|MINNESOTA ( MAEDA )|
TEXAS ( DUNNING )
|973||MINNESOTA||-115||Ov 9,+100||-125||Ov 8,-120|
|974||TEXAS||+105||Un 9,-120||+115||Un 8,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||20-25||-10.5||26-16||4.8||0.236||0.306||0.423||0.729||5.0||0.250||0.312||0.439||0.751|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.4||4-3||4.0||0.232||0.292||0.399||0.692||5.6||0.283||0.332||0.484||0.816|
|vs Right-handed Starters||12-33||-16.2||21-21||3.9||0.223||0.290||0.361||0.651||5.2||0.266||0.331||0.437||0.768|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-3.7||5-1||4.3||0.234||0.296||0.365||0.661||6.0||0.285||0.347||0.544||0.891|
|6/6/2021||OBER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SINGER(R)||2-1||W||125||9 ev||U||10||10||0||6||4||0|
|6/8/2021||PINEDA(R)||NY YANKEES||MONTGOMERY(L)||4-8||L||+100||9.5 un||O||10||6||4||14||11||1|
|6/9/2021||DOBNAK(R)||NY YANKEES||COLE(R)||6-9||L||+170||8.5 ev||O||11||5||1||15||8||1|
|6/10/2021||HAPP(L)||NY YANKEES||KING(R)||7-5||W||+120||11 un||O||12||9||1||12||8||1|
|6/14/2021||MAEDA(R)||@ SEATTLE||GONZALES(L)||3-4||L||-135||8 ev||U||10||9||0||9||8||1|
|6/15/2021||HAPP(L)||@ SEATTLE||FLEXEN(R)||0-10||L||-130||8.5 ev||O||4||2||1||14||9||0|
|6/16/2021||OBER(R)||@ SEATTLE||SHEFFIELD(L)||7-2||W||-130||8.5 ov||O||11||5||0||5||2||0|
|6/18/2021||BERRIOS(R)||@ TEXAS||FOLTYNEWICZ(R)||7-5||W||-155||9 un||O||10||8||1||9||9||1|
|6/19/2021||DOBNAK(R)||@ TEXAS||ALLARD(L)||3-2||W||-110||9 un||U||4||4||1||7||5||1|
|6/20/2021||MAEDA(R)||@ TEXAS||DUNNING(R)|| |
|6/6/2021||DUNNING(R)||TAMPA BAY||WACHA(R)||1-7||L||+120||8 un||P||8||11||2||9||8||0|
|6/8/2021||LYLES(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||WOOD(L)||4-9||L||+130||8.5 ov||O||8||5||2||12||8||0|
|6/9/2021||GIBSON(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||LITTELL(R)||4-3||W||+100||7.5 ev||U||5||4||0||5||6||0|
|6/11/2021||FOLTYNEWICZ(R)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||1-12||L||250||7.5 ov||O||4||9||1||16||9||1|
|6/12/2021||ALLARD(L)||@ LA DODGERS||BAUER(R)||12-1||W||230||7.5 ov||O||17||8||0||6||6||1|
|6/13/2021||DUNNING(R)||@ LA DODGERS||BUEHLER(R)||3-5||L||185||8 un||P||10||12||1||11||7||0|
|6/15/2021||GIBSON(R)||@ HOUSTON||MCCULLERS JR.(R)||3-6||L||165||8.5 ev||O||6||10||0||9||5||2|
|6/16/2021||LYLES(R)||@ HOUSTON||GREINKE(R)||4-8||L||190||9 ov||O||6||4||0||12||7||0|
|6/25/2021||DUNNING(R)||KANSAS CITY||KELLER(R)|| |
|6/26/2021||GIBSON(R)||KANSAS CITY||MINOR(L)|| |
|6/27/2021||()||KANSAS CITY||()|| |
|MINNESOTA: He's Here: SS Andrelton Simmons, RHP Alex Colom', LHP J.A. Happ, RHP Matt Shoemaker, RHP Hansel Robles, RHP Shaun Anderson, OF Kyle Garlick, OF Keon Broxton.
He's Outta Here: LF Eddie Rosario, RHP Sergio Romo, RHP Trevor May, RHP Jake Odorizzi, INF/OF Marwin Gonzalez, LHP Rich Hill, RHP Tyler Clippard, RHP Matt Wisler, INF Ehire Adrianza, C Alex Avila.
Projected Lineup: RF Max Kepler (.228, 9 HRs, 23 RBIs), 2B Jorge Polanco (.258, 4, 19), 3B Josh Donaldson (.222, 6, 11 in 28 games), DH Nelson Cruz (.303, 16, 33, 33 runs, .992 OPS), 1B Miguel San' (.204, 13, 25, 90 strikeouts), LF Alex Kirilloff (rookie) or Brent Rooker (.316, 1, 5 in 7 games), CF Byron Buxton (.254, 13, 27 in 39 games), C Mitch Garver (.167, 2, 5 in 23 games), SS Andrelton Simmons (.297, 0, 10 in 30 games with Angels).
Rotation: RH Kenta Maeda (6-1, 2.70 ERA), RH Jos' Berr'os (5-4, 4.00), RH Michael Pineda (2-0, 3.38 in 5 starts), LH J.A. Happ (2-2, 3.47 for Yankees), RH Matt Shoemaker (0-1, 4.71 in 6 starts for Blue Jays).
