|SEATTLE ( SAUNDERS )|
TEXAS ( GRIMM )
|915||SEATTLE||+150||Ov 10,-115||+145||Ov 9.5,-110|
|916||TEXAS||-160||Un 10,-105||-155||Un 9.5,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||22-33||-11.3||26-26||3.5||0.240||0.302||4.4||0.253||0.306|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.3||6-1||4.7||0.246||0.314||5.3||0.255||0.297|
|vs Left-handed Starters||16-9||+5.2||10-15||4.8||0.276||0.342||3.8||0.240||0.300|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.7||2-5||3.7||0.225||0.280||2.6||0.222||0.281|
|6/18/2013||BONDERMAN(R)||@ LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)||3-2||W||185||9 un||U||8||8||0||8||9||0|
|6/19/2013||SAUNDERS(L)||@ LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)||0-1||L||200||8 un||U||2||4||1||6||6||0|
|6/20/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ LA ANGELS||HANSON(R)||9-10||L||-105||7 un||O||12||8||2||17||9||0|
|6/28/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||5-4||W||-150||7 un||O||9||11||1||7||2||0|
|6/29/2013||HARANG(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||3-5||L||+100||7 ov||O||10||8||0||10||6||0|
|6/30/2013||BONDERMAN(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||6-7||L||-115||8 ov||O||10||7||1||9||6||0|
|7/2/2013||SAUNDERS(L)||@ TEXAS||GRIMM(R)|| |
|7/3/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ TEXAS||HOLLAND(L)|| |
|7/4/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||@ TEXAS||PEREZ(L)|| |
|7/5/2013||HARANG(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)|| |
|7/6/2013||BONDERMAN(R)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)|| |
|7/7/2013||SAUNDERS(L)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)|| |
|7/9/2013|| ||BOSTON|| || |
|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)||2-1||W||175||7.5 ev||U||7||6||0||7||7||1|
|6/25/2013||DARVISH(R)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||3-4||L||-120||7.5 ev||U||7||5||2||8||8||1|
|6/26/2013||GRIMM(R)||@ NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||8-5||W||120||9 un||O||13||8||0||10||5||2|
|6/27/2013||HOLLAND(L)||@ NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||2-0||W||-125||8.5 ev||U||6||4||0||2||2||0|
|7/8/2013||HOLLAND(L)||@ BALTIMORE||GONZALEZ(R)|| |
|7/9/2013|| ||@ BALTIMORE|| || |
|SEATTLE: HITTING: C/DH JESUS MONTERO was brought over from the Yankees to hit in the heart of the order. At age 22, his offensive potential is scary. OF ICHIRO SUZUKI is entering the twilight of his career, but he might still have another .300 season left. 2B DUSTIN ACKLEY is the kind of line-drive hitter who fits well in Safeco, but he needs to catch up to MLB pitching. 1B JUSTIN SMOAK has disappointed, but he's making strides and has 30-HR upside. OF CASPER WELLS could play everyday. He won't hit for average, but has the power Seattle needs. MIKE CARP figures to at least grab early at-bats against righties. He'll strike out, but has lots of power. OF FRANKLIN GUTIERREZ is out for at least a month with a pectoral injury, but will reclaim his starting gig based on his defense. Seattle would love to see OF MICHAEL SAUNDERS step up to replace Gutierrez, but he's shown no signs of being able to handle MLB pitching. C MIGUEL OLIVO still has solid power, but he's an all-or-nothing hitter. 3B CHONE FIGGINS isn't quite done, but he's close. He'll have to battle line-drive hitting KYLE SEAGER for a job. SS BRENDAN RYAN will stick around for defense, but his bat is barely good enough for a regular gig. |
STARTING PITCHING: FELIX HERNANDEZ had a touch of bad luck last year, but he's one of the few pitchers in baseball who's a lock for 200 strikeouts. JASON VARGAS just keeps throwing strikes and letting his defense make plays. He'll get by fine again in spacious Safeco. BLAKE BEAVAN doesn't have a strikeout pitch, but he'll make few mistakes and get some outs thanks to a strong defense. HECTOR NOESI, who also came over from New York with Montero, isn't a big strikeout pitcher, but has good control and is savvy enough to get his shot in Seattle's rotation this year. 37-year-old journeyman KEVIN MILLWOOD will fill out the fifth spot in the rotation after a solid spring. Top prospect DANNY HULTZEN could break into the bigs in 2012. The lefty has the polish of a big leaguer right now, though his ceiling is more good-not-great.
