cnotes Posts:27507 Followers:33
09/20/2013 04:09 PM

Diamond Trends - Friday

September 20, 2013

SU TREND OF THE DAY:

-- The Cardinals are 11-0 since September 16, 2012 as a road favorite when they are off a loss in which they held the lead for a net profit of $1100.

PITCHER TREND OF THE DAY:

-- When Max Scherzer starts the Tigers are 10-0 since September 10, 2011 as a 140+ favorite after a quality start at home for a net profit of $1000.

MLB BIBLE ACTIVE TREND:

-- David Price has produced a team record of 15-3 in his career when he is off a start in which their team scored first and lost.

CHOICE TREND:

-- The Nationals are 10-0 since August 07, 2012 as a 140+ favorite after a one run win and it is not the last game of a series for a net profit of $1000.

ACTIVE TRENDS:

-- The Astros are 6-0 since August 27, 2009 as a road 140+ dog when they are off two one-run losses and it is not the first game of a series for a net profit of $1055.

-- The Pirates are 10-0 since May 17, 2013 as a home favorite when they won by one run in their starter’s last start for a net profit of $1000.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:27507 Followers:33
09/20/2013 04:12 PM

Preview: White Sox (60-92) at Tigers (89-64)
Game: 1
Venue: Comerica Park
Date: September 20, 2013 7:08 PM EDT


Max Scherzer insists he's only concerned with leading the Detroit Tigers to the AL Central crown, though he certainly wouldn't mind becoming the majors' first 20-game winner along the way.

Scherzer will try to help the Tigers reduce their magic number as he takes his fifth crack at reaching the 20-win mark Friday night against the visiting Chicago White Sox.

Prince Fielder had three hits and Torii Hunter hit his 17th home run as Detroit (89-64) moved closer to wrapping up its third straight division title with a 5-4 win over Seattle on Thursday.

While they have a healthy advantage over second-place Cleveland with nine games remaining, the Tigers won't be able to officially clinch the title until Saturday at the earliest if enough results fall into place.

Scherzer (19-3, 2.95 ERA), however, does have another opportunity to join teammate Justin Verlander (2011) as the only Detroit pitchers to reach the 20-win mark since 1991.

"I'm not sitting here chasing personal stuff down, I'm trying to win for the team," Scherzer told MLB's official website. "This is all about trying to get us into the postseason. I don't care if I win another game. If we win our division, that's all that matters."

Although Scherzer leads the majors with a 6.7 run-support average, he's received four runs while going 0-2 with a 4.70 ERA in his last four starts.

Scherzer had a season high-tying 12 strikeouts while allowing one run over seven innings Sunday, but the bullpen failed to hold a one-run lead in the eighth of a 3-2 win over Kansas City.

Now Scherzer faces the White Sox (60-92) for the second time in three starts after allowing five runs over a season-low four innings in a 5-1 loss at Chicago on Sept. 9. He had been 4-0 with a 1.26 ERA while limiting the White Sox to a .156 batting average in his previous five meetings.

Paul Konerko has gone 1 for 10 against the right-hander and is 8 for 43 (.186) versus the Tigers this season. Alexei Ramirez is 4 for 39 (.103) when facing Scherzer.

After taking two of three from visiting Minnesota, the White Sox look to build on their first series win this month by giving the ball to Andre Rienzo (2-2, 5.04).

The rookie right-hander hopes to rebound from his recent struggles. He's 1-2 with a 7.32 ERA in his last four outings, allowing seven home runs and 13 walks over 19 2-3 innings.

"It's the first time I play ball in September," Rienzo said. "But I don't feel tired. I feel good. I need to figure out little things to help me. If I can figure them out, I know I'll make the ball club next year."

Rienzo pitched well in his only start against the Tigers on Aug. 4, when he allowed two runs and four hits over six-plus innings in a 3-2, 12-inning road loss.

Victor Martinez went 1 for 2 with a walk while facing Rienzo in that meeting. He's 11 for 23 over a seven-game hitting streak against the White Sox.

