Texas Rangers: Jarrod Parker

Matchup: Martin Perez vs. Jarrod Parker

September, 15, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers try to avoid a sweep of a three-game series against the Oakland A's when left-hander Martin Perez faces right-hander Jarrod Parker at 2:05 p.m. Sunday afternoon on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and 1540-AM.

Perez (9-4, 3.60): Perez had a six-game winning streak snapped Tuesday when the Rangers lost to Pittsburgh 5-4. ... He allowed four runs on nine hits in five innings of work, spoiling his first try at his 10th win of the season. ... His 73 pitches were a season low and the five innings worked made for his shortest start since July 26 at Cleveland. ... Perez has issued two or fewer walks in 14 of his 16 starts this season. ... He has the second most wins for a rookie in the American League behind Oakland's Dan Straily, who beat the Rangers on Friday night for his 10th win. ... Perez had an AL-best five wins in August. ... Perez makes his fifth career start against Oakland, his most against any opponent. ... He is 2-2 with a 6.35 ERA against the A's.

Parker (11-6, 3.55 ERA): Parker is 9-0 with a 2.61 ERA for his last 19 starts and hasn't lost since May 22 against the Rangers. ... He has a .209 opponents batting average against during that span. ... His nine-game winning streak is a career high and it's the third longest streak in the majors this season. ... Parker allowed two runs in seven innings in a start Tuesday in Minnesota, leaving with the lead before the Twins rallied for a 4-3 win. ... He has mystified the Rangers, going 6-1 with a 2.93 ERA for seven starts in his career. ... The six wins are his most against any team.

Hitters: Leonys Martin is 4-for-10 with a home run against Parker. The current Rangers are batting .199 against him. Yoenis Cespedes is 4-for-9 with a double, triple and RBI against Perez.

W2W4: Rangers vs. A's

September, 13, 2013
Texas Rangers (81-64, 2nd place/AL West) vs. Oakland Athletics (85-61, 1st place/AL West)

Friday: LHP Derek Holland (9-8, 3.17) vs. RHP Dan Straily (9-7, 4.15), 7:05 p.m.

Saturday: RHP Yu Darvish (12-8, 2.84) vs. RHP Bartolo Colon (15-6, 2.85), 12:05 p.m.

Sunday: LHP Martin Perez (9-4, 3.60) vs. RHP Jarrod Parker (11-6, 3.55), 2:05 p.m.

Here's what to watch for in this weekend's final regular-season series between the Rangers and the A's:

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A's have the mo: The A's are roaring down the stretch, winning 13 of their last 17 games. Can the reeling Rangers, who have lost nine of 12, stop Oakland's momentum? That's the biggest storyline entering Friday's first of three games in Arlington. The A's are 8-2 over their last 10 games, gaining five games in the standings on the Rangers to take a 3 1/2-game lead in the American League West. The Rangers have had a disappointing home season, going 39-32 in Arlington, three wins less than they have on the road. It's time to defend their home ballpark after getting swept here by Pittsburgh.

Head-to-head: The Rangers had been the better team in head-to-head action, winning three of the first four series between the clubs before Oakland took two out of three from Texas last week at O.com Coliseum. The Rangers are 9-7 against the A's and will win the season series with a win. That's of little solace with the Rangers being stuck in second place after giving away the division Oakland last year. The Rangers probably have to win the series to have a chance to win the AL West.

Battle of the bullpens: The Rangers will win the series if they can take leads into the late innings. They never led in 27 innings against the Pirates and couldn't rally late. Oakland's trio of left-hander Sean Doolittle, right-hander Ryan Cook and closer Grant Balfour have been used down the stretch. They did get a break with two blowout wins at Minnesota on Wednesday and Thursday. The Rangers' triumvirate of lefty Neal Cotts, righty Tanner Scheppers and closer Joe Nathan have dominated the A's, going 3-0 with four saves and a 0.81 ERA for 22 1/3 innings. The Rangers have the best and deepest bullpen in baseball. They need some early runs and good starting pitching so they can take advantage of it.

Can the Rangers beat Parker?: A's ace Jarrod Parker has a nine-game winning streak and was in position to win 10 in a row before the A's blew a late lead to Minnesota on Tuesday. Parker hasn't lost since May 22 to Texas. Parker has destroyed the Rangers otherwise. He is 6-1 with a 2.93 ERA in eight career starts against them. Twice this season he's gone head-to-head against Yu Darvish and beaten him. Parker also beat Matt Garza on Aug. 3 in Oakland. Maybe the Rangers should start long reliever Ross Wolf against Parker. He handed Parker his last loss as the Rangers took a 5 1/2 game lead on the A's.

