|TEXAS ( HOLLAND )|
MILWAUKEE ( LOHSE )
|977||TEXAS||+100||Ov 8,+100||+105||Ov 8,-115|
|978||MILWAUKEE||-110||Un 8,-120||-115||Un 8,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||11-8||+0.8||7-10||4.2||0.251||0.302||3.7||0.246||0.309|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2||2-5||3.4||0.257||0.320||3.9||0.235||0.307|
|vs Left-handed Starters||4-6||-2.6||7-3||4.1||0.274||0.321||5.6||0.274||0.342|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.8||6-1||5.0||0.302||0.357||6.6||0.302||0.345|
|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)||2-9||L||-120||7.5 un||O||5||5||2||11||9||2|
|5/7/2013||GRIMM(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)||3-6||L||-115||8.5 un||O||7||5||0||9||5||1|
|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||GRIMM(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRIFFIN(R)|| |
|5/14/2013||HOLLAND(L)||@ OAKLAND||COLON(R)|| |
|5/15/2013|| ||@ OAKLAND|| || |
|4/24/2013||ESTRADA(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)||1-2||L||-115||7.5 un||U||7||7||2||5||5||0|
|4/26/2013||BURGOS(R)||@ LA DODGERS||BECKETT(R)||5-7||L||130||7 ev||O||11||7||0||9||7||4|
|4/27/2013||PERALTA(R)||@ LA DODGERS||MAGILL(R)||6-4||W||110||7.5 un||O||9||7||2||7||7||1|
|4/28/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||0-2||L||165||6.5 un||U||4||3||0||6||4||0|
|5/2/2013||PERALTA(R)||ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)||5-6||L||-110||8.5 ev||O||12||13||0||12||7||1|
|5/3/2013||LOHSE(R)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||1-6||L||-110||8 ov||U||8||6||1||15||9||0|
|5/4/2013||GALLARDO(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||6-7||L||+115||7.5 un||O||14||8||1||10||4||0|
|5/5/2013||ESTRADA(R)||ST LOUIS||GARCIA(L)||1-10||L||-120||8.5 un||O||8||7||0||11||10||0|
|5/10/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CINGRANI(L)|| |
|5/11/2013||ESTRADA(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)|| |
|5/12/2013||PERALTA(R)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)|| |
|5/13/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||BURNETT(R)|| |
|5/14/2013||BURGOS(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LOCKE(L)|| |
|5/15/2013|| ||@ PITTSBURGH|| || |
|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.
|MILWAUKEE: HITTING: It helped when the Brew Crew had Prince Fielder in the fold, but there's still lots of firepower here now that he's moved on. 2B RICKIE WEEKS starts it off, with some of the game's best bat speed. OF NYJER MORGAN doesn't hit the ball hard, but when it drops in he's off to the races. OF RYAN BRAUN has put up Hall of Fame numbers since day one. Now the big question is whether he doped to do it. OF COREY HART has improved his batting eye and is no longer an on-base liability. He's also one of the few Brewers hitters who plays even average defense. 3B ARAMIS RAMIREZ is on the down side of his career, but remains productive. Backup TAYLOR GREEN should see decent time behind him though. IF MAT GAMEL is slated to start at first; nobody knows if he'll be any good. He sure as heck won't be Prince Fielder. C JONATHAN LUCROY was effective in a middle-of-the-road kind of way. Fourth OF CARLOS GOMEZ still can't hit. SS ALEX GONZALEZ will play every day and has decent pop for a middle infielder. |
STARTING PITCHING: The Brewers' front three is among the most formidable in baseball. YOVANI GALLARDO has improved his peripherals every year as a starter. High pitch counts used to chase him early in games, but not anymore. One day he'll win a Cy Young. ZACK GREINKE was a product of bad defense, bad luck, and an unusually high home run rate. In the second half, he was a beast. SHAUN MARCUM pulled a reverse Greinke, starting brilliantly then fading down the stretch. Not too surprising, given the durability issues that have followed Marcum throughout his career. Most teams would still kill to have him as their No. 3 starter. People laughed when the Crew signed RANDY WOLF for three years and $30 million, but he's been a highly dependable innings-eater in both seasons as a Brewer. The same holds for CHRIS NARVESON. He's the very definition of a back-end guy, but as fifth starters go, he's pretty good.
