|KANSAS CITY ( KARNS )|
TEXAS ( HAMELS )
|969||KANSAS CITY||+150||Ov 9,-110||+135||Ov 8.5,-115|
|970||TEXAS||-160||Un 9,-110||-145||Un 8.5,-105|
|vs Left-handed Starters||3-1||+3.1||2-2||2.7||0.218||0.271||0.323||0.593||3.0||0.190||0.274||0.281||0.555|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.9||0-7||2.4||0.224||0.289||0.315||0.603||1.0||0.165||0.227||0.216||0.444|
|vs Right-handed Starters||4-8||-4.6||7-5||4.9||0.216||0.282||0.388||0.671||5.1||0.252||0.322||0.422||0.743|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3||2-5||2.7||0.159||0.229||0.241||0.471||4.0||0.247||0.319||0.419||0.737|
|4/7/2017||VARGAS(L)||@ HOUSTON||FIERS(R)||5-1||W||145||8.5 un||U||10||10||0||6||5||1|
|4/8/2017||DUFFY(L)||@ HOUSTON||KEUCHEL(L)||7-3||W||180||8 un||O||7||2||0||9||5||1|
|4/9/2017||KARNS(R)||@ HOUSTON||MCCULLERS(R)||4-5||L||180||8.5 un||O||9||5||0||12||11||0|
|4/14/2017||DUFFY(L)||LA ANGELS||RAMIREZ(R)||7-1||W||-135||9 ev||U||8||3||0||4||6||0|
|4/15/2017||KARNS(R)||LA ANGELS||SHOEMAKER(R)||3-2||W||+105||9 ov||U||6||4||0||6||9||0|
|4/16/2017||KENNEDY(R)||LA ANGELS||SKAGGS(L)||1-0||W||-105||8.5 un||U||6||8||0||2||3||0|
|4/18/2017||HAMMEL(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)||1-2||L||-125||9 ev||U||10||11||0||11||10||0|
|4/19/2017||VARGAS(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||2-0||W||+130||8 ev||U||10||7||0||4||4||0|
|4/20/2017||DUFFY(L)||@ TEXAS||CASHNER(R)||0-1||L||-115||9 ev||U||4||7||0||6||7||0|
|4/21/2017||KARNS(R)||@ TEXAS||HAMELS(L)|| |
|4/22/2017||KENNEDY(R)||@ TEXAS||GRIFFIN(R)|| |
|4/23/2017||HAMMEL(R)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)|| |
|4/24/2017||VARGAS(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||GONZALEZ(R)|| |
|4/25/2017||DUFFY(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||COVEY(R)|| |
|4/26/2017||KARNS(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|4/28/2017|| ||MINNESOTA|| || |
|4/11/2017||HAMELS(L)||@ LA ANGELS||SKAGGS(L)||5-6||L||100||8 un||O||10||7||2||12||11||1|
|4/12/2017||GRIFFIN(R)||@ LA ANGELS||CHAVEZ(R)||8-3||W||125||8.5 un||O||11||7||1||6||5||0|
|4/13/2017||DARVISH(R)||@ LA ANGELS||NOLASCO(R)||8-3||W||-125||8 ev||O||11||6||0||7||6||3|
|4/14/2017||PEREZ(L)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)||1-2||L||130||7.5 ov||U||7||6||0||9||8||0|
|4/15/2017||CASHNER(R)||@ SEATTLE||PAXTON(L)||0-5||L||155||7.5 ev||U||2||2||1||8||5||0|
|4/16/2017||HAMELS(L)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)||7-8||L||-105||7.5 ov||O||9||8||1||12||7||0|
|4/17/2017||GRIFFIN(R)||@ OAKLAND||COTTON(R)||7-0||W||120||8 ev||U||7||7||0||3||3||1|
|4/18/2017||DARVISH(R)||@ OAKLAND||TRIGGS(R)||2-4||L||-125||7 ov||U||3||2||1||6||5||1|
|4/19/2017||PEREZ(L)||@ OAKLAND||HAHN(R)||1-9||L||105||8.5 ev||O||3||6||0||14||5||0|
|4/20/2017||CASHNER(R)||KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)||1-0||W||+105||9 ev||U||6||7||0||4||7||0|
|4/21/2017||HAMELS(L)||KANSAS CITY||KARNS(R)|| |
|4/22/2017||GRIFFIN(R)||KANSAS CITY||KENNEDY(R)|| |
|4/23/2017||DARVISH(R)||KANSAS CITY||HAMMEL(R)|| |
|4/28/2017|| ||LA ANGELS|| || |
|KANSAS CITY: 2016: 81-81, third place.
