|TEXAS ( PEREZ )|
TAMPA BAY ( SNELL )
|917||TEXAS||+145||Ov 8.5,+100||+160||Ov 8,+100|
|918||TAMPA BAY||-155||Un 8.5,-120||-170||Un 8,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||1-3||-1.4||2-2||3.0||0.231||0.296||0.362||0.657||6.2||0.307||0.378||0.450||0.828|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-0.2||4-3||3.0||0.208||0.284||0.371||0.656||6.0||0.273||0.331||0.395||0.725|
|vs Left-handed Starters||1-4||-2.4||3-2||3.8||0.190||0.292||0.292||0.583||5.4||0.269||0.344||0.383||0.726|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-4||5-2||4.0||0.264||0.353||0.381||0.734||5.7||0.257||0.339||0.390||0.730|
|4/2/2018||COLON(R)||@ OAKLAND||TRIGGS(R)||1-3||L||135||9 ov||U||7||11||0||9||7||1|
|4/3/2018||HAMELS(L)||@ OAKLAND||GRAVEMAN(R)||4-1||W||130||9 un||U||10||3||0||8||10||0|
|4/4/2018||FISTER(R)||@ OAKLAND||MANAEA(L)||2-6||L||155||8.5 ev||U||4||2||1||9||8||0|
|4/5/2018||PEREZ(L)||@ OAKLAND||MENGDEN(R)||6-3||W||145||9 ov||P||10||5||0||12||10||1|
|4/9/2018||FISTER(R)||LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)||3-8||L||+120||9 ev||O||8||11||1||13||8||0|
|4/10/2018||PEREZ(L)||LA ANGELS||SKAGGS(L)||1-11||L||+125||9.5 ov||O||7||11||0||18||8||1|
|4/11/2018||MOORE(L)||LA ANGELS||BARRIA(R)||2-7||L||-105||11.5 un||U||5||11||1||9||9||0|
|4/13/2018||HAMELS(L)||@ HOUSTON||COLE(R)||2-3||L||225||8.5 ov||U||6||7||2||8||9||0|
|4/14/2018||MINOR(L)||@ HOUSTON||MORTON(R)||6-5||W||225||8.5 un||O||11||7||1||8||7||0|
|4/15/2018||COLON(R)||@ HOUSTON||VERLANDER(R)||3-1||W||260||8 ov||U||5||4||1||3||5||0|
|4/16/2018||PEREZ(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||SNELL(L)|| |
|4/17/2018||MOORE(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||CHIRINOS(R)|| |
|4/18/2018||HAMELS(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||FARIA(R)|| |
|4/20/2018|| ||SEATTLE|| || |
|4/21/2018|| ||SEATTLE|| || |
|4/22/2018|| ||SEATTLE|| || |
|4/23/2018|| ||OAKLAND|| || |
|4/3/2018||ARCHER(R)||@ NY YANKEES||MONTGOMERY(L)||4-11||L||145||7.5 un||O||7||6||1||11||6||1|
|4/4/2018||SNELL(L)||@ NY YANKEES||SEVERINO(R)||2-7||L||225||8.5 un||O||6||3||0||7||3||1|
|4/5/2018||CHIRINOS(R)||@ BOSTON||PRICE(L)||2-3||L||215||8.5 ov||U||6||9||0||10||11||0|
|4/7/2018||FARIA(R)||@ BOSTON||PORCELLO(R)||3-10||L||155||8.5 ov||O||6||2||0||9||5||0|
|4/8/2018||KITTREDGE(R)||@ BOSTON||RODRIGUEZ(L)||7-8||L||182||8 ev||O||11||10||0||11||7||0|
|4/9/2018||ARCHER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||GONZALEZ(R)||5-4||W||-130||7.5 un||O||14||10||1||9||12||1|
|4/10/2018||SNELL(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||FULMER(R)||6-5||W||-110||8 ov||O||11||14||1||6||9||1|
|4/11/2018||CHIRINOS(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SHIELDS(R)||1-2||L||-120||8.5 ov||U||4||8||2||8||9||0|
|4/20/2018|| ||MINNESOTA|| || |
|4/21/2018|| ||MINNESOTA|| || |
|4/22/2018|| ||MINNESOTA|| || |
|TEXAS: 2017: 78-84, tied for third place.
MANAGER: Jeff Banister (fourth season).
ADDITIONS: LHP Mike Minor, LHP Matt Moore, RHP Doug Fister, RHP Jesse Chavez, RHP Bartolo Colon, 1B Tommy Joseph.
SUBTRACTIONS: 1B-DH Mike Napoli, CF Carlos Gomez, RHP Andrew Cashner, RHP Jason Grilli, RHP A.J. Griffin, LHP Dario Alvarez.
