|TEXAS ( TEPESCH )|
SEATTLE ( IWAKUMA )
|977||TEXAS||+110||Ov 7.5,-110||+105||Ov 7,-105|
|978||SEATTLE||-120||Un 7.5,-110||-115||Un 7,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||20-12||+4.7||13-17||4.6||0.267||0.316||3.7||0.244||0.309|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2||4-3||5.3||0.306||0.348||4.0||0.260||0.330|
|vs Right-handed Starters||12-21||-9||15-16||3.2||0.236||0.302||4.5||0.260||0.309|
|Past 7 Games||0-7||-7.4||5-2||2.9||0.236||0.294||7.7||0.335||0.385|
|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)||9-5||W||-115||8 un||O||13||6||0||14||9||0|
|5/25/2013||HOLLAND(L)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)||5-2||W||120||6.5 un||O||13||9||2||5||7||0|
|5/26/2013||TEPESCH(R)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)|| |
|5/27/2013||DARVISH(R)||@ ARIZONA||KENNEDY(R)|| |
|5/27/2013|| ||@ ARIZONA||CAHILL(R)|| |
|5/31/2013||TEPESCH(R)||KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)|| |
|6/1/2013|| ||KANSAS CITY|| || |
|6/2/2013|| ||KANSAS CITY|| || |
|5/14/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||3-4||L||105||7 un||P||10||11||2||7||8||1|
|5/15/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||@ NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||12-2||W||115||7.5 ov||O||16||9||0||8||6||1|
|5/16/2013||NOESI(R)||@ NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||3-2||W||175||9 un||U||7||7||1||8||10||0|
|5/17/2013||MAURER(R)||@ CLEVELAND||JIMENEZ(R)||3-6||L||145||9 un||P||10||10||0||7||3||0|
|5/18/2013||SAUNDERS(L)||@ CLEVELAND||MCALLISTER(R)||4-5||L||145||8.5 ov||O||9||4||0||13||12||0|
|5/19/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)||0-6||L||-110||7 ov||U||4||9||1||9||6||0|
|5/20/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KAZMIR(L)||8-10||L||-105||7.5 ov||O||12||5||3||11||8||0|
|5/21/2013||HARANG(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)||0-12||L||155||9 un||O||6||8||0||15||5||0|
|5/22/2013||MAURER(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)||1-7||L||180||8.5 un||U||7||9||0||12||5||1|
|5/27/2013||HARANG(R)||SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)|| |
|5/28/2013||MAURER(R)||SAN DIEGO|| || |
|5/29/2013||SAUNDERS(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)|| |
|5/30/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)|| |
|5/31/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)|| |
|6/1/2013|| ||@ MINNESOTA|| || |
|6/2/2013|| ||@ MINNESOTA|| || |
|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.
|SEATTLE: HITTING: C/DH JESUS MONTERO was brought over from the Yankees to hit in the heart of the order. At age 22, his offensive potential is scary. OF ICHIRO SUZUKI is entering the twilight of his career, but he might still have another .300 season left. 2B DUSTIN ACKLEY is the kind of line-drive hitter who fits well in Safeco, but he needs to catch up to MLB pitching. 1B JUSTIN SMOAK has disappointed, but he's making strides and has 30-HR upside. OF CASPER WELLS could play everyday. He won't hit for average, but has the power Seattle needs. MIKE CARP figures to at least grab early at-bats against righties. He'll strike out, but has lots of power. OF FRANKLIN GUTIERREZ is out for at least a month with a pectoral injury, but will reclaim his starting gig based on his defense. Seattle would love to see OF MICHAEL SAUNDERS step up to replace Gutierrez, but he's shown no signs of being able to handle MLB pitching. C MIGUEL OLIVO still has solid power, but he's an all-or-nothing hitter. 3B CHONE FIGGINS isn't quite done, but he's close. He'll have to battle line-drive hitting KYLE SEAGER for a job. SS BRENDAN RYAN will stick around for defense, but his bat is barely good enough for a regular gig. |
STARTING PITCHING: FELIX HERNANDEZ had a touch of bad luck last year, but he's one of the few pitchers in baseball who's a lock for 200 strikeouts. JASON VARGAS just keeps throwing strikes and letting his defense make plays. He'll get by fine again in spacious Safeco. BLAKE BEAVAN doesn't have a strikeout pitch, but he'll make few mistakes and get some outs thanks to a strong defense. HECTOR NOESI, who also came over from New York with Montero, isn't a big strikeout pitcher, but has good control and is savvy enough to get his shot in Seattle's rotation this year. 37-year-old journeyman KEVIN MILLWOOD will fill out the fifth spot in the rotation after a solid spring. Top prospect DANNY HULTZEN could break into the bigs in 2012. The lefty has the polish of a big leaguer right now, though his ceiling is more good-not-great.