RELIEF PITCHING: Like many rebuilding teams, the Mariners will continue to shop their closer. BRANDON LEAGUE will pick up saves in Seattle, but he's more of a groundball pitcher than a strikeout artist. He'd likely be ticketed for a set-up role elsewhere. If League is traded, the closer role is wide open. SHAWN KELLEY came back from Tommy John surgery late last year and looked as good as ever. If he picks up where he left off last year, he'd be an obvious choice for ninth inning duties. CHANCE RUFFIN, part of the Doug Fister trade, has a strong minor-league track record. He could carve out a big role in this bullpen if he can improve his command.
|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 (SEATTLE-TEXAS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(Corrects Ibanez's June HR total to 10)
*Mariners-Rangers Preview* ==========================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
Seattle (35-47) at Texas (48-34), 8:05 p.m. EDT
It was an up-and-down June for the AL West-leading Texas Rangers.
It was mostly down for right-hander Justin Grimm, who's hoping another start against the Seattle Mariners in Tuesday's series opener will help him and his club get off to a better start in July.
Texas (48-34) entered June three games up on Oakland for the West lead, but lost 12 of 17 to fall three back of the top spot. The Rangers, though, finished the month with a half-game division lead over the Athletics after winning for the ninth time in 11 games Sunday, 3-2 over Cincinnati.
"It's the best .500 month ever - to go from where we were and the stretch we knew we had in front of us," closer Joe Nathan told the Rangers' official website. "... Guys knew not to give up and keep pressing on."
Grimm (7-5, 5.56 ERA) will try to do that after going 2-2 with a 9.00 ERA in five June starts. The rookie had the majors' worst ERA in that month of anyone to pitch at least 25 innings, and he's failed to make it through six in half of his 14 starts this season.
"I'm not happy being a five-and-dive guy," he said after allowing three runs over five innings in Wednesday's 8-5 win in the Bronx.
Grimm has gone at least six while winning his last two starts against the Mariners (35-47), giving up five total runs in 12 1-3 innings.
"It's Seattle. ... they've seen me here or there, but if I'm executing my pitches, I'll get them out," Grimm said.
Losers of nine of 13, the Mariners could use a quality start from Joe Saunders (5-8, 4.98) as they kick off their six-game trip. The left-hander, though, has a 9.91 ERA while losing all seven regular-season starts in Arlington after lasting 4 2-3 innings and yielding all the runs in 7-0 loss April 19.
Saunders won the 2012 AL wild-card game at Rangers Ballpark while with Baltimore, but no pitcher in the stadium's history has that many regular-season losses without a victory.
"You know it's going to be hot, you know it's going to be steamy, and you've just got to try to hydrate the best you can," he told the Mariners' official website. "... You've just got to go out there and execute your pitches."
That didn't happen last Tuesday when Saunders was charged with six runs and six hits - including three homers - in 1 2-3 innings of a 9-4 loss to Pittsburgh.
Saunders has surrendered four homers to Ian Kinsler - his most to anyone - but the second baseman is 0 for 6 in that matchup this season. Kinsler is hitless in his last 15 at-bats.
Leonys Martin, who has hit safely in 14 straight, went 3 for 7 as the Rangers outscored the Mariners 23-3 in their lone visit to Arlington this season from April 19-21.
Kyle Seager had six of the Mariners' 18 hits in that set and is batting .366 in the season series as Seattle has dropped seven of 10. Seager, 3 for 9 with two doubles off Grimm, has two hits - both homers - in 27 at-bats over the last six games.
With Dustin Ackley, Franklin Gutierrez and Michael Morse injured, the Mariners could use more power from Raul Ibanez, whose 10 homers in June matched a career high in a month.
It's uncertain if Lance Berkman will return after missing the Rangers' weekend series with a knee injury suffered when he stumbled down the stairs of the team's charter plane.
|Last Updated: 9/19/2014 4:52:24 AM EST|