|TEXAS ( TEPESCH )|
ST LOUIS ( WAINWRIGHT )
|975||TEXAS||+182||Ov 7.5,-110||+182||Ov 7.5,+100|
|976||ST LOUIS||-195||Un 7.5,-110||-195||Un 7.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||28-23||-2.2||18-29||4.2||0.258||0.308||4.2||0.251||0.311|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2||3-3||5.0||0.271||0.316||4.7||0.245||0.312|
|vs Right-handed Starters||39-18||+15.8||29-26||5.3||0.286||0.341||3.5||0.244||0.293|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-3.2||2-5||3.6||0.247||0.302||3.6||0.220||0.276|
|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)||6-4||W||-105||8 ov||O||11||8||0||6||7||1|
|6/22/2013||PEREZ(L)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||4-2||W||165||8 un||U||9||6||0||7||4||1|
|6/23/2013||TEPESCH(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|6/25/2013||DARVISH(R)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|6/26/2013||GRIMM(R)||@ NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)|| |
|6/27/2013||HOLLAND(L)||@ NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)|| |
|6/30/2013|| ||CINCINNATI|| || |
|6/9/2013||LYNN(R)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)||11-4||W||-115||8 un||O||14||8||1||6||6||0|
|6/11/2013||WACHA(R)||@ NY METS||HEFNER(R)||9-2||W||-135||8 ov||O||12||7||1||5||6||2|
|6/12/2013||MILLER(R)||@ NY METS||GEE(R)||1-5||L||-180||7.5 un||U||6||7||1||6||2||0|
|6/13/2013||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ NY METS||HARVEY(R)||2-1||W||-135||6.5 un||U||10||7||0||7||8||0|
|6/14/2013||WESTBROOK(R)||@ MIAMI||FERNANDEZ(R)||4-5||L||-130||7.5 un||O||8||6||1||10||6||1|
|6/15/2013||LYNN(R)||@ MIAMI||KOEHLER(R)||13-7||W||-185||7.5 un||O||17||8||0||11||8||0|
|6/16/2013||LYONS(L)||@ MIAMI||NOLASCO(R)||2-7||L||-135||8 un||O||5||7||0||11||8||2|
|6/17/2013||MILLER(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||5-2||W||-210||7.5 un||U||8||4||0||5||7||2|
|6/18/2013||WAINWRIGHT(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||2-4||L||-210||7 un||U||8||4||0||8||5||0|
|6/19/2013||WESTBROOK(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||4-1||W||-165||8.5 un||U||9||6||2||2||4||0|
|6/20/2013||LYNN(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||FELDMAN(R)||6-1||W||-175||7.5 ev||U||10||6||0||5||6||0|
|6/25/2013||WESTBROOK(R)||@ HOUSTON||BEDARD(L)|| |
|6/26/2013||LYNN(R)||@ HOUSTON||HARRELL(R)|| |
|6/28/2013||LYONS(L)||@ OAKLAND||COLON(R)|| |
|6/29/2013||MILLER(R)||@ OAKLAND||STRAILY(R)|| |
|6/30/2013|| ||@ OAKLAND|| || |
|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.
|ST LOUIS: HITTING: Alienate and trade your talented young centerfielder for bullpen scraps and a middling, impending free-agent starter. Justify your ludicrous pitching changes by blaming crowd noise and your innocent bullpen coach'and you too could win a World Series! This was Tony La Russa baseball. But he's gone now, as is the all-world Albert Pujols. SS RAFAEL FURCAL liked his short stint in the Show Me State enough to sign up for more. OF CARLOS BELTRAN will hit second after an impressive 2011 campaign during which he produced solid numbers in pitchers' parks amidst weak lineups. 2Bs TYLER GREENE and DANIEL DESCALSO are the latest plucky 'gamer' to play infield at Busch. Resuscitated slugger 1B LANCE BERKMAN shifts to a much more suitable defensive position. OF MATT HOLLIDAY's OPS remains as strong as ever. 3B DAVID FREESE will never have to buy a drink in Missouri again after his postseason heroics. C YADIER MOLINA is a defensive whiz behind the plate and an underrated hitter. OFs ALLEN CRAIG and JON JAY are more suited to platoon roles, but Jay will be starting in center on Opening Day. |
STARTING PITCHING: His stuff isn't nearly what it used to be, and he's more than earned his reputation within the game as a towering crybaby. But on the mound, CHRIS CARPENTER remains ruthlessly effective when he's healthy. But he'll miss the first couple of months of the 2012 campaign due to shoulder problems. ADAM WAINWRIGHT should be ready to go on Opening Day, and has shown every reason to think he'll be his old brilliant self. JAIME GARCIA cannot sustain a sub-2.00 ERA for a full season. He's a mid-rotation starter, but one of the better ones in all of baseball. Did KYLE LOHSE really register a 1.17 WHIP over an entire season? Really? He just doesn't miss enough bats to keep that going. JAKE WESTBROOK stayed healthy for a full season again, which is a relief given his past dalliances with the DL. He's an innings eater who's capable of another dozen wins. LANCE LYNN gives the Cardinals enviable depth in the rotation. He'll probably slide back to the bullpen once Carpenter returns. Uber-prospect SHELBY MILLER could be a second-half call-up.
