Texas Rangers: Kendrys Morales
Most of the answer to this question is fairly obvious: Mitch Moreland was the team's first baseman last year, is still on the roster and is no longer the primary first baseman. He needs a place to play and designated hitter makes the most sense.
Moreland did provide some power in 2013, banging out a career-high 23 home runs and 60 RBIs. Having some of that power in the lineup could help. But Moreland hit just .232 last year, dropping off after starting the year strongly in April and May. Hamstring issues didn't help. Moreland himself wondered earlier this offseason if he'd still be a Ranger when spring training began.
But unless the club signs someone off the free-agent market, and that doesn't appear likely (though Nelson Cruz and Kendrys Morales are still out there), it could be a rotating spot.
Moreland could bat there against right-handed pitchers and some select lefties and then manager Ron Washington could utilize the spot to get some of his regulars a half-day off.
The bigger question is how many games the Rangers want Prince Fielder starting at first base. Moreland is the better defensive first baseman, so in certain matchups and situations, they could keep Fielder's bat in the lineup and also get Moreland's defense. But one plus to having the ability to mix and match at DH is that Adrian Beltre could hit there and get off his feet a bit. So could Elvis Andrus, if needed. Should Washington want to get some action for his outfield bench, he could use that position to do it.
While on paper, this may not look like a strong option, it does give the manager some flexibility. That's not a bad thing.
Today's player: Kendrys Morales
The 30-year-old is certainly familiar with the AL West, having played six seasons with the Los Angeles Angels and last season with the Seattle Mariners. Morales played in 156 games in 2013 for the Mariners, mostly as the DH, hitting .277 with 23 homers and 80 RBIs. He had a .785 OPS and a 2.7 WAR.
Morales is a switch-hitter and is represented by Scott Boras, who made the rounds in Orlando at the GM meetings and stressed that Morales is a solid first baseman. He made 31 starts there last year and 28 in 2012, so he's played some in the field, but it hasn't been his primary position since 2009.
If some of you are surprised by Morales' numbers, it might be because he did not hit well against the Rangers in 2013. He batted .219 in 73 at-bats with three homers and 12 RBIs. The numbers dropped off even more at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington as he hit .182 (6-for-33) with six RBIs.
Why he makes sense: The Rangers are still looking for bats and before you scoff at the notion of Morales, note that if the club did decide to move Mitch Moreland, they could have Morales platoon with Fielder if they wanted. Or perhaps Morales could play first and Moreland be the designated hitter. He's used to batting in the middle of the order, so he could be nice protection in the 5-hole for Adrian Beltre. Morales can hit for power. He had 22 or more homers in three of the past four seasons, including 34 in 2009. Morales knows the division too and his .282 average against left-handed pitching makes a first-base platoon tempting.
Why he doesn't make sense: Because the Mariners gave Morales a qualifying offer, the Rangers would have to give up a draft pick to sign him and with Prince Fielder in the fold, the need just isn't as great and may not be worth giving up that pick. And you're talking about a player seeking a multiyear deal that won't come cheap (though not as much as some of the other options on the market, either).
Bottom line: Morales is someone to keep in mind, but it would all depend on price. Texas must ask: Is Morales and the cost of the draft pick and contract a better option than Moreland? Morales can hit lefties, which Moreland can't, but it's a high price to pay. With left field more of a priority now, I think I'd pass.
|Rangers GM Jon Daniels joins Fitzimmons and Durrett to discuss the Matt Garza trade and if the Rangers are done shopping before the deadline.
Rios is one of several hitters the Rangers are looking at, a major league source said, but nothing is imminent as far as a trade is concerned. Rios spoke to the media about trade interest from the Rangers and other clubs on Wednesday.
Other hitters on the market include Seattle switch-hitting designated hitter Kendrys Morales and San Francisco outfielder Hunter Pence.
Manager Ron Washington said before Wednesday's game with the New York Yankees that the Rangers could use a right-handed hitter in the lineup.
"We are left-handed heavy," Washington said. "We certainly want to add a big right-handed bat. What bat that will be, they're up there hunkered down right now trying to figure that out."
