5,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||6-2||+3.4||3-3||4.9||0.272||0.328||3.4||0.218||0.288|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.9||2-3||4.1||0.275||0.341||3.3||0.229||0.310|
|vs Right-handed Starters||2-4||-3.2||3-2||3.5||0.214||0.294||4.2||0.265||0.294|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-4.7||3-2||4.6||0.226||0.291||6.1||0.296||0.335|
|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)||4-3||W||135||7 un||P||11||7||0||8||10||1|
|4/12/2013||DARVISH(R)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)|| |
|4/13/2013||OGANDO(R)||@ SEATTLE||SAUNDERS(L)|| |
|4/14/2013|| ||@ SEATTLE|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||@ CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||@ CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|4/18/2013|| ||@ CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|4/19/2013|| ||SEATTLE|| || |
|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|
|4/14/2013|| ||TEXAS|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||DETROIT|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||DETROIT|| || |
|4/18/2013|| ||DETROIT|| || |
|4/19/2013|| ||@ TEXAS|| || |
|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 JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Texas (7-3) at Seattle (4-7), 10:10 p.m. EDT
If Yu Darvish is to remain undefeated in April during his young major league career, he likely must pitch better in Seattle than he did last year.
Despite a blister on his finger, the right-hander hopes to win his third straight start and avoid another rough outing at Safeco Field on Friday night as the Texas Rangers look to hand the Mariners a fourth straight defeat.
After coming within one out of a perfect game in his 2013 debut, Darvish (2-0, 1.98 ERA) allowed three runs and overcame four walks to last five innings in a 7-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday. He threw 85 pitches but was replaced because of a blister on his right ring finger that developed in the opener at Houston.
Darvish insists he's ready to go and manager Ron Washington apparently agrees.
"I looked at (Darvish's) hand, and he was smiling," Washington told the Rangers' official website. "It's amazing how skin heals."
Two games into his second season, Darvish is 6-0 with a 2.12 ERA in seven April starts. His career with Texas (7-3) began with a victory over Seattle despite allowing five runs in 5 2-3 innings.
Darvish is 2-2 with a 6.65 ERA against the Mariners (4-7), with both losses coming while posting a 9.58 ERA and 10 walks in 10 1-3 innings at Safeco Field.
For the second time in the majors, Darvish will start opposite fellow Japanese product Hisashi Iwakuma (1-0, 2.57).
Iwakuma allowed three runs on two homers and two other hits in eight innings of a 4-3, 10-inning loss to the Chicago White Sox on Sunday. All four runs the right-hander has given up this season came via the long ball.
"Kuma was good again," manager Eric Wedge told the Mariners' official website. "For him to go eight innings this early in the season says a great deal."
He's 1-2 with a 4.67 ERA as a starter versus Texas, which scored three runs off Seattle ace Felix Hernandez and hung on for a 4-3 win Thursday. A.J. Pierzynski homered and blocked the plate to prevent Endy Chavez from scoring the tying run on a squeeze play in the eighth inning.
Pierzynski is hitting .367 with two homers in his first season in Texas.
Teammate Lance Berkman, who doubled, is batting .448.
Franklin Gutierrez homered and had two RBIs for the Mariners, who have been held to three or fewer runs in all but three games.
Gutierrez has two hits in 19 at-bats in the last six games - both left the park - after going 7 for 17 with two homers in the first five. He's hit .319 in his last 12 games against the Rangers, but has never faced Darvish.
Hours after Seattle placed outfielder Michael Saunders on the disabled list with a sprained right shoulder suffered in Wednesday's 8-3 loss to Houston, it announced that slugger Michael Morse could miss up to a week with a small fracture in the little finger of his right hand.
"I'm going to try and rehab this as best I can real quick," said Morse, who is batting .293 and is tied for the major league lead with six homers. "Might have to play through some pain."
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 6:13:05 AM EST|