|HOUSTON ( MCHUGH )|
TEXAS ( CASHNER )
|919||HOUSTON||-120||Ov 9.5,-120||-125||Ov 10.5,-110|
|920||TEXAS||+110||Un 9.5,+100||+115||Un 10.5,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||76-37||+21.4||55-52||5.4||0.282||0.338||0.469||0.807||4.2||0.235||0.305||0.393||0.698|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+0.3||1-6||4.1||0.237||0.295||0.434||0.729||2.4||0.179||0.237||0.295||0.531|
|vs Right-handed Starters||54-63||-7.3||53-59||4.8||0.240||0.310||0.412||0.722||4.9||0.259||0.327||0.420||0.747|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+2.8||1-6||3.0||0.197||0.243||0.306||0.548||3.4||0.218||0.293||0.356||0.649|
|9/12/2017||VERLANDER(R)||@ LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)||1-0||W||-115||8 ev||U||6||4||0||2||2||0|
|9/13/2017||FIERS(R)||@ LA ANGELS||SKAGGS(L)||1-9||L||105||8.5 ov||O||5||2||0||13||6||0|
|9/14/2017||PEACOCK(R)||@ LA ANGELS||NOLASCO(R)||5-2||W||-135||9 ev||U||10||6||0||5||6||0|
|9/19/2017||MCHUGH(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||GIOLITO(R)||3-1||W||-260||9 ov||U||8||4||2||6||9||0|
|9/20/2017||PEACOCK(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SHIELDS(R)||4-3||W||-300||9.5 un||U||9||8||0||4||3||1|
|9/21/2017||KEUCHEL(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||FULMER(R)||1-3||L||-300||9.5 un||U||3||6||0||6||4||0|
|9/22/2017||VERLANDER(R)||LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)||3-0||W||-135||8 ev||U||3||2||0||2||3||0|
|9/23/2017||MORTON(R)||LA ANGELS||NORRIS(R)||6-2||W||-120||8.5 ov||U||8||5||0||5||4||1|
|9/24/2017||MCCULLERS JR.(R)||LA ANGELS||SKAGGS(L)||5-7||L||-170||9 un||O||9||7||1||11||10||0|
|9/25/2017||MCHUGH(R)||@ TEXAS||CASHNER(R)|| |
|9/26/2017||KEUCHEL(L)||@ TEXAS||HAMELS(L)|| |
|9/27/2017||VERLANDER(R)||@ TEXAS||MARTINEZ(R)|| |
|9/28/2017||PEACOCK(R)||@ BOSTON||RODRIGUEZ(L)|| |
|9/29/2017||MORTON(R)||@ BOSTON||FISTER(R)|| |
|9/30/2017|| ||@ BOSTON|| || |
|10/1/2017|| ||@ BOSTON|| || |
|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)||1-8||L||105||10 ev||U||3||2||1||10||6||0|
|9/30/2017|| ||OAKLAND|| || |
|10/1/2017|| ||OAKLAND|| || |
|HOUSTON: 2016: 84-78, third place
Manager: A.J. Hinch (third season)
Who's new? RF Josh Reddick, CF Carlos Beltran, LF Nori Aoki, C Brian McCann, RHP Charlie Morton
Who's gone? C Jason Castro, INF Luis Valbuena, OF Colby Rasmus, RHP Doug Fister
Projected lineup: CF George Springer (.261, 29 HR, 82 RBI), 2B Jose Altuve (.338, 24, 96, 30 SB), SS Carlos Correa (.274, 20, 96, 13 SB), DH Carlos Beltran (.295, 29, 93 with Yankees and Rangers), C Brian McCann (.242, 20, 58 with Yankees) or Evan Gattis (.251, 32, 72), 3B Alex Bregman (.264, 8, 34 in 49 games), RF Josh Reddick (.281, 10, 37 with A's and Dodgers), 1B Yulieski Gurriel (.262, 3, 15), LF Nori Aoki (.283, 4, 28 with Mariners)
Rotation: LH Dallas Keuchel (9-12, 4.55 ERA), RH Collin McHugh (13-10, 4.34), RH Mike Fiers (11-8, 4.48), RH Lance McCullers (6-5, 3.22), RH Charlie Morton (1-1, 4.15 in four games with Phillies)
Key relievers: RH Ken Giles (2-5, 4.11, 15/20 SV), RH Luke Gregerson (4-3, 3.28, 15/21 SV), RH Will Harris (1-2, 2.25, 12/15 SV), RH Chris Devenski (4-4, 2.16), LH Tony Sipp (1-2, 4.95), RH Michael Feliz (8-1, 4.43)
Hot spots: Fifth starter and catcher. Hamstring issues limited 33-year-old Morton to four starts with the Phillies last season. That didn't stop the Astros from signing him to a two-year contract worth at least $14 million. Now, veteran Fiers and 24-year-old Joe Musgrove are on the bubble for the fifth starter's job. McCann and Gattis give the Astros a pair of veteran catchers with slugging potential. McCann has fewer weaknesses behind the plate; Gattis is the better all-around hitter. With Beltran aboard as the primary designated hitter, McCann and Gattis won't both be in the lineup on most nights.