The Tigers have won 10 of 16 in the season series, including a three-game home sweep Aug. 2-4.



Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:27507 Followers:33
09/20/2013 04:14 PM

Preview: Giants (71-82) at Yankees (80-73)
Game: 1
Venue: Yankee Stadium
Date: September 20, 2013 7:05 PM EDT


Desperation seems to be setting in for the New York Yankees.

Perhaps a return home can provide a lift, particularly at the plate.

While the Yankees attempt to solve their offensive woes, CC Sabathia attempts to extend his home winning streak to four games Friday night against the San Francisco Giants.

New York (80-73) is 3 1/2 games back of Tampa Bay and Texas for one of the AL's two wild-card spots, and it must also overtake Cleveland, Baltimore and Kansas City to reach the playoffs.

The Yankees have nine games left, starting with three games each at home against San Francisco (71-82) and Tampa Bay before visiting Houston to finish the season.

"We've got to run the table, there's no way around it," infielder Mark Reynolds said. "We've got some tough games coming up. The Giants have good pitching, Tampa's got good pitching. We've got to have a good homestand and hopefully go into Houston with a chance.

"There's only so many 'Get 'em tomorrows' left."

That mantra is ending since the Yankees have dropped five of six while batting .184 with 13 runs. Their offensive futility continued with five hits in Thursday's 6-2 loss at last-place Toronto.

"It's frustrating," manager Joe Girardi said. "We haven't swung the bats that well for the last week."

They have at home, hitting .285 with 22 homers and averaging 6.0 runs while winning 16 of 22 there.

Sabathia (13-13, 4.90 ERA) has also found some success at home, winning three straight starts despite a 4.74 ERA. He's lost his last two outings - both on the road - while giving up nine runs in 13 1-3 innings.

"It's very frustrating, because everybody keeps telling me I'm close, but I don't see it," Sabathia told the team's official website. "I want results and I know the team wants results. I know the fans want results. It's just tough not being able to deliver."

He's won both career starts versus the Giants with a 1.59 ERA, and is facing them for the first time since a road win with Milwaukee in 2008.

The Giants will counter the two-time Cy Young Award winner with one of their own in Tim Lincecum (10-13, 4.40).

Unlike Sabathia, Lincecum is putting together a strong stretch, going 4-0 with a 3.77 ERA in five starts. It's the right-hander's longest winning streak since going 6-0 over nine games bridging 2009 and 2010.

He got a great deal of help in order to keep his streak going Saturday, allowing three runs with six strikeouts in six innings of a 19-3 road victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Facing the Yankees for the first time, Lincecum is 1-5 with a 5.93 ERA over eight interleague starts in two years.

He's two strikeouts shy of becoming the seventh pitcher to get 1,500 with the Giants, and the first since Gaylord Perry in 1971.

San Francisco has won five of six following Thursday's 2-1 victory over the New York Mets. Rookie Juan Perez, who went to high school in New York, had a season-high three hits, a walk and an RBI in four plate appearances in front of family and friends.

He's looking forward to doing it again in front of even more relatives in the Bronx.

"That will be a crazy series for me, tickets-wise," the outfielder said.

Buster Posey is in a 1-for-21 slump over his last six games after going 0 for 10 in three versus the Mets.

The Giants will be the first team to finish with a losing record the season after winning the World Series since St. Louis in 2007.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:27507 Followers:33
09/20/2013 04:16 PM

Preview: Astros (51-102) at Indians (83-70)
Game: 2
Venue: Progressive Field
Date: September 20, 2013 7:05 PM EDT


Sitting just outside the AL wild-card picture, the Cleveland Indians are hoping to continue taking advantage of their favorable remaining schedule.

The Indians go for a fourth straight win over the major league-worst Houston Astros on Friday night.

