|TEXAS ( ROSS )|
BALTIMORE ( BUNDY )
|963||TEXAS||+115||Ov 10,-125||+115||Ov 10.5,-110|
|964||BALTIMORE||-125||Un 10,+105||-125||Un 10.5,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||34-38||-2.1||34-37||4.9||0.238||0.310||0.416||0.726||4.7||0.261||0.325||0.425||0.750|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-0.1||0-6||3.6||0.213||0.292||0.384||0.676||2.1||0.210||0.268||0.313||0.581|
|vs Right-handed Starters||30-33||-2.7||37-25||4.7||0.259||0.309||0.426||0.735||5.7||0.281||0.350||0.464||0.814|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.2||4-3||5.1||0.262||0.319||0.418||0.737||6.1||0.289||0.344||0.498||0.842|
|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)||1-3||L||105||10.5 ov||U||3||6||1||8||4||0|
|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|| || |
|7/25/2017|| ||MIAMI|| || |
|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|| || |
|7/25/2017|| ||@ 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.
|Rangers look for improved offense vs. Orioles|
BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles desperately need to play effectively in the current four-game series against the Texas Rangers to have much of a chance at keeping their playoff hopes alive.
So far, so good for the Orioles, who secured a much-needed 3-1 win in the opener Monday and will look to maintain that momentum heading into Tuesday night.
It is also a key series for the Rangers, who trail the Houston Astros by 16 1/2 games in the American League West. The Rangers, though, are very much alive in the wild-card race, just 2 1/2 games behind the final playoff spot. They need their bats to come alive after scoring five runs in their past three games.
"These guys are still battling," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "We've put runs on the board. We've been able to score. There have been a couple of games here where the offense has been challenged. The opportunity to score has been challenged. But these guys are still playing. We're engaged. We're getting excellent starting pitching."
The Orioles are going through a tough stretch, coming off a three-game sweep over the weekend by the Chicago Cubs. Baltimore is lingering near the bottom of the American League and could be sellers at the trade deadline if the season doesn't turn around quickly. However, the Orioles are just 4 1/2 games behind the second AL wild-card position,
"It's tough. It's a challenge," Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. "We had our private moments, trust me. The level that we've tried to establish here hasn't been that way lately, and it's frustrating for everybody. We're hired to do the 'why' part. You don't push the blame someplace else. I always look at it like it starts with me. You don't lose that accountability."
Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy (8-8, 4.33 ERA) will take the mound Tuesday as the most consistent pitcher in the rotation. He leads the team in wins and ERA.
However, he appeared to be dealing with some fatigue issues just before the All-Star break. In his last outing against the Minnesota Twins on July 6, Bundy struggled, allowing six runs and five hits over five innings in a 6-4 loss.
"It wasn't the ending I wanted, but it's a healthy first half and I'm throwing the ball well, but sometimes it's not going where I need to," said Bundy, who is 1-0 and has not allowed a run in three career appearances (11 innings) against the Rangers. "Got to work on that in the second half, and that's what I'll do."
Rangers right-hander Tyson Ross, (2-1, 5.33 ERA) has been dominant in his past five starts since coming off the disabled list following his recovery from thoracic outlet syndrome surgery. Over that stretch, he has limited opponents to a .211 batting average.
Banister said the club is still being careful with Ross' workload.
"He's working his way back," Banister said. "It's the high-pitch innings that dictate how far we want to push guys, especially a guy like this. I don't think we want to push him above that 100-pitch mark right now."
Ross picked up the win July 8 against the Los Angeles Angels when he allowed one run and four hits with three strikeouts and two walks over 5 2/3 innings. However, he is 0-2 with a staggering 17.10 ERA in seven career appearances against Baltimore, allowing 19 runs in 10 innings.
Ross is looking to put those struggles behind him Tuesday, especially with the recent run of success.
"I've been able to put the team in a decent position in a couple of these games," Ross said. "This is a talented squad here. With the rotation we have and the offense, it's a good situation to be pitching in. I'm just trying to do my part."
|Last Updated: 9/21/2017 2:29:05 PM EST|