|TEXAS ( OGANDO )|
CLEVELAND ( JIMENEZ )
|915||TEXAS||+105||Ov 8.5,+100||-115||Ov 8,-105|
|916||CLEVELAND||-115||Un 8.5,-120||+105||Un 8,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||37-35||-6.3||24-42||4.0||0.252||0.303||4.0||0.252||0.313|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-4.6||1-5||2.9||0.237||0.286||3.4||0.241||0.291|
|vs Right-handed Starters||35-33||+4.1||28-37||4.5||0.249||0.324||4.3||0.250||0.323|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.7||2-5||5.0||0.264||0.331||2.7||0.196||0.259|
|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||NOVA(R)||3-0||W||-190||8.5 un||U||8||8||0||3||4||0|
|7/23/2013||OGANDO(R)||NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||4-5||L||-165||9 un||P||6||5||0||8||4||1|
|7/24/2013||GARZA(R)||NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||3-1||W||-165||8.5 ov||U||9||8||2||6||5||0|
|7/25/2013||HOLLAND(L)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||0-2||L||-150||7.5 ev||U||7||6||1||10||8||0|
|7/26/2013||PEREZ(L)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)||8-11||L||115||8 un||O||14||7||3||18||10||2|
|7/27/2013||DARVISH(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)||0-1||L||-115||7.5 un||U||5||7||0||3||6||0|
|7/28/2013||OGANDO(R)||@ CLEVELAND||JIMENEZ(R)|| |
|7/29/2013||GARZA(R)||LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)|| |
|7/30/2013||HOLLAND(L)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)|| |
|7/31/2013||PEREZ(L)||LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)|| |
|8/2/2013||OGANDO(R)||@ OAKLAND||MILONE(L)|| |
|8/3/2013||GARZA(R)||@ OAKLAND||PARKER(R)|| |
|8/4/2013|| ||@ OAKLAND|| || |
|7/14/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||6-4||W||-105||8 un||O||13||11||1||10||9||0|
|7/19/2013||KAZMIR(L)||@ MINNESOTA||PELFREY(R)||2-3||L||-125||9 ov||U||4||5||2||6||6||0|
|7/20/2013||KLUBER(R)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)||2-3||L||-135||9 ov||U||5||5||1||6||7||0|
|7/21/2013||MASTERSON(R)||@ MINNESOTA||DIAMOND(L)||7-1||W||-135||9 un||U||9||6||1||2||3||1|
|7/22/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||@ SEATTLE||HARANG(R)||1-2||L||100||8.5 un||U||5||7||0||6||7||0|
|7/23/2013||MCALLISTER(R)||@ SEATTLE||RAMIREZ(L)||3-4||L||105||8.5 un||U||11||7||3||9||7||0|
|7/24/2013||KAZMIR(L)||@ SEATTLE||SAUNDERS(L)||10-1||W||-120||8 ev||O||13||7||2||2||6||1|
|7/29/2013||MCALLISTER(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)|| |
|7/30/2013||KAZMIR(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||PEAVY(R)|| |
|7/31/2013||KLUBER(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|8/1/2013||MASTERSON(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)|| |
|8/2/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||@ MIAMI||FERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|8/3/2013||MCALLISTER(R)||@ MIAMI||TURNER(R)|| |
|8/4/2013|| ||@ MIAMI|| || |
|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.
|CLEVELAND: HITTING: SS ASDRUBAL CABRERA's reinvented swing, modeled after Ben Zobrist, likely led to his power surge. OF GRADY SIZEMORE is back on a one-year deal, so he has plenty of financial incentive to stay healthy. But he will begin the season on the DL after back surgery. OF SHELLEY DUNCAN is expected to get more playing time in replacing Sizemore, but speedy OF EZEQUIEL CARRERA is also waiting for his shot. Injuries and off-the-field issues spoiled OF SHIN SOO-CHOO's 2011, but there's a good chance he bounces back . . . OF MICHAEL BRANTLEY does everything well enough to get a regular gig in center. C CARLOS SANTANA is developing into a middle-of-the-order run producer. DH TRAVIS HAFNER can't be trusted to stay healthy or to produce power numbers. After another down year, 1B MATT LaPORTA will have to sit and watch CASEY KOTCHMAN start at first more often than not. 3B LONNIE CHISENHALL will get his chance to play every day, but dwindling production the past two years is a concern. 2B JASON KIPNIS will get first crack at second base. He's got nice pop for a middle infielder. |
STARTING PITCHING: JUSTIN MASTERSON's strikeout rate continues to decline, and he still gets hit hard by lefties. Still, his strong groundball rate guarantees he's a solid middle-of-the-rotation arm at worst. His velocity dropped last year, and there's no telling if UBALDO JIMENEZ will ever regain his early 2010 form. He's the definition of high-risk, high-reward. DEREK LOWE was a decent middle-of-the-rotation arm in the National League, but now he must adjust to facing superior A.L. lineups . . . Healthy again, JOSH TOMLIN will remain in the rotation. He's hittable, throwing strikes and relying on his defense. Former Twins hurler KEVIN SLOWEY rounds out the staff. Although he posted a 6.67 ERA last year, Slowey has exhibited pinpoint control in his career with just 84 walks in 532.2 innings, tallying a .470 K-to-BB ratio. JEANMAR GOMEZ is a decent minor league arm, but his ceiling is low (long term and in the immediate future). CARLOS CARRASCO may not pitch in the bigs this year after Tommy John surgery.
