|TEXAS ( GARZA )|
OAKLAND ( PARKER )
|911||TEXAS||+110||Ov 7,-125||+110||Ov 7,-125|
|912||OAKLAND||-120||Un 7,+105||-120||Un 7,+105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||40-36||-4.5||24-46||4.0||0.252||0.303||4.0||0.252||0.312|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.8||2-5||5.0||0.280||0.331||3.7||0.244||0.323|
|vs Right-handed Starters||43-31||+9||38-34||4.7||0.247||0.320||4.0||0.240||0.294|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-0.1||4-3||4.7||0.249||0.322||4.7||0.241||0.314|
|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)||14-11||W||-135||8.5 ov||O||19||13||1||16||11||0|
|7/31/2013||PEREZ(L)||LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)||2-1||W||-145||10.5 ov||U||9||5||0||4||7||1|
|8/2/2013||OGANDO(R)||@ OAKLAND||MILONE(L)||8-3||W||110||7.5 un||O||12||4||0||7||10||1|
|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||DARVISH(R)||@ LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)|| |
|8/7/2013||OGANDO(R)||@ LA ANGELS||HANSON(R)|| |
|8/9/2013||GARZA(R)||@ HOUSTON||BEDARD(L)|| |
|8/10/2013|| ||@ HOUSTON|| || |
|7/20/2013||STRAILY(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)||0-2||L||130||8 un||U||3||6||0||8||6||0|
|7/21/2013||COLON(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)||6-0||W||-125||8 ov||U||9||6||0||4||4||3|
|7/22/2013||MILONE(L)||@ HOUSTON||KEUCHEL(L)||4-3||W||-155||9 un||U||8||8||3||5||4||1|
|7/23/2013||PARKER(R)||@ HOUSTON||COSART(R)||4-5||L||-165||8.5 ov||O||9||7||3||8||8||1|
|7/24/2013||GRIFFIN(R)||@ HOUSTON||NORRIS(R)||4-3||W||-170||8.5 un||U||6||8||0||7||6||0|
|7/25/2013||STRAILY(R)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)||3-8||L||-105||7.5 un||O||6||6||0||12||6||0|
|7/26/2013||COLON(R)||LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)||6-4||W||-160||8 un||O||10||6||2||10||9||1|
|7/27/2013||MILONE(L)||LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)||3-1||W||-145||8 un||U||7||7||0||5||7||0|
|7/28/2013||PARKER(R)||LA ANGELS||HANSON(R)||10-6||W||-150||8 un||O||10||7||0||7||10||1|
|8/6/2013||STRAILY(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)|| |
|8/7/2013||COLON(R)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)|| |
|8/9/2013||MILONE(L)||@ TORONTO||ROGERS(R)|| |
|8/10/2013|| ||@ TORONTO|| || |
|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.
|OAKLAND: HITTING: 2B JEMILE WEEKS may not be a legitimate .300 hitter, but he's still the best option they have at the leadoff spot. C KURT SUZUKI seemingly hits as many line outs as anyone in baseball. He has a solid bat for a catcher and qualifies as a middle-of-the-order option in Oakland. OF JOSH REDDICK is more of a line-drive hitter than a 25-HR guy, and he doesn't yet have the plate discipline to approach .300. 1B BRANDON ALLEN is an all-or-nothing hitter, but his potential for much-needed power should be enough for him to beat out DARIC BARTON. SS CLIFF PENNINGTON has quietly developed into a serviceable regular. With 3B SCOTT SIZEMORE out for the season with a torn ACL, either ERIC SOGARD or JOSH DONALDSON will win the job at third base. Neither player has reached 80 career at-bats yet. Highly-coveted Cuban OF YOENIS CESPEDES inked a four-year deal with Oakland, and will be expected to produced in the heart of the lineup immediately. OF COLLIN COWGILL is undersized, but has shown impressive power in the minors. The DH spot will fall to Allen when Barton is in the lineup. When he's not, it will be filled by such Quadruple-A types as KILA KA'AIHUE and CHRIS CARTER. |
STARTING PITCHING: BRANDON McCARTHY reclamation project worked out nicely. He's an injury risk, but when healthy he's one of baseball's better middle-of-the-rotation arms. BARTOLO COLON pitched better than expected with the Yankees last year (7.4 K/9, 4.00 ERA), and should perform just as well in his new spacious ballpark. DALLAS BRADEN (shoulder) and BRETT ANDERSON (elbow) are both question marks after major surgeries. Braden's return date has been pushed back to early May, while Anderson will might not take the hill until June. The jewel of the Trevor Cahill trade, hard-throwing righty JARROD PARKER has a chance to make a big impact if his arm is recovered from 2009 Tommy John surgery. The Gio Gonzalez trade landed Oakland TOMMY MILONE and BRAD PEACOCK, both of whom are coming off impressive minor-league seasons. They'll compete for rotation spots this spring. TYSON ROSS could get a few starts, but he's gotten very hittable over the past year. They're in no hurry to start the arbitration clock of top prospect SONNY GRAY, but he should make some late-season starts.
