|SEATTLE ( HARANG )|
TEXAS ( GRIMM )
|925||SEATTLE||+155||Ov 9.5,-120||+145||Ov 9.5,+105|
|926||TEXAS||-165||Un 9.5,+100||-155||Un 9.5,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||5-9||-4.2||4-9||2.4||0.215||0.274||3.7||0.230||0.280|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.3||1-6||1.4||0.212||0.259||3.7||0.204||0.272|
|vs Right-handed Starters||7-5||+0.3||3-7||4.2||0.241||0.299||3.3||0.235||0.296|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-0.1||0-7||3.6||0.205||0.269||2.3||0.233||0.278|
|4/7/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||3-4||L||155||7 ov||P||7||7||0||5||1||1|
|4/19/2013||SAUNDERS(L)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)||0-7||L||200||8 un||U||5||8||1||10||7||1|
|4/20/2013||MAURER(R)||@ TEXAS||TEPESCH(R)||0-5||L||160||9.5 un||U||5||8||0||5||4||0|
|4/21/2013||HARANG(R)||@ TEXAS||GRIMM(R)|| |
|4/22/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ HOUSTON||PEACOCK(R)|| |
|4/23/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||@ HOUSTON||NORRIS(R)|| |
|4/24/2013||SAUNDERS(L)||@ HOUSTON||HARRELL(R)|| |
|4/25/2013||MAURER(R)||LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)|| |
|4/26/2013||HARANG(R)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)|| |
|4/27/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)|| |
|4/28/2013|| ||LA ANGELS|| || |
|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)||1-3||L||-145||6.5 un||U||6||7||0||7||5||0|
|4/13/2013||OGANDO(R)||@ SEATTLE||SAUNDERS(L)||3-1||W||-135||7 un||U||5||4||0||7||8||1|
|4/14/2013||TEPESCH(R)||@ SEATTLE||MAURER(R)||3-4||L||-130||8 un||U||6||7||1||10||8||0|
|4/16/2013||HOLLAND(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||4-2||W||-130||7.5 un||U||9||5||0||6||5||1|
|4/18/2013||OGANDO(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||VILLANUEVA(R)||2-6||L||-135||10.5 un||U||4||0||0||13||10||0|
|4/22/2013||HOLLAND(L)||@ LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)|| |
|4/23/2013||OGANDO(R)||@ LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)|| |
|4/24/2013||DARVISH(R)||@ LA ANGELS||HANSON(R)|| |
|4/25/2013||TEPESCH(R)||@ MINNESOTA||HERNANDEZ(L)|| |
|4/26/2013||GRIMM(R)||@ MINNESOTA||WORLEY(R)|| |
|4/27/2013||HOLLAND(L)||@ MINNESOTA||DIAMOND(L)|| |
|4/28/2013|| ||@ MINNESOTA|| || |
|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.
|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 (SEATTLE-TEXAS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Mariners-Rangers Preview* ==========================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Seattle (7-12) at Texas (11-6), 3:05 p.m. EDT
Superb pitching has the Texas Rangers on the brink of sweeping their first series of the season.
Facing the Seattle Mariners' woeful offense is surely helping.
The Rangers are making a bid to shut out an opponent over the course of a three-game series for the first time in 22 years Sunday against the Mariners.
Texas (11-6) is third in the majors with a 2.72 ERA, a vast improvement so far after compiling a 3.99 mark last year.
Pitching has been especially impressive in this series, as the Rangers have struck out 21 and held the Mariners to 10 hits - nine singles.
They followed Friday's 7-0 victory with a 5-0 win Saturday, giving them a chance to sweep the Mariners for the first time since Sept. 23-25, 2011.
The Rangers haven't recorded three straight wins via shutouts since a five-game stretch from April 19-30, 1981. That included blanking Boston during a three-game sweep at home.
Seattle (7-12) has never been shut out for three straight games, but the team is among the worst offensively in baseball. The Mariners are hitting .218 and averaging 3.1 runs per game, getting outscored 20-5 while dropping four of five.
"We're in one of those zones right now where if you do hit it hard, it's right at them," manager Eric Wedge said. "We're going through some tough times offensively right now."
Texas has felt the same way this season, but its standards are much higher. The Rangers are batting .245, a drop of nearly 30 points from last season.
They've collected 15 hits with seven going for extra bases - including three homers - in this series.
"The last two nights have been a step in the right direction," said left fielder David Murphy, who has three hits in two games to spike his season average 32 points to .183. "But I think it's safe to say our offense still has yet to completely click. While we're still trying to find ourselves one through nine, our pitchers are going to keep us in games and our pitchers are going to win games for us."
Justin Grimm is getting another chance to do that in place of injured Matt Harrison. Grimm's first start of the season resulted in a 4-3 win at Seattle on April 11, when he allowed two runs and five hits in four innings.
Aaron Harang is scheduled to make his second start for the Mariners after being acquired in a trade with Colorado earlier this month.
The veteran right-hander replaced an ineffective Blake Beavan in the rotation Tuesday, and allowed three runs and seven hits with six strikeouts in five innings of a 6-2 loss to Detroit.
Harang has a 12.34 ERA in three starts at Texas, but hasn't pitched in Arlington since June 25, 2003, with Cincinnati.
Lance Berkman is the Ranger most familiar with Harang, going 15 for 58 (.259) with seven homers in their matchups.
Kyle Seager continues to be a rare offensive bright spot for Seattle, batting .333 during a nine-game hitting streak. He has three hits in this series, and is batting .452 over his last seven games in Arlington. However, he's 0 for 3 versus Grimm.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 3:49:53 AM EST|