Rios came out hot to start the season, but his power numbers have dropped in June and July. He's batting .259 with two home runs and 16 RBIs in his last 35 games. He has a .307 on-base percentage since June 9.
Rios batted .289 with 10 home runs and 32 RBIs in his first 59 games.
The Rangers also have the possible concern of a suspension for right fielder Nelson Cruz, who is connected to the Biogenesis case.
Today's targets: Raul Ibanez, Kendrys Morales
The Seattle Mariners could once again be in sell mode as the deadline approaches. If they do make that decision -- Seattle enters the second half 13 games back in the AL West and 11 back in the wild card -- perhaps they'll shop the 41-year-old Ibanez and 30-year-old Morales.
Ibanez has turned back the clock this season. He's got 24 homers and 56 RBIs in 277 at-bats with a .267 average so far. He's a left-handed bat -- the Rangers could use more right-handed bats -- but he'd give manager Ron Washington at least another option in the outfield. And with his contract expiring after this season, it wouldn't likely cost much to get Ibanez, who's making $2.75 million in base salary and could hit another $1.25 million in incentives.
To me, Morales is more appealing. He's a switch-hitting first baseman and DH. With Lance Berkman on the disabled list and his health a concern, Morales would give this team another DH option. He doesn't have the power numbers of Ibanez, but he's hitting .280 with 14 homers and 54 RBIs. He's played in 90 games so far this season, by the way. Morales will also become a free agent after this season and is making $5.25 million in 2013.
Up until now, Seattle has reportedly been slow to commit to become a seller, but that could certainly change as the days get closer to July 31.
Any interest in Morales or Ibanez? They aren't big names, but could be rental players that wouldn't require a huge commitment in prospects from the Rangers.
Rough beginning: Darvish hit Jason Bay with one out in the top of the first, and the inning unraveled from there. Darvish gave up singles to Kendrys Morales and Raul Ibanez. But the big blow came from Seattle third baseman Kyle Seager, who has owned Darvish early in his big league career. Seager came up with his fifth hit in 11 at-bats against Darvish, drilling a two-run double to give Seattle a 3-0 first-inning lead.
|ESPN Insider Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss the possibility of the Rangers trading Jurickson Profar.
Kinsler goes deep again: Ian Kinsler upped his team lead in home runs to four for the season with a solo shot in the top of the fourth. Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma retired the first nine batters he faced before Kinsler's homer. Kinsler took advantage of the new dimensions of Safeco Field, just clearing the left-field wall, which was moved in during the offseason.
Sixth-inning blues: Kinsler gave the Rangers a chance to scratch out a run trailing 3-1 in the top of the sixth. He ripped a single, stole second and moved to third on Elvis Andrus' ground ball to the left side. The rally died there. Lance Berkman, who had strikeouts in his first two at-bats, popped up to third base. Adrian Beltre, who is struggling to drive in runs, popped up to second base to end the inning.
Berkman struggles: Lance Berkman, who has been the Rangers' hottest hitter, had a night to forget. He struck out in his first two at-bats, then popped up on the infield in his other two at-bats. Berkman's batting average dropped below .400 to .394 on the season.
Not clutch: The Rangers were 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base. They had a runner in scoring position in each inning from the fifth to the eighth and couldn't break through.
Focus on CF: Leonys Martin and Craig Gentry both had chances to plate runs in the fifth and seventh innings after singles by A.J. Pierzynski and walks by Mitch Moreland. Martin grounded out to second base, and Gentry was called out on strikes after fouling off two hittable fastballs.
Up next: The Rangers and Mariners will play Game 3 of their four-game series at 8:10 p.m. Saturday night. Alexi Ogando (2-0, 0.77 ERA) will face Joe Saunders (1-1, 3.48 ERA) on Fox Sports Southwest.
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- For the first time since his debut, Ryan Dempster failed to make it out of the fourth inning as the Texas Rangers dropped the opener of a three-game set against the Los Angeles Angels, 11-3, on Tuesday night. Dempster had gone at least six innings in seven consecutive starts. Some quick thoughts:
What it means: The second-place Oakland Athletics fell to the Detroit Tigers, 12-2, so the Rangers maintained their three-game lead in the American League West standings.