Needing more from Moreland: The Rangers will face three right-handers against the A's. That means three important starts for first baseman Mitch Moreland. The Rangers didn't homer in the series against Pittsburgh and have gone 35 innings without a long ball since Alex Rios hit a first-inning shot Sunday in Anaheim. Moreland is batting .130 for September, but he does have two homers for the month, including one Tuesday off Saturday starter Bartolo Colon. He has five homers against Oakland this season, all at O.com Coliseum, and two of them against Colon. The Rangers are in dire need of some power and Moreland could be the guy to provide it.

Matchup: Yu Darvish vs. Jarrod Parker

September, 4, 2013
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Texas Rangers will face the Oakland Athletics in the finale of their three-game series Wednesday afternoon at O.co Coliseum. Right-hander Yu Darvish will start for the Rangers, while righty Jarrod Parker takes the mound for Oakland. First pitch is at 2:37 p.m. CT on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and 1540 AM.

Darvish (12-6, 2.73): Over his past three starts, Darvish is 0-1 with a 3.43 ERA, 29 strikeouts and nine walks, while allowing three home runs. ... In his most recent start, Darvish allowed only three hits over 6T innings against the Minnesota Twins, but two of those hits were home runs in a 3-2 Rangers loss. He struck out 11 and walked two. ... Darvish is 0-2 with a 3.75 ERA in two starts against the A's this season and 1-4 with a 4.22 ERA in five career starts versus Oakland. ... In his June 18 start against Oakland, he allowed five runs (four earned) and six hits, including two home runs, in a 7-3 loss. ... He leads the American League in strikeouts with 236.

Parker (10-6, 3.59): Over his past 17 starts, Parker is 8-0 with a 2.57 ERA, 78 strikeouts and 32 walks. His eight-game winning streak is the longest of his career. ... Parker's 17-start unbeaten streak is tied for the longest in Oakland history, matching Catfish Hunter's streak. ... Parker's last loss came on May 22 at Texas, when he gave up three runs and six hits over seven innings in a 3-1 Rangers victory. Since then, he has won two straight starts against the Rangers. ... Parker is 5-1 with a 2.93 ERA, 35 strikeouts and 13 walks in six career starts against Texas. He's allowed five home runs. ... This season, Parker is 2-1 with a 3.15 ERA in three starts versus the Rangers. He has 15 strikeouts, five walks and three home runs allowed.

Hitters: A's infielder Alberto Callaspo, formerly of the Los Angeles Angels, is batting .438 (7-for-16) with two doubles and three RBIs against Darvish. ... Outfielder Seth Smith owns a .385 career average versus Darvish, going 5-for-13 with three doubles. ... Outfielders Coco Crisp and Yoenis Cespedes are both hitting .333 versus Darvish. Crisp has a home run and a triple, while Cespedes has a home run and a double. ... Adrian Beltre (4-for-18), David Murphy (3-for17) and Ian Kinsler (2-for-12) are a combined 9-for-47 against Parker, but each one has hit one home run. ... Alex Rios is 3-for-6 with a double versus Parker.

W2W4: Rangers-A's

August, 2, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Maybe it's too early to call this a pivotal series for the Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics.

Still, it's pretty big for the Rangers, who go into Oakland for a three-game weekend series trailing the A's by 3 1/2 games in the American League West.

The Rangers can set the tone for what looks like a light schedule in August. After these three games against the A's, Texas doesn't play another game against a team with a winning record until Oakland on Sept. 2.

That's 24 straight games against opponents with losing records, and ugly ones at that (Seattle at 50-57 has the best record of the group the Rangers will see in August). Meanwhile, the A's have 16 games in August against teams that have a winning record.

So win two out of three in Oakland and the Rangers have a big chance to overtake the A's in the AL West.

Here's what to watch for this weekend:

A's out in front: The A's had their lead up to six games in the AL West before back-to-back home losses to the Toronto Blue Jays coupled with three straight wins by the Rangers. Oakland is 7-6 since the All-Star break while the Rangers are 6-8. The A's went 15-10 in July, picking up 4 1/2 games on the Rangers, who were 11-15 for the month. Oakland is a major league-best 43-23 since May 17 with the A's picking up 11 1/2 games on Texas in the standings.

