|TEXAS ( HAMELS )|
LA ANGELS ( SKAGGS )
|965||TEXAS||+115||Ov 9,+100||+140||Ov 8.5,+100|
|966||LA ANGELS||-125||Un 9,-120||-150||Un 8.5,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||14-13||+1.8||10-15||5.1||0.251||0.312||0.424||0.736||4.3||0.249||0.321||0.387||0.708|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+1||4-3||8.4||0.333||0.436||0.561||0.997||4.9||0.285||0.360||0.439||0.799|
|vs Left-handed Starters||21-17||+7||20-17||4.4||0.248||0.317||0.373||0.691||4.9||0.260||0.319||0.445||0.765|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+4.3||1-5||4.4||0.201||0.298||0.420||0.718||3.4||0.265||0.311||0.391||0.702|
|8/8/2017||GRIFFIN(R)||@ NY METS||FLEXEN(R)||4-5||L||100||9 ov||P||6||5||0||6||4||0|
|8/9/2017||PEREZ(L)||@ NY METS||MONTERO(R)||5-1||W||105||9.5 un||U||10||15||0||3||2||0|
|8/17/2017||ROSS(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||LOPEZ(R)||9-8||W||-150||11 ov||O||8||7||1||10||8||1|
|8/18/2017||CASHNER(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SHIELDS(R)||3-4||L||-210||11.5 un||U||6||6||1||9||8||0|
|8/19/2017||PEREZ(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||HOLLAND(L)||17-7||W||-205||11 ev||O||20||9||1||12||8||3|
|8/20/2017||GRIFFIN(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||GONZALEZ(R)||2-3||L||-195||11.5 ev||U||6||10||0||9||8||0|
|8/21/2017||HAMELS(L)||@ LA ANGELS||SKAGGS(L)|| |
|8/22/2017||ROSS(R)||@ LA ANGELS||NOLASCO(R)|| |
|8/23/2017||CASHNER(R)||@ LA ANGELS||HEANEY(L)|| |
|8/24/2017||PEREZ(L)||@ LA ANGELS||RAMIREZ(R)|| |
|8/25/2017||GRIFFIN(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRAVEMAN(R)|| |
|8/26/2017||HAMELS(L)||@ OAKLAND||COTTON(R)|| |
|8/27/2017||ROSS(R)||@ OAKLAND||SMITH(R)|| |
|8/10/2017||SKAGGS(L)||@ SEATTLE||PAXTON(L)||6-3||W||170||7.5 ov||O||8||6||0||8||5||0|
|8/11/2017||NOLASCO(R)||@ SEATTLE||GONZALES(L)||6-5||W||125||10 ov||O||11||9||0||10||4||1|
|8/12/2017||RAMIREZ(R)||@ SEATTLE||RAMIREZ(R)||6-3||W||140||9 ov||P||8||4||0||13||9||1|
|8/13/2017||BRIDWELL(R)||@ SEATTLE||MIRANDA(L)||4-2||W||120||9 ov||U||6||10||0||8||6||1|
|8/15/2017||SKAGGS(L)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)||1-3||L||100||8.5 ev||U||3||4||1||9||7||0|
|8/16/2017||NOLASCO(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ROARK(R)||3-2||W||120||9 ov||U||4||2||1||6||8||0|
|8/18/2017||HEANEY(L)||@ BALTIMORE||HELLICKSON(R)||7-9||L||120||10.5 un||O||11||4||1||11||4||1|
|8/19/2017||RAMIREZ(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GAUSMAN(R)||5-1||W||140||9.5 ov||U||7||7||1||7||8||1|
|8/20/2017||BRIDWELL(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)||5-4||W||110||10.5 ev||U||6||8||1||9||6||1|
|8/28/2017|| ||OAKLAND|| || |
|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.
|LA ANGELS: 2016: 74-88, fourth place
Manager: Mike Scioscia (18th season)
Who's new? C Martin Maldonado, 2B Danny Espinosa, INF Luis Valbuena, OF Ben Revere, OF Cameron Maybin, RHP Jesse Chavez, RHP Austin Adams, RHP Yusmeiro Petit
Who's gone? C Jett Bandy, C Geovany Soto, C Juan Graterol, OF Gregorio Petit, OF Rafael Ortega, RHP Jered Weaver, LHP C.J. Wilson, RHP Jhoulys Chacin, RHP Tim Lincecum, RHP Cory Rasmus, LHP Brett Oberholtzer
Projected lineup: 3B Yunel Escobar (.304, 5 HR, 39 RBI), RF Kole Calhoun (.271, 18, 75), CF Mike Trout (.315, 29, 100, 30 SB), DH Albert Pujols (.268, 31, 119), 1B C.J. Cron (.278, 16, 69) or Luis Valbuena (.260, 13, 40 in 90 games with Astros), LF Cameron Maybin (.315, 4, 43, 15 SB with Tigers), 2B Danny Espinosa (.209, 24, 72 with Nationals), SS Andrelton Simmons (.281, 4, 44, 10 in 124 games), C Martin Maldonado (.202, 8, 21 with Brewers) or Carlos Perez (.209, 5, 31)
Rotation: RH Garrett Richards (1-3, 2.34 in six starts), RH Matt Shoemaker (9-13, 3.88), LH Tyler Skaggs (3-4, 4.17), RH Ricky Nolasco (8-14, 4.42 with Twins and Angels), RH Jesse Chavez (2-2, 4.43 with Blue Jays and Dodgers) or RH Bud Norris (6-10, 5.10 for Braves and Dodgers)
Key relievers: RH Huston Street (3-2, 6.45, 9/12 SV), RH Cam Bedrosian (2-0, 1.12), RH Andrew Bailey (3-1, 5.36 6/7 SV for Phillies and Angels), RH J.C. Ramirez (2-1, 2.91), LH Jose Alvarez (1-3, 3.45), RH Austin Adams (0-0, 9.82 with Indians), RH Yusmeiro Petit (3-5, 4.30 with Nationals), RH Mike Morin (2-2, 4.37)
Hot spots: First base and fifth starter. Pujols started 23 games at first base last year, and will likely play fewer this year after offseason plantar fascia surgery. For now, Pujols is the primary DH, Cron is the first baseman, and Valbuena will begin the season on the DL with a strained hamstring. One problem: neither Cron (.698 OPS) nor Valbuena (.666) could hit lefties last year. The top candidates for fifth starter are similarly flawed. Chavez and Norris finished last season as relievers. Alex Meyer has six major league starts to his name. The Angels might need all of them at points in 2017.