Hamilton exits: A wacky fourth inning began with Josh Hamilton's exit. He didn't take the field in the bottom half of the fourth due to sinus issues and was re-evaluated in the clubhouse. Leonys Martin replaced him in center field.
Injury to insult: Tanner Scheppers made only two pitches after replacing Dempster -- hitting Erick Aybar with his first to load the bases and then throwing to the backstop, allowing two runs to score. To make matters worse, Chris Iannetta slid into Scheppers while scoring the go-ahead run and Scheppers limped off with a bruised right knee. The club announced Scheppers would be re-evaluated Wednesday.
Frantic fourth inning: The Angels sent 12 men to the plate in the fourth and scored eight runs, the most they've posted in an inning at home this season. Dempster lasted just 3 1/3 innings, surrendering five earned runs on six hits and three walks.
Napoli's house: Mike Napoli continued to torture his former team, launching a solo homer in the third to put the Rangers on the board. He has a home run every 14.6 career at-bats at Angel Stadium (57 HR in 830 AB), the best ratio all-time in this park. Napoli is hitting .463 (19-for-41) against the Angels this season.
Ross returns: Left-handed reliever Robbie Ross dazzled in his first appearance since being reinstated Saturday. Ross, who spent the first half of the month on the disabled list with a left forearm strain, retired the side in order in the seventh, striking out Mike Trout
First-pitch hack: Ian Kinsler was unable to extend his arms on an inside fastball in his first at-bat, popping out weakly to the right side. Jered Weaver tried jamming Kinsler again in the third inning but, that time, left his pitch up. Kinsler whacked the 88-mph offering to left field for a two-run homer, his 18th of the season.
Same old, same old: The Rangers have yet to beat Weaver in Anaheim. The right-hander has a career record of 9-0 against Texas at home, and earned his 100th career victory.
Two-out trouble: Indications of Dempster's struggles came early. After retiring the first two batters in the third inning, Dempster had trouble with his command and got himself into a bases loaded jam. Aybar singled and Torii Hunter and Kendrys Morales both walked, but Dempster induced a harmless grounder off the bat of Howie Kendrick to escape.
Up next: The teams continue their three-game series Wednesday. LHP Derek Holland (10-6, 4.50 ERA) takes the mound for the Rangers against former mentor C.J. Wilson (12-9, 3.73 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 9:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM, FSSW and ESPN.
ARLINGTON, Texas -- After struggling in the first two games of this series, the Texas Rangers will be eager to make some headway against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night. The third game of this four-game series between AL West rivals features RHP Yu Darvish vs. RHP Garrett Richards. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW. A quick look at the matchup:
Darvish (11-7, 4.05): The 25-year-old and 2012 All-Star is fresh off his first professional loss when receiving four or more runs of support, a 9-5 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Friday. ... He has 138 strikeouts on the season, the fifth-most in the AL and the most in Rangers history through 19 games. ... He also ranks among AL leaders in strikeouts per-9 (second, 10.15), wins (tied-fifth, 11) and opponent's average (seventh, .230) and leads all AL rookies in wins and strikeouts. ... He is third in the AL with 64 walks and tied for fourth in hit batters with nine. ... He leads the majors with six double-digit strikeout games, including four out of his last seven starts. ... He is 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA in 18 2/3 innings pitched against the Angels, striking out 25 and issuing 10 walks. ... He is 7-2 at Rangers Ballpark, having lost his last two home starts.
Richards (3-2, 3.91): The 24-year-old will make his ninth start this season pitching in place of Dan Haren, who is battling another bout of back stiffness. ... He has 3.31 ERA and a 1-1 record in three road starts (16 1/3 innings). ... He was 1-1 in three starts in the July with a 6.06 ERA through 16 1/3 innings. ... He is 0-0 with a 1.59 ERA in 5 2/3 innings against the Rangers. ... He took a no-decision in his last start against the Rangers, a 3-1 loss on Sept. 28, 2011, going five innings and allowing two hits (one home run), one run and three walks while striking out one.
