|LA ANGELS ( WILLIAMS )|
TEXAS ( GARZA )
|913||LA ANGELS||+180||Ov 9,+105||+165||Ov 9,+110|
|914||TEXAS||-190||Un 9,-125||-175||Un 9,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||58-55||-7||61-49||4.6||0.266||0.326||4.3||0.249||0.317|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.4||3-4||3.9||0.197||0.271||3.6||0.224||0.288|
|vs Right-handed Starters||57-52||-10.4||38-63||4.2||0.253||0.306||3.8||0.249||0.310|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3||3-4||4.9||0.269||0.318||2.0||0.207||0.282|
|9/12/2013||RICHARDS(R)||@ TORONTO||HAPP(L)||4-3||W||-120||9 un||U||8||8||0||11||9||1|
|9/13/2013||VARGAS(L)||@ HOUSTON||KEUCHEL(L)||7-9||L||-130||9 un||O||12||9||0||14||4||0|
|9/14/2013||WEAVER(R)||@ HOUSTON||OBERHOLTZER(L)||6-2||W||-150||8 ov||P||9||7||0||9||8||1|
|9/15/2013||WILLIAMS(R)||@ HOUSTON||CLEMENS(R)||2-1||W||-155||9 ov||U||6||4||1||7||7||0|
|9/16/2013||WILSON(L)||@ OAKLAND||PARKER(R)||12-1||W||120||7 ov||O||15||8||0||6||8||1|
|9/17/2013||RICHARDS(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRAY(R)||1-2||L||145||7.5 un||U||7||10||0||9||11||1|
|9/18/2013||VARGAS(L)||@ OAKLAND||GRIFFIN(R)||5-4||W||165||8 ev||O||5||4||0||8||7||1|
|9/26/2013||WILLIAMS(R)||@ TEXAS||GARZA(R)|| |
|9/27/2013||WILSON(L)||@ TEXAS||OGANDO(R)|| |
|9/28/2013||RICHARDS(R)||@ TEXAS||HOLLAND(L)|| |
|9/29/2013||VARGAS(L)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)|| |
|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)||8-2||W||-115||6.5 un||O||16||12||0||7||7||1|
|9/20/2013||PEREZ(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)||1-2||L||120||7.5 un||U||5||5||0||9||11||0|
|9/21/2013||GARZA(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||3-1||W||-105||7.5 un||U||8||6||0||5||5||1|
|9/22/2013||OGANDO(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||0-4||L||115||7 ev||U||6||5||0||5||2||0|
|9/26/2013||GARZA(R)||LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)|| |
|9/27/2013||OGANDO(R)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)|| |
|9/28/2013||HOLLAND(L)||LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)|| |
|9/29/2013||DARVISH(R)||LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)|| |
|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.
|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 (LA ANGELS-TEXAS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Angels-Rangers Preview* ========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Los Angeles (77-80) at Texas (86-71), 8:05 p.m. EDT
Matt Garza snapped his longest losing streak of the season with a tremendous effort over the weekend.
A repeat performance could go a long way for the Texas Rangers, who continue to keep pace in the AL wild-card hunt.
Garza tries to lead the Rangers to a fourth consecutive win Thursday night in the opener of a four-game home set against the Los Angeles Angels.
After going 0-4 with a 5.83 ERA in his previous five starts, Garza (4-5, 4.56 ERA) finally found his form Saturday in a 3-1 win at Kansas City. The right-hander carried a four-hit shutout into the ninth inning before giving up a leadoff homer to Eric Hosmer.
"You're the only one who can do it," he said of bouncing back. "I just got back to being comfortable, back to being who I was. It's a lot funnier this way. I can enjoy it a little more.
"I've just got to keep it simple. That's kind of been my whole thing and it's kind of who I am. ... It's no time to work on anything anymore."
The Rangers (87-71) are coming off a three-game sweep of Houston, winning 7-3 in Wednesday's finale. Ian Kinsler went 2 for 4 with a homer and two RBIs and Leonys Martin delivered a three-run double for Texas, which remained one game behind Cleveland for the second wild-card spot.
"You just get the mentality of taking care of the business that's in front of you," manager Ron Washington said. "If we can continue to win ballgames, I don't care what they do. And if they win out the streak and we win out the string also, then that's just the way it is."
The Rangers have taken 11 of 15 from Los Angeles (78-80), which is seeking a third consecutive win after beating Oakland 3-1 on Wednesday. Erick Aybar collected three hits and Josh Hamilton went 2 for 4 with two RBIs as the Angels improved to 23-9 since Aug. 23.
"Obviously we're not really playing for much right now, but we still want to go out and give them hell," winning pitcher Jered Weaver said. "It was nice to be able to finish strong. It's kind of bittersweet. We wish we were still playing (next week). That's the goal."
Los Angeles now turns to Jerome Williams (9-10, 4.55). The right-hander has compiled a 3.75 ERA during a four-start winning streak, his longest since winning a career-high five consecutive starts as a rookie with San Francisco from June 21-July 12, 2003.
Williams issued a season-worst five walks Saturday but managed to limit the damage, yielding one run in 5 2-3 innings to beat Seattle 6-5.
"I always want to go out there and do my best," he said. "I've had a couple of rough stretches, and now I just want to finish strong and end this season on a good note."
Williams went 1-0 with a 1.84 ERA in his first two starts versus Texas before surrendering five runs over 5 1-3 innings in a 5-2 loss Aug. 5. While Adrian Beltre is 10 for 24 with two homers against him, A.J. Pierzynski is 1 for 15. Mitch Moreland and Elvis Andrus have also struggled, going a combined 8 for 43.
Garza, meanwhile, is 0-2 with a 5.61 ERA in seven career outings versus Los Angeles. Howie Kendrick is 6 for 9 with a homer in their matchups, but Hamilton is 5 for 24.
While the Angels have won 16 of 20 on the road, they have dropped four straight and five of six in Arlington this year.
|Last Updated: 10/2/2014 9:26:51 AM EST|