|SEATTLE ( LEAKE )|
TEXAS ( PEREZ )
|925||SEATTLE||-110||Ov 11,+105||-110||Ov 11,-105|
|926||TEXAS||+100||Un 11,-125||+100||Un 11,-115|
|vs Left-handed Starters||21-19||+1||19-20||4.3||0.245||0.309||0.390||0.699||4.2||0.227||0.299||0.389||0.688|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.2||2-5||4.6||0.262||0.302||0.451||0.753||3.6||0.222||0.287||0.326||0.613|
|vs Right-handed Starters||51-56||-4.4||50-52||5.0||0.244||0.317||0.423||0.740||4.9||0.260||0.326||0.422||0.749|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.9||4-2||6.1||0.268||0.349||0.448||0.797||7.1||0.298||0.343||0.473||0.816|
|8/30/2017||MIRANDA(L)||@ BALTIMORE||JIMENEZ(R)||7-8||L||125||11 un||O||10||4||1||12||7||0|
|9/6/2017||MOORE(R)||HOUSTON||MCCULLERS JR.(R)||3-5||L||+135||9.5 un||U||6||5||1||9||7||0|
|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)|| |
|9/14/2017||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ TEXAS||CASHNER(R)|| |
|9/15/2017||PAXTON(L)||@ HOUSTON||MORTON(R)|| |
|9/16/2017||RAMIREZ(R)||@ HOUSTON||KEUCHEL(L)|| |
|9/17/2017||MIRANDA(L)||@ HOUSTON||VERLANDER(R)|| |
|9/20/2017|| ||TEXAS|| || |
|8/30/2017||CASHNER(R)||@ HOUSTON||KEUCHEL(L)||8-1||W||187||8.5 ov||O||11||8||2||4||4||0|
|8/31/2017||MARTINEZ(R)||@ HOUSTON||MCHUGH(R)||1-5||L||160||9.5 un||U||4||7||0||9||4||0|
|9/1/2017||HAMELS(L)||LA ANGELS||SKAGGS(L)||10-9||W||+120||10.5 ov||O||11||10||1||14||13||2|
|9/2/2017||GRIFFIN(R)||LA ANGELS||NOLASCO(R)||4-7||L||+105||11 ov||P||6||8||1||9||8||3|
|9/3/2017||PEREZ(L)||LA ANGELS||HEANEY(L)||7-6||W||+120||11 ov||O||10||8||1||12||12||0|
|9/4/2017||CASHNER(R)||@ ATLANTA||DICKEY(R)||8-2||W||-105||9.5 un||O||11||5||0||8||8||1|
|9/6/2017||GONZALEZ(R)||@ ATLANTA||GOHARA(L)||12-8||W||-110||9 ov||O||12||5||0||15||9||0|
|9/6/2017||HAMELS(L)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)||4-5||L||-115||9 un||P||9||10||1||7||6||0|
|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||GRIFFIN(R)||@ LA ANGELS||HEANEY(L)|| |
|9/16/2017||HAMELS(L)||@ LA ANGELS||BRIDWELL(R)|| |
|9/17/2017||GONZALEZ(R)||@ LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)|| |
|9/19/2017||PEREZ(L)||@ SEATTLE||LEAKE(R)|| |
|9/20/2017|| ||@ SEATTLE|| || |
|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.
|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.
|Rangers' Perez goes for eighth straight win|
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The only thing that can steal the spotlight from Texas Rangers starter Martin Perez is Willie Mania, which invaded Globe Life Park on Tuesday when the club opted to call up outfield prospect Willie Calhoun, who made his big-league debut Tuesday.
Calhoun's promotion should give the offense a boost the way Perez has given the rotation a lift.
Perez (12-10, 4.81 ERA) will go for his eighth win in eight starts Wednesday when the Rangers host Seattle and right-hander Mike Leake (9-12, 4.10 ERA overall) in the third game of the four-game series.
As much fanfare as the Calhoun promotion garnered Tuesday, the 22-year-old outfielder is trying to downplay the hype.
"I try not to think about it much," said Calhoun, who went 1-for-4 Tuesday in his debut in a 10-3 loss to Seattle. "I don't put any extra pressure on myself at all. I don't really think about that when I'm on the field. I just go out there and play my game and have fun."
In a combined 128 games in Double-A and Triple-A this year, Calhoun hit .300 with a .355 on-base percentage, a .572 slugging percentage, 31 homers and 93 RBIs.
The Rangers plan to play Calhoun in left field down the stretch. That allows them to put Joey Gallo at third base in the absence of Adrian Beltre, who likely won't play in the field for the remainder of the regular season because of a hamstring strain.
"I'm gaining a lot of confidence out there," said Calhoun, who didn't have any issues in left Tuesday night. "That's something that I play off of a lot is confidence."
Perez will have the benefit of Calhoun behind him, although Perez hasn't needed much help recently. His winning streak is tied for the second longest in club history and one shy of the record of eight set by Kenny Rogers in 2005.
During the streak, Perez has a 3.15 ERA, which has lowered his overall mark from 5.46 to its current mark.
The Mariners should provide Perez a solid chance at matching the Rogers record. In 15 appearances against Seattle, including 13 starts, he is 6-3 with a 3.30 ERA. This will be his fourth start against the Mariners this season, and he is 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA.
Leake isn't as familiar with the Rangers as Perez is with the Mariners, but he also has had success despite not winning any of previous three starts against them. Leake is 0-1 for his career against Texas, but he has a 2.33 ERA, pitching six innings in each of the three outings.
Leake, who was acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals on Aug. 30, is making his third start with Seattle. He won his first two while pitching to a 2.77 ERA.
With Seattle (72-73) trailing the Minnesota Twins (75-69) by 3 1/2 games in the chase for the second American League wild card and sitting a half-game behind the Rangers (72-72), Mariners manager Scott Servais knows how important Wednesday's game is.
"We have 17 games left," Servais said. "It's too late if you wait till there's five or six games left so you've got to win them all. Our guys are focused. We had a good meeting (Tuesday), and they responded really well."
|Last Updated: 9/22/2017 10:59:06 PM EST|