|LA ANGELS ( WEAVER )|
TEXAS ( GARZA )
|963||LA ANGELS||+120||Ov 8,-110||+115||Ov 8,-115|
|964||TEXAS||-130||Un 8,-110||-125||Un 8,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||38-40||-13.4||43-33||4.7||0.271||0.329||4.7||0.253||0.319|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-4.2||4-3||3.7||0.251||0.332||5.1||0.258||0.326|
|vs Right-handed Starters||37-36||-7.5||24-43||4.0||0.250||0.302||4.1||0.254||0.314|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-4.4||1-5||2.6||0.225||0.276||3.7||0.254||0.298|
|7/25/2013||WILSON(L)||@ OAKLAND||STRAILY(R)||8-3||W||-105||7.5 un||O||12||6||0||6||6||0|
|7/26/2013||WILLIAMS(R)||@ OAKLAND||COLON(R)||4-6||L||150||8 un||O||10||9||1||10||6||2|
|7/27/2013||RICHARDS(R)||@ OAKLAND||MILONE(L)||1-3||L||135||8 un||U||5||7||0||7||7||0|
|7/28/2013||HANSON(R)||@ OAKLAND||PARKER(R)||6-10||L||140||8 un||O||7||10||1||10||7||0|
|7/29/2013||WEAVER(R)||@ TEXAS||GARZA(R)|| |
|7/30/2013||WILSON(L)||@ TEXAS||HOLLAND(L)|| |
|7/31/2013||WILLIAMS(R)||@ TEXAS||PEREZ(L)|| |
|8/5/2013|| ||TEXAS|| || |
|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)||0-6||L||-115||8 un||U||2||4||0||13||8||0|
|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||HOLLAND(L)||@ OAKLAND||GRIFFIN(R)|| |
|8/5/2013|| ||@ LA ANGELS|| || |
|LA ANGELS: HITTING: SS ERICK AYBAR will likely get another crack at the leadoff spot by default. DH/OF BOBBY ABREU can still draw walks and run a little. 2B HOWIE KENDRICK traded batting average for more power last year. He's still one of baseball's better middle infield bats. 1B ALBERT PUJOLS should benefit from DH-ing a couple of times a year. OF TORII HUNTER is fading fast and may not provide middle-of-the-order power. OF VERNON WELLS has a better chance than Hunter to bounce back, and the Angels have to be patient considering his monster contract. MARK TRUMBO will get a look at 3B. If he can't get it done, ALBERTO CALLASPO would start and Trumbo would back-up first and DH. Speedy OF PETER BOURJOS will start in left, and top prospect MIKE TROUT will soon replace free agents-to-be Abreu or Hunter. KENDRYS MORALES could DH regularly if his ankle is healthy. CHRIS IANNETTA is no Mike Napoli, but he's a monster upgrade over Jeff Mathis. |
STARTING PITCHING: JERED WEAVER had a lot of things go right in 2011, and it's not hard to picture him as a Cy Young candidate again. But he faded late in the year, and may not belong in the upper echelon or pitchers. A cutter has led to DAN HAREN's rebirth. He's right there with Weaver, just a step behind the elite arms. C.J. WILSON may not get the same run support, but he should benefit from getting out of hitter-friendly Arlington; he had a 2.31 road ERA last year. ERVIN SANTANA never developed into a top-of-the-line starter, but he's become more consistent and settled in as a solid starter. Once a washed-out former prospect, JEROME WILLIAMS came back to the States from Taiwan and delivered three quality starts last September. He's not likely to have sustained success, but he does have the inside track for a rotation spot. Middling prospect GARRETT RICHARDS seems like the most likely candidate to step into the rotation in case of injury.