RELIEF PITCHING: It doesn't look pretty when JASON MOTTE winds up and delivers a pitch, but in the end, results are results. The converted catcher has finally nailed down the closer role that many predicted would be his a few years ago. The only way he loses it this time is if he hurts himself with that painful delivery. FERNANDO SALAS can more than hold his own if that happens. He'll slot into the eighth-inning role, but he provides more of the pitching depth that is a hallmark of this Cardinals team. KYLE McCLELLAN, like Lynn, is serviceable both in relief or in the rotation. But he's better in the former role.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (TEXAS-ST LOUIS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rangers-Cardinals Preview* ===========================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Texas (42-32) at St. Louis (47-27), 8:05 p.m. EDT
While it won't erase the bitter memory of losing the 2011 World Series, a sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals could help the Texas Rangers pad their lead atop the AL West
The Cardinals' Adam Wainwright will try to thwart the Rangers' attempt at a season-high fifth straight victory by becoming the NL's first 11-game winner Sunday night.
In its first trip to Busch Stadium since blowing Games 6 and 7 of the 2011 World Series, Texas (43-32) has handled St. Louis so far, rallying for a 6-4 win Friday and taking control early in a 4-2 victory Saturday. Nelson Cruz and A.J. Pierzynski homered in the first three innings, and the Cardinals (47-28) registered only four singles in the final seven frames.
The Rangers' fifth win in six contests coupled with an Oakland loss in Seattle pushed Texas percentage points ahead of the Athletics in the division. The Rangers trailed Oakland by three games after losing for a sixth straight time last Sunday.
The Rangers have cut their deficit in part by scoring 33 runs in their last six games, including three wins against the A's earlier this week. They plated 39 during a 4-11 start to this month.
"We're just taking a lot of energy and a lot of intensity into each game," outfielder David Murphy told the team's website. "Obviously, we're swinging the bat better and pitching well, things are going better. We're in a good place and we need to focus on staying here as long as we can."
Texas has the difficult task of keeping that momentum going against Wainwright (10-4, 2.37 ERA), who had a streak of five consecutive winning starts snapped in his most recent outing.
The right-hander suffered a 4-2 loss to the lowly Chicago Cubs on Tuesday by giving up four runs in seven innings. He had a 1.64 ERA during his season-best win streak.
"If they had a happy zone, I found it," Wainwright said. "I threw it in the worst possible spot every time."
Wainwright missed the chance to pitch in the 2011 World Series after undergoing Tommy John surgery before the season and has never faced Texas.
He'll try to join Detroit's Max Scherzer as the only 11-game winners in the majors. Wainwright will also try to help spoil the struggling Nick Tepesch's first start in his home state.
The rookie right-hander is 0-2 with a 9.77 ERA in his last three starts and matched a career worst by allowing six runs in his 3 2-3 innings against Oakland on Monday. The Kansas City native and former University of Missouri player, though, avoided his fourth straight loss when the Rangers rallied for an 8-7 victory.
Teams are batting .168 against Tepesch (3-6, 4.84) in their first time through the lineup but .260 in their second look and .397 in their third.
"He's got to figure out what he's doing early to get outs and do it late," manager Ron Washington told the team's website. "Right now, he's getting challenged."
Tepesch will try to pull out of his funk while giving Texas its longest win streak since June 26-30.
|Last Updated: 8/29/2014 9:18:45 AM EST|