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A's bats go cold: The A's hit .222 for July, the worst team batting average in the majors. They scored 3.72 runs per game for the month. They've been shut out three times in their past 17 games. Sounds like a team that's battled cold stretches like the Rangers. The A's managed a winning month in July because of their pitching and patience at the plate. Oakland hitters lead the big leagues with 402 walks.

Close calls: If this weekend's games are close games, flip a coin. The Rangers have baseball's best winning percentage in one-run games at .643. They are 18-10. The A's are next with a .636 winning percentage. They are 21-12 in one-run games. The Rangers are 3-1 against the A's in one-run games this season.

Avoiding Colon: The Rangers will avoid their nemesis Bartolo Colon, who took a no-decision in the A's 5-2 loss in 10 innings to Toronto on Wednesday. Colon is 19-7 against Texas. Instead the Rangers will get left-hander Tommy Milone on Friday and right-handers Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin in day games on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. That trio is 5-3 against the Rangers with Milone carrying a 0-3 record and a 4.24 ERA against Texas. Parker is 4-1 with a 2.91 ERA against Texas in his short career. Griffin is 1-0 with a 2.19 ERA.

Can't stop Balfour: He's given the Rangers fits of late and was on the mound when the A's clinched the AL West in the final game of the 2012 season. Balfour is still going strong, though he did have his streak of 44 consecutive saves snapped on July 23 in a 5-4 loss at Houston (it happened on a throwing error by catcher Derek Norris). Balfour still leads the AL in save percentage (96.6 percent) and hasn't allowed a run in 21 of his past 23 appearances. The current Rangers are batting .121 against Balfour. Adrian Beltre, Ian Kinsler and David Murphy all have two hits against him.

Matchup: Yu Darvish vs. Jarrod Parker

June, 18, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers try for two straight wins over Oakland when ace Yu Darvish faces A's right-hander Jarrod Parker at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday night at Rangers Ballpark on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM (1540 AM in Spanish).

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Darvish (7-2, 2.64): The Rangers' ace looks for his first win in six starts. ... Darvish is 0-1 with a 2.08 ERA in his last five starts, and the Rangers are 1-4 in that span. ... Darvish has taken a no decision in his last four outings. ... Darvish will be pitching on four days rest allowing a run and three hits in seven innings in a 3-1 loss to Toronto. He didn't have his best command but still retired the last 10 batters he faced. ... Darvish obviously has been the victim of poor run support with the offense scoring one or zero runs in four of his last five starts. ... Darvish leads the majors with 127 strikeouts and a .181 opponents' batting average. ... Darvish is 14-3 at Rangers Ballpark with two of the losses coming against Oakland. One of those losses was a 1-0 defeat to the A's on May 21. He allowed one run in six innings and had 10 strikeouts. ... Darvish is 1-3 with a 3.81 ERA in four career starts against the A's.

Parker (5-6, 4.45): Parker is on a roll, much like teammate Dan Straily was before the Rangers rocked him Monday night. ... Parker is 3-0 with a 1.91 ERA and a .179 opponents' batting average in his last four starts. ... The 24-year-old and ninth overall pick of the 2007 draft is 4-1 with a 2.40 ERA over hi last seven starts. ... Parker started slow, going 1-5 with a 7.34 ERA in his first seven starts. ... He had a no decision in his last start as the A's beat the Yankees 3-2 in 18 innings. Parker went eight innings, allowing two runs. ... Parker is 3-1 with a 3.00 ERA in four starts against the Rangers. It's his most wins against any team.

Hitters: Rangers slumping shortstop Elvis Andrus (3-for-8) has three RBIs against Parker. Coco Crisp (3-for-6, 1 HR, 4 RBIs), Seth Smith (4-for-10, 1 RBI) and Yoenis Cespedes (3-for-7, 1 HR, 1 RBI) have had success against Darvish.

Matchup: Ross Wolf vs. Jarrod Parker

May, 22, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics close out a three-game series in Arlington, with right-hander Ross Wolf facing the A’s Jarrod Parker in a 1:05 p.m. matinee on Wednesday.

