|TEXAS ( GRIMM )|
MINNESOTA ( DIAMOND )
|969||TEXAS||-120||Ov 8.5,-110||-115||Ov 8.5,+105|
|970||MINNESOTA||+110||Un 8.5,-110||+105||Un 8.5,-125|
|vs Left-handed Starters||5-2||+2.8||2-5||4.6||0.252||0.336||2.1||0.214||0.271|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+5||4-3||6.7||0.278||0.348||2.6||0.232||0.301|
|vs Right-handed Starters||8-8||+2.4||6-9||3.7||0.233||0.314||3.8||0.271||0.316|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.9||3-3||4.7||0.273||0.357||3.6||0.254||0.295|
|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)||11-3||W||-145||7.5 un||O||11||6||0||9||6||0|
|4/25/2013||TEPESCH(R)||@ MINNESOTA||WORLEY(R)||2-1||W||-105||8.5 un||U||10||9||0||8||6||0|
|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||TEPESCH(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)|| |
|5/2/2013||GRIMM(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||PEAVY(R)|| |
|5/3/2013|| ||BOSTON|| || |
|4/12/2013||WORLEY(R)||NY METS||NIESE(L)||5-16||L||+100||7.5 un||O||6||6||2||15||6||1|
|4/13/2013||DIAMOND(L)||NY METS||HARVEY(R)||2-4||L||+115||7 ov||U||4||3||0||10||6||0|
|4/15/2013||CORREIA(R)||LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)||8-2||W||+120||8.5 un||O||12||8||1||9||6||1|
|4/16/2013||PELFREY(R)||LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)||8-6||W||+125||9 un||O||15||11||1||10||6||0|
|4/20/2013||WORLEY(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||PEAVY(R)||2-1||W||160||8.5 un||U||8||15||0||6||7||1|
|4/21/2013||DIAMOND(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||FLOYD(R)||5-3||W||135||8 ev||P||6||6||1||5||2||0|
|4/29/2013||PELFREY(R)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)|| |
|4/30/2013||WORLEY(R)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)|| |
|5/1/2013||DIAMOND(L)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)|| |
|5/3/2013|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|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.
|MINNESOTA: HITTING: OF BEN REVERE's slap-and-run style fits well in spacious Target Field. He will compete with lefty Chris Parmelee for the starting RF job. OF DENARD SPAN should be over his concussion problems. He works the count well as a steady presence near the top of the order. C JOE MAUER will see more time at first in an attempt to keep him healthy. Offensively, he'll be limited by a pitcher-friendly home park and no support in the lineup. RYAN DOUMIT has a chance to play regularly and stay healthy as a full-time DH and/or backing up Mauer behind the dish. 1B JUSTIN MORNEAU's concussion symptoms came back late last year. It's a bad omen. OF JOSH WILLINGHAM is being relied on to produce runs, but he's going from one pitcher-friendly home park (Oakland) to another. 3B DANNY VALENCIA showed enough power in 2011 to secure an everyday job heading into 2012. Newly signed SS JAMEY CARROLL has done a nice job off the bench, but hasn't been tested in an everyday role. If hamstring problems are still holding him back, 2B ALEXI CASILLA has won the second-base job ahead of disappointing import TSUYOSHI NISHIOKA, who will start the year in the minors. |
STARTING PITCHING: Who would have thought CARL PAVANO would emerge as the picture of consistency and durability? While he's far from a star, the veteran continues to be a rock for Minnesota, throwing strikes and eating innings. SCOTT BAKER got hurt again last year. If he could ever stay healthy, he's the prototype for success at Target Field'lots of strikeouts, few walks, lots of flyouts. The FRANCISCO LIRIANO rollercoaster nosedived again last year. The Twins have gotten so desperate to keep him healthy that they actually let him pitch more over the offseason. He's obviously a huge risk again. BRIAN DUENSING, NICK BLACKBURN and JASON MARQUIS are all the definition of fifth starter. They serve it up, give up a lot of hard-hit balls, and hope they get hit right at their defenders. If Duensing and Blackburn falter, ANTHONY SWARZAK probably pitched well enough last year to get a shot in the rotation. LIAM HENDRICKS, one of the organization's better prospects, would be a slightly more exciting option.
RELIEF PITCHING: Despite his underwhelming performance last year, MATT CAPPS will pitch the ninth inning again because of his 'closer's experience.' He figures to be on an undeservedly long leash. GLEN PERKINS certainly proved he deserves to close. He was Minnesota's best reliever in his first full season in the 'pen. His velocity was up as a short reliever, and the lefty was truly overpowering. If things go sour for the Twins again this season (and it seems likely they will), perhaps they'll get serious about Perkins later this year.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (TEXAS-MINNESOTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rangers-Twins Preview* =======================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Texas (15-7) at Minnesota (9-9), 8:10 p.m. EDT
With a rotation churning out impressive outings and a lineup consistently producing hits, the Texas Rangers are in a groove.
They used one rookie starter to shut down the Minnesota Twins in their series opener, and they'll try to do the same with another Friday night in the second of a four-game set at Target Field.
The Rangers (15-7) have won six of seven with Thursday's 2-1 victory, the fifth time in seven contests they've recorded 10 hits or more. Rookie Nick Tepesch turned in the team's fifth quality start over that stretch, in which the starting staff owns a 2.25 ERA.
Tepesch was perfect through four and ended up allowing five hits in 6 2-3 innings, only surrendering a run on Josh Willingham's homer in the seventh. He was also responsible for a rare 0-for-3 night for Joe Mauer, just the fifth time in 18 games the .351 hitter has gone without a hit.
Mauer, Willingham and Justin Morneau went a combined 2 for 11 against the right-hander.
"Their two, three, four hitters are about the best you'll see in Major League Baseball," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "Going through them three times, he did a good job."
Texas, which is looking for its 11th win in the last 13 meetings and fifth straight victory in Minneapolis, turns to another rookie when it sends out Justin Grimm (2-0, 2.70 ERA) for his third start as a replacement for the injured Matt Harrison. While both of Grimm's outings came against Seattle, which ranks at the bottom of baseball in most offensive categories, he limited the Mariners to two runs and six hits over six innings in Sunday's 11-3 win.
"He was able to make good pitches at the right time, he kept the ball down and changed speeds and threw the ball the way he is capable," Washington told the team's official website.
Minnesota (9-9), having lost two straight after a five-game winning streak, will counter with left-hander Scott Diamond (1-1, 4.35 ERA).
After allowing four runs in 4 1-3 innings against the New York Mets in his season debut, Diamond yielded two runs and four hits in six innings in a 5-3 win over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.
"I was just back down in the zone. That was the biggest focus after last game," he said. "I was able to just locate down with most of my stuff."
Diamond will face the unenviable task of trying to slow down Nelson Cruz, who went 2 for 3 with an RBI Thursday.
Cruz is 8 for 18 (.444) with 12 RBIs over his last five games, and also 16 for 42 (.381) with eight doubles over his last 10 against Minnesota.
Cruz didn't record a hit in his only previous at-bat against Diamond, who was ejected early in his lone start against Texas last season for throwing a pitch behind Josh Hamilton's head. The Rangers collected two runs and three hits and two walks in Diamond's 2 1-3 innings.
|Last Updated: 8/31/2014 5:34:37 AM EST|