RELIEF PITCHING: JORDAN WALDEN will have the closer's role again entering the spring, but while he was overpowering he was also very shaky at times. He gave up seven runs over 2.2 innings in his last three appearances. RICH THOMPSON decided to lean on his cutter last year and the results were excellent. If Walden slips up, Thompson has to be in the closer conversation. LaTROY HAWKINS was solid with Milwaukee (2.42 ERA) and joins his ninth different team since 2003. He is expected to set up Walden as well. Lefty SCOTT DOWNS was far from dominant last year, despite his 1.34 ERA. But Scioscia does trust him in high-leverage situations, making him a possible fallback if Walden struggles. The Angels don't seem to have big plans for HISANORI TAKAHASHI, the most well-compensated long reliever in baseball.
|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 (LA ANGELS-TEXAS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Angels-Rangers Preview* ========================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Los Angeles (48-54) at Texas (56-48), 7:05 p.m. EDT
The Texas Rangers' struggles at the plate have their usually mild-mannered manager Ron Washington steaming, while the Los Angeles Angels' offense may be without one of its top sluggers for the remainder of the season.
Both lineups could have some difficulty producing as Matt Garza opposes Jered Weaver in Monday night's series opener in Arlington.
Texas (56-49) has lost 12 of 15 and is six games back of first-place Oakland in the AL West. It fell 1-0 on Saturday and 6-0 on Sunday, tying a season worst with two hits in the finale as Cleveland swept the three-game set.
The Rangers' 21-inning scoreless streak is their longest since going 25 without a run from Sept. 15-19, 2009, and they've been shut out in three of their last four games.
"I don't get frustrated, but I am a little upset," Washington said. "I need to get my guys going back down the yellow brick road."
Washington closed the clubhouse for 44 minutes after the game to hold a team meeting.
"We've been kind of up and down (with our effort) this year," said left fielder David Murphy, who is 2 for 14 over his last six games. "After the meeting, I think everyone is on the same page now and we can get back on track."
The Angels (48-55) will be looking to do the same after dropping the final three of their four-game series with Oakland. They fell 10-6 on Sunday after Albert Pujols was placed on the 15-day disabled list with plantar fasciitis in his left foot, which has plagued him for most of 2013.
Manager Mike Scioscia said Pujols could miss the rest of the season.
"This is a big blow to our team right now," Scioscia said. "We have to move forward and find a way to generate offense that will support the good pitching that we need. It's naturally something you would hope could have made it through to the offseason, but it didn't happen and you just have to move on."
Weaver (5-5, 2.98 ERA) has supplied that solid pitching lately, going three of his last four starts without allowing a run. He struck out nine and gave up just two hits through eight innings of Wednesday's 1-0 win over Minnesota.
The right-hander is 4-1 with a 1.32 ERA over his last six outings, with four of his six runs allowed in that stretch coming in a loss to Seattle on July 13.
"You go about every game the same way regardless of if you've lost seven in a row or won seven in a row," Weaver said. "You go out there and battle and try to win games. That's your job as a starting pitcher."
Weaver struggled against the Rangers on April 7, giving up five runs and walking four in five innings of a 7-3 loss, ending his four-start winning streak versus Texas.
Garza (1-0, 0.00 ERA) has been just has hot, winning six straight starts while posting a 1.23 ERA after a dominant performance in his Rangers debut after being acquired from the Chicago Cubs. The right-hander allowed an unearned run and five hits over 7 1-3 innings to beat the New York Yankees 3-1 on Wednesday.
"I couldn't be more happy being in a place where I'm at, a place where I'm wanted, been wanted. It's awesome," Garza, who is 7-1 with a 2.87 ERA in 12 overall starts, said after that outing.
Garza faced the Angels for the first time in more than three years while with the Cubs on June 5, allowing four runs - including a two-run homer to Howie Kendrick - in 6 1-3 innings of Chicago's 8-6, 10-inning victory. He's 0-1 with a 5.83 ERA in five career starts versus Los Angeles.
Kendrick is 5 for 6 lifetime off Garza, while Elvis Andrus is hitting .371 with two homers versus Weaver.
|Last Updated: 9/21/2014 1:07:58 PM EST|