|SEATTLE ( HERNANDEZ )|
TEXAS ( HOLLAND )
|967||SEATTLE||+120||Ov 8,-115||+125||Ov 8,+100|
|968||TEXAS||-130||Un 8,-105||-135||Un 8,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||13-14||+0.1||13-12||3.9||0.229||0.293||4.5||0.262||0.312|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1||6-1||5.0||0.243||0.308||4.9||0.251||0.289|
|vs Right-handed Starters||32-25||+0.3||19-34||4.1||0.252||0.304||4.0||0.247||0.307|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.3||3-4||3.7||0.239||0.293||3.7||0.240||0.298|
|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)||9-2||W||150||9.5 un||O||13||8||1||11||9||1|
|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)|| |
|7/10/2013|| ||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||PEREZ(L)||@ BALTIMORE||BRITTON(L)|| |
|7/10/2013|| ||@ 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) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Mariners-Rangers Preview* ==========================
By JONAH ROSENBLUM STATS Writer
Seattle (35-47) at Texas (48-34), 8:05 p.m. EDT
Felix Hernandez quickly put his worst start of the season behind him.
Now, the Seattle Mariners, coming off one of their best offensive performances of the season, will try to give Hernandez his first win in three tries this year against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night.
Hernandez (8-4, 2.70 ERA) wasted little time recovering from a dismal start against the Los Angeles Angels on June 20 in which he allowed season highs of seven runs and 12 hits over five innings. He was back to his usual self last Wednesday, yielding two runs and six hits while striking out 11 in seven innings but left without a decision in a 4-2 loss to Pittsburgh.
"I had pretty good command on my fastball and the breaking ball was a little better," Hernandez said.
Hernandez, who received just 27 runs of support over his first 11 starts, has garnered 28 while posting a 3-0 record over his last six.
On Wednesday, he'll be backed by a Mariners' offense that is coming off a nine-run display, tied for its second-best output of the season. The Mariners (36-47) managed just three runs in their first series in Arlington this season.
After hitting two home runs Tuesday, Kendrys Morales has doubled his total from June and is 9 for his last 21 (.429).
"I worked in the cage the last three or four days to make adjustments to feel more comfortable," Morales said through a translator. "I want to take an aggressive approach every time. That's what it takes to be a winner."
Meanwhile, Raul Ibanez has homered in consecutive games for the sixth time this season. He is tied for fifth in the AL with 20 home runs.
"I think the whole team swung the bats well," Ibanez said. "Even the outs that were made were good swings. It was a good collective effort."
Hernandez might need the help given his history against Texas (48-35). The Rangers have beaten him 18 times, while no other team has topped him on more than 12 occasions. Texas has beaten Seattle's ace twice in 2013 and is also responsible for two of three outings this season in which the right-hander has surrendered double-digit hits. The Rangers reached Hernandez for three runs and 10 hits in 6 2-3 innings April 11 and then followed with five runs and 11 hits in 5 2-3 innings May 25.
Several Texas hitters have fared well against him. David Murphy is 21 for 69 (.304) in their matchups though he has struck out 16 times, while Elvis Andrus is 17 for 57 (.298) and Adrian Beltre is 7 for 22 (.318).
Looking to restore the Rangers pitching staff's prior success over the Mariners is Derek Holland (6-4, 3.14). The left-hander is coming off one of the best games of his career, a two-hit shutout at Yankee Stadium on Thursday.
Holland needed just 92 pitches to record his sixth career complete game and his first since he recorded three in July of 2011.
"You think positive thoughts," Holland said. "You can't let any negativity get in there."
Holland, who had surrendered four runs in each of his three starts prior to Thursday, has dominated the Mariners of late. In his last two starts against Seattle, he has scattered eight hits and two unearned runs over 14 1-3 innings.
Texas DH Lance Berkman (sore right knee) could return to the lineup Wednesday after missing four straight games.
|Last Updated: 8/28/2014 4:22:43 AM EST|