|TEXAS ( PEREZ )|
OAKLAND ( COTTON )
|975||TEXAS||+110||Ov 9.5,-125||-105||Ov 9.5,-110|
|976||OAKLAND||-120||Un 9.5,+105||-105||Un 9.5,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||54-62||-6.3||53-58||4.9||0.241||0.311||0.414||0.725||4.9||0.259||0.327||0.420||0.747|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+2.8||1-6||2.9||0.197||0.246||0.297||0.543||2.6||0.196||0.279||0.330||0.609|
|vs Left-handed Starters||17-24||-4.6||21-17||4.2||0.243||0.316||0.408||0.724||5.2||0.269||0.337||0.431||0.768|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+5.1||2-5||4.9||0.232||0.289||0.426||0.715||3.1||0.244||0.312||0.384||0.696|
|9/10/2017||GRIFFIN(R)||NY YANKEES||MONTGOMERY(L)||7-16||L||+115||10.5 ev||O||10||11||1||18||7||1|
|9/15/2017||MARTINEZ(R)||@ LA ANGELS||NORRIS(R)||6-7||L||135||9 ev||O||8||2||0||9||4||0|
|9/16/2017||HAMELS(L)||@ LA ANGELS||BRIDWELL(R)||0-2||L||120||9 ov||U||3||4||0||4||5||0|
|9/17/2017||GONZALEZ(R)||@ LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)||4-2||W||175||9 un||U||5||4||1||4||5||1|
|9/19/2017||PEREZ(L)||@ SEATTLE||LEAKE(R)||3-1||W||140||9.5 un||U||10||5||0||6||7||0|
|9/20/2017||CASHNER(R)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)||8-6||W||135||9 un||O||8||6||0||11||9||2|
|9/21/2017||HAMELS(L)||@ SEATTLE||PAXTON(L)||4-2||W||150||8.5 un||U||7||6||0||4||3||1|
|9/22/2017||MARTINEZ(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRAVEMAN(R)||1-4||L||125||9.5 ov||U||8||9||1||7||5||0|
|9/23/2017||GONZALEZ(R)||@ OAKLAND||ALCANTARA(R)||0-1||L||-120||10 ov||U||4||5||0||5||5||0|
|9/24/2017||PEREZ(L)||@ OAKLAND||COTTON(R)|| |
|9/30/2017|| ||OAKLAND|| || |
|10/1/2017|| ||OAKLAND|| || |
|9/12/2017||MANAEA(L)||@ BOSTON||RODRIGUEZ(L)||1-11||L||160||9.5 un||O||3||8||2||16||5||0|
|9/13/2017||COTTON(R)||@ BOSTON||FISTER(R)||7-3||W||170||10 ev||P||8||3||0||9||7||0|
|9/14/2017||GOSSETT(R)||@ BOSTON||POMERANZ(L)||2-6||L||200||10.5 un||U||8||10||1||8||4||1|
|9/15/2017||MENGDEN(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LEITER JR.(R)||4-0||W||120||10 un||U||8||6||0||2||1||0|
|9/16/2017||GRAVEMAN(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LIVELY(R)||3-5||L||-105||9.5 un||U||3||3||2||8||7||0|
|9/17/2017||MANAEA(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||ALVAREZ(R)||6-3||W||-120||9.5 ev||U||6||3||2||6||9||0|
|9/18/2017||ALCANTARA(R)||@ DETROIT||FARMER(R)||8-3||W||-110||10 ov||O||14||13||0||9||9||1|
|9/19/2017||GOSSETT(R)||@ DETROIT||BELL(L)||9-8||W||-130||10.5 un||O||14||10||0||15||13||1|
|9/20/2017||MENGDEN(R)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)||3-2||W||-110||10.5 ov||U||6||7||0||9||8||2|
|9/28/2017||MANAEA(L)||@ TEXAS||GONZALEZ(R)|| |
|9/29/2017||COTTON(R)||@ TEXAS||PEREZ(L)|| |
|9/30/2017|| ||@ TEXAS|| || |
|10/1/2017|| ||@ TEXAS|| || |
|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.
