|TEXAS ( GRIMM )|
OAKLAND ( GRIFFIN )
|917||TEXAS||+115||Ov 8,-110||+110||Ov 8,+100|
|918||OAKLAND||-125||Un 8,-110||-120||Un 8,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||13-8||+2.9||8-11||4.6||0.263||0.316||3.8||0.250||0.309|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.7||4-3||5.3||0.279||0.335||5.0||0.246||0.318|
|vs Right-handed Starters||13-14||-2.2||19-8||4.7||0.237||0.314||5.0||0.259||0.317|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-5.4||3-4||2.3||0.200||0.252||5.1||0.249||0.317|
|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)||4-1||W||105||8 un||U||12||10||0||12||8||1|
|5/10/2013||OGANDO(R)||@ HOUSTON||KEUCHEL(L)||4-2||W||-210||9 ev||U||9||7||1||5||8||0|
|5/11/2013||DARVISH(R)||@ HOUSTON||BEDARD(L)||8-7||W||-270||8 ov||O||11||5||2||7||4||0|
|5/12/2013||TEPESCH(R)||@ HOUSTON||LYLES(R)||12-7||W||-140||9 un||O||17||8||1||9||5||1|
|5/13/2013||GRIMM(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRIFFIN(R)|| |
|5/14/2013||HOLLAND(L)||@ OAKLAND||COLON(R)|| |
|5/15/2013||OGANDO(R)||@ OAKLAND||STRAILY(R)|| |
|5/19/2013|| ||DETROIT|| || |
|5/20/2013|| ||OAKLAND|| || |
|4/29/2013||STRAILY(R)||LA ANGELS||HANSON(R)||10-8||W||-125||8 ov||O||15||11||1||15||14||3|
|4/30/2013||PARKER(R)||LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)||10-6||W||-110||8.5 un||O||10||7||2||9||8||1|
|5/1/2013||MILONE(L)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)||4-5||L||-115||8.5 un||O||8||13||0||10||4||0|
|5/3/2013||GRIFFIN(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||2-0||W||135||8 un||U||10||11||0||6||6||0|
|5/4/2013||COLON(R)||@ NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||2-4||L||105||8.5 un||U||6||6||1||8||5||0|
|5/5/2013||STRAILY(R)||@ NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||5-4||W||120||8 un||O||7||7||0||9||8||1|
|5/6/2013||PARKER(R)||@ CLEVELAND||JIMENEZ(R)||3-7||L||105||9 ov||O||8||8||0||10||9||0|
|5/7/2013||MILONE(L)||@ CLEVELAND||MCALLISTER(R)||0-1||L||-105||8.5 un||U||6||5||2||5||4||0|
|5/8/2013||GRIFFIN(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)||3-4||L||100||8.5 un||U||6||8||1||6||4||0|
|5/9/2013||COLON(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KAZMIR(L)||2-9||L||-115||8.5 ov||O||7||9||2||12||5||0|
|5/10/2013||STRAILY(R)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)||3-6||L||110||7 ov||O||5||2||0||7||5||0|
|5/11/2013||PARKER(R)||@ SEATTLE||MAURER(R)||4-3||W||-110||8 ov||U||8||4||0||7||8||0|
|5/12/2013||MILONE(L)||@ SEATTLE||SAUNDERS(L)||1-6||L||-120||7.5 ov||U||6||8||0||8||6||1|
|5/17/2013||PARKER(R)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)|| |
|5/18/2013||MILONE(L)||KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)|| |
|5/19/2013|| ||KANSAS CITY|| || |
|5/20/2013|| ||@ TEXAS|| || |
|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.
