|TEXAS ( TEPESCH )|
CHICAGO CUBS ( FELDMAN )
|965||TEXAS||-130||Ov 8,+110||-125||Ov 8,+110|
|966||CHICAGO CUBS||+120||Un 8,-130||+115||Un 8,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||11-6||+3.2||5-10||4.4||0.259||0.313||3.3||0.239||0.298|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.1||1-6||4.1||0.285||0.352||3.3||0.229||0.288|
|vs Right-handed Starters||8-14||-5.6||11-11||4.0||0.248||0.302||4.8||0.232||0.307|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.6||4-3||4.7||0.271||0.335||5.9||0.251||0.333|
|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)||0-5||L||-120||8.5 ov||U||7||7||0||9||4||0|
|4/30/2013||DARVISH(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||10-6||W||-190||8 ov||O||12||5||0||10||8||2|
|5/1/2013||TEPESCH(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||2-5||L||-115||8.5 ov||U||9||9||0||8||3||0|
|5/2/2013||GRIMM(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)||1-3||L||-155||8.5 un||U||3||8||0||8||9||0|
|5/6/2013||TEPESCH(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||FELDMAN(R)|| |
|5/7/2013||GRIMM(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)|| |
|5/8/2013||HOLLAND(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||LOHSE(R)|| |
|5/10/2013||OGANDO(R)||@ HOUSTON||HUMBER(R)|| |
|5/11/2013||DARVISH(R)||@ HOUSTON||HUMBER(R)|| |
|5/12/2013||TEPESCH(R)||@ HOUSTON||LYLES(R)|| |
|5/13/2013|| ||@ OAKLAND|| || |
|4/22/2013||WOOD(L)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)||4-5||L||150||8.5 un||O||11||12||0||9||9||3|
|4/23/2013||VILLANUEVA(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CINGRANI(L)||4-2||W||160||7.5 ov||U||9||5||1||6||7||2|
|4/24/2013||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)||0-1||L||155||7 ev||U||5||5||0||8||7||0|
|4/25/2013||JACKSON(R)||@ MIAMI||SLOWEY(R)||4-3||W||-115||7.5 un||U||6||4||0||6||9||1|
|4/26/2013||FELDMAN(R)||@ MIAMI||LEBLANC(L)||4-2||W||100||7.5 un||U||10||6||0||9||7||0|
|4/27/2013||WOOD(L)||@ MIAMI||SANABIA(R)||3-2||W||-115||7.5 un||U||8||6||0||5||5||1|
|4/28/2013||VILLANUEVA(R)||@ MIAMI||NOLASCO(R)||4-6||L||-115||7 ov||O||7||5||0||7||3||0|
|4/29/2013||SAMARDZIJA(R)||SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)||5-3||W||-160||9 un||U||10||6||1||8||11||0|
|4/30/2013||JACKSON(R)||SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)||7-13||L||-125||10.5 ov||O||11||6||2||17||8||0|
|5/1/2013||FELDMAN(R)||SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)||6-2||W||+105||9 ev||U||9||9||1||3||3||1|
|5/2/2013||WOOD(L)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||2-4||L||-125||7.5 un||U||9||9||0||7||6||0|
|5/7/2013||WOOD(L)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|5/8/2013||VILLANUEVA(R)||ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)|| |
|5/10/2013||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ WASHINGTON||DETWILER(L)|| |
|5/11/2013||JACKSON(R)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)|| |
|5/12/2013||FELDMAN(R)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)|| |
|5/13/2013|| ||COLORADO|| || |
|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.
|CHICAGO CUBS: HITTING: 'Under New Management' is the motto in Wrigleyville, where Epstein, Hoyer, Sveum and Co. aim to turn SS STARLIN CASTRO and a bunch of straw into gold. OF DAVID DeJESUS was an underrated first pick-up. But OFs ALFONSO SORIANO and MARLON BYRD are overpaid and over the hill. C GEOVANY SOTO has lost his mojo. New 3B IAN STEWART has a lousy career OPS of .737 away from Coors Field. 1B BRYAN LaHAIR is tagged as part of a 'youth movement,' but he's almost 30. The other youths'2B DARWIN BARNEY, IF JEFF BAKER, and IF BLAKE DEWITT 'are interchangeable guys with low ceilings. Fourth OF TONY CAMPANA is fast but one-dimensional. And minor-league reinforcements are scarce. OF BRETT JACKSON is solid, but blocked in the lineup. And former uber-prospect 3B JOSH VITTERS has done nothing to justify his third-overall draft status. This rebuilding process will take time. Meanwhile, somewhere in the Chicago suburbs, Jim Hendry quietly sobs into a pile of Cubs-themed stuffed animals. |
STARTING PITCHING: RYAN DEMPSTER should bounce back from an unlucky year in which there was nearly a full-run difference between his ERA and his FIP. He's no ace in good times, but he's an underrated and dependable source of innings and strikeouts. MATT GARZA didn't disappoint in his debut season on the North Side, but he was an odd acquisition to begin with: the Cubs dealt top prospects from a thin system when all signs pointed to a belly-flop of a season. He's already trade bait again. JEFF SAMARDZIJA is moving to the rotation after a strong year in the bullpen (2.97 ERA, 87 K in 88 IP), but he needs to cut down on his walks (5.1 per 9 IP). What killed TRAVIS WOOD in 2011 was uncharacteristic wildness. His walk total spiked by over 50 percent from 2010. He's better than this, though it's hard to say how much. It could be that a 40-inning jump from 2010 to 2011 aided his freefall. Subpar newcomers PAUL MAHOLM and CHRIS VOLSTAD will also compete for rotation spots. The lefty Maholm is coming off his best season in Pittsburgh (3.66 ERA, 1.29 WHIP), but was awful after the All-Star break (0-5, 5.75 ERA, .355 Opp. BA). The 6-foot-8 Volstad was 5-13 with a 4.89 ERA for the Marlins last year, but still has time to figure things out at age 25.