RELIEF PITCHING: With Andrew Bailey gone, righty GRANT BALFOUR (2.47 ERA, 1.03 WHIP) will get the first chance to close games. Though his occasional bouts with command issues make him a risk. If Balfour falters, BRIAN FUENTES will get the next look because of his ninth-inning experience and strong second half of 2011 . . . Long a favorite inside the organization, injury-prone righty JOEY DEVINE has long been considered a future closer and should get some late-innings duties. The highest upside option for a future closer is 25-year-old righty FAUTINO DE LOS SANTOS. He has overpowering stuff but his command comes and goes.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (TEXAS-OAKLAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rangers-Athletics Preview* ===========================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
Texas (61-49) at Oakland (63-46), 4:05 p.m. EDT
It was less than a week ago when the Texas Rangers were faced with their largest AL West deficit in four seasons.
On Saturday, they can climb within 1 1/2 games of the Oakland Athletics as the division's top two teams continue their weekend set in the Bay Area.
Mired in a 3-12 skid and a 21-inning scoreless stretch, the Rangers (61-49) were six back of the A's (63-46) heading into Monday's action. Texas hadn't been that far off the division lead since finishing 10 behind the Angels to end 2009.
The Rangers, though, have totaled 20 extra-base hits and are averaging 7.0 runs during a winning streak that hit five with Friday's 8-3 victory.
Oakland, meanwhile, has dropped three in a row after winning seven of nine.
"The offense just woke up at the right time," said Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz, who increased his team-leading homer and RBI totals to 26 and 75, respectively, with a two-run shot. "We've been quiet for a while. It's a good time to wake up."
Cruz's regular season could be nearing an end if he's handed a 50-game suspension as part of Major League Baseball's Biogenesis investigation. It's been reported that MLB will announce the suspended players no later than Monday.
"He's been able to separate, man," said manager Ron Washington, who tied Bobby Valentine for first in team history with 581 victories Friday.
Texas last won six straight during a seven-game surge June 15-22, 2012.
Rangers newcomer Matt Garza (1-0, 1.88 ERA) will try to extend his career-best streak of six straight winning decisions.
The first five in that run came while with the Cubs, and he's lasted at least seven innings in his first two outings in Texas. The right-hander gave up three runs Monday before the Rangers rallied late for a 4-3 victory over the Angels.
Garza has a 1.40 ERA in his last eight starts.
"He's a big-game pitcher," Washington told the team's official website. "He never tries to hide what he is about. What I've seen is the way he was in Tampa Bay. He has a hammer, a changeup and he moves his fastball around. He makes quality pitches in quality situations."
Garza will make his second start in Oakland in a month. He threw eight innings of one-run ball in a 3-1 victory July 3, an outing Cubs manager Dale Sveum said was the best he had seen Garza pitch in two years.
The Athletics, who have plated five runs in a season high-tying three-game home skid, will try to bounce back with Jarrod Parker (6-6, 4.07) on the hill. The right-hander's last decision came at Texas on June 18 when he yielded two runs in seven innings of a 6-2 win.
Parker had posted a 2.39 ERA over his previous 13 starts before walking a career-high seven in Sunday's 10-6 loss to the Angels.
"I wasn't as in-command as I want to be," he told the Athletics' official website after giving up six runs in five innings. "... I feel like I kind of let our guys down today, battling and walking guys."
Besides cutting down on free passes, Parker needs more efficient opening innings. His ERA in the first is 7.29 after giving up four runs Sunday.
Parker hasn't struggled against Cruz, retiring him in all 14 matchups, including five times this season. He's 4-1 with a 2.91 ERA in five starts versus Texas overall.
Elvis Andrus, 3 for 8 lifetime off Parker, is batting .339 during a major league-best 15-game hitting streak.
Texas has won seven of 11 in this season series.
|Last Updated: 8/31/2014 5:37:05 AM EST|