|TORONTO ( ROGERS )|
TEXAS ( DARVISH )
|965||TORONTO||+187||Ov 8.5,-110||+185||Ov 9,-105|
|966||TEXAS||-205||Un 8.5,-110||-200||Un 9,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||22-25||-2.6||24-22||4.5||0.247||0.318||4.6||0.253||0.319|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.8||3-4||4.6||0.241||0.302||3.9||0.222||0.283|
|vs Right-handed Starters||25-19||+1.3||17-24||4.4||0.261||0.312||4.1||0.252||0.314|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-4.2||2-5||3.3||0.226||0.304||4.7||0.249||0.316|
|5/30/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ ATLANTA||MINOR(L)||3-11||L||130||7.5 un||O||7||3||1||16||7||1|
|5/31/2013||JENKINS(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||MARQUIS(R)||3-4||L||110||8.5 ov||U||12||10||3||9||9||0|
|6/1/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||ERLIN(L)||3-4||L||-120||8 ev||U||11||8||1||12||9||0|
|6/2/2013||ORTIZ(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)||7-4||W||120||8.5 un||O||15||10||0||7||7||1|
|6/4/2013||JOHNSON(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||1-2||L||100||7.5 un||U||5||2||2||6||5||0|
|6/5/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)||4-0||W||100||7.5 un||U||8||6||0||2||3||0|
|6/10/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)||6-10||L||-125||8.5 un||O||13||12||2||15||8||0|
|6/11/2013||WANG(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||7-5||W||110||9.5 ev||O||13||9||0||11||6||3|
|6/13/2013||ROGERS(R)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)|| |
|6/14/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ TEXAS||GRIMM(R)|| |
|6/15/2013||JOHNSON(R)||@ TEXAS||LINDBLOM(R)|| |
|6/16/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ TEXAS||HOLLAND(L)|| |
|6/17/2013||WANG(R)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)|| |
|5/31/2013||HOLLAND(L)||KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)||7-2||W||-225||9.5 un||U||14||8||1||9||6||0|
|6/1/2013||TEPESCH(R)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||1-4||L||-125||9 un||U||6||7||1||11||11||1|
|6/2/2013||DARVISH(R)||KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)||3-1||W||-205||8 un||U||6||3||0||5||8||2|
|6/4/2013||GRIMM(R)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)||5-17||L||130||9 ov||O||9||7||2||19||7||0|
|6/5/2013||OGANDO(R)||@ BOSTON||LACKEY(R)||3-2||W||115||9 ev||U||7||6||0||5||8||0|
|6/6/2013||HOLLAND(L)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)||3-6||L||125||8.5 ev||O||10||9||0||13||10||0|
|6/7/2013||TEPESCH(R)||@ TORONTO||ROGERS(R)||1-6||L||105||9.5 un||U||4||3||0||6||2||0|
|6/8/2013||DARVISH(R)||@ TORONTO||BUEHRLE(L)||3-4||L||-145||8.5 un||U||10||17||3||15||16||1|
|6/9/2013||GRIMM(R)||@ TORONTO||JOHNSON(R)||6-4||W||130||9 un||O||9||7||1||6||8||2|
|6/20/2013|| ||OAKLAND|| || |
|TORONTO: HITTING: SS YUNEL ESCOBAR brings a little pop and could score runs in bunches atop a solid lineup. OF JOSE BAUTISTA has simply been the best hitter in baseball the past two seasons. 1B ADAM LIND will have plenty of RBI chances, but his average stinks and he faded late last year. 3B BRETT LAWRIE will be a 30-30 candidate in his prime and he's a solid slugger already. Expect big power numbers but a painful average in C J.P. ARENCIBIA's sophomore season. OF COLBY RASMUS should have his head right this year and could see an uptick in power numbers. 2B KELLY JOHNSON improved his dreadful average after being traded to Toronto. He has great potential as a 20-20 candidate. DH EDWIN ENCARNACION raked at home last season and has the position flexibility to stay in the lineup every day. OF ERIC THAMES will start in left field. Thames has 15-15 potential. OF RAJAI DAVIS' speed makes him worthy of staying in the fourth outfielder role. |
STARTING PITCHING: He's not really an ace, but RICKY ROMERO is a solid innings-eater at the front of the Jays' staff. He's a low-risk, low-reward starting pitcher. BRANDON MORROW's talent is intriguing. His mid-90s heat and deceptive slider lead to huge strikeout tallies, but also leads to a lot of gopher balls. Questionable conditioning was an issue for BRETT CECIL last year, as he gave up a whopping 37 HR between the majors and Triple-A. He seemed to straighten things out over the second half of last season. HENDERSON ALVAREZ's performance as a 21-year-old gives him an inside track for a rotation spot. He has intriguing upside. DUSTIN McGOWAN returned in September from a 38-month layoff to put himself in the mix for the rotation. His mid-90s gas is still there, giving him 175-K potential. KYLE DRABEK has great potential, but he was a disaster in 2011. He could not command his promising arsenal of pitches, and broke down mentally at times.
