|TEXAS ( DARVISH )|
LA ANGELS ( ROTH )
|977||TEXAS||-155||Ov 8,+110||-140||Ov 8,+115|
|978||LA ANGELS||+145||Un 8,-130||+130||Un 8,-135|
|vs Left-handed Starters||4-2||+1.7||1-5||3.5||0.245||0.326||2.0||0.204||0.261|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.7||3-4||5.7||0.259||0.322||3.1||0.238||0.306|
|vs Right-handed Starters||7-8||-3.5||11-4||4.3||0.275||0.326||4.6||0.247||0.329|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.3||6-1||5.9||0.297||0.345||4.4||0.280||0.349|
|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)||4-5||L||-105||8 un||O||8||9||1||10||6||1|
|4/24/2013||DARVISH(R)||@ LA ANGELS||ROTH(L)|| |
|4/25/2013||TEPESCH(R)||@ MINNESOTA||WORLEY(R)|| |
|4/26/2013||GRIMM(R)||@ MINNESOTA||DIAMOND(L)|| |
|4/27/2013||HOLLAND(L)||@ MINNESOTA||HERNANDEZ(L)|| |
|4/28/2013||OGANDO(R)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)|| |
|4/30/2013||DARVISH(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|5/1/2013|| ||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||RICHARDS(R)||@ OAKLAND||PARKER(R)|| |
|5/1/2013|| ||@ 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 (13-7) at Los Angeles (8-11), 10:05 p.m. EDT
After the Los Angeles Angels were the victims of late-inning heroics Monday, they appeared to be set for a similar ending Tuesday.
Instead, they'll have a chance to win this three-game series - though the pitching matchup hardly seems to be in their favor.
Yu Darvish looks to continue his impressive start for visiting Texas on Wednesday night while the Angels turn to fill-in rookie starter Michael Roth in what looks to be a tough spot.
A day after Ernesto Frieri surrendered the go-ahead homer in the top of the ninth to A.J. Pierzynski in a 7-6 Rangers win, Texas (13-7) tied the score at 4-all Tuesday with an unearned run in the eighth. Frieri almost suffered a similar fate as Mike Trout - with a Texas runner on third in the ninth - took what would have been extra bases away from Adrian Beltre as he laid out for a diving catch on the warning track.
Howie Kendrick delivered the deciding blow with his second home run of the night in the bottom of the 11th to give the Angels a 5-4 win.
"It's a great feeling to know that you can leave the other team on the field," Kendrick said two days after Mark Trumbo hit a walk-off homer to beat Detroit in 13 innings. "But to get the victory is the most important thing."
Kendrick and the rest of the order now will have to contend with Darvish (3-1, 2.03 ERA), who has struck out 38 in 26 2-3 innings over his four starts. He surrendered season highs of six hits and four walks - resulting in three runs - over five innings against the Angels (8-11) on April 7 in a 7-3 win.
Darvish is coming off his 10th career 10-strikeout game as he threw seven shutout innings against the Mariners on Friday.
While he still could stand to be more efficient - Darvish needed 111 pitches against Seattle - manager Ron Washington won't complain if the wins continue to pile up.
"He's been asserting himself for quite a while now - even when he felt that maybe he wasn't performing the way he should, the results were still being gotten," Washington told the team's official website. "That's what good pitchers do."
The Angels counter with Roth (1-0, 3.60), who will make his first career start. The left-hander is filling in for Tommy Hanson, who was placed on the bereavement list Monday following a death in his family.
Roth is just two days removed from being charged with a run without recording an out in Monday's series opener. The 23-year-old gave up a single to Lance Berkman, the only batter he faced in his fourth relief appearance this season.
"My arm feels good," Roth told the Angels' official website. "I haven't thrown out of the 'pen on back-to-back days yet. I think I'll be all right."
Darvish was just fine in Anaheim last season, going 2-1 with a 2.11 ERA and fanning 27 in 21 1-3 innings.
Mike Trout is one of the few Angels to have had some success against Darvish, going 6 for 19 with two homers and five walks.
Kendrick is 0 for 12 with five strikeouts.
|Last Updated: 10/21/2014 12:50:37 AM EST|