Hitters: Darvish has held the Angels to a .174 batting average. ... Mike Trout is 4-for-9 with a double, a home run, three RBIs, two walks and two strikeouts. ... Albert Pujols is 1-for-8 with two walks and two strikeouts. ... Alberto Callaspo is 3-for-6 with an RBI and a walk. ... Kendrys Morales is 0-for-6 with four strikeouts. ... Rangers hitters are 4-for-18 against Richards. ... Michael Young is 1-for-3. ... Ian Kinsler is 1-for-2 with a double and a walk. ... Mike Napoli is 1-for-1 with a home run with a walk. ... Josh Hamilton is 0-for-3.
Up next: Thur. vs. LAA: RHP Ryan Dempster (5-5, 2.25) vs. LHP C.J. Wilson (9-7, 2.88), 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW.
ARLINGTON, Texas -- When Kendrys Morales stepped into the batter’s box in the sixth inning of Monday’s series opener against the Texas Rangers, he was in a 1-for-17 slump and had recorded two strikeouts in his first two at-bats. But everything changed in that sixth inning, as Morales had a historic six-RBI, two-home run inning that helped give the Los Angeles Angels a 15-8 win.
Morales hit a two-run shot from the left side of the plate in his first at-bat of the inning before hitting a grand slam from the right side in his next at-bat to put an exclamation point on the nine-run sixth for the Angels.
With the historic inning, the switch-hitting Morales became just the third player in major league history to hit a home run from each side of the plate in one inning, joining Carlos Baerga and Mark Bellhorn.
“I’m so very excited,” Morales said through an interpreter. “It’s not an easy thing to do. At the same time, I feel like I’m lucky.”
The records didn’t end there. Morales also tied the major league record for two home runs in an inning. He was the 25th player in American League history to tackle the feat and second player in Angels history. The only other Angel to do so was Rick Reichardt on April 30, 1966, at Boston.
“You don’t see that every day,” Torii Hunter said of Morales’ historic night. “Then, from both sides of the plate. It’s probably a first for me. As long as you stay in this game, you’re always going to see something different. It never fails.”
Prior to the explosive sixth inning, Morales had just eight hits in his previous 54 at-bats (.148). Because of his struggles, he tried an old trick. After striking out in his first at-bat of the night, Morales elected not to use his batting gloves.
“I’ve done it in the past, and it worked,” Morales said. “So, I thought why not try it? Obviously, it worked.”
Indeed, it did. Morales said he last tried that in 2009 when he hit .306 with 34 home runs and 108 RBIs. He said wearing gloves sometimes makes his hands slower to react.
Morales’ big night highlighted a nine-run sixth inning that saw 12 Angels hitters head to the plate. L.A. manager Mike Scioscia said he hopes the big night will jump-start Morales for the remainder of the season.
“We need Kendrys,” Scioscia said. “The past 100 at-bats, he hasn’t been driving the ball and swinging like he can. It was good to see. We needed it tonight. ... Kendrys had started to show some frustration. We’ve been working on a couple of things in the cages. He just hasn’t gotten into that comfort zone. At the plate at times, it looks like he’s searching.
“Sometimes, it just takes one swing. Hopefully, it’s going to start something good. He’s too good of a hitter to be down so long.”
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Sometimes a long layoff can be good for a pitcher. He can rest any injury concerns -- like a bothersome back, for instance -- and work on things during bullpen sessions.
But what if you don't get to throw but one bullpen session and the 12 days between starts includes nine days of not throwing off a mound? Well, you can have trouble finding a rhythm and a consistency with your mechanics. Roy Oswalt believes that's what happened to him in a rough outing Monday, the first of four games against the AL West-rival Angels.
"I need to get a more consistent arm angle," said Oswalt, who got an anti-inflammatory injection and some time off to rest a tight back and threw a bullpen session Friday and then pitched Monday. "Sometimes I'm down, sometimes I'm too far up. I can't find that spot that felt great. Not getting to throw for 11 or 12 days, sometimes that happens."