Manager: Ned Yost (eighth season).
He's Here: OF Jorge Soler, RHP Jason Hammel, RHP Nathan Karns, DH Brandon Moss, LHP Travis Wood.
He's Outta Here: RHP Wade Davis, DH Kendrys Morales, OF Jarrod Dyson, RHP Luke Hochevar, RHP Edinson Volquez.
Projected lineup: SS Alcides Escobar (.261, 7 HRs, 55 RBIs), LF Alex Gordon (.220, 17, 40), CF Lorenzo Cain (.287, 9, 56), 1B Eric Hosmer (.266, 25, 104), DH Brandon Moss (.255, 28, 67), RF Jorge Soler (.238, 12, 31 with Cubs; likely to start season on DL with strained oblique), 3B Mike Moustakas (.240, 7, 13), C Salvador Perez (.247, 22, 64), Raul Mondesi (.185, 2, 13).
Rotation: LH Danny Duffy (12-3, 3.51 ERA, 188 Ks), RH Ian Kennedy (11-11, 3.68, 184 Ks), RH Jason Hammel (11-11, 3.83 with Cubs), LH Jason Vargas (0-0, 2.25 in 3 starts after returning from Tommy John surgery), RH Nathan Karns (6-2, 5.15 with Mariners).
Key relievers: RH Kelvin Herrera (2-6, 2.75, 12 saves), RH Joakim Soria (5-8, 4.05), LH Matt Strahm (2-2, 1.23), LH Travis Wood (4-0, 2.95), LH Scott Alexander (0-0, 3.32), RH Chris Young (3-9, 6.19).
Hot Spot: Starting Rotation. Duffy showed signs of blossoming into an ace late last year, but is yet to put it all together for a full season. Hammel was signed after the tragic death of RHP Yordano Ventura in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. Vargas barely pitched last season after coming back from elbow surgery. Karns has intriguing potential, but might end up in the bullpen unless he lives up to it quickly.
Outlook: Royals GM Dayton Moore thinks his starting rotation is the best it has been during his tenure, even if just about every spot is tenuous. He also thinks Kansas City has more power at the plate this year thanks to Moustakas' return from a torn ACL and the signing of Moss. Paulo Orlando (.302, 5, 43, 14 SBs) will replace Soler in right field at the start of the season. But there are plenty of question marks up and down the lineup, not to mention on the pitching staff, and several things must break right for Kansas City to make noise in the AL Central and take a run at its third World Series appearance in four years.
|TEXAS: 2016: 95-67, first place
Manager: Jeff Banister (third season)
Who's new? 1B Mike Napoli, 1B James Loney, INF Will Middlebrooks, RHP Andrew Cashner, RHP Tyson Ross, RHP Mike Hauschild
Who's gone? 1B Mitch Moreland, INF/OF Ian Desmond, OF/DH Carlos Beltran, RHP Derek Holland, RHP Colby Lewis, RHP Shawn Tolleson, RHP Lucas Harrell
Projected lineup: CF Carlos Gomez (.231, 13 HR, 53 RBI, 18 SB in 118 games with Astros and Rangers), DH Shin-Soo Choo (.242, 7, 17, 6 in 48 games), 3B Adrian Beltre (.300, 32, 104), 1B Mike Napoli (.239, 34, 101 with Indians), 2B Rougned Odor (.271, 33, 88, 14 SB), C Jonathan Lucroy (.292, 24, 81 with Brewers and Rangers), RF Nomar Mazara (.266, 20, 64), SS Elvis Andrus (.302, 8, 69, 24 SB), LF Jurickson Profar (.239, 5, 20) or Ryan Rua (.258, 8, 22, 9 SB)
Rotation: LH Cole Hamels (15-5, 3.32 ERA), RH Yu Darvish (7-5, 3.42 in 17 games), LH Martin Perez (10-11, 4.39), RH A.J. Griffin (7-4, 5.07), RH Andrew Cashner (5-11, 5.25 with Padres and Marlins)
Key relievers: RH Sam Dyson (3-2, 2.43, 38/43 SV), RH Matt Bush (7-2, 2.48), RH Jeremy Jeffress (27/28 SV with Brewers and Rangers), RH Tony Barnette (7-3, 2.09), LH Alex Claudio (4-1, 2.79), RH Keone Kela (5-1, 6.09)
Hot spots: Designated hitter and left field. Choo, Napoli and Joey Gallo are all candidates to DH. Gallo, a perennial prospect with prodigious power, can make it interesting by seizing his first-ever Opening Day roster spot. Otherwise Napoli (a first baseman) and Choo (an outfielder) can switch off as needed. Moving Desmond to the outfield was successful enough last year that the Rangers are taking a similar approach with Profar. The oft-injured 24-year-old will try to break camp as a left fielder, platooning with Rua.
