|TEXAS ( OGANDO )|
LA ANGELS ( VARGAS )
|927||TEXAS||-115||Ov 8.5,+100||-110||Ov 8,+100|
|928||LA ANGELS||+105||Un 8.5,-120||+100||Un 8,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||4-1||+2.8||0-5||3.4||0.255||0.333||1.4||0.189||0.241|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.4||2-5||5.6||0.259||0.317||3.0||0.240||0.298|
|vs Right-handed Starters||6-8||-4.5||10-4||4.2||0.276||0.325||4.6||0.251||0.332|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.3||5-2||5.7||0.300||0.345||4.0||0.283||0.353|
|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)||7-6||W||105||8 ev||O||15||8||0||9||7||2|
|4/23/2013||OGANDO(R)||@ LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)|| |
|4/24/2013||DARVISH(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(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||OGANDO(R)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)|| |
|4/30/2013|| ||CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|4/15/2013||BLANTON(R)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)||2-8||L||-130||8.5 un||O||9||6||1||12||8||1|
|4/16/2013||VARGAS(L)||@ MINNESOTA||PELFREY(R)||6-8||L||-135||9 un||O||10||6||0||15||11||1|
|4/25/2013||RICHARDS(R)||@ SEATTLE||MAURER(R)|| |
|4/26/2013||WILSON(L)||@ SEATTLE||HARANG(R)|| |
|4/27/2013||BLANTON(R)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|4/28/2013||VARGAS(L)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)|| |
|4/29/2013||HANSON(R)||@ OAKLAND||ANDERSON(L)|| |
|4/30/2013|| ||@ OAKLAND|| || |
|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.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (TEXAS-LA ANGELS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rangers-Angels Preview* ========================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Texas (13-6) at Los Angeles (7-11), 10:05 p.m. EDT
Just as the Los Angeles Angels seemed to be on their way to turning things around, the rival Texas Rangers snapped their modest win streak with a late home run.
Texas seeks to win its fifth straight Tuesday night against Los Angeles in the second of a three-game set at Angel Stadium.
The Rangers (13-6) won Monday's opener 7-6 with A.J. Pierzynski providing the go-ahead solo home run - his fourth - with two outs in the top of the ninth after Texas pulled even with a three-run seventh.
"We just kept fighting," manager Ron Washington said. "We had to scratch out some runs there at the end, but I felt like we had a chance all night."
Texas would seem to have a decent chance of extending its win streak to five considering scheduled starter Alexi Ogando (2-1, 3.32 ERA) has posted a 2.18 ERA in winning all three of his starts versus the Angels.
Los Angeles (7-11) figured to have some momentum heading into the opener after a three-game sweep of defending pennant winner Detroit, but got more mediocre pitching and another anemic performance from the middle of the batting order.
Starter Joe Blanton gave up four runs, while three of four relievers gave up one run each and the other - Scott Downs - was tagged with a blown save.
Meanwhile, Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Mark Trumbo combined to go 0 for 13. But Josh Hamilton - who was bumped down to the No. 5 spot for the first time as an Angel - turned in his 16th career four-hit game. He had gone hitless in two of three games in the season's first series against his former club.
"I didn't feel any different tonight than I have in the last three weeks," said Hamilton, who entered Monday mired in a 1-for-21 slump. "I just got four hits. I'd much rather win a ballgame and get no hits."
Left-hander Jason Vargas (0-2, 6.75) will try to help the Angels bounce back, attempting to throw more like he did against the Rangers in his season debut. He's given up 10 runs and 19 hits in nine innings over two starts since holding Texas to one run and eight hits over 5 2-3 innings on April 5. The Twins chased him after 3 1-3 innings in an 8-6 loss at Minnesota last Tuesday.
"We definitely need to get deeper in the game and take some pressure off our bullpen," Vargas said. "Definitely let our hitters have some breathing room, too, so they're not feeling like they're out on the field for a long time, and they've got to come in and score a bunch of runs."
Like Vargas, Ogando is also coming off a difficult outing as the Chicago Cubs tagged him for five runs and six hits in only 2 1-3 innings Thursday. Ogando had given up only two runs in 16 2-3 innings over his first three starts but attributed some of his struggles to the condition of the mound in Chicago, which had been damaged by heavy rain.
Ian Kinsler, who has a .407 on-base percentage in his last six games, is 12 for 35 (.343) off of Vargas with five doubles.
Pierzynski is 5 for 13 with two homers and six RBIs in his last three contests.
|Last Updated: 10/1/2014 5:18:43 PM EST|