|TORONTO ( WANG )|
TEXAS ( HOLLAND )
|923||TORONTO||+165||Ov 10,-110||+175||Ov 10,-105|
|924||TEXAS||-175||Un 10,-110||-185||Un 10,-115|
|vs Left-handed Starters||6-11||-6.4||12-5||4.4||0.265||0.301||6.1||0.286||0.353|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+4.2||3-4||5.4||0.247||0.308||3.7||0.245||0.308|
|vs Right-handed Starters||25-21||-2.2||17-26||4.3||0.259||0.310||4.1||0.249||0.311|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-5.6||1-6||2.6||0.237||0.304||4.9||0.234||0.294|
|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)||6-1||W||105||9.5 ov||U||8||4||0||9||11||1|
|6/16/2013||WANG(R)||@ TEXAS||HOLLAND(L)|| |
|6/17/2013||JOHNSON(R)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)|| |
|6/23/2013|| ||BALTIMORE|| || |
|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||TEPESCH(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)|| |
|6/23/2013|| ||@ 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) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Blue Jays-Rangers Preview* ===========================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Toronto (30-36) at Texas (38-29), 3:05 p.m. EDT
On the verge of their longest winning streak in nearly two years, the Toronto Blue Jays are slowly creeping back to .500.
The Texas Rangers, meanwhile, are trying to avoid their worst home losing streak in eight years.
The surging Blue Jays look for a historic sweep in Arlington on Sunday against a Texas team that has dropped five straight at home.
Following Saturday's 6-1 victory, Toronto (31-36) has a chance to win five consecutive games for the first time since July 8-15, 2011, and capture the first four-game sweep at Texas in the 36-year history of the franchise.
The Blue Jays, whose run has come after dropping the opener of a rainout-shortened six-game trip, have moved within five games of the break-even point for the first time since April 25, when they were 9-14.
Toronto has also won seven of nine overall, largely because the pitching staff has a 1.36 ERA in those victories.
Chien-Ming Wang (0-0, 6.14 ERA) hopes to become the latest pitcher to shut down a scuffling Texas offense that's batting .224 and has totaled six runs during a season-worst five-game skid.
The Rangers (38-30), winless since the opener of an 11-game homestand, are 3 for 26 with runners in scoring position during the losing streak. They haven't dropped six straight at home since a seven-game slide from July 20-Aug. 3, 2005.
"It's just simple baseball, getting base hits with runners in scoring position," manager Ron Washington said. "It's not just one part of the batting order. It's up and down the lineup."
They'll try to turn things around against Wang, who makes his second start after signing with the injury-riddled Blue Jays on Monday. The right-hander lasted 7 1-3 innings while giving up five runs and 10 hits in a 7-5, 10-inning win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday.
"I thought he did a great job," manager John Gibbons said. "He really did."
Wang, who went 2-3 with a 6.68 ERA for Washington last season, is 2-1 with a 6.12 ERA in four career starts against the Rangers, though hasn't faced them since 2009.
Adrian Beltre (3 for 20), A.J. Pierzynski (0 for 8) and Nelson Cruz (1 for 7) haven't been able to figure out Wang, though David Murphy is 3 for 5 with a double in their matchups.
Beltre has been a bright spot for the sputtering Rangers, going 6 for 13 with two walks in his last four games.
Second baseman Ian Kinsler, who missed 25 games because of bruised ribs, went 0 for 4 after making a surprising return Saturday. He's hitless in six career at-bats against Wang.
Texas, 1-5 versus Toronto this season, hopes left-hander Derek Holland (5-3, 3.11) can bounce back from a disappointing effort in his last start.
Holland had won four straight decisions before getting pinned with his first loss since April 27 on Tuesday. He allowed four runs and nine hits over a season-low 4 1-3 innings in a 5-2 loss to Cleveland.
Holland is 3-0 with a 2.39 ERA in four starts versus the Blue Jays since getting tagged for a career-worst 10 runs over three-plus innings against them Aug. 31, 2009.
Slugger Jose Bautista is 3 for 14 all-time against Holland, while Melky Cabrera is 1 for 19 in his last five games against the Rangers.
Teammate Colby Rasmus, however, has homered in each of the last two games of this series.
|Last Updated: 8/29/2014 12:31:46 AM EST|