Key Relievers: RH Alex Colom' (2-0, 0.81, 12/13 saves for White Sox), LH Taylor Rogers (2-4, 4.05, 9/11 saves), RH Tyler Duffey (1-1, 1.88, 24 strikeouts in 31 innings), RH Hansel Robles (0-2, 10.26 in 16 2/3 innings for Angels), RH Jorge Alcal' (2-1, 2.63).
Outlook: The Twins have returned largely the same team that won the last two AL Central titles, aiming to end their major league-record 18-game postseason losing streak. The pitching staff was superb during the pandemic-shortened 2020 schedule, and Happ and Shoemaker have added value and experience to the rotation with Randy Dobnak moving to a long-relief role after making 10 starts last year. Maeda and Berr'os make for a solid one-two punch, but whether the pitching is deep enough for a postseason run remains to be seen. Signing away Colom' from their primary division competitor ought to pay off over the long haul, but to stay ahead of the White Sox, the offense will have to produce more like 2019 than 2020. Kirilloff made his major league debut in the playoffs after tearing up the team's alternate training site with an otherworldly hitting display. The Twins could keep him in Triple-A to start and let Rooker, another of the organization's top prospects, show off his bat. Garlick or Broxton could stick around for depth in the meantime. Keeping Buxton and Donaldson healthy figures to be the biggest key to success for the lineup, after a balky calf kept Donaldson from doing much in his debut with the Twins last year. The arrival of Simmons has given the infield defense a big boost and allowed the offense-oriented Polanco to move to a position that's a more natural fit. There should be a winning team waiting for Twins fans who file back into Target Field, starting at about 25% capacity. What ultimately matters, though, after the summer fun is whether this talented club can finally win a game in the fall.
|TEXAS: He's Here: RHP Kohei Arihara, LF David Dahl, DH/OF Khris Davis, RHP Dane Dunning, INF Brock Holt, 1B Nate Lowe, RHP Mike Foltynewicz, GM Chris Young.
He's Outta Here: SS Elvis Andrus, RHP Jesse Chavez, LF Shin-Soo Choo, INF Derek Dietrich, RHP Corey Kluber, RHP Lance Lynn, C Jeff Mathis, RHP Rafael Montero, INF/OF Danny Santana.
Projected Lineup: CF Leody Taveras (.227, 4 HRs, 6 RBIs, 8 SBs), SS Isiah Kiner-Falefa (.280, 3, 10, 8 SBs), RF Joey Gallo (.181, 10, 26), LF David Dahl (.183, 0, 9 in 24 games for Rockies), 3B Rougned Odor (.167. 10, 30), DH Khris Davis (.200, 2, 10 in 30 games for Athletics), 2B Nick Solak (.268, 2, 23), 1B Ronald Guzman (.244, 4, 9), C Jose Trevino (.250, 2, 9).
Rotation (including two likely tandem-starter spots): RH Kyle Gibson (2-6, 5.35 ERA), RH Mike Foltynewicz (0-1, 16.20 in 1 start for Braves), RH Kohei Arihara (8-9, 3.80 in 132 2/3 IP for Nippon Ham Fighters in Japan Pacific League), RH Dane Dunning (2-0, 3.97 in 7 starts for White Sox), LH Wes Benjamin (2-1, 2.48), RH Jordan Lyles (1-6, 7.02), LH Kolby Allard (0-6, 7.75).
Key Relievers: RH Jose Leclerc (0-0, 4.50 in 2 games), LH Brett Martin (0-0, 3.63), LH Joely Rodriguez (0-0, 2.13), RH Ian Kennedy (0-2, 9.00 with Royals), RH Matt Bush (no MLB appearances since 2018 after Tommy John surgery), LH Taylor Hearn (0-0, 3.63).
Outlook: The Rangers are in a rebuilding mode that began last season when they finished an AL-worst 22-38 and traded away workhorse starters Lynn and Mike Minor. There is uncertainty in a rotation that might utilize seven pitchers for five starting spots, two filled by two-pitcher tandems. Leclerc, still unestablished as a closer, is coming back from a shoulder injury and Jonathan Hernandez, maybe the team's best reliever, is shut down from throwing until at least early April because of a ligament sprain in his right elbow. Several veterans in the lineup are coming off horrendous offensive seasons, including OFs Gallo (who did win a Gold Glove in right field) and Dahl, who wasn't even offered a new contract by Colorado over the winter after being an NL All-Star in 2019. There has been an infield shuffle, with Kiner-Falefa set to be the first opening day shortstop in 13 seasons other than Andrus. The young Hawaiian shifted over after winning a Gold Glove at third base last season. Long-struggling Odor is still in the lineup, at third base instead of second, where Solak is getting his shot to be an everyday player. With Texas now allowing businesses in the state to operate at 100% capacity, the Rangers are preparing for a potential full house of 40,518 fans for their home opener at Globe Life Field on April 5 against Toronto. They could be the first team in any major U.S.-based sports league with a full-capacity crowd since the coronavirus pandemic started altering the sports landscape more than a year ago.
|Last Updated: 8/3/2021 4:58:33 AM EST|