Matt Carson delivered an RBI single with two outs in the 11th inning of Thursday's 2-1 win, Cleveland's 10th walkoff victory. The Indians (83-70) are one-half game behind Tampa Bay and Texas, who are tied atop the wild-card standings, and six behind AL Central-leading Detroit.

"We'll take any win any way we can get it," manager Terry Francona said.

Cleveland has three more games against Houston (51-102) before hosting the last-place Chicago White Sox for two and concluding the season with four at fourth-place Minnesota.

The Astros have been outscored 32-10 while hitting .130 with runners in scoring position during a six-game losing streak. They went 1 for 8 in such situations Thursday.

"It's one thing to get beat, but it's another thing to beat yourself," said manager Bo Porter, whose team left a season-high 16 runners on base the previous night in a 6-5, 13-inning loss to Cincinnati.

"We just squandered opportunity after opportunity with poor at_bats and bad baserunning. It's extremely frustrating because this is basic baseball. We should have won these last two games."

Brett Wallace is mired in a 4-for-29 slump, and Jonathan Villar is 1 for his last 14.

Houston, which has dropped three straight in the series by a 26-11 margin, will try to bounce back against Zach McAllister (8-9, 3.96 ERA). The right-hander had gone 0-2 with an 8.78 ERA in his previous three starts before allowing one run in 6 2-3 innings in Sunday's 7-1 road win over the White Sox.

"I thought Zach's stuff today was probably as good as we've seen," Francona said. "He had velocity with his fastball and some power to it and he commanded it in and out very well."

McAllister has never faced the Astros, who counter with rookie Brett Oberholtzer (4-3, 2.98).

After allowing one run in 15 innings during his first two starts this month, Oberholtzer gave up four in six innings Saturday in a 6-2 defeat to the Los Angeles Angels.

"It didn't look like he had that pinpoint command, that late life that we had seen in a lot of his previous starts," Porter said. "His breaking ball didn't have the kind of depth that we were accustomed to, which is a credit to him to not have his good stuff and still battle and be able to get through six innings."

The left-hander surrendered home runs to Cleveland's Carlos Santana and Drew Stubbs in two innings of relief in his big league debut April 21.

Oberholtzer also needs to be wary of Nick Swisher, who is 19 for 50 (.380) with five homers and 12 RBIs in his last 13 games.

Michael Bourn had hit safely in eight straight before going 0 for 5 on Thursday. The speedy outfielder, who spent three-plus seasons with Houston from 2008-11, is 2 for 30 against his former team since the start of last year.

------------------------------------------------------------

SERIES AT A GLANCE

GAME 1
Astros at Indians
Thu, Sep 19 Final 1 to 2
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 2
Astros at Indians
Fri, Sep 20 - 7:05PM EDT

GAME 3
Astros at Indians
Sat, Sep 21 - 6:05PM EDT

GAME 4
Astros at Indians
Sun, Sep 22 - 1:05PM EDT

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:27507 Followers:33
09/20/2013 04:18 PM

Preview: Marlins (56-97) at Nationals (82-71)
Game: 2
Venue: Nationals Park
Date: September 20, 2013 7:05 PM EDT


Jordan Zimmermann has a good chance to finish with the most wins in the NL this season, but he would gladly trade those victories for the chance to return to the playoffs.

Given the Nationals sizable deficit in the NL wild-card race, that likely won't happen, but Zimmermann will try to boost the Nationals' faint hopes by earning his 19th victory Friday night against the Miami Marlins.

Zimmermann (18-8, 3.33 ERA) currently has sole possession of the NL victories lead, with St. Louis' Adam Wainwright his closest pursuer. Wainwright is not slated to build on his 17 victories until Monday, meaning the Nationals right-hander could take a two-game lead Friday.

Zimmermann will try to do that by improving to 4-0 this month. He allowed two runs over seven innings Sunday against Philadelphia and got some impressive support from his teammates in an 11-2 rout.

"It feels good, but then again, I'll trade all those wins in for a spot in the playoffs," Zimmermann told the team's website. "That's the only thing that matters right now."