Outlook: Coming off back-to-back division titles, the Rangers begin 2017 with a weakened farm system and the footsteps of the Astros and Mariners passing them by ' or at least catching up. There's still a lot to like here. Napoli was a huge bargain on a $6 million contract following his 34-homer season in Cleveland. He'll join Beltre and Odor to form a dangerous middle of the order. Darvish is entering his first full season back from Tommy John surgery, and he and catcher Lucroy are entering their long-awaited walk years. This isn't the deepest roster in the AL but it's capable of winning another division title if its stars can avoid the disabled list.
|Starters right at home as Rangers host Royals|
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Globe Life Park is a special place for Friday's starters in the matchup between the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals.
For Texas left-hander Cole Hamels (0-0, 3.50 ERA), the park has been a place where he has had almost nothing but success, going 10-2 in 24 starts. Texas is 19-5 in those games.
For Kansas City righty Nate Karns (0-0, 4.38 ERA), the park means a lot because it's also his home park. Karns played high school baseball at Arlington Martin, which is less than 10 miles from Globe Life Park, and he lives in Dallas in the offseason.
So both starters wouldn't mind a little home cooking as they look for their first wins of the season as the teams play the second contest of a four-game set following Texas' 1-0 win in 13 innings Thursday.
Hamels would like to help the Rangers get going after a tough start to the season.
"There's always going to be great expectations and you want to live up to them, but the understanding of knowing seasons are long, you can go on a cold streak here and there and go on hot streaks," Hamels said. "Everybody goes through it during a part of the season. Unfortunately, we're doing it right now. We all have our confidence. We know what we're capable of doing."
Hamels hasn't pitched as well as he would like this year, but he has had success in limited action against the Royals -- 2-1 with a 4.74 ERA in three starts.
He didn't factor in the decision in his last start, allowing three runs in five innings during an 8-7 loss to Seattle.
He'd like to find his groove Friday.
"I've got a lot of work to do," Hamels said. "I just have to keep building on what I know I'm capable of doing, which is to go deeper in ballgames. Probably establish the strike zone a little more. From there, when you're able to do that, the game plays more into my hand. There's not as many stressful innings. There's not as many guys on base. You want to throw perfect innings every time, but it's not the case when you're playing against guys that are just as good."
Karns, who is 1-1 with a 6.32 ERA against Texas, has struggled with his command this year. In 12 1/3 innings, he has walked six batters. He knows he has to do better.
"If I can just challenge hitters, get early contact, that's big," Karns said. "In the past I maybe got caught up trying to put too many hitters away. I have a great defense and I'm just trying to use them as much as I can."
He's also trying to follow the lead for a rotation that has the best starting ERA in the majors. Manager Ned Yost has confidence Karns will get things together.
"I feel like our whole starting rotation's off to a great start," Yost said. "Walks aren't an issue for us right now. His first start, he was a little out of sync the first two innings and then the third inning came out and was nails from that point on. His last start, I thought he was great from the first pitch on."
|Last Updated: 12/15/2017 4:32:13 AM EST|