|TEXAS ( DARVISH )|
TAMPA BAY ( MOORE )
|971||TEXAS||+105||Ov 6.5,-110||-110||Ov 6.5,+100|
|972||TAMPA BAY||-115||Un 6.5,-110||+100||Un 6.5,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||28-19||+0.8||21-26||4.9||0.279||0.342||4.1||0.244||0.306|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-6.4||4-2||3.7||0.229||0.284||4.7||0.262||0.328|
|vs Right-handed Starters||54-45||-2.7||48-46||4.1||0.256||0.327||4.3||0.245||0.300|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+1.6||3-3||4.1||0.239||0.309||3.0||0.204||0.258|
|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)||2-6||L||120||7 un||O||6||4||0||12||8||0|
|9/17/2013||OGANDO(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||7-1||W||110||7.5 un||O||10||5||1||4||4||0|
|9/18/2013||HOLLAND(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||3-4||L||110||7 un||P||7||7||0||10||8||0|
|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||OGANDO(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)|| |
|9/26/2013|| ||LA ANGELS|| || |
|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|
|9/24/2013||MOORE(L)||@ NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)|| |
|9/25/2013||PRICE(L)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|9/26/2013|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|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).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (TEXAS-TAMPA BAY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rangers-Rays Preview* ======================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Texas (82-68) at Tampa Bay (82-68), 7:10 p.m. EDT
The Texas Rangers overcame their recent struggles for one day, but the woes were restored in dramatic fashion Wednesday night in an extra-inning loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, costing them possession of the AL's top wild-card spot.
They seek a bounce-back victory behind Yu Darvish on Thursday night at Tropicana Field, but he'll likely need better run support than he's seen lately as he faces Matt Moore in a showdown between two of the league's top arms.
Texas (82-69) ended a seven-game losing streak with Tuesday's 7-1 win, but resumed its September lull with a 4-3 loss to the Rays in 12 innings on Wednesday. The Rangers are 3-13 this month, while the Rays (86-68) have won five of their last seven to overtake them in the wild-card hunt with a one-game advantage.
Desmond Jennings provided the game-winning single in the 12th inning, redeeming himself for a misplayed ball in center field that gave Texas a 2-0 lead in the second inning.
"I want to believe this game has to give us some kind of impetus moving forward," manager Joe Maddon said.
Meanwhile, Texas owns a one-half game edge over Cleveland for the league's second wild-card spot.
"If it was the last game and we weren't in it because of it, that would be the toughest loss," said closer Joe Nathan, who suffered his third blown save in the 11th inning after allowing Tampa Bay to tie the game at 3. "But we're still in the postseason aren't we? I can't see how this can be the toughest loss. We get another opportunity tomorrow."
That opportunity comes with Darvish (12-9, 2.79 ERA) on the mound. The right-hander ranks third in the AL in ERA but is winless in his last six outings - and enters this contest with a career-worst four-start losing streak - despite compiling a 3.38 ERA with 49 strikeouts in 40 innings.
He received eight runs of support in the first four games in that stretch, then was the loser in 1-0 results in each of the last two.
"I can't control it. I can't do anything about it. The only thing I can do is concentrate on the batter in front of me," Darvish said through an interpreter, insisting that he has no frustration.
Darvish allowed one earned run over 15 innings in two starts versus Tampa Bay last year, going 1-0.
Moore (15-3, 3.11) would also rank among the league's ERA leaders but hasn't thrown enough innings to qualify after missing more than a month with elbow soreness.
He's been stellar since returning, limiting opponents to one earned run over 14 2-3 innings in three starts. However, his last outing was limited to three innings due to a 2 hour, 4 minute rain delay in a 7-0 victory at Minnesota on Saturday.
"Hopefully it will benefit me just this week," Moore said. "As far as my side work goes, hopefully I should be a little less sore those days."
Moore threw 5 1-3 innings of one-hit ball in a 2-0 win at Texas on April 10, though he matched a career high with six walks.
No Ranger has more than three at-bats versus Moore except Alex Rios, who is 1 for 11 with eight strikeouts.
Wil Myers extended his hitting streak to eight games with a single on Wednesday.
|Last Updated: 9/18/2014 4:39:48 AM EST|