|TEXAS ( HAMELS )|
SEATTLE ( PAXTON )
|921||TEXAS||+135||Ov 8.5,-110||+130||Ov 8.5,+100|
|922||SEATTLE||-145||Un 8.5,-110||-140||Un 8.5,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||21-16||+7.6||18-17||5.5||0.260||0.328||0.440||0.768||5.0||0.261||0.333||0.404||0.737|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+0.3||3-4||3.7||0.200||0.241||0.302||0.543||5.1||0.251||0.360||0.408||0.768|
|vs Left-handed Starters||22-21||-0.5||20-22||4.4||0.246||0.311||0.391||0.702||4.2||0.230||0.299||0.388||0.687|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-4||3-4||4.9||0.264||0.343||0.409||0.752||5.1||0.262||0.311||0.409||0.720|
|9/8/2017||PEREZ(L)||NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)||11-5||W||+145||9.5 ev||O||15||6||2||8||6||0|
|9/9/2017||CASHNER(R)||NY YANKEES||SEVERINO(R)||1-3||L||+190||9 ev||U||1||4||0||9||9||1|
|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)|| |
|9/22/2017||MARTINEZ(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRAVEMAN(R)|| |
|9/23/2017||GONZALEZ(R)||@ OAKLAND||MANAEA(L)|| |
|9/24/2017||PEREZ(L)||@ OAKLAND||COTTON(R)|| |
|9/27/2017|| ||HOUSTON|| || |
|9/28/2017|| ||OAKLAND|| || |
|9/8/2017||LEAKE(R)||LA ANGELS||NOLASCO(R)||4-3||W||-125||9 un||U||11||9||0||8||4||0|
|9/9/2017||ALBERS(L)||LA ANGELS||HEANEY(L)||8-1||W||+100||8.5 ov||O||11||5||2||7||8||0|
|9/10/2017||RAMIREZ(R)||LA ANGELS||BRIDWELL(R)||3-5||L||-125||9.5 un||U||8||4||0||8||4||0|
|9/11/2017||MIRANDA(L)||@ TEXAS||HAMELS(L)||3-5||L||125||10 ov||U||6||7||0||7||5||1|
|9/12/2017||GONZALES(L)||@ TEXAS||GONZALEZ(R)||10-3||W||110||11.5 un||O||15||9||1||10||8||0|
|9/13/2017||LEAKE(R)||@ TEXAS||PEREZ(L)||8-1||W||-105||11 un||U||11||7||1||5||6||1|
|9/14/2017||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ TEXAS||CASHNER(R)||10-4||W||100||10.5 ov||O||11||11||0||6||4||0|
|9/15/2017||PAXTON(L)||@ HOUSTON||MORTON(R)||2-5||L||100||9 ev||U||9||7||0||9||9||1|
|9/16/2017||RAMIREZ(R)||@ HOUSTON||KEUCHEL(L)||6-8||L||182||9 un||O||10||6||1||12||7||1|
|9/17/2017||MOORE(R)||@ HOUSTON||VERLANDER(R)||1-7||L||205||9 un||U||6||4||1||12||7||0|
|9/25/2017||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ OAKLAND||GOSSETT(R)|| |
|9/26/2017||PAXTON(L)||@ OAKLAND||MENGDEN(R)|| |
|9/27/2017|| ||@ 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.
|SEATTLE: 2016: 86-76, second place
Manager: Scott Servais (second season)
Who's new? LF Jarrod Dyson, SS Jean Segura, IF Danny Valencia, RF Mitch Haniger, C Carlos Ruiz, C Tuffy Gosewich, RHP Yovani Gallardo, LHP Drew Smyly, LHP Marc Rzepczynski, RHP Casey Fien, RHP Chris Heston
Who's gone? OF Seth Smith, SS Ketel Marte, C Chris Iannetta, OF Nori Aoki, RHP Taijuan Walker, RHP Nathan Karns, LHP Vidal Nuno, LHP David Rollins, RHP Tom Wilhelmsen
Projected lineup: LF Jarrod Dyson (.278, 1 HR, 25 RBI, 30 SB with Royals), SS Jean Segura (.319, 20, 64, 33 with Diamondbacks), 2B Robinson Cano (.298, 39, 103), DH Nelson Cruz (.287, 43, 105), 3B Kyle Seager (.278, 30, 99), C Mike Zunino (.207, 12, 31), 1B Danny Valencia (.287, 17, 51 with A's), RF Mitch Haniger (.229, 5, 17 in 34 games with Diamondbacks), CF Leonys Martin (.247, 15, 47, 24 SB)
Rotation: RH Felix Hernandez (11-8, 3.82), RH Hisashi Iwakuma (16-12, 4.12), LH James Paxton (6-7, 3.79), RH Yovani Gallardo (6-8, 5.42 with Orioles), LH Drew Smyly (7-12, 4.88 with Rays)
Key relievers: RH Steve Cishek (4-6, 2.81, 25/32 SV), RH Edwin Diaz (0-4, 2.79, 18/21), RH Nick Vincent (4-4, 3.73), RH Evan Scribner (0-0, 0.00 in 12 games), LH Marc Rzepczynski (1-0, 2.64 with A's and Nationals), RH Casey Fien (1-1, 5.49 with Twins and Dodgers)
Hot spots: First base and right field. Veteran Valencia has the first baseman's job for now, but Dan Vogelbach is the heir apparent who will begin the season at Triple-A. Vogelbach, 24, slimmed down this offseason ' a necessity when you're 6 feet tall, weigh 250 pounds and expect to play your first full major league season ' and might have more weight to lose. Valencia, 32, has never been a full-time first baseman in seven seasons. Haniger is known more for his glove than his bat, but he struggled (.713 OPS) in limited time at a hitter-friendly park in Arizona last year. Safeco Field won't be as kind. Cruz will play right field if Haniger doesn't.
