|OAKLAND ( GRIFFIN )|
TEXAS ( LINDBLOM )
|915||OAKLAND||-110||Ov 10,-105||-105||Ov 9.5,-105|
|916||TEXAS||+100||Un 10,-115||-105||Un 9.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||28-20||+8.1||26-21||4.8||0.249||0.320||4.1||0.245||0.298|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.4||3-3||4.6||0.240||0.299||4.3||0.248||0.298|
|vs Right-handed Starters||26-23||-4.9||18-27||4.2||0.258||0.310||4.3||0.249||0.309|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-6.4||2-4||3.3||0.246||0.294||5.9||0.235||0.286|
|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)||4-9||L||-115||9.5 un||O||6||6||0||14||9||0|
|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)|| |
|6/6/2013||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||LINDBLOM(R)||@ NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)|| |
|6/27/2013|| ||@ 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 (43-30) at Texas (39-32), 2:05 p.m. EDT
Considering their recent struggles at the plate, the Texas Rangers have been encouraged about the way they've hit the ball against the Oakland Athletics this week.
Coming off their second big offensive performance in the series, the host Rangers look to take the four-game set from AL West-leading A's on Thursday.
Nelson Cruz and David Murphy each had three hits and Justin Grimm lasted five innings to snap a 17-game winless streak by Texas starting pitchers in Wednesday's 9-4 win over Oakland.
The Rangers (40-32) totaled eight runs and averaged 7.2 hits during a season-high six-game losing streak before winning 8-7 in Monday's series opener with the A's (43-31). After being held to three hits in Tuesday's 6-2 defeat, Texas pounded out 14 to cut Oakland's division lead to two games.
"I think we can go out there now and be competitive," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "I think we got the monkey off our back as far as having a total drought offensively. I think some guys are starting do some things all throughout the lineup.
"We start getting more consistent, then we'll get back to playing our baseball."
Cruz is 6 for 12 with two homers and six RBIs in the series after going 3 for 20 with six strikeouts in the first six games versus Oakland this season.
Murphy was 7 for 50 (.140) in his previous 14 games before he broke out Wednesday.
The Rangers hope to fare better than they did last month against scheduled Oakland starter A.J. Griffin (5-6, 3.93 ERA). The right-hander yielded a home run and struck out eight without a walk in seven innings of a 5-1 victory May 13 to improve to 1-0 with a 2.87 ERA in three starts versus Texas.
Griffin, however, has allowed four runs in four of his last five starts. He served up a grand slam to 41-year-old catcher Henry Blanco in a 4-0 loss to Seattle on Saturday to fall to 0-3 with a 4.15 ERA in his last four outings.
"I was just trying for weak contact and Henry was looking for a well-placed fastball and he hit it," Griffin said. "I watched the video and the pitch went right where (catcher John) Jaso set up, up and in. At the end of the day it's four runs on one pitch."
Chris Young hit a three-run homer and had two of the six hits Wednesday for the A's, who have dropped four of six. Young is batting .192, but is 6 for his last 12 with two home runs and four RBIs.
Young is 0 for 6 with four strikeouts against Texas' Josh Lindblom (0-2, 5.94), who makes his fourth start this season after he allowed four runs on two homers in six innings of a 6-1 loss to Toronto on Saturday.
"Those two pitches, that's been the Achilles' heel of our pitching staff lately," Washington told the Rangers' official website. "One or two pitches cost us."
The right-hander gave four runs and seven hits, including a homer to Seth Smith, over 4 2-3 innings of a 9-2 loss to the A's on May 20.
|Last Updated: 9/18/2014 10:42:42 AM EST|