Texas Rangers: Tommy Milone
|Eric Nadel joins Galloway and Company to discuss the Rangers' series with Oakland.
Milone (9-8, 4.03): Milone has been on a winning streak for the A's, going 3-1 with a 4.20 ERA for his past five starts. ... He is 6-3 with a 4.35 ERA in his past 13 starts. ... Milone has been at his best at O.co Coliseum, where he is 5-3 with a 2.97 in nine starts. ... Milone beat the Los Angeles Angels in his last start Saturday, allowing a run and four hits in seven innings. ... He had six strikeouts and four walks. ... Milone has allowed a .196 batting average with runners in scoring position, third-lowest in the American League. ... Milone has never beaten Texas, going 0-3 with a 4.24 ERA in four starts, all at Rangers Ballpark. ... He allowed six earned runs in 5 1/3 innings in a 9-4 loss to the Rangers on June 19.
Hitters: The A's are batting .233 against Ogando. Eric Sogard (1-for-4) broke up Ogando's no-hit bid May 15. Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre are both 5-for-12 against Milone. Beltre has two home runs and three RBIs.
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.
|Eric Nadel joins Galloway and Company to discuss the Rangers' series with Oakland.
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.
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers and A's have split the first two games of a four-game series as right-hander Justin Grimm gets set to face A's left-hander Tommy Milone at 7:05 p.m. on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM (1540 AM in Spanish).
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Milone (6-6, 3.61): Milone is another A's starter on a consistent roll. He is 3-1 with a 3.49 ERA over his last six starts, holding opponents to a .233 batting average. ... He doesn't give up many free passes, averaging 1.91 walks per nine innings, 10th in the American League. ... Milone did lose his last start, falling to Seattle 3-2 despite allowing just two runs in 6 2/3 innings. ... He has received six runs of support in his six losses this year. ... Milone is 0-2 with a 2.50 ERA in three career starts against the Rangers, all of which have come in Arlington.
Hitters: Brandon Moss (2-for-3, 1 HR, RBI) and Yoenis Cespedes (1-for-3, 1 HR, RBI) both homered against Grimm in his May 13 start vs. Oakland. Elvis Andrus (5-for-10, RBI) and Adrian Beltre (4-for-9, 2 HRs, 3 RBIs) are ones to watch against Milone.
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The second game of this four-game set between the first- and second-place AL West teams features Yu Darvish and Tommy Milone. The first pitch is 7:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and FSSW:
Darvish (16-9, 3.90 ERA): The 26-year-old right-hander has had four consecutive starts of seven or more innings while allowing four or fewer hits. He's just the third Rangers pitcher to have such a streak, joining Gaylord Perry (4, July 18-Aug. 1, 1975) and Nolan Ryan (4, Aug. 28-Sept. 14, 1990). ... He got his 16th win of the season in a 3-1 Rangers win in Anaheim last week, allowing just one run on four hits in eight innings with nine strikeouts and one walk. ... His 16 wins are the most by a major league rookie since the Yankees' Ivan Nova (16) in 2006. ... He has a career-high seven consecutive quality starts, going 5-1 with a 2.13 ERA and a .151 opponent average in that spon. ... He's 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA in three starts against the A's, one of just two teams to have defetaed Darvish twice this season (Seattle is the other).
Milone (13-10, 3.86 ERA): He wasn't able to get through five full innings in a 12-4 win over the Detroit Tigers in his last start, giving up three runs on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings and needing 94 pitches to do it. ... But Milone has quality starts in four of his last six outings. ... His last start against the Rangers didn't go well as he gave up six runs on six hits in five innings. ... He also lost to the Rangers on May 16, allowing four runs on nine hits in seven innings in a 4-1 loss. ... Milone will become the ninth rookie in Oakland history to start 30 games when he throws his first pitch tonight. ... He's 2-0 with a 3.18 ERA in his last three starts, but has never had a three-game winning streak.