OUTLOOK: AL West champs in each of Banister's first two seasons, the Rangers are coming off their second losing season in nine years. With most of their everyday lineup back, they should be able to hit and score runs again. But in a division with the defending World Series champs and other improved teams, Texas must depend on a revamped rotation ' maybe using six starters in some variation ' and the hope that its bullpen will be drastically improved. The Rangers scored 799 runs last year and ranked third in the majors with 237 homers. Seven returning players had at least 17. That group is led by Gallo, now the primary first baseman after playing three positions in his first full big league season. Hamels, the clear No. 1 starter now that Yu Darvish is gone, missed seven weeks in 2017 with an oblique strain and threw fewer than 200 innings for the first time since 2009. Perez could unexpectedly be ready for opening day after breaking his non-pitching elbow in a mishap on his ranch in Venezuela before Christmas. Fister didn't pitch his first major league game last season until June, and Minor hasn't started since 2014 with the Braves.
|TAMPA BAY: 017: 80-82, third place.
MANAGER: Kevin Cash (fourth season).
ADDITIONS: OF Denard Span, 1B C.J. Cron, RHP Nathan Eovaldi, OF Jake Bauers.
SUBTRACTIONS: 3B Evan Longoria, RHP Alex Cobb, RHP Jake Odorizzi, OF-DH Corey Dickerson, OF Steven Souza Jr., 1B Logan Morrison, 1B-DH Lucas Duda, RHP Brad Boxberger, RHP Steve Cishek, RHP Tommy Hunter, OF Peter Bourjos, INF Trever Plouffe, RHP Chase Whitley.
OUTLOOK: The Rays sport a new look after a winter of trimming payroll. In addition to the departures of Cobb and Odorizzi, the heart of a batting order that hit a club-record 228 homers ' Longoria, Dickerson, Souza and Morrison ' is gone, too. Archer, a two-time All-Star, is set to make his franchise-record fourth opening day start, and Colome is back at closer, too. The question that remains unanswered is, for how long? Cash and general manager Erik Neander aren't making any bold predictions but they insist that despite all the changes, the Rays have a chance to be a lot more competitive than it appears on paper.
|Rangers, Rays heading in opposite directions|
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Texas Rangers have the long-awaited relief of a two-game winning streak as they head to Tropicana Field, where the Tampa Bay Rays have no such relief in sight.
Sunday's 10-4 loss to the Phillies was the Rays' fourth in a row and their 10th in 12 games, dropping them to 3-12, their worst-ever record after 15 games and also the worst record in the American League.
"When you get in that stretch, everything is going wrong -- defense, pitching, hitting," manager Kevin Cash said after Sunday's loss dropped the Rays to 1-6 at home. "It's tough to really evaluate and say something isn't working when right now, nothing is working."
The pitcher tasked with turning that around is Blake Snell, who is coming off his first win of the season, striking out 10 and allowing only one run in six innings in a win last Monday against the White Sox. That dropped Snell's season ERA to 3.60.
He will be making his first career start against the Rangers.
The Rangers saw Bartolo Colon take a perfect game into the eighth inning Sunday but needed 10 innings to edge the Astros 3-1 on a two-run double by Robinson Chirinos.
In their attempt to get a third straight win, the Rangers will turn to left-hander Martin Perez, who has struggled this season with an 11.88 ERA after undergoing elbow surgery in the offseason.
Perez's WHIP is as bad as his ERA as the left-hander has allowed 19 hits in his last two outings, getting tagged for eight earned runs in three innings in his last start, an 11-1 loss to the Angels. He has more walks (four) than strikeouts (three) this season, and he's still seeking his first career win against the Rays as he is with 0-2 all-time with a 5.93 ERA.
"I think my stuff, it was there," Perez told reporters after his last start. "I was just trying to throw a strike and I can't. Just one of those days of trying to do your best but you never get good results back. Not one of the best games."
Last year, he gave up nine hits in five innings, striking out six but giving up five earned runs in a no-decision on May 29 at Texas.
The Rays will go without one of their offensive catalysts, as outfielder Kevin Kiermaier is headed to the disabled list after injuring his thumb sliding into second base early in Sunday's loss. Kiermaier has missed significant time in the past two seasons dealing with injuries, and it's a tough blow defensively for a Rays team that traded away its best other outfielders in the offseason, with Steven Souza going to the Arizona Diamondbacks and Corey Dickerson to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Texas pitching could help the Rays' bats -- Rangers opponents are hitting .267 this season, which is among the highest in the majors. The bat the Rays will have to watch is Joey Gallo, who already has five home runs and 13 RBIs -- Tampa Bay, by comparison, has seven total home runs as a team and is hitting .224
The Rays already have had five "bullpen days" as a staff this season and still have not announced a starter for Tuesday, with Yonny Chirinos making a strong case to be the fourth starter in the current rotation but no full commitment from the coaching staff yet. A strong turn Tuesday could help cement that role as he builds up his arm for longer outings and shows consistent success in getting outs when called upon.
|Last Updated: 9/24/2018 9:11:30 PM EST|