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Wolf (first start): Wolf (6-foot, 180 pounds) is the latest member of the Rangers' pitching staff to be recalled from Triple-A Round Rock to make an emergency start for Nick Tepesch, scratched because of a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand. … In six starts at Round Rock, Wolf was 1-1 with a 1.85 ERA. Wolf, 30, last pitched in the majors for Oakland in 2010. He appeared in 11 games in relief, had no record and an ERA of 4.26. For the Miami Marlins in 2007, Wolf made 14 relief appearances going 0-1 with an 11.68 ERA. … In Wolf’s last game at Round Rock on May 17, he went a season-long seven innings, allowed five hits and two runs in earning his first win. … Right-handed hitters in the Pacific Coast League were batting just .210 against him. … Wolf was selected in the 18th round of the 2002 first-year player draft by the Marlins.

Parker (2-5, 6.04): Parker (6-1, 195 pounds) is scheduled to make his 10th start of the season. … After a disastrous beginning to 2013 (0-4, 8.10 ERA in his first five games), the 24-year-old from Fort Wayne, Ind., has righted the ship. Parker is 2-1 with a 4.07 ERA in his last four starts. … Opponents hit for a .374 average against Parker in his first five starts. That average is .222 in the last four. … In his last outing, Parker limited the Kansas City Royals to four hits and one run in seven innings, but left with a no decision. … He has three quality starts in his last four outings. … Against the Rangers, Parker is 3-0 with a 2.70 ERA with all the decisions coming last season. … The three wins are his most against any team. … In day games this year, Parker is 0-1 with a 21.60 ERA. But coming into this season, he was 5-2 with a 2.64 ERA in the sunshine. At Rangers Ballpark, Parker is 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA.

Hitters: A.J. Pierzynski (1-for-3) and Elvis Andrus (2-for-6, double) have been the most productive Rangers off Parker. Nelson Cruz is hitless in nine at-bats against Parker, with three strikeouts.

Matchup: Martin Perez vs. Jarrod Parker

September, 26, 2012

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The third of four games between the Texas Rangers and the Oakland A's features LHP Martin Perez and RHP Jarrod Parker. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and ESPN. Some thoughts on the matchup:

Perez (1-2, 3.78 ERA): This is the fifth start of 2012 for the 21-year-old and his second straight since joining the rotation with Scott Feldman going to the bullpen. ... Perez gave up four runs (three earned) on six hits in four innings in a loss to the Mariners on Friday. He had two walks, two wild pitches and three strikeouts in the game. ... It was the shortest of his four career starts. ... He beat Oakland to get his first big league win in his first career start (second appearance) back on June 30, giving up two runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings. ... He was the youngest active player in Triple-A at the time of his big league debut in June. ... He was the fifth-younger Ranger ever to win a start for Texas and the youngest since Ed Correa in 1987.

Parker (11-8, 3.40 ERA): He's making his 28th start of the season and has allowed one run in his last start and has given up one run or fewer in 14 of his 28 career starts. ... Parker is 2-1 with a 1.86 ERA in four starts in September and 4-1 with a 2.63 ERA over his last seven starts since Aug. 19. ... He won his 11th game Sept. 15, tying him for fourth-most by a rookie in Oakland history. ... In his only career start against the Rangers, Parker got the victory in a 12-1 A's win, throwing a career-high eight shutout innings and allowing just one hit. ... He no-hit the Rangers for the first seven innings before Michael Young singled to lead off the eighth.

Hitters: Current A's hitters are batting .300 off Perez, led by Chris Carter, who is 2-for-2 with a homer. ... Jonny Gomes and Coco Crisp are a combined 0-for-6 with four strikeouts. ... Young is the only Ranger with a hit off Parker, who no-hit Texas for seven innings in his only start against them (before Young's single to lead off the eighth).

Up next:

Thur. vs. Oak: LHP Travis Blackley (5-3, 3.48) vs. LHP Matt Harrison (17-10, 3.17), 1:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW/ESPN

Rapid Reaction: A's 12, Rangers 1

June, 4, 2012

OAKLAND, Calif. — A nightmarish start by Scott Feldman ended most of the drama early in this one as the Texas Rangers fell 12-1 to the Oakland Athletics on Monday night at the Coliseum. The A’s, hitting .209 when the night began, scored eight runs in the second inning against Feldman.

To make matters even worse for Texas, A’s right-hander Jarrod Parker took a no-hitter into the eighth before Michael Young broke it up with a single. The Rangers have lost five of their past six games, allowing at least 10 runs in three of them.

A long, short night: Feldman cruised through the first inning, with two strikeouts, but then he only managed two more outs before his disastrous outing ended. After Feldman gave up a walk and a single to the first two hitters of the third, the Rangers were actually preparing for a bunt from the offensively-challenged A’s. But Feldman hung a curve ball to Brandon Inge, who hit a three-run homer. The hits kept coming and the A’s had seven runs on the board when they knocked out Feldman, who was charged with an eighth after he left.

