|OAKLAND ( PARKER )|
TEXAS ( DARVISH )
|919||OAKLAND||+150||Ov 8.5,-115||+155||Ov 8,-105|
|920||TEXAS||-160||Un 8.5,-105||-165||Un 8,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||27-19||+7.6||25-21||4.8||0.251||0.321||4.1||0.244||0.298|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.1||3-4||4.7||0.260||0.325||3.6||0.236||0.292|
|vs Right-handed Starters||26-22||-3.1||18-27||4.3||0.261||0.312||4.2||0.250||0.310|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-8.8||1-6||2.3||0.239||0.303||5.9||0.264||0.310|
|6/4/2013||GRIFFIN(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||LOHSE(R)||3-4||L||-125||9 un||U||9||9||0||10||9||0|
|6/5/2013||COLON(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)||6-1||W||-125||8.5 un||U||10||3||1||9||9||0|
|6/6/2013||STRAILY(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||5-4||W||-130||8 un||O||9||3||0||9||6||0|
|6/7/2013||PARKER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||4-3||W||120||7.5 un||U||6||4||2||5||4||1|
|6/8/2013||MILONE(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)||1-4||L||-130||8.5 ov||U||4||3||1||7||6||1|
|6/9/2013||GRIFFIN(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)||2-4||L||-130||8.5 un||U||5||5||0||7||5||1|
|6/11/2013||COLON(R)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||6-4||W||-115||7 un||O||9||3||0||10||9||0|
|6/12/2013||STRAILY(R)||NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||5-2||W||-110||7.5 un||U||8||10||1||4||6||0|
|6/13/2013||PARKER(R)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||3-2||W||-110||7.5 un||U||12||12||2||10||14||0|
|6/17/2013||STRAILY(R)||@ TEXAS||TEPESCH(R)||7-8||L||105||9.5 un||O||8||4||1||12||6||0|
|6/18/2013||PARKER(R)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)|| |
|6/19/2013||MILONE(L)||@ TEXAS||GRIMM(R)|| |
|6/20/2013||GRIFFIN(R)||@ TEXAS||LINDBLOM(R)|| |
|6/21/2013||COLON(R)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)|| |
|6/22/2013||STRAILY(R)||@ SEATTLE||HARANG(R)|| |
|6/23/2013||PARKER(R)||@ SEATTLE||BONDERMAN(R)|| |
|6/25/2013|| ||CINCINNATI|| || |
|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||DARVISH(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|6/25/2013|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|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 ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Oakland (42-29) at Texas (38-31), 8:05 p.m. EDT
The Texas Rangers showed more spark than they had in the past week by rallying to win their series opener against the AL West-leading Oakland Athletics.
The Rangers will next try to give Yu Darvish some more support while denying A's right-hander Jarrod Parker a career high-tying fourth consecutive victory Tuesday night.
Texas was outscored 34-8 during a six-game losing streak but avoided its longest skid in five years with an 8-7 victory Monday. The Rangers gave up six runs in the fourth inning but responded by taking the lead for good in the fifth.
A.J. Pierzynski hit a two-out RBI double, and Nelson Cruz drove in two more runs with his second homer of the night. The win pushed Texas (39-31) to within two games of Oakland (42-30) in the division.
"We were looking for what happened, get some base hits in RBI situations and just keep grinding," manager Ron Washington said. "They just showed what they have the capability of doing, what they did tonight."
The Rangers will try to slice that deficit again with help from Darvish (7-2, 2.64 ERA), who has a 2.08 ERA in his last five starts. The right-hander, though, is winless in those games and started that stretch with a 1-0 home loss to Oakland on May 21.
Texas has provided him a combined seven runs in those five outings and gave him one in a 3-1 defeat to Toronto on Thursday. Darvish allowed one run and three hits over seven innings while striking out nine and avoiding the loss.
"Some games you get a lot of run support, and some games you don't. My approach to the game is the same, try to minimize the damage as much as I can," Darvish told the team's website through an interpreter. "My job is to contribute to the team as much as possible and make the game as close as possible."
Darvish has lost three straight starts against Oakland but has given up a combined four runs in his last two matchups, covering 13 innings. He has been given two total runs of support in those three games.
Parker, meanwhile, has gotten a combined 25 runs from the A's in four career matchups with Texas. However, only one of those runs came in his most recent start against the Rangers, a 3-1 loss in Arlington on May 22.
Parker (5-6, 4.45) allowed three runs over seven innings in his first career defeat to Texas. He's 3-1 with a 3.00 ERA in four all-time matchups.
Parker is 3-0 with a 1.91 ERA in his last four overall starts but did not earn a victory Thursday for the first time since last month's loss to Texas. He yielded two runs over eight innings to the Yankees before the A's won 3-2 in 18.
Parker earned a career-best four straight wins Sept. 10-Oct. 1.
It's unknown if Oakland's Yoenis Cespedes will return to the outfield Tuesday. Cespedes, batting .185 against Texas this season, has spent four games at designated hitter since injuring his hamstring last Tuesday.
"If he can get in the outfield, then I can DH somebody else and use a little bit more of the roster," manager Bob Melvin told the team's website.
Texas' Lance Berkman might return to the lineup Tuesday for the first time in three games. The 37-year-old designated hitter is batting .194 (12 for 64) with one homer and three RBIs in his last 17 contests, and might be feeling the effects of four career knee operations.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 10:39:26 AM EST|