|TEXAS ( HOLLAND )|
OAKLAND ( STRAILY )
|925||TEXAS||-125||Ov 8,-105||-110||Ov 7.5,+100|
|926||OAKLAND||+115||Un 8,-115||+100||Un 7.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||52-41||-2.3||31-55||4.3||0.255||0.309||3.8||0.248||0.309|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-2.7||2-4||4.6||0.281||0.318||3.3||0.238||0.298|
|vs Left-handed Starters||24-18||+3.6||19-22||3.9||0.239||0.315||3.6||0.239||0.287|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+6.6||5-2||6.4||0.317||0.377||3.6||0.284||0.341|
|8/23/2013||PEREZ(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||11-5||W||115||7.5 un||O||11||4||1||11||8||1|
|8/24/2013||DARVISH(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)||2-3||L||-190||7 ov||U||6||9||0||9||7||0|
|8/25/2013||GARZA(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)||2-5||L||-145||8.5 un||U||11||9||2||7||4||1|
|8/26/2013||BLACKLEY(L)||@ SEATTLE||SAUNDERS(L)||8-3||W||-130||8.5 ev||O||11||6||0||5||2||0|
|8/27/2013||HOLLAND(L)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)||4-3||W||-130||7 un||P||10||8||0||9||9||0|
|8/28/2013||PEREZ(L)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)||12-4||W||105||7 un||O||17||7||0||9||8||1|
|9/2/2013||HOLLAND(L)||@ OAKLAND||STRAILY(R)|| |
|9/3/2013||PEREZ(L)||@ OAKLAND||COLON(R)|| |
|9/4/2013||DARVISH(R)||@ OAKLAND||PARKER(R)|| |
|9/6/2013||GARZA(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)|| |
|9/7/2013||BLACKLEY(L)||@ LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)|| |
|9/8/2013||HOLLAND(L)||@ LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)|| |
|9/9/2013|| ||PITTSBURGH|| || |
|8/23/2013||STRAILY(R)||@ BALTIMORE||NORRIS(R)||7-9||L||110||9 un||O||12||8||1||7||6||0|
|8/24/2013||PARKER(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)||2-1||W||105||8.5 ev||U||4||3||0||5||7||1|
|8/25/2013||GRAY(R)||@ BALTIMORE||FELDMAN(R)||3-10||L||100||8.5 un||O||6||6||0||13||4||0|
|8/26/2013||GRIFFIN(R)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)||8-6||W||150||8.5 ov||O||12||11||0||13||10||0|
|8/27/2013||MILONE(L)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)||6-3||W||155||8.5 ov||O||7||6||1||3||3||1|
|8/28/2013||STRAILY(R)||@ DETROIT||FISTER(R)||14-4||W||150||9 un||O||21||5||1||13||9||0|
|8/29/2013||COLON(R)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)||6-7||L||180||7.5 ov||O||12||7||0||15||9||1|
|8/30/2013||PARKER(R)||TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||4-3||W||+100||6.5 ov||O||7||4||0||8||8||1|
|8/31/2013||GRAY(R)||TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||2-1||W||-110||7 ov||U||5||4||0||7||9||0|
|9/1/2013||GRIFFIN(R)||TAMPA BAY||WRIGHT(R)||5-1||W||-130||8 un||U||9||7||0||7||5||2|
|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 JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Texas (79-56) at Oakland (77-58), 4:05 p.m. EDT
The Texas Rangers used a dominant surge last month to overtake the Oakland Athletics atop the AL West.
Oakland now is in position to return the favor.
The A's can tie the Rangers for the division lead by winning for the seventh time in eight tries as the clubs open a three-game series Monday in Oakland.
Texas was six games behind the A's on July 29, when it began a stretch of winning 13 of 14 with a victory over the Los Angeles Angels. Oakland would go 8-13 from July 30-Aug. 23 and hasn't been in first place since Aug. 9.
The Rangers (79-57), though, fell 4-2 to Minnesota on Sunday and had their lead trimmed to one game after the A's (78-58) beat Tampa Bay 5-1 to complete a three-game sweep.
"We're not looking for help from anybody," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "We'll face Oakland on Monday when we get there, and we'll play it and when we finish, we'll leave."
Though Oakland leads the AL wild-card standings, it would like to avoid the one-game playoff by winning the West, which it did by beating the Rangers on the final day of the 2012 season. Texas, which led the division by four games with six to play, then lost to Baltimore in the wild-card game.
Coco Crisp homered leading off the bottom of the first in Sunday's victory for his second homer in as many days.
"To me, it's pretty exhausting to look at all the wild-card implications right now," manager Bob Melvin said. "I think any team's goal and focus is to win their division so you don't have to deal with that one-game playoff."
The A's held a 3 1/2-game edge in the West over the Rangers ahead of the teams' three-game series last month, though Texas won twice. Derek Holland struck out 10 in eight innings Aug. 4 to help the Rangers win the series finale 4-0, and he'll be on the mound again Monday.
Holland (9-6, 3.00 ERA) is 1-0 with a 2.18 ERA over his last five outings, a stretch that started by beating Oakland. He's 5-0 with a 2.25 ERA in his last nine starts against the A's.
"We've got to take on Oakland for a reason and take some ground, but I've got to do my job and pitch pretty much like I did last time," Holland said.
The left-hander had a rough first inning Tuesday but calmed down to give up three runs in six frames of Texas' 4-3, 10-inning win over Seattle.
Dan Straily will oppose Holland in this contest looking to build off a solid outing of his own.
Straily (7-7, 4.41) went 0-5 with a 5.20 ERA over his previous seven starts since being recalled from Triple-A, but he gave up just one run in six innings to beat Detroit 14-4 on Wednesday.
"If you can't find a way to win that ballgame," Straily said, smiling, "you're in a lot of trouble. Just a great day overall."
The right-hander has gotten into some trouble against the Rangers this season while going 1-1 with a 5.63 ERA in three starts, but he also allowed just two hits in seven innings of a 1-0 win over Texas on May 21.
Straily, though, gave up six runs - including a two-run homer to A.J. Pierzynski - in 4 2-3 innings of an 8-7 defeat the last time he faced the Rangers on June 17. Pierzynski also has a double among his three hits in five at-bats versus Straily.
|Last Updated: 10/20/2014 6:18:51 PM EST|