|TEXAS ( HOLLAND )|
BALTIMORE ( FELDMAN )
|913||TEXAS||+110||Ov 9,+100||+100||Ov 8.5,-110|
|914||BALTIMORE||-120||Un 9,-120||-110||Un 8.5,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||34-26||+0.9||21-35||4.2||0.252||0.304||4.0||0.249||0.310|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-2.2||4-3||4.6||0.264||0.328||5.3||0.283||0.348|
|vs Left-handed Starters||14-12||+1.2||9-14||4.4||0.264||0.313||4.1||0.251||0.300|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.2||0-6||2.9||0.212||0.249||3.0||0.242||0.304|
|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||FELDMAN(R)|| |
|7/9/2013||PEREZ(L)||@ BALTIMORE||BRITTON(L)|| |
|7/10/2013||TEPESCH(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GONZALEZ(R)|| |
|7/11/2013||DARVISH(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)|| |
|7/12/2013||GRIMM(R)||@ DETROIT||FISTER(R)|| |
|7/13/2013||HOLLAND(L)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)|| |
|7/14/2013||PEREZ(L)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)|| |
|6/28/2013||MCFARLAND(L)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||4-3||W||-115||8.5 ev||U||5||2||0||11||9||1|
|6/29/2013||BRITTON(L)||NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)||11-3||W||-135||9 un||O||15||5||1||11||10||0|
|6/30/2013||TILLMAN(R)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||4-2||W||-130||8.5 un||U||8||4||0||6||8||0|
|7/2/2013||HAMMEL(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)||2-5||L||-120||8.5 un||U||8||7||0||10||7||0|
|7/3/2013||FELDMAN(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)||4-2||W||-125||8.5 un||U||9||8||0||9||7||0|
|7/4/2013||BRITTON(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||2-3||L||-105||9 ov||U||3||3||1||7||4||1|
|7/5/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||@ NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)||2-3||L||-110||9 un||U||3||2||2||7||13||0|
|7/6/2013||TILLMAN(R)||@ NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||4-5||L||110||9 ov||P||11||5||0||10||8||1|
|7/7/2013||HAMMEL(R)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||2-1||W||110||9 un||U||6||6||0||6||7||0|
|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.
|BALTIMORE: HITTING: The leadoff spot is 2B BRIAN ROBERTS' if he can stay on the field. His recent injury history is very troubling, though his talent makes him a risk worth taking. 2B ROBERT ANDINO and 2B RYAN ADAMS would compete for time if Roberts is out. The O's best hitter last year was arguably SS J.J. HARDY. He was healthy for the first time in years and flexed his legit 30-HR power. If Roberts and Hardy stay healthy, OF NICK MARKAKIS will likely hit third and see an increase in RBI chances. OF ADAM JONES seems to have the highest ceiling of any Baltimore hitter. 3B MARK REYNOLDS will probably end up at 1B. His horrendous average cancels out some of his 40-HR potential. OF NOLAN REIMOLD revived his MLB career with an impressive end of the season. He's got a shot to start in left. 1B CHRIS DAVIS is a candidate to start at first, third or DH as sort of a Junior Mark Reynolds. C MATT WIETERS is already one of the best two-way backstops in baseball at age 25. |
STARTING PITCHING: WEI-YIN CHEN pitched well enough in Japan (2.48 ERA, 1.06 WHIP in past four seasons) to become the de-facto ace of this horrible pitching staff. JAKE ARRIETA is a mediocre talent, but is good enough to secure a spot as a Baltimore starter. JASON HAMMEL hopes the switch from Coors Field will help lower his career ERA of 4.99. The highest-risk, highest-potential O's pitcher may be BRIAN MATUSZ. His 2011 line is frightening (10.69 ERA, 2.11 WHIP), but he has the raw skills and pitch repertoire to turn it around. TOMMY HUNTER came over from Texas midseason and should round out the rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: There was talk of JIM JOHNSON being converted into a starter, but he'll open the season as the team's closer. Johnson established himself as the O's best option to close after going 7-for-7 in that role last September. KEVIN GREGG would step in as the ninth-inning man if Johnson falters. He was unstable in that role last year. Gregg is a trade candidate this midseason, in which case he'd probably end up a set-up man elsewhere. Flame-throwing MATT LINDSTROM is a darkhorse for saves. He saved 23 games for Houston in 2010 before being used as a set-up man in Colorado last year. TSUYOSHI WADA brings his finesse game from Japan. He's a heady hurler who hides the ball well, but he's in for a rude awakening in the A.L. East. BRAD BERGESEN and CHRIS JAKUBAUSKAS are long relievers who may get bumped into the rotation if the young Baltimore SPs struggle again.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (TEXAS-BALTIMORE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rangers-Orioles Preview* =========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Texas (50-37) at Baltimore (48-40), 7:05 p.m. EDT
It's hard to imagine where the Baltimore Orioles would be without Chris Davis.