Now what?: Feldman has not made it through the fifth inning in any of his six starts. His latest performance certainly begs the question of whether he should stay in the rotation. Roy Oswalt, the natural successor, isn’t expected to be ready for a couple more weeks.

Again?: It was the third time in seven days the Rangers gave up at least six runs in an inning, and all of them have been against the A’s and Mariners, the worst two hitting teams in the American League.

Nice cleanup: Robbie Ross followed Feldman to the mound and did solid work. He gave up two hits in 2 1/3 scoreless innings. He retired six of the eight batters he faced and got a double play to erase one of the hits. Ross has allowed one earned run in his past 16 1/3 innings.

Utility pitcher: Outfielder Craig Gentry pitched the bottom of the eighth, becoming the first Rangers position player to pitch since Scott Sheldon on Sept. 6, 2000. Gentry, whose fastball hit 88 mph, gave up two runs on three hits and a walk.

Defensive miscues: The Rangers had a couple misplays that weren’t ruled errors. In the eight-run second, Adrian Beltre made a high throw to second as the Rangers failed to record an out when they had Jemile Weeks in a rundown. In the fifth, left fielder David Murphy couldn’t catch a ball that he ticked off his on the warning track. It was a tough play, and it was ruled a triple for Seth Smith.

More ugly: Nelson Cruz also had a defensive lapse that was more embarrassing than harmful. He broke in on Kila Ka’aihue’s fifth-inning fly ball, then slammed on the brakes and raced back. The ball cleared the fence.

Still scuffling: Mitch Moreland hit into a double play and struck out in his first two trips, seeing his slump continue. He walked in the ninth, but he’s now 1 for his last 21. … Beltre, who had been one of the hottest Rangers prior to his recent hiccup, is now 0-for-11 with seven strikeouts in his past three games.

Oh, by the way: Mike Napoli helped the Rangers avoid a shutout by homering against reliever Jim Miller in the ninth. The opposite-field blast was Napoli’s 10th homer of the year.

Up Next: Derek Holland vs. Travis Blackley at 9:07 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and FSSW.

Matchup: Scott Feldman vs. Jarrod Parker

June, 4, 2012
The first game of this four-game series between the Texas Rangers and Oakland A's features RHP Scott Feldman vs. RHP Jarrod Parker at 9:07 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and FSSW. A quick look at the matchup:

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Feldman (0-3, 4.50 ERA): The 29-year-old will make his fifth start of the season and will do so after getting into a full starter's routine for three starts now after taking over for Neftali Feliz, who has a sprained ligament in his elbow. ... Feldman allowed four runs (two earned) on four hits in 4 2/3 innings Tuesday against the Mariners in a 10-3 loss. ... He has not completed five innings yet in any start. ... He's left one out shy of going five innings twice now and both times it was an Adrian Beltre error that occurred to end his outing instead of ending the inning. ... Feldman, who is from the Bay Area, is 1-4 with an 8.23 ERA in five career starts at the Coliseum.

Parker (1-2, 2.88 ERA): The 23-year-old won his only start on May 1 against Boston, but despite some solid performances, hasn't managed to get a win since. ... In Parker's last two outings, he allowed one run on nine hits in 13 innings against Minnesota and the Angels, but the A's lost both games and Parker got no-decisions. ... He's a much better pitcher at home, sporting a 2.08 ERA with 21 strikeouts and 11 walks. On the road, Parker has a 4.30 ERA with 10 walks and eight strikeouts. ... He has never faced the Rangers.

Hitters: The A's are hitting just .226 against Feldman. ... Cliff Pennington is 2-for-11 and Daric Barton is 3-for-16 off Feldman. ... Kurt Suzuki is one of the few hitters with success against Feldman going 4-for-16.

Up next:

Tue at Oak: LHP Derek Holland (4-4, 5.11) vs. LHP Travis Blackley (0-0, 0.82), 9:07 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
Wed at Oak: RHP Colby Lewis (4-4, 3.50) vs. RHP Bartolo Colon (4-6, 4.34), 9:07 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
Thur at Oak: RHP Yu Darvish (7-3, 3.21) vs. RHP Brandon McCarthy (4-3, 2.95), 2:37 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW



Colby Lewis
10 5.18 133 170
BAA. Beltre .324
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182