|OAKLAND ( COLON )|
TEXAS ( LINDBLOM )
|969||OAKLAND||+125||Ov 9.5,-115||+105||Ov 10,-105|
|970||TEXAS||-135||Un 9.5,-105||-115||Un 10,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||17-15||+0.7||19-13||4.5||0.235||0.308||4.6||0.253||0.311|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.7||1-6||3.0||0.226||0.282||3.4||0.226||0.287|
|vs Right-handed Starters||18-10||+5.9||11-15||4.9||0.272||0.324||3.8||0.248||0.309|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3||3-4||6.0||0.299||0.347||4.0||0.241||0.310|
|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)||2-1||W||+100||7 un||U||6||4||0||5||4||0|
|5/18/2013||MILONE(L)||KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)||2-1||W||-135||7 ev||U||5||5||0||5||7||0|
|5/19/2013||GRIFFIN(R)||KANSAS CITY||MENDOZA(R)||4-3||W||-165||8 ev||U||9||5||0||11||12||1|
|5/20/2013||COLON(R)||@ TEXAS||LINDBLOM(R)|| |
|5/21/2013||STRAILY(R)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)|| |
|5/22/2013||PARKER(R)||@ TEXAS||TEPESCH(R)|| |
|5/24/2013||MILONE(L)||@ HOUSTON||BEDARD(L)|| |
|5/25/2013||GRIFFIN(R)||@ HOUSTON||HARRELL(R)|| |
|5/26/2013||COLON(R)||@ HOUSTON||KEUCHEL(L)|| |
|5/27/2013|| ||SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|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)||1-5||L||110||8 un||U||7||3||0||8||6||0|
|5/14/2013||HOLLAND(L)||@ OAKLAND||COLON(R)||6-5||W||-115||7.5 un||O||10||7||0||11||11||2|
|5/15/2013||OGANDO(R)||@ OAKLAND||STRAILY(R)||6-2||W||105||8.5 un||U||7||7||0||5||7||1|
|5/24/2013||GRIMM(R)||@ SEATTLE||SAUNDERS(L)|| |
|5/25/2013||HOLLAND(L)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|5/26/2013||LINDBLOM(R)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)|| |
|5/27/2013|| ||@ ARIZONA|| || |
|5/27/2013|| ||@ ARIZONA|| || |
|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.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (OAKLAND-TEXAS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Athletics-Rangers Preview* ===========================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
Oakland (23-22) at Texas (29-15), 8:05 p.m. EDT
Dealing with an injured pitcher is nothing new for the AL West-leading Texas Rangers.
Not coming out of the bullpen is new for Josh Lindblom, who is expected to make his first major league start - and his Rangers debut - Monday night against the visiting Oakland Athletics.
Despite Neftali Feliz and Colby Lewis not pitching this season due to elbow injuries and Matt Harrison out since early April with a herniated disk in his lower back, the Rangers (29-15) have one of the best ERAs in the majors at 3.49.
Even after an 11-8 victory over Detroit on Sunday, their home ERA is 2.89.
Alexi Ogando was in line to start Monday after leading Texas to a 6-2 victory over the A's (23-22) on Wednesday in Oakland, but the former reliever was placed on the disabled list Thursday with right biceps tendinitis. That opened a spot for Lindblom, who went 4-0 with 2.08 in seven starts at Triple-A Round Rock after a difficult spring.
"It seems like when we decided to start him, things began to work better for him," manager Ron Washington said of the right-hander, who has appeared in 101 games with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia.
Lindblom, acquired from the Phillies in the Michael Young deal, told the Rangers' official website that the transition from the bullpen has allowed him to use his fastball, changeup, slider and curveball and "not be limited as a pitcher."
The A's, though, are unsure of how Lindblom will settle in as a first-time starter.
"We just don't know until we see him pitch," manager Bob Melvin told the A's official website.
Oakland, loser of 12 of 16 on the road, will try to maintain its newfound momentum after rallying for three one-run victories against Kansas City over the weekend. The A's had lost eight of 10 before the sweep.
"I would rather see us win by 10 runs ... but it makes for a little bit more excitement, certainly at the end," Melvin said after a 4-3 victory Sunday.
The Royals series also saw Yoenis Cespedes show signs of breaking out of his slump. The center fielder went 3 for 8 with a homer in the last two games after going 3 for 34 in his previous nine, including a 2-for-11 effort as Oakland dropped two of three to Texas last week.
"The way I work, I always think everything will be fine," Cespedes said. "I believe I'll always get better."
Cespedes should be happy to see Lindblom again. In the slugger's only at-bat against him, he hit a three-run walkoff homer in a 4-1 A's home victory over the Dodgers on June 21.
Texas' Adrian Beltre has batted .500 with two homers and nine RBIs in the last eight contests, driving in a pair of runs and matching a season high with four hits Sunday.
Beltre is batting .317 with five homers - his most against any pitcher - off Bartolo Colon (3-2, 4.56) after going 1 for 3 with a double in a 6-5, 10-inning victory Tuesday.
Colon threw six innings of three-run ball, walking his second batter of the season and failing to record a strikeout for the first time in his career when pitching more than four innings.
Mitch Moreland, tied for the major league lead with seven home runs since May 5, homered off the right-hander Tuesday. His other two hits in the series also left the park.
Texas has won six of seven at home.
|Last Updated: 9/22/2014 5:13:38 AM EST|