|OAKLAND: 2016: 69-93, fifth place
Manager: Bob Melvin (seventh season)
Who's new? CF Rajai Davis, OF Matt Joyce, 3B Trevor Plouffe, IF Adam Rosales, RHP Santiago Casilla
Who's gone? IF/OF Danny Valencia, OF Brett Eibner, 2B Eric Sogard, 2B Tyler Ladendorf, LHP Dillon Overton, RHP Fernando Rodriguez
Projected lineup: CF Rajai Davis (.249, 12 HR, 48 RBI, 43 SB with Indians), C Stephen Vogt (.251, 14, 56), DH Ryon Healy (.305, 13, 37 in 72 games), LF Khris Davis (.247, 42, 102), RF Matt Joyce (.242, 13, 42 with Pirates) or Mark Canha (.122, 3, 6 in 16 games), SS Marcus Semien (.238, 27, 75, 10 SB), 3B Trevor Plouffe (.260, 12, 47 with Twins), 1B Yonder Alonso (.253, 7, 56), 2B Jed Lowrie (.263, 2, 27 in 87 games)
Rotation: RH Kendall Graveman (10-11, 4.11), LH Sean Manaea (7-9, 3.86), RH Jharel Cotton (2-0, 2.15 in five games), RH Andrew Triggs (1-1, 4.31), RH Jesse Hahn (2-4, 6.02 in nine games) and Frankie Montas (0-0, 2.38 in four games at Triple-A)
Key relievers: RH Ryan Madson (6-7, 3.62, 30/37 SV), LH Sean Doolittle (2-3, 3.23), RH Santiago Casilla (2-5, 3.57 with Giants), RH Ryan Dull (5-5, 2.42), RH John Axford (6-4, 3.97), RH Liam Hendriks (0-4, 3.76), LH Daniel Coulombe (3-1, 4.53)
Hot spots: Fifth Starter and Second Base. Triggs, Hahn and Montas are the top candidates to fill out the rotation. Montas, who turns 24 before the season, is the youngest and has the highest ceiling. Hahn is the only one with something resembling a track record of success in the majors. Triggs showed potential in five starts last year. Second base will belong to prospect Franklin Barreto at some point. For now the position belongs to Lowrie, who figures to become trade bait as the A's begin their annual migration toward mathematical elimination.
Outlook: It's been a long two years since the A's played postseason baseball. Rather than rebuilding outright, the A's spent their offseason stocking up on veteran position players. Their strength is a young rotation led by right-hander Sonny Gray ' another trade candidate who's coming off the worst of his four major league seasons (5-11, 5.69 ERA) and will miss time with a lat strain. If Cotton, Manaea and Triggs pick up where they left off, pitching won't be the problem. No team scored fewer runs than the A's in 2016, and it still isn't obvious that their lineup improved. Their home turf will be renamed in honor of Rickey Henderson when the Angels visit Oakland for the opener; maybe Rickey can hit leadoff, too.
|Rangers hope to ride Perez to win over A's|
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Texas Rangers left-hander Martin Perez had a 5-10 record and a 5.46 ERA after his first 21 starts this season. He owned a four-game losing streak and had allowed a combined 15 runs and 18 hits in losses to Baltimore and Minnesota.
Perez appeared to be well on his way to the worst season of his major-league career but somehow flipped the switch after that Aug. 4 loss to the Twins and has been almost unbeatable down the stretch.
Perez has gone 7-1 with a 3.14 ERA in his past nine starts, and he'll try to stay hot Sunday afternoon in the series finale against the Oakland Athletics with the Rangers clinging to their wild-card playoff hopes.
"I found a way to throw more strikes and get out of the inning when I get problems in a game," Perez said. "Just trying to stay positive and never lost my mind and never lost my focus. I'm good now. I think now it's my time to do things good for the team."
The Rangers (76-78) lost 1-0 to the A's on Saturday night and fell 4 1/2 games behind the Minnesota Twins, who were 10-4 winners over Detroit, for the second AL wild-card spot. The Rangers, who have eight games remaining, are tied with Kansas City and the Los Angeles Angels in the wild-card race.
"We still have a chance," Perez said before the loss. "Just go out there and do my job and throw a quality start. I think it's time to help the team. We need it. So go out there and do my job and try to go six or seven tomorrow and win. That's what it's all about. Win."
Unfortunately for the Rangers, they're 1-7 with seven straight losses at the Coliseum this year. They need to win Sunday to avoid getting swept at the Coliseum for the second straight time.
"We got to win games," said Rangers bench coach Steve Buechele, who served as acting manager in place of Jeff Banister, who returned to Texas to be with his mother, Verda, who is experiencing complications for surgery. "It's simple. We got eight games left. We know where we're at."
The Rangers will face A's right-hander Jharel Cotton, who was scratched from his previous scheduled start Wednesday at Detroit after straining a groin while warming up before the game.
Cotton (8-10, 5.81) is 3-0 in his past five starts with victories against Houston, Texas and Boston.
"Of course I want to go out there for my last two starts and prove myself some more," said Cotton, a rookie. "This year was for sure a learning experience. I learned a lot and of course it's going to take me into the offseason on a good note and I'm excited for that."
Cotton allowed two runs and four hits in six innings in an 8-3 A's victory over Texas on Aug. 27 at the Coliseum. He struck out nine, matching his career high, and walked none.
"I think everything was working," Cotton said. "My command was there. And the confidence was there. I'm going to take that same approach into tomorrow."
Cotton is 2-1 with a 3.44 ERA in three career starts against Texas. This year, he's 1-1 with a 4.76 ERA in two starts vs. the Rangers.
Perez is 6-6 with a 5.03 ERA in 14 career starts against the A's. This season against Oakland, he's 1-1 with a 4.00 ERA in two starts.
The A's have won a season-high six straight games and are 13-3 in their past 16 games.
"It's fun to watch," Cotton said. "We're coming together as a squad and it's going to be something special to watch, especially in the upcoming years. I'm excited about it. I'm excited to be a part of it."
|Last Updated: 1/24/2018 6:03:00 AM EST|