|TORONTO ( DICKEY )|
TEXAS ( LINDBLOM )
|967||TORONTO||+110||Ov 10,+100||+115||Ov 9.5,-120|
|968||TEXAS||-120||Un 10,-120||-125||Un 9.5,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||24-25||+0.7||24-24||4.5||0.247||0.317||4.5||0.250||0.315|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+4.1||3-4||5.4||0.247||0.310||3.7||0.232||0.292|
|vs Right-handed Starters||25-20||-1||17-25||4.3||0.260||0.310||4.1||0.250||0.312|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-5.8||1-6||2.9||0.218||0.294||4.6||0.231||0.292|
|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)||3-1||W||215||9 ov||U||4||4||0||6||4||1|
|6/14/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ TEXAS||GRIMM(R)||8-0||W||115||9.5 un||U||11||3||0||5||3||0|
|6/15/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ TEXAS||LINDBLOM(R)|| |
|6/16/2013||WANG(R)||@ TEXAS||HOLLAND(L)|| |
|6/17/2013||JOHNSON(R)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)|| |
|6/22/2013|| ||BALTIMORE|| || |
|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|
|6/21/2013||HOLLAND(L)||@ ST LOUIS||LYONS(L)|| |
|6/22/2013|| ||@ ST LOUIS|| || |
|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) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(UPDATES with Kinsler returning)
*Blue Jays-Rangers Preview* ===========================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Toronto (30-36) at Texas (38-29), 4:05 p.m. EDT
A matchup with the sputtering Texas Rangers might be just what R.A. Dickey needs to break out of his funk.
The Toronto Blue Jays knuckleballer will try to rebound Saturday and become the latest pitcher to stifle the Rangers, who will unexpectedly have second baseman Ian Kinsler back in the lineup.
Dickey (5-8, 5.11 ERA) has yielded at least six runs in three of his last four starts, and had to deal with a dense fog Monday on Chicago's South Side. The right-hander gave up seven runs and 10 hits over five innings in a 10-6 defeat to the White Sox.
"It was the first time I've ever played in those conditions. It was tough. But I had opportunities to make big pitches with two outs," he said.
Dickey will try to get back on track in his second career start against the Rangers (38-29), and first since 2008, with Seattle.
He'll face a team that's batting .216 and has scored 36 runs in 13 games this month, going 4-9. Texas has plated five runs during a season-high four consecutive defeats, all at home.
Elvis Andrus showed his frustration Friday by getting ejected for arguing a called third strike in the sixth inning.
"When going through the spells they're going through, they're going to get upset," manager Ron Washington said. "If they don't get upset, that probably means they don't care."
The Rangers had five singles in an 8-0 loss to the Blue Jays (30-36), who are on the verge of matching their longest win streak in 2013.
"This is what we believed since the beginning that we could do," designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion said. "So we know what we can do and we want to keep doing it."
Texas will try to avoid dropping five straight at home for the first time since Sept. 13-18, 2009. The Rangers are 1-4 against the Blue Jays this season.
The club will get some offensive help with the return of Kinsler, who will lead off after sitting out since May 18 with bruised ribs. Kinsler, hitting .302 with seven home runs and 20 RBIs, hadn't been expected to come off the disabled list for another day or two.
Texas' Josh Lindblom (0-1, 5.91) will try to deny Toronto from winning four straight for the first time since May 11-15 in his third major league start.
After being recalled from the minors to fill in for an injured Alexi Ogando, Lindblom gave up three runs and five hits over a career-high six innings Monday and did not get a decision in a 6-3 win against Cleveland. The right-hander, who has totaled 103 appearances in the majors, also fanned a career-best six batters while issuing one walk.
"In both my starts I've had to go out there and battle, but the other team doesn't care about that," Lindblom told the team's official website. "I was able to compete, even though I didn't have my best fastball, and I was able to keep them off balance."
The Rangers are hoping Jeff Baker can return to help the team's fledgling starter. The utility player sprained his right thumb on a high-five from a teammate in Thursday's opener and is day to day.
Baker is batting .317 with nine home runs, his most since he hit a career-best 12 for Colorado in 2008.
Baker has never faced R.A. Dickey but catcher A.J. Pierzynski is 4 for 9 with a home run and a double all-time versus the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner.
Mark DeRosa is the only current Blue Jays player to register more than one hit against Lindblom, going 2 for 2.
|Last Updated: 9/3/2014 1:43:34 AM EST|