Outlook: It's hard to be too optimistic about a team that's made one playoff appearance in seven years. Yet it's hard to be too pessimistic considering the hard-luck injuries that decimated the Angels in 2016, particularly on the pitching side. Still, 2017 figures to be a transition year. The back of the rotation is a patch job until Tommy John patients Andrew Heaney and Nick Tropeano return from rehab. The Angels will gain some financial freedom after the season, when Josh Hamilton finally comes off the books. Any positive momentum in the meantime would make Anaheim a more attractive destination for free agents. Getting back above .500 would be a realistic step in that direction; anything beyond that is a bonus
|Rangers await word on Gallo, Bush ahead of Angels series|
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Texas Rangers might be without two key performers when they open an important series against the Los Angeles Angels on Monday.
Third baseman Joey Gallo and right-hander Matt Bush are both in the concussion protocol, and they did not travel to Anaheim with their teammates.
Gallo and Bush collided while chasing a popup in the eighth inning Sunday in Texas' 3-2 home loss to the Chicago White Sox. Gallo sustained a non-displaced nasal fracture and a swollen upper lip, while Bush bruised his right knee.
Both players are due to be re-evaluated Monday, and if cleared, they could head to California
Gallo has 35 homers, tied for second in the American League. The 23-year-old is batting .205 with 65 RBIs in 113 games this season.
Bush, 31, has a 3-4 record with 10 saves and a 3.04 ERA in 49 appearances.
The Angels and Rangers are two of eight teams bunched within five games of each other in the battle for the American League's second wild-card spot.
Los Angeles (64-60) is currently tied for the second spot with the Minnesota Twins (63-59), while Texas (61-62) is 2 1/2 games behind. A Rangers sweep would move them ahead of the Angels.
Regardless of the results of the upcoming series, there will be five weeks of baseball remaining, so Texas' Monday starter, Cole Hamels, said the mindset of his teammates needs to reflect that.
"It's not even September," Hamels said. "We have a team that is ahead of us. I think we all understand that the end goal is to try to get to that wild card. They're ahead of us. For us, we have to go out and play good baseball.
"Obviously, winning is more important because when you lose to a team that is ahead of you, (it) can put yourself in a bind. They've been playing good baseball, we've been playing good baseball. It's a matter of going out there and taking care of business."
Hamels (8-1, 3.48 ERA) owns an impressive career record against the Angels. Though he has been in the majors since 2006, most of that was with the Philadelphia Phillies in the National League. He has faced the Angels just seven times, going 3-1 with a 2.45 ERA and one complete game.
The left-hander has opposed the Angels twice this season, going 1-0 with an 0.61 ERA.
Big games are nothing unusual for Hamels, who has started 16 postseason games in his career, including three World Series games. He was the World Series MVP for Philadelphia in 2008.
"For us, it's just continue to play good baseball," he said. "The hitters have been putting up big innings. Our starters have to maintain the presence of pitching deep into ballgames. The bullpen is really starting to come around and lock in. You want to work well together at the right time, and obviously this is heading into the right time."
The Angels are coming off their best road trip of the season, winning seven of nine in Seattle, Washington and Baltimore.
Tyler Skaggs (1-3, 3.63 ERA) will start for Los Angeles on Monday, having given the club a boost with his return to the rotation after missing three months with a strained oblique.
In this three starts since returning Aug. 5, Skaggs is 0-2 with a 2.93 ERA, including 6 1/3 scoreless innings against the Mariners on Aug. 10.
Skaggs is 2-1 with a 5.46 ERA in six career starts against the Rangers, and that includes two starts in April this year before his injury. Skaggs got a no-decision in both games, giving up six runs in 10 innings, but the Angels ultimately won each time.
Skaggs will get the benefit of an Angels offense that has hit well of late. Los Angeles scored five or more runs in six of the nine games on the trip.
Shortstop Andrelton Simmons was not part of much of that success, going 0-for-19 during one stretch of that trip. Simmons snapped the streak with a double on Saturday, then hit a key home run Sunday in Los Angeles' 5-4 win at Baltimore.
"I didn't feel the best at the beginning of the week, but I felt better toward the end," Simmons told the Orange County Register. "It happens. I'm happy I got that feel back. Hopefully I can get back to what I've been doing the majority of the season."
|Last Updated: 9/24/2017 6:19:52 PM EST|