Outlook: General Manager Jerry Dipoto has paired a staff of fly-ball pitchers with three rangy outfielders, an exercise in team-building he once tried with the Angels. Dipoto caused a stir by executing 40 roster transactions during the offseason, but is it possible he didn't do enough? Haniger has never been atop a major league depth chart. Pitchers Gallardo and Smyly are coming off shaky seasons in Baltimore and Tampa Bay, respectively. On paper, the Mariners look like a top-heavy team without much help in the minors if the bottom falls out. That was the case for Dipoto with the Angels too, and sometimes it worked out OK. More often it didn't.
|Rangers, Mariners still eyeing wild-card spot|
SEATTLE -- To Texas manager Jeff Banister, the playoff chase remains exciting. That his Rangers are sitting at 75-76 isn't dampening his enthusiasm at all.
More important: The Rangers are just 2 1/2 games behind the Minnesota Twins in the race for the second American League wild card, so the possibility of the playoffs is still very much alive.
"Ultimately, it's about getting into the playoffs, then how you play in the playoffs," Banister said. "It's not always clean in the record. I don't think you chase a record as much as you play to get into the playoffs."
The Rangers meet the Seattle Mariners (74-78) on Thursday in the final game of a three-game series, the last meeting between the teams this season. Texas won the first two contests this week, 3-1 and 8-6.
The Mariners are riding a five-game losing streak but are just four games back of the Twins. Both Seattle and Texas are still eyeing that wild-card spot, admittedly some distance from where they would like to be.
Just don't try to tell Banister that earning a playoff berth would mean less with a record that is treading water around .500.
"So, if you finish .500 and win the World Series, is the World Series tainted?" Banister said with some incredulity. "Is there going to be an asterisk by your name or the year? 'They won the World Series but they only had a .500 record?' Just win the World Series."
On Thursday, the Mariners will send left-hander James Paxton (12-4, 2.98 ERA) to the mound for his second start since he came off the disabled list last week after recovering from a strained pectoral muscle. Paxton, who has 138 strikeouts and 35 walks in 121 innings, stumbled in his return, pitching 1 1/3 innings and allowing three runs in 50 pitches at Houston on Friday.
However, Mariners manager Scott Servais said Paxton's health isn't a concern going into the Thursday game.
"Pax was more of a mechanical thing," Servais said. "I know he had a bullpen (session) with Mel (Stottlemyre Jr., the pitching coach,) the other day, felt much better coming out of that. I hope it translates to the game. We certainly need him to be on top of his game. No health issues at all."
All the same, Servais will be watching the lefty closely, ready to go to the bullpen early if the need arises.
"We'll keep a close eye on him," Servais said. "There's no doubt. He's a very valuable guy for us going forward. The injury bug got him a couple of times, but you don't to do anything with him that could be an issue in the offseason or going into next year."
In Paxton's only home start against Texas this season, a 5-0 victory April 15, he pitched eight shutout innings, gave up two hits and struck out nine.
Adrian Beltre (8-for-14) has hit .571 against Paxton. The veteran slugger, who is nursing a strained hamstring, is 3-for-8 with a walk through the first two games of the series.
The Rangers' Thursday starter will be southpaw Cole Hamels (10-4, 3.96 ERA), who has posted quality starts in his past two outings. In three starts against the Mariners this season, Hamels is 1-0 with a 4.76 ERA in 17 innings.
Most recently against the Mariners, Hamels earned a win on Sept. 11, pitching six innings and allowing three runs.
"Kind of what makes him go is when he's fresh, he stays with the delivery and the rhythm, he's got tremendous command and control of his pitches," Banister said. "His fastball is a little fresher, he's able to use the cutter a little more effectively."
Hamels has done a good job through his career limiting the damage done by Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz (6-for-24, .250). Robinson Cano has touched Hamels for three home runs, and Kyle Seager and Mitch Haniger each have two homers off the lefty.
|Last Updated: 12/15/2017 12:44:19 AM EST|