Hitters: Current A's hitters are batting just .242 against Darvish. ... Coco Crisp is 3-for-6 with a homer and four RBIs off Darvish. ... Seth Smith is 3-for-8 with two doubles. ... Josh Hamilton is 3-for-6 with a homer and three RBIs against Milone. ... Adrian Beltre is 3-for-7 with two homers and Elvis Andrus is 3-for-7. ... Mike Napoli is 1-for-5.
Wed. vs. Oak: LHP Martin Perez (1-2, 3.78) vs. RHP Jarrod Parker (11-8, 3.40), 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
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
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The third game of this four-game series between the Texas Rangers and Oakland A's features LHP Martin Perez in his debut as a starter vs. LHP Tommy Milone. First pitch is set for 6:15 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/Fox.
A quick look at the matchup:
Perez (0-0, 13.50): Against Oakland, the 21-year-old makes his first major league start and second appearance. ... In his major league debut Wednesday against the Detroit Tigers, he pitched 2/3 of the eighth inning and gave up four runs (one earned), two hits, one walk and had a strikeout. ... He went 5-5 with a 4.59 ERA (84 1/3 IP) in 15 starts for Round Rock this season, with 49 strikeouts and 38 walks. ... He won his last two starts in Round Rock, including his first career complete-game shutout in his final Pacific Coast League start against Iowa on June 21. ... Has been rated as one of the Rangers' top five prospects by Baseball America in four straight seasons, including a No. 1 ranking last season and a number two ranking in 2012.
Milone (8-5, 3.83): The 25-year-old has the most wins on the A's pitching staff (tied for third in the AL, tied for fourth in majors). ... Has pitched the most innings of any A's pitcher at 96 1/3 and allowed the most home runs at 13. ... Has the second most strikeouts in the A's rotation with 57. ... He is riding a two-game winning streak, both of which were quality starts, including a seven inning shutout against the Seattle Mariners. ... He has struggled relatively on the road, going 3-4 with a 6.39 ERA (50 2/3 IP) in nine starts compared to his 0.99 ERA and 5-1 record in Oakland. ... Is 0-1 at Rangers Ballpark with a 5.14 ERA, allowing nine hits and four earned runs in seven innings.
Hitters: Perez has never faced the A's. ... Rangers hitters are 9-for-28 (.321) against Milone. ... Only Mike Napoli, Alberto Gonzalez and Yorvit Torrealba are hitless against Milone. ... Josh Hamilton is 2-for-3 with a strikeout. ... Craig Gentry is 2-for-3 with an RBI. ... Elvis Andrus is 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Up Next: Sun. vs. Oakland: RHP Yu Darvish (10-4, 3.57) vs. LHP Travis Blackley (1-2, 3.05 in AL), 6:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW. Blackley was acquired by Oakland from San Francisco in early May.
Darvish (5-1, 2.84 ERA): The Japanese phenom is tied for second in the American League in wins and ranks fourth in strikeouts (51), the seventh most since 1918 by a pitcher through his first seven career starts, according to baseball-reference.com. Darvish has struggled with command, allowing 4.87 walks per nine innings, the fifth most in the major leagues. But he’s often been dominant, especially since he struggled in the first two innings of his debut. Darvish has a 1.91 ERA since those rocky first two innings.
Milone (5-2, 3.92 ERA): The 25-year-old lefty doesn’t generate a tenth of Darvish’s hype, but Milone has been impressive in his own right. He has a lower batting average allowed (.220) and WHIP (1.08) than Darvish and has pitched only 2/3 of an inning less through seven starts. However, Milone has struggled miserably on the road, where he has a 7.94 ERA in four starts. He is 3-0 with an 0.39 ERA in the cozy pitcher confines of his home park.
Hitters: None of the A’s have faced Darvish. None of the Rangers have faced Milone.
Thur. vs. Oak.: LHP Matt Harrison (4-3, 5.23) vs. RHP Brandon McCarthy (3-3, 2.56), 1:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540/FSSW
Fri. at Hou.: RHP Neftali Feliz (3-1, 3.32) vs. LHP Wandy Rodriguez (3-3, 1.99), 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540/TXA 21
Sat. at Hou.: LHP Derek Holland (3-2, 3.78) vs. RHP Lucas Harrell (2-3, 4.40), 6:15 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540/FOX
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