RELIEF PITCHING: JOHN AXFORD and his Long John Silver's facial hair are proof positive that you don't need to spend a fortune on a closer. Axford was an undrafted retread when Milwaukee signed him. The list of 'proven closers' with fat contracts that Axford has outpitched each of the past two years is a deep one. FRANCISCO RODRIGUEZ ruined the Brewers' offseason plans by accepting arbitration. He's a decent bet for some cheap saves, and still brings it with that crazy body-flinging delivery. But the team may still deal him at some point this season. KAMERON LOE has made a reasonably smooth transition to full-time reliever.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (TEXAS-MILWAUKEE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rangers-Brewers Preview* =========================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Texas (20-12) at Milwaukee (14-16), 8:10 p.m. EDT
The Texas Rangers have played one team that currently possesses a winning record this season, earning a recent three-game sweep against one of the best teams in baseball.
They've been pretty average against the rest.
Texas sends Derek Holland to the mound looking to avoid a third consecutive defeat as it concludes its two-game interleague series with the host Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night.
The Rangers (20-13) have played mostly contests versus clubs that have gotten off to tough starts to the season, though they took all three matchups from MLB-best Boston over the weekend.
After that impressive series, Texas fell 9-2 in a makeup road game against the Chicago Cubs, who had lost four straight, before losing 6-3 in Tuesday's series opener to a Milwaukee team that had dropped five in a row.
Mitch Moreland, hitting .421 over his last five games, went 2 for 4 and homered for the Rangers, who have lost six of their last seven versus sub-.500 teams and gave up five first-inning runs Tuesday.
"We really shouldn't have been in that hole," manager Ron Washington said.
They'll look to get back on track with help from Holland (2-2, 2.74 ERA), who is coming off one of his better outings.
After giving up 10 runs over his previous two starts, Holland returned to form and struck out a season-best nine in eight innings of Friday's 7-0 win over Boston. It marked the fourth time in six starts he's given up two or fewer runs.
"Derek was at his best," Washington told the team's official website. "He has been pitching well; he just hasn't been getting the results. I thought he had already won three or four ballgames. Since spring training, he has been throwing the ball well, and it was another example of what he can do."
The left-hander has never faced the Brewers. He had lost his previous three interleague starts white posting a 10.03 ERA before throwing seven scoreless innings in a 4-2 win over the Cubs on April 16.
Milwaukee (15-16) had won 12 of 15 before losing its first five in May, but Yuniesky Betancourt's team-best eighth homer and Aramis Ramirez's first of the year Tuesday helped snap that skid.
Ryan Braun went 1 for 2 with two walks and is hitting .429 during a nine-game hitting streak.
"After a rough five games, it was a good start," said Carlos Gomez, who is batting .449 with four homers during a career-best 13-game hitting streak after hitting a two-run double Tuesday. "It brought the energy back to the team."
Kyle Lohse hopes to feed off that energy when he takes the hill Wednesday looking to bounce back from a rough outing.
Lohse (1-3, 3.16) gave up three runs in 12 combined innings over his previous two starts before giving up four and 11 hits in five innings of Friday's 6-1 loss to St. Louis.
"It was really a battle for me all night," Lohse said "I felt good starting out but then it just kind of got away from me. I wasn't getting my off-speed pitches over enough."
The right-hander is 3-3 with a 7.16 ERA in nine career starts versus the Rangers, but he hasn't faced them since 2006. Lohse has seen some of Texas' lineup, though, as former Minnesota Twins batterymate A.J. Pierzynski is 2 for 10 against him.
|Last Updated: 10/23/2014 5:04:12 AM EST|