RELIEF PITCHING: SERGIO SANTOS has unhittable stuff, but will have to battle newcomer FRANCISCO CORDERO as Toronto's closer. Cordero's strikeout rate dropped down to a putrid 5.4 K/9 last year, but he showed great command with a stellar 1.02 WHIP. CASEY JANSSEN was Toronto's most improved pitcher in 2011. He has a sinking fastball, a pretty good K rate and performed quite well against the AL East last season. Prospect JOEL CARRENO, a starter in the minors, is a closer-in-waiting. He was impressive out of the pen after a late-August call-up, and averaged better than a strikeout per inning, albeit with shaky control, in the minors.
|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 (TORONTO-TEXAS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Blue Jays-Rangers Preview* ===========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Toronto (28-36) at Texas (38-26), 8:05 p.m. EDT
Though it's been almost a month since Yu Darvish won for the Texas Rangers, the star right-hander won't complain about how he has pitched of late.
Mired in the longest drought of his young career, Darvish makes his second straight start against the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday night in Arlington.
Darvish (7-2, 2.75 ERA) is 0-1 in four starts since he went 5-0 with a 3.07 ERA over six outings from April 19-May 16. However, the second-year product from Japan has a 2.28 ERA during the winless streak while striking out 32.
"It hasn't really affected me that much," said Darvish, whose previous longest stretch between wins was three starts from July 27-Aug. 6. "I think I've done my job. Wins and losses you can't really control."
His Texas teammates have totaled 10 runs while going 1-3 during that stretch.
"A couple of them, he had to battle. A couple of them, he was crisp," said manager Ron Washington about Darvish, who was given a 9.05 run support average through his first nine starts.
"More than anything, it was us not scoring runs. ... We score some runs for him, he could have a couple of more wins. He's thrown well enough to continue to win ballgames."
Darvish allowed three runs in the third inning and struck out seven while pitching the first seven of a 4-3, 18-inning loss at Toronto on Saturday. He is 2-1 with a 3.12 ERA in four starts against the Blue Jays (28-36), who have dropped three in a row and six of eight at Texas.
The Rangers (38-27), however, have lost two in a row and five of seven. They're coming off a pair of 5-2 losses to Cleveland.
With three hits in Wednesday's defeat, Texas rookie shortstop Jurickson Profar went 5 for 9 in the three-game set against the Indians after going 2 for 16 with seven strikeouts as the Rangers lost two of three at Toronto.
One of those hits came against Esmil Rogers (1-2, 3.60), who makes his third start of the season a day later than expected. Toronto's decisive finale at Chicago on Wednesday was postponed due to the threat of severe weather.
The right-hander, who made 23 appearances out of the bullpen, has a 1.23 ERA without a decision in two starts. He allowed a run and three hits in four innings while striking out six in a 6-1 win over the Rangers on Friday.
"He's part of our five-man rotation now, so we'll just keep everyone in line," manager John Gibbons told the Blue Jays' official website after the postponement.
Rogers, placed in the rotation due to injuries to Brandon Morrow, J.A. Happ and Josh Johnson, had no problem shifting his focus toward a Texas team he faced last week.
"I got already in my mind how I'm going to pitch these guys, how I'm pitching already," he said. "This team is an aggressive team, I have to have all my pitches ready."
Rogers' teammate, Jose Bautista, has three homers in two games this week and is batting .381 in the last four. His solo shot with two outs in the ninth tied the game and paved the way for a 7-5, 10-inning win over the White Sox on Tuesday.
Bautista, however, is 0 for 9 with three strikeouts versus Darvish.
Adam Lind is 3 for 5 against him and hitting .457 in his last 17 contests.
|Last Updated: 8/21/2017 3:46:27 AM EST|