As a result, Oswalt wasn't able to keep his team in the game. He gave up three homers, tying his season high, but was still locked in a tight game through five innings. The trouble spot came in the sixth. Oswalt surrendered hits to five of the six batters he faced. The big one was a two-run home run by Kendrys Morales that gave the Angels a 5-3 lead. He ended up allowing eight runs on 11 hits and was gone after loading the bases with one out in the sixth.
"I made a bad pitch to Morales," Oswalt said. "The curveball was supposed to be in the dirt. I changed my grip and tried to throw a hard one and make it extra special, I guess you'd say, and left it over the plate."
Oswalt said on one of his other home runs, earlier in the game, he wanted to throw a pitch down and away and it ran away on him.
"That's all about arm angle," Oswalt said. "If I get my arm angle back going, I'll be fine."
Through six starts, Oswalt has a 6.49 ERA and he's allowed at least 11 hits in three of those starts. That ties his career high for one season (he did it three times in 2008). He gave up three home runs for the second time in his last four starts; he had allowed three or more homers in a game only five times in his first 341 career games.
Oswalt said his back felt fine and he's confident he can find the proper mechanics on a more consistent basis with more time. With Colby Lewis out for the season and the Rangers still looking at any starting pitching options at the trade deadline, Oswalt knows the club needs him to keep them in games and chew innings.
"I've got 11 or 12 starts to go," Oswalt said. "I should be ready to go. I think the biggest thing is time off between this start and the last one."
The Rangers need more from Oswalt down the stretch. He's slated to get his next shot Saturday in Kansas City against the Royals.
ESPN Dallas' Richard Durrett and ESPN Los Angeles' Mark Saxon discuss the Rangers-Angels series this weekend in Anaheim.
RD: For the Rangers, it's more about injuries. They avoided any roster moves for the first five weeks of the season and then the injuries hit all at once. But they are starting to see some reinforcements. Derek Holland is back and has pitched well in two starts off the DL. Colby Lewis allowed just one run in five innings Wednesday, his first start off the DL. Roy Oswalt bounced back with a better showing in his first start after the All-Star break. Yu Darvish is still looking for consistency with his command and didn't have it despite 11 days off (that includes the All-Star Game because he didn't pitch). He'll get another shot this weekend. Matt Harrison remains the club's most solid performer in 2012.
RD: What should Rangers fans expect from Dan Haren this weekend, assuming he pitches Sunday?
MS: Tough one, Richard. On the one hand, Haren’s stuff hasn’t looked as crisp this season, including in a Class A rehab game Monday night. On the other hand, he seems intent on proving to everyone he’s still a front-line starting pitcher. One thing they should expect is a relatively short outing, at least by his standards. I imagine he’ll be on a 90-pitch limit coming off lower-back inflammation. One thing they can’t expect is for him to beat himself. If he walks more than two batters in a game, he’s having an off night.
MS: Did people in Texas expect Mike Napoli to do what he did last year again this season? Or, did people realize he's a super-streaky hitter?
RD: They know he's streaky and didn't expect him to hit .383 for the season like he did for the second half of 2011. But they sure didn't expect a .223 average. Napoli hasn't looked comfortable at the plate except for one week where he really tore the cover off the ball earlier this season. He's missing pitches he crushed last year and is striking out at a much higher rate than he has in his career. It's a surprise to see him in a rough patch for this long. Will a series against his former team help get him going?
RD: We talk a lot about Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo, but when the season started Kendrys Morales was seen as a key offensive producer to help Albert Pujols in that lineup. How has he been?
MS: I guess mediocre would probably be the word. He’s gotten his share of hits, but hasn’t really driven the ball as well as he did before he broke his leg. It’s all perfectly understandable. What’s not as understandable is why it took Mike Scioscia until mid-July to install Trumbo as his cleanup hitter and slide Morales down a spot.
MS: We've seen some unpredictability from C.J. Wilson lately. When he struggled with Texas, did it typically last a while or was he good at making adjustments between starts?
RD: Wilson put up some stinkers in Texas, too, and bounced back just fine. He makes adjustments and figures it out. He's a big thinker -- maybe even on overthinker at times -- and few in the league work harder between starts. He'll have his rough starts, but rarely do they turn into long patches of struggles. Don't worry about Wilson in the regular season. The question will be if he can get things figured out in the playoffs.
