|TEXAS ( GARZA )|
TAMPA BAY ( COBB )
|915||TEXAS||+130||Ov 7.5,-105||+115||Ov 7,-115|
|916||TAMPA BAY||-140||Un 7.5,-115||-125||Un 7,-105|
|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||3-4||3.1||0.249||0.312||4.4||0.271||0.340|
|vs Right-handed Starters||53-44||-2.4||46-46||4.1||0.256||0.327||4.3||0.245||0.301|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-1||2-5||3.6||0.224||0.330||2.7||0.195||0.275|
|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||TEPESCH(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)|| |
|9/23/2013|| ||HOUSTON|| || |
|9/2/2013||ARCHER(R)||@ LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)||2-11||L||-135||8 ev||O||6||12||0||16||11||1|
|9/3/2013||MOORE(L)||@ LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)||7-1||W||-130||7.5 ov||O||15||13||1||4||7||1|
|9/4/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)||3-1||W||115||7.5 ov||U||7||6||0||7||7||1|
|9/5/2013||PRICE(L)||@ LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)||2-6||L||-180||7.5 ov||O||6||7||0||11||4||0|
|9/6/2013||COBB(R)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)||4-6||L||-125||7 un||O||12||12||1||8||4||1|
|9/7/2013||ARCHER(R)||@ SEATTLE||PAXTON(L)||2-6||L||-145||7.5 ov||O||5||7||1||11||7||1|
|9/8/2013||MOORE(L)||@ SEATTLE||RAMIREZ(L)||4-1||W||-140||7.5 un||U||10||11||0||5||8||1|
|9/13/2013||ARCHER(R)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)||3-0||W||-155||8 un||U||9||6||1||5||5||1|
|9/14/2013||MOORE(L)||@ MINNESOTA||ALBERS(L)||7-0||W||-155||7.5 ov||U||10||8||0||4||7||1|
|9/15/2013||PRICE(L)||@ MINNESOTA||HERNANDEZ(L)||4-6||L||-220||7.5 un||O||6||8||0||10||5||1|
|9/23/2013|| ||BALTIMORE|| || |
|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.
|TAMPA BAY: HITTING: OF DESMOND JENNINGS' on-base skills will lead to tons of runs and SBs despite his mediocre batting average. 2B BEN ZOBRIST bounced back from a disappointing 2010, and will continue to produce near the top of the batting order. Though a series of nagging injuries plagued his 2011 season, 3B EVAN LONGORIA slugged 17 HR in his last 53 games. Fully healthy this season, he'll be an elite power-hitter with double-digit SB potential. OF B.J. UPTON's days in Tampa may be numbered. He's an elite athlete, but he just might lose his head if he's traded into a tough situation. After a hot start, OF MATT JOYCE settled in as the productive hitter he is. He should get to play every day in right field. SSs SEAN RODRIGUEZ and REID BRIGNAC will battle for ABs but neither hits on a consistent basis. C JOSE MOLINA was acquired for his defense much more than his hitting. DH LUKE SCOTT can also play some 1B when slugger CARLOS PENA, who is returning to Tampa after hitting 28 homers for the Cubs in 2011, needs a rest. |
STARTING PITCHING: DAVID PRICE was a little more hittable than in 2010, but he increased his already-high strikeout rate while cutting back on walks. His win total should rise from a disappointing 12 last year. JAMES SHIELDS put his 2010 disaster season behind him and became a Cy Young candidate. His peripheral stats and skills weren't all that different the past two years, it was a big swing of luck. Some people are putting out the Bust Alert on Rookie of the Year JEREMY HELLICKSON. He had the league's luckiest batting average on balls in play (.217), but he improved as last season progressed. MATT MOORE may be this year's R.O.Y. after a dominant late-season call up. He'll be among the league leaders in strikeouts for years to come. WADE DAVIS is a mediocre pitcher who eats innings at the back of the rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: KYLE FARNSWORTH looked as strong as he has in years, converting 25 of 31 saves in his first season with the Rays. He's the closer again this year, but it won't take much for him to lose that job after an unsteady last third of the 2011 season. JOEL PERALTA may overtake Farnsworth for ninth-inning duties at some point this season. Peralta was 5-for-5 on saves in September when Farnsworth was hurt, and gave up only one run in his final 21.3 innings. Possible future closer JAKE McGEE progressed nicely after a tough start to 2011. He's got potentially lethal stuff. Former Angels hurler FERNANDO RODNEY is looking to bounce back after a wild season (28 walks, 26 strikeouts in 32 IP).
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*Rangers-Rays Preview* ======================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Texas (81-66) at Tampa Bay (81-66), 7:10 p.m. EDT
The Texas Rangers' stunning collapse has left them with little chance at a division title and forced them to focus on the wild card as their only avenue to the postseason.
That road may get a lot tougher heading into a visit to the other team holding a wild-card spot.
Opening a potentially vital four-game series at Tropicana Field on Monday night, the Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays attempt to improve their playoff chances while damaging the hopes of the other.
Texas (81-67) entered this month with a two-game lead over Oakland in the AL West, but a 2-11 slide has turned that into a 6 1/2-game deficit with 14 games remaining.
The Rangers' tailspin includes losing all six games of a homestand and never leading in any, including a three-game series sweep to the A's, capped by Sunday's 5-1 defeat.
Instead of tightening the division, Texas finds itself in a crowded wild-card race that has six teams separated by 3 1/2 games.
The Rangers and Rays (81-67) own the same record, but are just one-half game ahead of Cleveland with Baltimore, the Yankees and Kansas City lurking.
"Right now we're just trying to win a ballgame," manager Ron Washington told the team's official website. "I'm not thinking about no playoffs, I'm not thinking about anything. We're just trying to win a ballgame. I just want to win a ballgame. Can you help me?"
The offense certainly isn't helping, going 1 for 14 with runners in scoring position over the last two games. The Rangers stranded 10 runners Sunday and failed to get an extra-base hit.
"I'm not sure what's going on," Washington said. "I've never witnessed it before. You can have days that don't go right, but we left 10 on. Opportunities were there again, we just didn't cash them in."
Adrian Beltre is hitting .375 over the past six games, but is 4 for 28 (.143) with two RBIs in his last eight meetings with Tampa Bay.
He's 1 for 6 against scheduled starter Alex Cobb.
Improvement at the plate might be necessary with the Rangers expected to send Matt Garza (3-4, 4.46 ERA) to the mound for his first meeting with his former team.
The right-hander, a member of the Rays from 2008-10, is 0-3 in four starts and has lost his last two while surrendering nine runs in 11 innings. He's gave up three runs with four walks in four innings of Wednesday's 7-5 loss to Pittsburgh, turning in his shortest outing since being acquired in a trade from the Chicago Cubs two months ago.
The Rays failed to complete a three-game sweep at Minnesota on Sunday, squandering a two-run eighth-inning lead en route to a 6-4 loss.
"We've had way too many missteps already this year. That's what's got us in this position," manager Joe Maddon said. "We have played well enough to have a much better record."
That's not entirely true at home, where Tampa Bay has dropped five of seven while batting .196 and averaging 2.6 runs.
Cobb (8-3, 3.08) is 5-0 in 11 home starts, but he's 0-1 with a 3.91 ERA over his last four overall while being backed by six total runs. He gave up three runs over 5 2-3 innings in Wednesday's 7-3 loss in 10 to Boston.
The right-hander has no record and a 4.91 ERA in two career starts against Texas.
Rays slugger Evan Longoria has a .364 average with four homers and 12 RBIs over his last 12 regular-season meetings with the Rangers.
|Last Updated: 10/22/2014 9:16:38 AM EST|