|TEXAS ( GARZA )|
LA ANGELS ( WILSON )
|925||TEXAS||-105||Ov 7.5,-110||-105||Ov 7.5,+100|
|926||LA ANGELS||-105||Un 7.5,-110||-105||Un 7.5,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||27-16||+3.5||19-24||5.0||0.278||0.343||4.1||0.241||0.304|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-4.3||2-5||4.1||0.276||0.322||4.0||0.269||0.331|
|vs Right-handed Starters||51-52||-11.9||57-43||4.6||0.269||0.329||4.5||0.252||0.321|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.9||4-2||5.0||0.287||0.337||3.1||0.235||0.326|
|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)||2-4||L||100||7.5 un||U||8||11||2||6||6||0|
|9/3/2013||PEREZ(L)||@ OAKLAND||COLON(R)||5-1||W||115||7.5 un||U||13||12||0||11||9||1|
|9/4/2013||DARVISH(R)||@ OAKLAND||PARKER(R)||4-11||L||-120||7 un||O||9||5||0||12||7||1|
|9/6/2013||GARZA(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)|| |
|9/7/2013||HOLLAND(L)||@ LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)|| |
|9/8/2013||HOLLAND(L)||@ LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)|| |
|9/13/2013|| ||OAKLAND|| || |
|8/23/2013||RICHARDS(R)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)||2-0||W||155||7.5 un||U||4||4||0||5||5||0|
|8/24/2013||VARGAS(L)||@ SEATTLE||RAMIREZ(L)||5-1||W||110||8 un||U||11||9||1||9||9||1|
|8/25/2013||WEAVER(R)||@ SEATTLE||HARANG(R)||7-1||W||-140||7.5 ov||O||14||11||0||5||5||0|
|8/27/2013||WILSON(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)||6-5||W||120||7.5 un||O||10||8||0||10||12||1|
|8/28/2013||RICHARDS(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||1-4||L||160||7.5 ev||U||5||3||1||8||7||1|
|8/29/2013||VARGAS(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)||2-0||W||165||8.5 un||U||6||5||1||3||8||0|
|8/30/2013||WEAVER(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)||5-0||W||-125||8 ov||U||8||4||1||6||13||0|
|8/31/2013||WILLIAMS(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||ESTRADA(R)||6-5||W||115||8.5 ev||O||12||5||1||12||7||0|
|9/1/2013||WILSON(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||LOHSE(R)||5-3||W||100||8 ov||P||11||6||1||4||4||0|
|9/2/2013||RICHARDS(R)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||11-2||W||+125||8 ev||O||16||11||1||6||12||0|
|9/3/2013||VARGAS(L)||TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)||1-7||L||+120||7.5 ov||O||4||7||1||15||13||1|
|9/4/2013||WEAVER(R)||TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||1-3||L||-125||7.5 ov||U||7||7||1||7||6||0|
|9/5/2013||WILLIAMS(R)||TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||6-2||W||+170||7.5 ov||O||11||4||0||6||7||0|
|9/9/2013||WEAVER(R)||@ MINNESOTA||HERNANDEZ(L)|| |
|9/10/2013||WILLIAMS(R)||@ TORONTO||REDMOND(R)|| |
|9/11/2013||WILSON(L)||@ TORONTO||BUEHRLE(L)|| |
|9/12/2013||RICHARDS(R)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)|| |
|9/13/2013|| ||@ HOUSTON|| || |
|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.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (TEXAS-LA ANGELS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rangers-Angels Preview* ========================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Texas (80-59) at Los Angeles (65-74), 10:05 p.m. EDT
The Texas Rangers are alone atop the AL West.
A three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels may keep them there.
The Rangers will try to begin padding their slim division lead by going for a record winning streak against the Angels on Friday night.
Texas (80-59) leads the West by one-half game on second-place Oakland, despite losing two of three to the A's following Wednesday's 11-4 road defeat.
The tight race is reminiscent of last year, which ended with the Rangers getting swept in a three-game series that relegated them to the wild card.
"There are no breaks," second baseman Ian Kinsler told the team's official website. "You have to be ready to win every day. It doesn't matter how you go about it. You have to pitch well, score runs and play defense."
The Rangers don't seem to have much trouble with any of that against the Angels, winning 10 of 12 season. That includes a seven-game winning streak, matching their longest in the all-time series set against the California Angels from 1987-88.
Texas is hitting .323 with 10 homers while averaging 7.7 runs during the current streak.
Adrian Beltre has been a big contributor with a .408 average, four homers and 10 RBIs this year and is 13 for 25 with three homers and nine RBIs in the past six meetings.
Beltre may be in for another big performance since he's 11 for 30 (.367) with four doubles and one homer versus Angels starter and former teammate C.J. Wilson.
The Rangers will turn to Matt Garza (3-2, 4.04 ERA), who is looking to build on his latest performance. The right-hander allowed one run and three hits with nine strikeouts in seven innings while not getting a decision in a 2-1 win over Minnesota.
He had a 5.81 ERA over his previous four starts.
"I got back into a nice tempo and a nice rhythm," Garza told the team's official website. "I wasn't pitching bad, but I got back in rhythm and want to keep doing it every time out."
Facing the Angels may not help since he's 0-1 with a 5.45 ERA in six career starts.
Los Angeles salvaged a split of its four-game series against Tampa Bay with a 6-2 win Thursday but has lost 11 of 14 at home.
Turning to Wilson (14-6, 3.35) would seem to help since he's 6-0 with a 3.09 ERA over his last 10 starts. However, that includes his latest rough performance against Texas, giving up six runs and 11 hits in four innings of a 14-11 road loss July 30.
The left-hander, a member of the Rangers from 2005-11, is 0-2 with an 8.63 ERA in six starts against his former club.
Wilson enters this matching coming off a 5-3 win at Milwaukee, but he wasn't very sharp while allowing three runs in six innings.
"He made key pitches when he had to," manager Mike Scioscia said. "He kept us in the game and gave us a chance to win."
Josh Hamilton, a Ranger from 2008-12, is batting .339 over his last 16 games after getting two hits, two runs and one RBI on Thursday. He was 0 for 16 last month when the Angels were swept in a three-game home set by the Rangers.
|Last Updated: 10/20/2014 6:45:57 AM EST|