|OAKLAND ( MILONE )|
TEXAS ( PEREZ )
|975||OAKLAND||+110||Ov 9,-110||+105||Ov 9,-110|
|976||TEXAS||-120||Un 9,-110||-115||Un 9,-110|
|vs Left-handed Starters||29-19||+7.5||22-25||4.1||0.248||0.322||3.7||0.240||0.290|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+4.9||4-3||6.9||0.317||0.368||2.9||0.216||0.291|
|vs Right-handed Starters||53-48||-10.5||35-59||4.2||0.254||0.309||3.9||0.251||0.313|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-7.4||4-3||3.4||0.247||0.310||4.9||0.283||0.348|
|9/1/2013||GRIFFIN(R)||TAMPA BAY||WRIGHT(R)||5-1||W||-130||8 un||U||9||7||0||7||5||2|
|9/10/2013||PARKER(R)||@ MINNESOTA||HENDRIKS(R)||3-4||L||-175||8.5 un||U||8||4||0||9||8||0|
|9/11/2013||GRAY(R)||@ MINNESOTA||PELFREY(R)||18-3||W||-160||8 ov||O||22||8||0||5||6||1|
|9/12/2013||GRIFFIN(R)||@ MINNESOTA||DIAMOND(L)||8-2||W||-180||8.5 un||O||11||5||0||7||5||1|
|9/13/2013||STRAILY(R)||@ TEXAS||HOLLAND(L)||9-8||W||115||9 un||O||14||10||1||8||9||0|
|9/14/2013||COLON(R)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)||1-0||W||150||8 un||U||4||5||0||7||8||0|
|9/15/2013||PARKER(R)||@ TEXAS||PEREZ(L)|| |
|9/16/2013||GRAY(R)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)|| |
|9/17/2013||GRIFFIN(R)||LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)|| |
|9/18/2013||STRAILY(R)||LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)|| |
|9/22/2013|| ||MINNESOTA|| || |
|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)||5-6||L||-105||7.5 ov||O||9||7||1||10||3||0|
|9/7/2013||HOLLAND(L)||@ LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)||3-8||L||-135||8 ev||O||9||6||4||11||8||1|
|9/8/2013||TEPESCH(R)||@ LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)||4-3||W||-110||8.5 ov||U||9||8||0||9||8||0|
|9/16/2013||GARZA(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)|| |
|9/17/2013||TEPESCH(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)|| |
|9/18/2013||HOLLAND(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|9/19/2013||DARVISH(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)|| |
|9/20/2013||PEREZ(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)|| |
|9/21/2013||GARZA(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)|| |
|9/22/2013|| ||@ KANSAS CITY|| || |
|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.
|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 (OAKLAND-TEXAS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Athletics-Rangers Preview* ===========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Oakland (86-61) at Texas (81-65), 3:05 p.m. EDT
The Oakland Athletics were able to make an improbable late rally to surpass Texas and win the AL West last year.
This season, it's the Rangers who need to make a run under what might prove to be even more difficult circumstances.
Meeting for the final time during the regular season, Jarrod Parker and the A's look to increase their division lead to 6 1/2 games over the Rangers by completing their first series sweep at Arlington in four years Sunday.
Bartolo Colon threw eight strong innings and Brandon Moss' two-out RBI double in the first held up for a 1-0 Oakland (87-61) victory Saturday. The A's, who overcame a five-game deficit to Texas over the final nine games of 2012, have won four straight and 15 of 19 to take a 5 1/2-game division lead.
The Rangers (81-66), still very much in the hunt for a wild-card berth, have lost five in a row and 11 of 14.
"I don't think it's much different because last year we wanted to win every game, and right now we feel like we want to win every game still," Oakland third baseman Josh Donaldson said. "If anything, it might be a little bit different for them. ... Now they're looking up at us and trying to catch us."
Other than the A's last season, only two other teams have overcome deficits of five games or more with 15 or fewer left since 1969. In 2007, Philadelphia erased a 5 1/2-game deficit to the New York Mets with 15 remaining and St. Louis also came back from 5 1/2 down to surpass Houston with 11 left in 2001.
"From now on, every game is a must-win situation," Texas shortstop Elvis Andrus said. "The division is what we all want. We don't want a wild card. ... We've got to keep fighting."
Last swept at home by the A's from Sept. 14-16, 2009, Texas faces a more difficult challenge considering the teams' season series ends Sunday. Oakland won five of six over the Rangers in the final nine games last season.
The task would seem more difficult against Parker (11-6, 3.55 ERA), who is 9-0 with a 2.61 ERA in 19 starts since he allowed three runs in seven innings of a 3-1 loss at Texas on May 22. Since then, he's posted a 2.84 ERA while going 3-0 against the Rangers.
The right-hander gave up a pair of solo homers in six innings of a 4-3 loss at Minnesota on Tuesday.
"I'm not happy that we lost, no matter what," Parker said. "Got to move on."
Texas slugger Adrian Beltre is 2 for 12 with a homer this season versus Parker. He had three hits in Friday's 9-8 loss, but went 0 for 4 on Saturday.
The Rangers hand the ball to Martin Perez (9-4, 3.60), whose six-start winning streak ended Tuesday when he allowed four runs and nine hits in five innings of a 5-4 loss to Pittsburgh.
"You just have to learn something with your losses," said Perez, the only Texas rookie to win six straight starts. "I learned you have to locate the ball. Fastball location, that's what I'll do for my next start. Nobody's perfect.
In the left-hander's outing before last, he allowed a run without a walk in seven innings of a 5-1 victory at Oakland on Sept. 3.
Donaldson, who scored Saturday's lone run, is 2 for 5 with a double against Perez and batting .447 (17 for 38) with three homers and 10 RBIs during a 10-game hitting streak.
|Last Updated: 10/22/2014 12:26:21 PM EST|