|OAKLAND ( MILONE )|
TEXAS ( GRIMM )
|969||OAKLAND||+105||Ov 9.5,-120||-115||Ov 9.5,-105|
|970||TEXAS||-115||Un 9.5,+100||+105||Un 9.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||28-19||+9.2||25-21||4.8||0.250||0.320||4.0||0.242||0.296|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.7||2-4||4.7||0.250||0.318||3.3||0.216||0.270|
|vs Left-handed Starters||13-9||+2||7-15||4.5||0.267||0.338||3.7||0.240||0.296|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-8.9||1-5||2.3||0.225||0.285||6.0||0.249||0.293|
|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)||6-2||W||165||8 ev||P||7||5||1||3||4||1|
|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)|| |
|6/26/2013|| ||CINCINNATI|| || |
|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||GRIMM(R)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|6/26/2013|| ||@ 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 JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Oakland (42-30) at Texas (39-31), 8:05 p.m. EDT
The Oakland Athletics can take comfort in knowing they'll leave Texas still leading the AL West.
They can pad their lead by extending the struggles of the second-place Rangers on Wednesday night.
Brandon Moss hit his 13th homer while Jarrod Parker and two relievers held Texas (39-32) to three hits to help Oakland even the four-game set with a 6-2 win Tuesday. The A's (43-30) have dropped three of five since winning 21 of 26, but own a three-game lead over a Rangers club that has lost seven of eight and is 5-12 this month.
Oakland scored five runs in six innings of Yu Darvish, who is winless in six straight starts and 1-4 with a 4.22 ERA in five against the A's.
"We may do better against him than other teams, maybe, because we see him more often being in our division and we always seem to get him," Moss said.
Aside from Monday's 8-7 win over Oakland, Texas has totaled 10 runs in its seven losses over the last eight. Its starting pitchers have gone without a win this month, breaking the team record of 16 straight set in 1975.
"We just went through this spell not scoring runs," manager Ron Washington said. "It's tough for starters to hang out there."
Texas second basemen Ian Kinsler had a hit Tuesday, but also needed stitches near his jaw after a collision at home plate in third inning. Four games back from missing almost a month with an oblique strain, Kinsler was screened for a concussion and remained in the game.
He is 3 for 7 in the series, and 2 for 6 against scheduled Oakland starter Tommy Milone (6-6, 3.61 ERA).
Milone is 1-1 with a 2.18 ERA in his last three starts. He gave up two runs in 6 2-3 innings of a 3-2 loss to Seattle on Friday.
The left-hander, who has allowed two or fewer runs in eight of his 14 starts, posted a 2.50 ERA despite going 0-2 in three road starts against the Rangers last season.
Tied for the team lead with 13 homers, Moss is batting .357 (10 for 28) with four homers and seven RBIs in his last six games. He recorded three home runs for his only hits in his previous 36 at bats.
Moss is 2 for 3 with a double and homer against scheduled Texas starter Justin Grimm (5-5, 5.59), who is 0-2 with an 11.40 ERA in his last three starts. The right-hander allowed seven runs and 10 hits in 7 2-3 innings of an 8-0 loss to Toronto on Friday.
In those three starts, Grimm has endured a six-run inning and two four-run frames.
"I got to learn a little damage control," he told the Rangers' official website. "It seems to be the difference in my last couple outings. It hasn't been terrible; it's just seen one big inning that gets to me."
Grimm allowed five runs and homers to Moss and Yoenis Cespedes in five innings of a 5-1 loss at Oakland on May 13.
|Last Updated: 10/20/2014 6:47:45 AM EST|