|LA ANGELS ( WILSON )|
TEXAS ( HOLLAND )
|921||LA ANGELS||+120||Ov 8.5,+100||+130||Ov 8.5,-120|
|922||TEXAS||-130||Un 8.5,-120||-140||Un 8.5,+100|
|vs Left-handed Starters||10-15||-8.8||11-13||3.7||0.243||0.314||4.6||0.275||0.328|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.6||4-3||3.7||0.243||0.322||5.1||0.251||0.315|
|vs Left-handed Starters||19-13||+1.2||13-19||4.6||0.276||0.341||4.1||0.242||0.301|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-4.4||1-5||2.7||0.227||0.272||4.1||0.264||0.312|
|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)||3-4||L||125||8 ov||U||7||8||1||9||5||0|
|7/30/2013||WILSON(L)||@ TEXAS||HOLLAND(L)|| |
|7/31/2013||WILLIAMS(R)||@ TEXAS||PEREZ(L)|| |
|8/6/2013|| ||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)||4-3||W||-135||8 ov||U||9||5||0||7||8||1|
|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||PEREZ(L)||@ LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)|| |
|8/6/2013|| ||@ 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 TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Los Angeles (48-55) at Texas (56-49), 8:05 p.m. EDT
The Texas Rangers ended their losing streak with a dramatic late rally, but they might have a difficult time moving past their recent slump against one of baseball's hottest pitchers.
The Los Angeles Angels will try to snap their own four-game skid and hand the Rangers their 13th loss in 17 games Tuesday night when C.J. Wilson faces his old team in Arlington.
Trailing by a run in the ninth inning, Texas (57-49) appeared to be on its way to a fifth straight defeat before A.J. Pierzynski and Geovany Soto hit home runs off closer Ernesto Frieri in Monday's 4-3 win.
"We needed that game after the offensive struggles we've been through the last few weeks," Pierzynski said. "To have a game like that, especially at home after the trip we came off, it's huge."
The Rangers had scored only one run in 28 innings before plating three with four hits over the final two. Even with the late-inning heroics, they've averaged 2.5 runs and batted .178 with runners in scoring position during this rough patch.
Mitch Moreland (.140), Ian Kinsler (.217) and Leonys Martin (.205) are among those mired in slumps.
It doesn't figure to get any easier against Wilson (11-6, 3.18 ERA), who is 7-1 with a 1.96 ERA in his last eight outings.
The left-hander won his third straight by allowing three runs and five hits over seven innings in an 8-3 victory at Oakland on Thursday. He's now seeking his career-best fifth straight road win.
The former Ranger, though, hasn't pitched well against his old club, going 0-2 with a 7.65 ERA in five starts. He's also 0-1 with a 11.12 ERA in three outings at Texas while with the Angels.
Adrian Beltre has gone 10 for 28 (.357) with a homer, four doubles and four RBIs versus Wilson, while Kinsler is 4 for 10 with a homer.
The Rangers counter with Derek Holland (8-6, 3.06), who is 3-2 with a 2.25 ERA in his last six starts.
The left-hander, however, has dropped his last two outings while getting just one run of support. He yielded two runs and eight hits over 7 1-3 innings in Thursday's 2-0 loss to the Yankees in Arlington.
"His job is to keep us in the ballgame, and he's been doing that," manager Ron Washington said.
While Holland is 6-1 with a 2.89 ERA in 11 road starts, he's 0-4 with a 4.26 ERA in his last five at home while being backed with three total runs.
Holland, 2-2 with a 6.58 ERA in his last six starts versus the Angels (48-56), has allowed eight runs and 12 hits over 12 2-3 innings in two outings this season. He walked five and struck out 12 without factoring in either decision, though the Rangers won both games.
This time, he faces a Los Angeles team trying to win for just the second time in nine road games.
Howie Kendrick has gone 9 for 18 with a homer, three doubles and seven RBIs against Holland the past two seasons.
Teammate Mike Trout went 2 for 2 with a double in the opener and is hitting .375 with 22 RBIs over his last 36 games. He's a .344 hitter (21 for 61) with six homers in 16 lifetime games at Texas.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 3:55:50 AM EST|