|BALTIMORE ( GONZALEZ )|
TEXAS ( WOLF )
|925||BALTIMORE||+100||Ov 10,-110||+105||Ov 9.5,-115|
|926||TEXAS||-110||Un 10,-110||-115||Un 9.5,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||38-29||+8.9||34-31||4.9||0.268||0.316||4.6||0.261||0.325|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.6||4-3||4.9||0.230||0.281||3.9||0.285||0.335|
|vs Right-handed Starters||36-29||+0.3||22-38||4.1||0.252||0.304||4.0||0.250||0.311|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.8||1-5||2.9||0.248||0.307||4.1||0.234||0.309|
|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|
|7/19/2013||CHEN(L)||@ TEXAS||HOLLAND(L)||3-1||W||130||9 un||U||6||5||0||9||10||0|
|7/20/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||@ TEXAS||WOLF(R)|| |
|7/21/2013||TILLMAN(R)||@ TEXAS||PEREZ(L)|| |
|7/22/2013||FELDMAN(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)|| |
|7/23/2013||HAMMEL(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||CHEN(L)|| |
|7/24/2013||CHEN(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)|| |
|7/25/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)|| |
|7/27/2013|| ||BOSTON|| || |
|7/8/2013||HOLLAND(L)||@ BALTIMORE||FELDMAN(R)||8-5||W||-105||8.5 ov||O||12||4||1||10||10||0|
|7/9/2013||PEREZ(L)||@ BALTIMORE||BRITTON(L)||8-4||W||110||9.5 ev||O||14||6||3||6||5||0|
|7/10/2013||LINDBLOM(R)||@ BALTIMORE||CHEN(L)||1-6||L||135||9.5 un||U||4||5||0||10||10||0|
|7/11/2013||WOLF(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GONZALEZ(R)||1-3||L||135||9.5 un||U||7||6||0||6||2||1|
|7/12/2013||GRIMM(R)||@ DETROIT||FISTER(R)||2-7||L||170||9.5 un||U||10||10||0||11||6||1|
|7/13/2013||HOLLAND(L)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)||7-1||W||145||8 un||P||12||7||0||6||8||1|
|7/14/2013||PEREZ(L)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)||0-5||L||155||8.5 ov||U||2||5||1||7||6||0|
|7/22/2013||DARVISH(R)||NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)|| |
|7/23/2013||OGANDO(R)||NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)|| |
|7/24/2013||HOLLAND(L)||NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)|| |
|7/25/2013||WOLF(R)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|7/26/2013||PEREZ(L)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)|| |
|7/27/2013|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|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.
|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 (BALTIMORE-TEXAS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Orioles-Rangers Preview* =========================
By JON PALMIERI STATS Editor
Baltimore (53-43) at Texas (54-41), 8:05 p.m. EDT
Although Miguel Gonzalez wasn't the Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher named to the All-Star team, he's clearly been the most reliable member of their rotation the past two months.
Gonzalez has produced seven straight quality starts in an impressive stretch he'll try to continue Saturday night as the visiting Orioles face the Texas Rangers.
Chris Tillman became the fifth Orioles All-Star earlier this week when he was named as a late replacement for Justin Verlander. While Tillman ranks among the AL leaders with 11 wins, Gonzalez (7-3, 3.48 ERA) is better in ERA, opponents' batting average, WHIP and innings per start. The biggest difference between the two is run support, with Tillman receiving 6.29 per game compared to 4.46 for Gonzalez.
The Rangers (54-42) saw just how effective Gonzalez has been lately in a 3-1 loss July 11 at Camden Yards, as they were limited to four hits and one run over 6 2-3 innings.
"His mechanics are so smooth it doesn't look like he's getting it up there very fast, but he must have, because we couldn't square him up," Texas manager Ron Washington said.
Gonzalez held the Rangers' No. 2-5 hitters to one single in 12 at-bats as he moved to 5-1 with a 2.49 ERA in seven starts since the beginning of June.
Baltimore has won all of the right-hander's eight home starts this season, but is 2-6 in his road appearances despite Gonzalez posting a 3.14 ERA in those games.
After losing two straight to the Rangers last week, the Orioles have rebounded with three consecutive wins in the series, including a 3-1 victory Friday. Wei-Yin Chen pitched into the seventh inning and Matt Wieters hit a solo homer to lift Baltimore (54-43) to its fifth win in six contests.
A victory Saturday would move the Orioles a season-best 12 games over .500, but they may have to do it without any production from slugger Chris Davis, who went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts Friday and continues to struggle against his former team. He's 4 for 38 (.105) with 23 strikeouts versus Texas.
The Rangers' loss was their fifth in six games, a stretch during which they have gone 4 for 37 with runners in scoring position. They were hitless in 10 attempts Friday.
Texas failed to homer after going deep at least twice in each of its previous five home games. Nick Markakis robbed Adrian Beltre of a home run with a leaping catch in the fourth inning and added an RBI double in the fifth.
"That was a great play. ... He had a big part in the game tonight," teammate Nate McLouth said. "As far as right fielders, he's about as good as they come. He can swing the bat a little, too."
Ross Wolf (1-2, 2.14) faces the Orioles for the second straight start and third appearance in a row. Pressed into his second career start after an injury to Yu Darvish, Wolf was very good opposite Gonzalez on July 11, giving up solo homers to Brian Roberts and Davis and one other hit in six innings.
Those home runs were the first allowed this season by Wolf, who pitched five innings of one-run ball to beat Oakland 3-1 on May 22 in his first start.
The right-hander, who had a short stint in the Baltimore organization in 2012, retired the only batter he faced in relief against the Orioles on July 8.
|Last Updated: 10/20/2014 6:13:51 PM EST|