RELIEF PITCHING: Because of his contract and the head-scratching faith in the 'closer mentality' that still pervades even the most enlightened front offices, CARLOS MARMOL will enter the 2012 campaign with a near-ironclad grip on ninth-inning duties for the Cubs. Trading away Sean Marshall, arguably Chicago's best reliever last season, is yet another vote of confidence for Marmol. His lack of command leads to more hittable pitches (along with tons of walks), though his ceiling for strikeouts and saves is sky-high. KERRY WOOD will be the main set-up man again after a triumphant return to Chicago last season (3.35 ERA, 57 K in 51 IP).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (TEXAS-CHICAGO CUBS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rangers-Cubs Preview* ======================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Texas (19-11) at Chicago (11-19), 8:05 p.m. EDT
Using dominant starting pitching to sweep their last series, the Texas Rangers tied for baseball's best record. They'll look to rookie Nick Tepesch on Monday night at Wrigley Field to keep it going as they match up with the Chicago Cubs, who will start Scott Feldman in his first game against his former team.
The game is a makeup of a contest that was rained out April 17, with the teams splitting their two other meetings last month.
The Rangers (20-11) saw Yu Darvish strike out 14 on Sunday and capped a three-game sweep of Boston on Adrian Beltre's two-out RBI single in the bottom of the ninth for a 4-3 win. That left Texas tied with the Red Sox and St. Louis for the majors' best record.
"We showed a lot of heart right there," said Elvis Andrus, who scored the winning run after delivering a two-out single. "That shows for us how good we are right now."
Darvish's performance followed strong outings from Derek Holland and Alexi Ogando as the three starters limited the potent Red Sox, who average 4.9 runs, to four runs over 21 innings while striking out 27. Texas' rotation owns a 3.15 ERA this season that ranks near the top in baseball.
Tepesch (2-2, 3.54 ERA) didn't post an impressive line his last time out as he was charged with five runs and eight hits over 6 2-3 innings Wednesday in a 5-2 loss to the White Sox. But manager Ron Washington blamed himself for leaving Tepesch in to face one batter too many, with Alejandro De Aza connecting for a two-run homer off him with two outs in the seventh. The game was tied 2-2 entering that inning.
The right-hander had yielded six runs in 21 1-3 innings before that game.
The Cubs (11-20) counter with Feldman (2-3, 3.34), who spent his first eight seasons with Texas before signing a free-agent deal with Chicago in November.
"I've seen a lot of those guys for a lot of years, and they've seen me for a lot of years, so it's not going to be a big thing of trying to trick everybody," Feldman told MLB's official website.
The righty comes off one of his best performances, throwing a three-hitter for his first career complete game in a 6-2 win over San Diego on Wednesday.
"He was as good as anyone I've seen all year," Padres third baseman Chase Headley said of Feldman, who struck out a career-high 12 batters.
As good as Feldman was his last time out, the pitchers who would come after him don't appear imposing. Chicago relievers have an 8.44 ERA during the team's current five-game losing streak, including two blown saves to run their season total to eight.
The bullpen gave up three runs over four innings in a 7-4 home loss to Cincinnati on Sunday.
"We're obviously going through a tough stretch right now," said reliever Shawn Camp, who surrendered two runs to push his ERA to 7.15. "We've got to pick it up a little bit. It can get ugly real fast. It's May. It's time for us to step up."
The Cubs were without leading hitter Welington Castillo (.307) after he took a pitch on the ankle Saturday, but manager Dale Sveum said he's OK.
Texas owns a 6-5 advantage in the all-time series.
|Last Updated: 9/15/2014 1:04:33 AM EST|