Manager Buck Showalter's team will be counting on another former Texas Ranger the rest of the way, too.
Scott Feldman gets the ball as the Orioles open a four-game set Monday night against the visiting Rangers, who try to avenge a loss in last year's wild-card game.
Acquired from Texas (51-37) in July 2011, Davis leads the majors with 33 homers and ranks second with 85 RBIs - matching his totals from all of last season. The Orioles (49-40) are also expecting to get a boost from Feldman (0-0, 3.00 ERA), who was acquired from the Chicago Cubs in a four-player deal last week.
In his first start since the trade, Feldman allowed two runs in six innings but didn't receive a decision in Wednesday's 4-2 road win over the White Sox.
"That's Scott," Showalter told MLB's official website. "You could see in his eyes that he got a little confident as the game went on. He's got a lot of things - catcher catching a guy for the first time, he's got a pair of pants he's never had on. It didn't look like they fit too well. Had a brand new pair of shoes that probably hurt his feet a little bit. I thought he handled all the adjustments in his life well, but Scotty's been down this road before."
After spending the first eight years of his career with the Rangers, Feldman became a free agent in October after his team option was declined. He threw seven scoreless innings against his former team May 6, leading the Cubs to a 9-2 win.
"I tried to just relax out there and everything, but obviously I know a lot of those guys and I've got a lot of respect for them," he said afterward. "I had a great seven or eight years over there and made some good friends."
The Rangers have taken 10 of 12 regular season matchups from Baltimore. Texas, though, couldn't keep up when it mattered most, falling 5-1 in last year's wild-card game.
The Orioles had dropped three in a row before pulling out a thrilling 2-1 win at Yankee Stadium on Sunday. Adam Jones provided all the offense with a two-run homer off Mariano Rivera in the ninth inning.
"It's off the greatest closer in the history of the game. I'll always remember it," said Jones, one of four Orioles named to next week's All-Star game. "You've got to win, and we haven't been playing that well. We need to tighten up. We need to clean it up around here."
Winners in 12 of 17, the Rangers beat Houston 5-4 on Sunday. A.J. Pierzynski hit a three-run homer and Adrian Beltre, batting .417 during a nine-game hitting streak, went deep for the fourth time in as many days.
Having made his way back from elbow reconstruction surgery, Joakim Soria threw a perfect inning of relief in his first big league appearance in nearly two years.
The Rangers now turn to Derek Holland (6-4, 3.13), who struck out a season high-tying 10 over six innings of two-run ball Wednesday in a 4-2, 10-inning loss to Seattle.
The left-hander has won each of his last three outings versus Baltimore while compiling a 1.42 ERA. Jones is 1 for 10 with six strikeouts in their matchups while Matt Wieters and J.J. Hardy are a combined 0 for 15.
Holland is 3-0 with a 2.40 ERA over a six-start stretch on the road.
|Last Updated: 9/20/2014 11:00:53 AM EST|