|TEXAS ( CASHNER )|
BALTIMORE ( TILLMAN )
|vs Right-handed Starters||34-37||-1.1||34-36||5.0||0.240||0.311||0.419||0.730||4.8||0.261||0.325||0.425||0.750|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2||0-6||4.6||0.235||0.305||0.442||0.748||2.0||0.185||0.248||0.282||0.530|
|vs Right-handed Starters||29-33||-3.7||37-24||4.7||0.258||0.308||0.426||0.735||5.7||0.283||0.351||0.468||0.819|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.2||5-2||5.3||0.263||0.316||0.413||0.729||6.9||0.303||0.349||0.512||0.861|
|7/7/2017||HAMELS(L)||LA ANGELS||NOLASCO(R)||10-0||W||-140||10 ov||P||12||5||0||3||1||0|
|7/8/2017||ROSS(R)||LA ANGELS||CHAVEZ(R)||5-2||W||-140||10.5 ov||U||10||8||0||7||9||0|
|7/9/2017||DARVISH(R)||LA ANGELS||RAMIREZ(R)||0-3||L||-200||9 un||U||2||6||1||5||5||0|
|7/14/2017||PEREZ(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||HAMMEL(R)||5-3||W||110||9.5 ov||U||7||6||0||8||3||1|
|7/15/2017||HAMELS(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)||1-0||W||110||9 ev||U||5||2||0||4||5||0|
|7/16/2017||DARVISH(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||KENNEDY(R)||3-4||L||-130||8.5 ov||U||7||4||2||10||9||0|
|7/17/2017||CASHNER(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)|| |
|7/18/2017||ROSS(R)||@ BALTIMORE||BUNDY(R)|| |
|7/19/2017||PEREZ(L)||@ BALTIMORE||GAUSMAN(R)|| |
|7/20/2017||HAMELS(L)||@ BALTIMORE||MILEY(L)|| |
|7/21/2017||DARVISH(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)|| |
|7/22/2017||CASHNER(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|7/23/2017||ROSS(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)|| |
|7/24/2017|| ||MIAMI|| || |
|7/3/2017||MILEY(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||SUTER(L)||1-8||L||110||10.5 un||U||6||6||0||11||5||1|
|7/4/2017||JIMENEZ(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||NELSON(R)||2-6||L||160||9.5 un||U||8||4||0||8||3||1|
|7/5/2017||AQUINO(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||GARZA(R)||0-4||L||140||10.5 ev||U||8||10||2||6||5||0|
|7/6/2017||BUNDY(R)||@ MINNESOTA||BERRIOS(R)||4-6||L||130||9.5 ov||O||11||10||0||8||6||1|
|7/7/2017||GAUSMAN(R)||@ MINNESOTA||JORGE(R)||6-9||L||-125||10 un||O||12||5||1||14||5||1|
|7/8/2017||MILEY(L)||@ MINNESOTA||MEJIA(L)||5-1||W||-110||11 un||U||7||6||0||9||11||2|
|7/9/2017||JIMENEZ(R)||@ MINNESOTA||GIBSON(R)||11-5||W||110||10.5 ov||O||15||6||1||5||6||0|
|7/14/2017||GAUSMAN(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||MONTGOMERY(L)||8-9||L||-110||10 ev||O||10||10||0||10||2||0|
|7/15/2017||MILEY(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)||3-10||L||+115||10 ov||O||7||7||1||16||8||1|
|7/16/2017||JIMENEZ(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||QUINTANA(L)||0-8||L||+150||10.5 ov||U||3||3||0||15||8||0|
|7/23/2017||BUNDY(R)||HOUSTON||MCCULLERS JR.(R)|| |
|7/24/2017|| ||@ TAMPA BAY|| || |
|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.