Outlook: After slipping to third place in the AL West last year, the Astros' front office decided to double down on dingers rather than upgrade a rotation that lacks a true ace. The result: A lineup with eight potential 20-home run hitters, including possible MVP candidates in Altuve and Correa. Everyone returns from an impressive young bullpen with high strikeout potential. If the Astros are in contention by the trade deadline, the front office should have the financial flexibility to add a front-line starter. Then again, if Dallas Keuchel looks like the pitcher who won a Cy Young Award in 2015, Houston might not have a problem.
|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 need to sweep Astros to have postseason chance|
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers saw their faint playoff hopes get all but extinguished over the weekend, leaving the start of a homestand against the in-state rival Houston Astros devoid of much drama or intrigue.
With the season on the line, Texas was swept by the A's in Oakland. An 8-1 loss on Sunday leaves the Rangers 5 1/2 games behind the Minnesota Twins for the second wild-card spot with seven games to play.
"We are making it tougher on ourselves," Texas third baseman/designated hitter Adrian Beltre said. "This was a bad weekend for us. We expected to win this series, and it didn't turn out that way. It's not set in stone yet, but we have to go back home and win as many games as we can."
Texas (76-79) arrived in Oakland still in striking distance of the Twins, 2 1/2 games back. The three losses to the last-place A's were a crushing blow for a Rangers squad that hasn't been able to get out of its own way for most of the season.
"It has been tough the last three games," Texas catcher Robinson Chirinos said. "We came in here with a really good chance for the last wild-card spot. We still have a chance, but it depends on how Minnesota plays in their last games. We have to go home and fight. The fight is not over."
Texas likely needs to sweep its final two series at home to have any postseason shot, and that probably won't be enough. The first series is against the Astros, who have long since clinched their first American League West title and are tuning up for the playoffs.
The Rangers send Andrew Cashner to the hill for the Monday night series opener at Globe Life Park. The 31-year-old right-hander is 10-10 with a 3.44 ERA, and he has been one of the club's more consistent starters down the stretch.
Cashner is 7-3 with a 3.05 ERA since the start of July. He has faced the Astros in each of the first five series between the clubs this year, going 1-4 with a 4.06 ERA.
Cashner will be the first Rangers starter to face a single opponent six times in a season since Yu Darvish against the Los Angeles Angels in 2012.
The Astros are cruising into the playoffs after lapping the field in the AL West. Houston entered Sunday with a 19-game division lead, which was a season high and a franchise record. The Astros' largest lead to end a season was 12 1/2 games, set over the Chicago Cubs while winning the NL Central in 1998.
The Astros (95-60) must win out to match the best record in franchise history, 102-60, set in 1998. The '99 club has the second-most wins at 97.
Catching the Cleveland Indians (98-58) for the best record in the AL remains the priority. More important is setting up the rotation for the AL Division Series, and manager A.J. Hinch has yet to tip his hand.
"We're going to keep playing and try to pile up as many wins as we can," he said. "Obviously, we're going to line things up for the postseason as soon as we need to, but we want our guys to have the mentality to finish strong and finish these games."
The Astros open the Texas series with Collin McHugh. The righty's role for the playoffs is uncertain, with moving into the bullpen a possibility. McHugh (3-2, 3.44 ERA) didn't allow a run or get a decision in his only other outing against the Rangers this season.
He is coming off a 3-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday, when he allowed one run on five hits in five innings.
|Last Updated: 12/17/2017 12:17:57 AM EST|