RELIEF PITCHING: Like many rebuilding teams, the Mariners will continue to shop their closer. BRANDON LEAGUE will pick up saves in Seattle, but he's more of a groundball pitcher than a strikeout artist. He'd likely be ticketed for a set-up role elsewhere. If League is traded, the closer role is wide open. SHAWN KELLEY came back from Tommy John surgery late last year and looked as good as ever. If he picks up where he left off last year, he'd be an obvious choice for ninth inning duties. CHANCE RUFFIN, part of the Doug Fister trade, has a strong minor-league track record. He could carve out a big role in this bullpen if he can improve his command.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (TEXAS-SEATTLE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rangers-Mariners Preview* ==========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Texas (31-17) at Seattle (20-28), 4:10 p.m. EDT
Continued success on the road and against the Seattle Mariners has the Texas Rangers feeling confident.
The Rangers look to record a fifth straight road victory by handing the reeling Mariners a ninth consecutive defeat Sunday.
David Murphy had three RBIs and two of Texas' 13 hits, and Derek Holland threw 6 2-3 strong innings in Saturday's 5-2 win at Seattle. Winners in 15 of 21 overall, the Rangers (32-17) have batted .299 and hit 19 home runs while winning eight of nine away from home.
They own a 37-10 scoring advantage during their five-game winning streak over the Mariners.
"It's great to get a series win, but we hope to get the sweep (Sunday)," Murphy said.
"(On Saturday) things were definitely clicking a little bit. They've definitely been clicking a little bit more the last week or two and hopefully that trend continues."
Seattle (20-29), meanwhile, has been outscored 60-23 while in the midst of its worst skid since it dropped 17 straight July 6-26, 2011.
"This is where you've got to be tough. You've got to stay determined, stay persistent, keep coming to the ballpark and knocking on that wall," manager Eric Wedge said.
The Rangers scored all their runs and recorded 11 hits against Seattle ace Felix Hernandez on Saturday.
Though Murphy is batting .229 on the season, he is 8 for 21 (.381) with 11 RBIs in the last six games.
"I've had some success over the last week or two but I still can't quite say I felt like myself," he said.
Murphy is 5 for 12 (.417) with two doubles and a home run against scheduled Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakuma (5-1, 2.37 ERA).
The right-hander is 2-2 with a 3.73 ERA against the Rangers, with both wins coming in his last two starts. He gave up a home run and two other hits in 6 2-3 innings of a 3-1 victory over Texas on April 12.
Iwakuma allowed five earned runs in a four-start span before Monday, when he gave up a season-high five in six innings while not factoring in the decision of a 10-8 loss at Cleveland.
Four of those runs came on two homers in the second inning.
The Rangers counter with Nick Tepesch (3-4, 3.98), who returns to the mound after he was scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday because of a blister on the middle finger of his throwing hand.
"It's getting there," Tepesch told the Rangers' official website Friday. "I didn't feel it in the bullpen at all. It's getting close to where it needs to be."
The rookie right-hander has allowed three runs in 11 innings while splitting his last two starts after giving up 11 over 10 2-3 frames to drop the previous two. He yielded two in five innings of a 2-1 win over Detroit on May 17.
Tepesch went 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA when he made back-to-back starts versus Seattle in April. In his most recent April 20, he left in the second inning after being hit by a line drive above the right wrist.
Kendrys Morales delivered a two-run double Saturday for the Mariners, who managed five hits off four Texas pitchers. The veteran slugger has been one of the team's few bright spots, batting .342 with 14 RBIs in his last 20 games.
Teammate Michael Saunders is 3 for 34 in his last nine to drop his average from .278 to .221.
Seattle first baseman Justin Smoak is likely to sit out after he suffered an oblique strain checking his swing during an at-bat early in Saturday's game. He will be re-evaluated before the series finale.
|Last Updated: 8/29/2014 9:27:53 PM EST|