|BALTIMORE: 2016: 89-73, second place
Manager: Buck Showalter (eighth season)
Who's new? C Welington Castillo, OF Seth Smith, OF Craig Gentry, OF Michael Bourn, LHP Vidal Nuno
Who's gone? C Matt Wieters, OF Nolan Reimold, INF/OF Steve Pearce, RHP Vance Worley, RHP Odrisamer Despaigne, LHP T.J. McFarland, LHP Brian Duensing, RHP Tommy Hunter
Projected lineup: LF Hyun-Soo Kim (.302, 6 HR, 22 RBI), CF Adam Jones (.265, 29, 83), 3B Manny Machado (.294, 37, 96), 1B Chris Davis (.221, 38, 84), DH Mark Trumbo (.256, 47, 108), RF Seth Smith (.249, 16, 63 with Mariners), 2B Jonathan Schoop (.267, 25, 82), C Welington Castillo (.264, 14, 68 with Diamondbacks), SS J.J. Hardy (.269, 9, 48)
Rotation: RH Kevin Gausman (9-12, 3.61 ERA), RH Dylan Bundy (10-6, 4.02), LH Wade Miley (9-13, 5.37), RH Ubaldo Jimenez (8-12, 5.44), RH Mike Wright (3-4, 5.79) or Chris Lee (5-0, 2.98 at Double-A) or Gabriel Ynoa (1-0, 6.38 with Mets) or Tyler Wilson (4-6, 5.27) or Jayson Aquino (0-0, 0.00 in three games)
Key relievers: LH Zach Britton (2-1, 0.54, 47/47 SV), RH Brad Brach (10-4, 2.05), RH Darren O'Day (3-1, 3.77), RH Mychal Givens (8-2, 3.13), LH Donnie Hart (0-0, 0.49), LH Vidal Nuno (1-1, 3.53 with Mariners)
Hot spots: Fifth starter and bullpen. A shoulder injury in camp left 16-game winner Chris Tillman in doubt for opening day. That opened the floodgates for a pair of competitions that are somewhat intertwined, since the Orioles value long relievers more than perhaps any team. Wright and Wilson, who shuttled between the bullpen and the rotation last season, are the top candidates for the final rotation job. Aquino is a candidate to start or relieve. Logan Verrett, Richard Bleier and Zach Stewart are all potential long men. Keep an eye on Lee, a 24-year-old lefty who missed most of last season with a lat strain.
Outlook: Boston landed the biggest trade chip of the winter and Baltimore couldn't (or didn't try to) acquire the number-one starter it badly needed. When the dust settled, the Orioles look like another 80-something win team that will lean on its organizational depth to overachieve. Machado is already one of the five best players in the game, and at 24 his prime years might still lie ahead. Only three teams in history have had three 40-home run hitters, but Machado, Davis and Trumbo are capable of making it four. Expect some high-scoring games: the Orioles' outfield earned low marks on defense last year, while their starting rotation is iffy at best. Bridging the gap to closer Britton will be key.
|Orioles look to turn it around vs. Rangers|
BALTIMORE -- Seeking their first win in the second half of the season, the Baltimore Orioles open a four-game series with the Texas Rangers on Monday at Camden Yards.
The Orioles, a season-worst seven games below .500 at 42-49, were hammered in a weekend series by the visiting Chicago Cubs, allowing 27 runs and 10 homers over the course of a three-game sweep. It was not the way they were hoping to start the second half or a 10-game homestand.
"It's disappointing," said Orioles pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez, who was roughed up for six runs on 11 hits over 3 2/3 innings Sunday. "There is no question about it. It's disappointing. But this is baseball. We need to figure it out and just get ready for tomorrow."
The Rangers (45-46), meanwhile, had their modest two-game winning streak snapped Sunday with a 4-3 loss at Kansas City. With two outs in the ninth inning, Lorenzo Cain won the game for the Royals with a bases-loaded single.
The Rangers have won five of their past seven overall as they continue their 10-game road trip.
Unlike the Orioles, who have a strong bullpen and a weak rotation, the Rangers have a good starting staff and a shaky relief corps, which has blown 17 saves, tied for the second most in the major leagues.
The Orioles will send Chris Tillman (1-5, 7.90 ERA) to the mound. Tillman has not started a game since June 30 due to the birth of his first child.
"He's certainly well-rested," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.
Tillman has not won a game since tossing five scoreless innings on May 7 in his first start of the season. He lost five consecutive outings from May 24 to June 15 before getting a no-decision in each of his past three starts. He hasn't worked more than 5 1/3 innings since June 4.
Over his past 10 starts, Tillman is 0-5 with an 8.80 ERA.
"I am anxious to watch him pitch," Showalter said. "See if he is going to have the last two-fifths of the season that he is capable of."
Tillman is 3-2 with 5.40 in seven career starts against the Rangers, but he has not faced them this season.
Tillman will be opposed by Rangers right-hander Andrew Cashner.
On June 29, Cashner (4-7, 3.54 ERA) was struck on the right forearm by a broken bat in the sixth inning of a 5-1 loss to the Cleveland Indians. X-rays were negative.
He returned to pitch July 5 against the Boston Red Sox and was solid, allowing a pair of unearned runs on three hits over seven innings. He struck out four and walked three while picking up the win.
"I think for me it's just having the feel of (the sinker)," Cashner said. "My sinker is really good right now. Just continue throwing that."
Cashner will be looking to win back-to-back starts for the first time this season.
"When a team gets hot, it's always usually the starting pitching that's carrying them," he said. "The hitters will carry you a night or two, but really winning and losing in the big leagues relies on your starting pitching."
Cashner's only career start against Baltimore came in 2013, when he allowed five hits and two runs (one earned) in 7 1/3 innings during a no-decision.
|Last Updated: 7/18/2018 10:58:26 AM EST|