RELIEF PITCHING: CHRIS PEREZ is entrenched as the closer, but he was a bit of a disappointment last season. His velocity dropped slightly, and his strikeout rate fell off a cliff. If Perez gets hurt, VINNIE PESTANO is next in line for saves. He may be undersized, but his stuff is overpowering. TONY SIPP proved he can get out righties too, but his value is as a lefty-on-lefty guy. Ditto for sidearmer JOE SMITH, who is deadly on righties. But it would be a surprise if he shut down lefties for a second straight year. RAFAEL PEREZ has been hampered by shoulder soreness in Spring Training, but the lefty should once again be serviceable in the late innings this year.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (TEXAS-CLEVELAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(ADDS first Washington quote)
*Rangers-Indians Preview* =========================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
Texas (56-47) at Cleveland (54-48), 1:05 p.m. EDT
It's been 33 years since the Cleveland Indians swept a three-game series with the Texas Rangers in town.
It's been 40 since they rolled off five straight wins over the Rangers in one season.
Cleveland could change both Sunday by extending its longest home winning streak in two seasons to seven.
After Ryan Raburn delivered a walkoff three-run homer in Friday's 11-8, 11-inning victory, the Indians (55-48) only needed a leadoff first-inning homer by Michael Bourn off Yu Darvish to defeat Texas (56-48) again Saturday, 1-0.
"Everyone's pretty happy about (1-0 games)," said starter Justin Masterson, who combined with two relievers for a five-hitter. "... You feel like you're getting out there. Sometimes that helps keep that rhythm you have."
The Indians, winners of three in a row to remain three back of AL Central-leading Detroit, are riding their best stretch in Cleveland since a 14-game run April 3-May 10, 2011.
Another victory would give Cleveland its first three-game home sweep in this series since Aug. 12-14, 1980. It would also mark the Indians' first 5-0 single-season run versus Texas since Aug. 10-25, 1973.
Cleveland's Ubaldo Jimenez (7-5, 4.49 ERA) gets the ball after suffering his first defeat in eight starts, 2-1 at Seattle on Monday when he surrendered two runs in 5 2-3 innings.
Jimenez, 3-0 with a 3.75 ERA over his previous seven outings, was tagged for two homers after giving up one in his last four starts combined. He also walked four in his 110-pitch outing.
"The main goal is to minimize the mistakes," Jimenez said.
The only significant error he made in a 5-2 victory at Texas on June 12 was serving up a solo homer to Leonys Martin. That was the only run, and one of four hits, Texas had off Jimenez.
The Rangers' offense needs to improve as the club is batting .240 with 2.6 runs per game during a 3-11 skid that's dropped them five back of Oakland for the AL West lead. Texas hasn't been this far off the division lead since finishing 10 back of the division-champion Los Angeles Angels in 2009.
"I know we can do better, but I'm not frustrated," manager Ron Washington said. "When you get frustrated, you go blind and can't think, and I'm smart enough to know that."
Rookie left fielder Engel Beltre had two hits Saturday in his second straight start, but Rangers manager Ron Washington said that David Murphy will return to the lineup Sunday. Murphy is 2 for 14 against the Indians this season, including 0 for 3 off Jimenez.
The Rangers will give the ball to Alexi Ogando (4-2, 3.13), who'll make his second start since missing more than a month with right shoulder inflammation. The right-hander went five innings in Tuesday's 5-4 loss to the New York Yankees, giving up three runs and six hits.
"(Ogando) gave us five innings of stressful pitching," Washington told the Rangers' official website.
Ogando, though, has been outstanding against the Indians, recording a 0.84 ERA in eight appearances. He threw five scoreless innings of relief versus Cleveland last season after posting a 0.64 ERA while winning both starts in this series in 2011.
The Indians have outscored the Rangers 22-12 since losing 6-3 in their first matchup this year June 10.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 11:19:38 PM EST|