|OAKLAND: HITTING: 2B JEMILE WEEKS may not be a legitimate .300 hitter, but he's still the best option they have at the leadoff spot. C KURT SUZUKI seemingly hits as many line outs as anyone in baseball. He has a solid bat for a catcher and qualifies as a middle-of-the-order option in Oakland. OF JOSH REDDICK is more of a line-drive hitter than a 25-HR guy, and he doesn't yet have the plate discipline to approach .300. 1B BRANDON ALLEN is an all-or-nothing hitter, but his potential for much-needed power should be enough for him to beat out DARIC BARTON. SS CLIFF PENNINGTON has quietly developed into a serviceable regular. With 3B SCOTT SIZEMORE out for the season with a torn ACL, either ERIC SOGARD or JOSH DONALDSON will win the job at third base. Neither player has reached 80 career at-bats yet. Highly-coveted Cuban OF YOENIS CESPEDES inked a four-year deal with Oakland, and will be expected to produced in the heart of the lineup immediately. OF COLLIN COWGILL is undersized, but has shown impressive power in the minors. The DH spot will fall to Allen when Barton is in the lineup. When he's not, it will be filled by such Quadruple-A types as KILA KA'AIHUE and CHRIS CARTER. |
STARTING PITCHING: BRANDON McCARTHY reclamation project worked out nicely. He's an injury risk, but when healthy he's one of baseball's better middle-of-the-rotation arms. BARTOLO COLON pitched better than expected with the Yankees last year (7.4 K/9, 4.00 ERA), and should perform just as well in his new spacious ballpark. DALLAS BRADEN (shoulder) and BRETT ANDERSON (elbow) are both question marks after major surgeries. Braden's return date has been pushed back to early May, while Anderson will might not take the hill until June. The jewel of the Trevor Cahill trade, hard-throwing righty JARROD PARKER has a chance to make a big impact if his arm is recovered from 2009 Tommy John surgery. The Gio Gonzalez trade landed Oakland TOMMY MILONE and BRAD PEACOCK, both of whom are coming off impressive minor-league seasons. They'll compete for rotation spots this spring. TYSON ROSS could get a few starts, but he's gotten very hittable over the past year. They're in no hurry to start the arbitration clock of top prospect SONNY GRAY, but he should make some late-season starts.
RELIEF PITCHING: With Andrew Bailey gone, righty GRANT BALFOUR (2.47 ERA, 1.03 WHIP) will get the first chance to close games. Though his occasional bouts with command issues make him a risk. If Balfour falters, BRIAN FUENTES will get the next look because of his ninth-inning experience and strong second half of 2011 . . . Long a favorite inside the organization, injury-prone righty JOEY DEVINE has long been considered a future closer and should get some late-innings duties. The highest upside option for a future closer is 25-year-old righty FAUTINO DE LOS SANTOS. He has overpowering stuff but his command comes and goes.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (TEXAS-OAKLAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rangers-Athletics Preview* ===========================
Texas (23-13) at Oakland (19-19), 10:05 p.m. EDT
The Texas Rangers are returning to the site where their bid for a third straight World Series appearance may have essentially ended.
The Oakland Athletics swept three home games from the Rangers to capture an unlikely AL West crown the last time these teams met heading into Monday night's opener of a three-game set.
Texas (24-13) was forced to settle for a wild card after getting outscored 19-9 by Oakland (19-20) on the final three games of 2012. The Athletics earned their first division title in six seasons while the Rangers went on to lose the wild-card game to Baltimore.
These teams are first and second place in the West again, with Texas holding a six-game lead. That probably doesn't mean much since the Rangers led the Athletics by nine games after June 1 last year.
Manager Ron Washington will have Nelson Cruz and Ian Kinsler back in his lineup after giving those players a day off Sunday. It hardly mattered as the Rangers turned in their highest scoring effort of the season in their fourth straight win, 12-7 at Houston.
"The type of team that I have this year, guys have been getting opportunities to play a little more than I have in the past," Washington said. "So I think they're more prepared and more ready to go up there when there's opportunity for them to play and do the job."
Adrian Beltre doubled twice among his four hits, drove in four runs and homered for the second straight game.
Beltre led Texas with four homers and 22 hits in last year's season series with Oakland, as Texas lost 11 of 19 games. Beltre struggled with a .221 average and Kinsler batted .240.
The Rangers had trouble slowing down Derek Norris, who had 10 RBIs while batting .371 in 10 games. The same could be said of how they fared against Yoenis Cespedes, who hit .365 with three homers and 10 RBIs.
Oakland returns home after capping a 3-7 road trip with its sixth loss in seven games, 6-1 to Seattle on Sunday.
The A's are batting .200 with 71 strikeouts and 16 walks over their last seven games. Cespedes is 3 for 26 in that span, Norris 4 for 20, Brandon Moss 4 for 17 and John Jaso 4 for 19.
"You go through ups and downs, but this is not very fun now," said Moss, who struck out four times Sunday.
Texas starter Justin Grimm (2-2, 3.45 ERA) has yielded eight runs in dropping consecutive outings after allowing four over 17 innings in his first three of 2013.
The right-hander's lone appearance against the A's came in relief last season.
Oakland will start A.J. Griffin (3-3, 3.83), who posted a 4.15 ERA and did not receive a decision in two 2012 outings against Texas.
The A's are 10-2 in Griffin's career home starts, including one in the postseason. The right-hander is 4-1 with a 3.39 ERA in those games.
|Last Updated: 9/18/2014 12:44:27 PM EST|