|TEXAS ( OGANDO )|
MINNESOTA ( CORREIA )
|969||TEXAS||-125||Ov 8,-105||-130||Ov 8.5,-110|
|970||MINNESOTA||+115||Un 8,-115||+120||Un 8.5,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||10-5||+3.4||5-8||4.7||0.259||0.315||3.3||0.237||0.298|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.6||5-2||5.9||0.295||0.355||4.0||0.254||0.304|
|vs Right-handed Starters||8-9||+1.4||6-10||3.7||0.232||0.309||3.8||0.276||0.319|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.7||2-4||3.9||0.234||0.302||3.3||0.263||0.306|
|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)||4-3||W||-115||8.5 un||U||13||7||2||8||5||1|
|4/27/2013||HOLLAND(L)||@ MINNESOTA||HERNANDEZ(L)||2-7||L||-135||8.5 ov||O||8||7||1||9||4||0|
|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|| || |
|5/4/2013|| ||BOSTON|| || |
|5/5/2013|| ||BOSTON|| || |
|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|| || |
|5/4/2013|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|5/5/2013|| ||@ 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 MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
Texas (16-7) at Minnesota (9-10), 2:10 p.m. EDT
The Texas Rangers have yet to lose two straight this season, and they'll try to keep it that way when they close out a four-game series with the host Minnesota Twins on Sunday.
Winners of seven of eight after taking a pair of one-run games to open this set, the Rangers (16-8) are looking to get back on track following a 7-2 defeat Saturday. Texas had won five in a row at Minnesota.
"We got hits, but we didn't swing the bat the way we're capable of," said manager Ron Washington, whose team avoided getting shut out for the second time this season with Mitch Moreland's two-run double in the ninth inning.
The Rangers will try to end their seven-game trip on a better note with Alexi Ogando (2-1, 3.12 ERA) making his first start versus Minnesota. The converted reliever has faced the Twins seven times, posting a 1.50 ERA over a six-inning span.
The right-hander had his longest outing of the season Tuesday, going seven-plus innings and giving up four runs - two earned - in a 5-4, 11-inning loss to the Los Angeles Angels. Ogando has gone 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA in his last two starts.
The Twins, who ended a three-game losing streak Saturday, will send Kevin Correia (2-1, 2.86 ERA) to the mound. The right-hander has given his team length in his four starts this season after joining the Twins on a two-year deal in the offseason.
The right-hander has pitched at least seven innings in each game, allowing three or fewer runs in all of them.
"It's nice to get off to a good start," Correia told the Twins' official website. "I'm sure I'm going to have some outings where I don't get through seven so it's nice to get off to a good start and get those innings piled up. That's kind of the goal for me."
If he goes at least seven Sunday, he'll be the first Twin to reach that mark in his first five appearances since Carlos Silva did it in his first 10 in 2005.
Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus should return to the lineup after rookie Leury Garcia replaced him Saturday. Andrus has gone 10 for 28 during a six-game hitting streak.
Adrian Beltre, who homered in a 4-3 victory Friday, should be back at third base after taking over for Lance Berkman at designated hitter Saturday. Beltre has four hits, including two homers and a double, in 10 at-bats off Correia.
"I've been hitting the ball hard, but this last week or so I haven't been getting a lot of luck," Beltre told the team's official site. "That's what I want to do. I want to keep hitting the ball hard and it'll start falling. I don't want to change anything right now."
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire could also tweak his lineup after sitting Trevor Plouffe, Chris Parmelee and Justin Morneau on Saturday. It was Morneau's first off day of the season.
"He could've played," Gardenhire said. "But it's one of those things where we wanted to mix things around here."
Joe Mauer needs to change something, as the three-time AL batting champ has no hits in three games and is 2 for 21 in the last six. Mauer has never faced Ogando.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 4:42:44 AM EST|