RD: If Craig Gentry and Mike Trout were in a 40-yard dash, who would win and by how much?
MS: I don’t know much about Craig Gentry, but I think the Angels would take Trout over just about anybody who doesn’t return kicks in the NFL.
MS: The Angels and Rangers had big contingents at the All-Star game. I think there were 12 guys between the two teams, about one-third of the AL squad. What did the Texas guys say, if anything, about sharing a clubhouse with Angels players? Do you think this is a tense rivalry, an intense rivalry or just another three games on the schedule?
RD: I think fans and media make more of the "intense" rivalry than the players. There's mutual respect from both clubs and they've expected a spirited rivalry. But I wouldn't call it intense and there's no dislike that I can see between the teams. They both want to win and they'll play hard.
RD: Why has Ervin Santana struggled so much this season?
MS: I can’t give a detailed answer in terms of his mechanics or anything, but his raw stuff doesn’t seem to be the issue. He’s the hardest thrower in the Angels rotation and still has a nice slider. I guess you could point to whether he needed to tinker with a new pitch in the last few years. You could wonder about a pattern which tends to see him struggle one season and rebound the next and whether that says something about his focus.
MS: Do you expect GM Jon Daniels to be active at the deadline? Where does he seem to be focusing?
RD: GM Jon Daniels is always active at the trade deadline. It's in his nature. But he's in a good spot here. The Rangers don't have to make a deal. If the right one is out there -- like maybe a top of the rotation starter like Cole Hamels -- they can decide whether that's worth a top prospect or not (I don't think it is, but it depends on how badly they want a rental like Hamels on top of the rotation come the playoffs). But the club could use a right-handed bat off the bench, too, and could consider a left-handed specialty reliever. So no matter what happens, I expect they'll be active.
RD: Do the Angels plan on getting aggressive at the trade deadline? Do they have some pieces in the minor leagues that they could deal to get an impact player? What are their biggest needs?
MS: Yes, and no. I think they would love to be aggressive, but no, they don’t have a ton of minor-league depth, particularly in the pitching department, which is what rebuilding teams often want. I’m pretty sure Jerry Dipoto will make a move. I’m not at all sure what it will be.
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- It's time yet again for the Rangers and Angels to square off, this time in Anaheim. Here are some things to watch this series:
|ESPN LA's Mark Saxon previews this weekend's Rangers-Angels series and examines the AL West race.
* Josh Hamilton. He's battled an upper respiratory infection the last few weeks and hasn't been at 100 percent. Yet he's still batting .300 in that span and delivering key hits. Hamilton said he felt better Wednesday and after an off day, should be ready to go this weekend.
* Yu Darvish. The 25-year-old has had command issues his past two outings, keeping him from going deeper in games. He made a statement against the Angels last time, staying loose and pitching after the rain delay, getting his team valuable innings and a victory. If he's got his fastball command, he's very difficult to score on. But if it's not there, hitters can wait him out and do some damage. We'll see if he's made some adjustments after working with pitching coach Mike Maddux during his last bullpen session.
Michael Young. He went a stretch of 10 games or so without an RBI until getting one Wednesday, but he's been hitting the ball better after going through a .169 stretch (11-for-65) as the homestand started. He finds a way to get the clutch hits in big series. Watch him this weekend.
* Angels bullpen. It was a work in progress three weeks ago when these two teams last met, but has settled in and become more consistent. The Rangers are likely to get into that pen a few times in the next three games and how they do against them may determine the series.
* Matt Harrison. He's been up and down at times recently, but has done a nice job of bouncing back from long first innings or rough patches. He'll face Garrett Richards on Sunday, who will be making his first start in 2012.
* Game presentation. Few teams in the league do a better job of game presentation than the Angels. Mother Nature certainly helps with that, but from video to on-field stuff, it's impressive, much like the job Chuck Morgan and the crew do at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. So if you're here, take note and enjoy (though I'll admit I'm tired of the Rally Monkey).
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