|OAKLAND ( STRAILY )|
TEXAS ( DARVISH )
|921||OAKLAND||+205||Ov 8.5,-130||+185||Ov 9,+100|
|922||TEXAS||-225||Un 8.5,+110||-200||Un 9,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||18-15||+1.9||20-13||4.6||0.239||0.314||4.5||0.252||0.310|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.1||2-5||4.1||0.257||0.321||2.9||0.220||0.276|
|vs Right-handed Starters||18-11||+4.5||12-15||4.8||0.271||0.322||4.0||0.252||0.316|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.6||4-3||6.1||0.298||0.351||4.6||0.259||0.339|
|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)||9-2||W||125||10.5 un||O||15||15||0||6||3||1|
|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||STRAILY(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)|| |
|5/28/2013|| ||SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|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 NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Oakland (23-22) at Texas (29-15), 8:05 p.m. EDT
Yu Darvish's statistics may put him among the best pitchers in baseball, but he doesn't think he belongs there yet.
The Oakland Athletics would like to prove him right again.
Darvish goes for a sixth straight victory Tuesday night when he tries to help the Texas Rangers bounce back from their latest defeat to the A's.
Texas (29-16) owns the best record in baseball, and Darvish (7-1, 2.97 ERA) has been a key contributor.
The right-hander is baseball's leader with 86 strikeouts, and he's tied with two others for second in wins, one behind Tampa Bay's Matt Moore.
"I only have won 20 or so games here in the big leagues," Darvish told the team's official website. "I don't think I'm at a point where you guys can compare me to the top pitchers in Major League Baseball. I'm not even at the starting point."
He's 5-0 with a 3.07 ERA while fanning 58 in 41 innings over his last six starts, his longest single-season winning streak in the majors. However, he won eight consecutive starts with Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters from April 19-June 8, 2011.
Darvish's last four outings haven't been very efficient, though, winning three despite a 4.50 ERA and serving up seven homers.
"The thing about Yu Darvish, he bends but he never breaks," manager Ron Washington said.
That was certainly the case Thursday, when he gave up four runs and two homers in eight innings of a 10-4 win against Detroit in what was anticipated to be a pitchers' duel with Justin Verlander.
Darvish lost his last two starts against Oakland in 2012, mustering a 6.57 ERA with nine walks despite 15 strikeouts in 12 1-3 innings.
The Rangers have lost seven of the past 10 meetings with the A's (24-22), thanks in part to the rotation's 7.60 ERA. That includes Monday's 9-2 loss in the opener of this three-game series.
"I think the Oakland Athletics are a great team and I still have to study a lot and look at videos and make adjustments when I face them in a game situation," Darvish said. "They're a really good team and I just have to pitch my game."
Darvish may be helped with A.J. Pierzynski expected back from a strained oblique that landed him on the disabled list. The catcher is hitting .406 over his last eight meetings with Oakland.
Darvish will try to slow down Josh Donaldson again. He's has held him hitless in three at-bats while striking him out twice. The third baseman, though, enters this meeting hitting .412 over the past nine games, and that includes going 8 for 17 with three doubles versus Texas.
Oakland is expected to counter Darvish with Daniel Straily (1-2, 7.27), who is getting a second straight start versus the Rangers.
The right-hander gave up five runs while issuing four walks and hitting two batters in 4 1-3 innings of a 6-2 loss to Texas.
He's 0-2 with an 8.84 ERA over his last four starts.
"I think it's more command with him right now," manager Bob Melvin told the team's official website. "Certainly your first year in the big leagues, you're trying to find yourself and have some confidence, and that can go back and forth on you depending on what your results are. He just hasn't gotten to a point where he's gotten on a roll.
"He does have the stuff to do it. We expect him to be that guy."
Straily yielded one earned run in 6 2-3 innings while not getting a decision in a 5-4 defeat in his only visit to Arlington on Sept. 24.
|Last Updated: 9/22/2014 1:16:00 PM EST|