The Nationals (82-71) need another strong start from Zimmermann as they're five games behind Cincinnati in the wild card with nine remaining. They've managed to keep their slim chances alive by winning 11 of 13, including a 3-2 victory in Thursday's series opener.

Bryce Harper accounted for the offense with a three-run, first-inning homer, but Denard Span had his MLB-best 29-game hit streak snapped.

"I like being in those pressure situations, crucial situations of playing for the wild card," Harper said. "All year long you try to play for the playoffs and try to go to the next round. Now it's getting to that point where we're turning it on and playing the game how we should have played it all year."

The Nationals are 7-0 at home versus the Marlins (56-97) this season and have won 12 of 16 between the teams. Zimmermann is 2-0 with a 2.40 ERA in two starts against Miami in 2013, winning both in April.

The Marlins, losers in 11 of 14, will give Jacob Turner another attempt to snap a lengthy skid. The right-hander is 0-6 with a 4.60 ERA in his last 11 starts, but he had a solid outing Saturday against the New York Mets, giving up three runs over five innings in a 3-1 loss.

"I feel like that was probably the best I've thrown in a while, as far as making quality pitches," Turner told the team's website.

Turner (3-7, 3.51) was charged with five runs over four innings in a 6-4 defeat to Washington on Sept. 8. He's 0-2 with a 7.20 ERA in three lifetime starts against the Nationals, his worst ERA versus any NL opponent.

Wilson Ramos went 3 for 3 with a home run against Turner in the win earlier this month and Ryan Zimmerman, batting .395 with four homers in his last nine games, had a solo shot.

Harper is 3 for 6 with two homers versus the right-hander.



----------------------------------------------------------

SERIES AT A GLANCE


GAME 1
Marlins at Nationals
Thu, Sep 19 Final 2 to 3
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 2
Marlins at Nationals
Fri, Sep 20 - 7:05PM EDT

GAME 3
Marlins at Nationals
Sat, Sep 21 - 7:05PM EDT

GAME 4
Marlins at Nationals
Sun, Sep 22 - 1:35PM EDT

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:27507 Followers:33
09/20/2013 04:19 PM

Preview: Mets (68-84) at Phillies (71-81)
Game: 1
Venue: Citizens Bank Park
Date: September 20, 2013 7:05 PM EDT


The Philadelphia Phillies may be feeling confident about extending a successful home stretch behind Cole Hamels, but the New York Mets are also optimistic about the return of their captain.

Hamels and the Phillies seek their eighth win in 10 home games Friday night when David Wright is expected to be back in the lineup for the Mets.

Wright, who leads the team with a .309 average and .904 OPS, was batting .385 during a six-game hitting streak when he suffered a high-grade right hamstring strain in early August. Following a seven-week absence, the All-Star third baseman appears ready to help the Mets (68-84) in the opener of this three-game series.

It might be perfect timing since Wright is 15 for 38 with three home runs and nine RBIs during a nine-game hitting streak against Philadelphia (71-81). He's also 8 for 20 with two homers and seven RBIs when facing Hamels the past two seasons.

Hamels (8-13, 3.48 ERA) has been on a roll lately, going 4-0 with a 2.18 ERA while limiting opponents to a .220 batting average in nine starts since his last loss July 26. The Phillies have won the left-hander's last seven outings.

Now he'll try to add to an outstanding stretch by Philadelphia starters, who have a 2.79 ERA in victories during a 7-2 home stretch.

"We have guys that are playing for positions next year, and ultimately we're trying to win a ballgame, no matter what the opponent is and no matter what they're going toward," Hamels told MLB's official website.

The Mets were the last club to beat Hamels in Philadelphia on June 21 when they tagged him for four runs and seven hits over six innings in a 4-3 victory. He's 1-4 with a 6.08 ERA in his last five home starts against New York but 2-0 with a 1.95 ERA in his last eight there overall.

New York's Juan Lagares is 5 for 10 with three doubles when facing Hamels and 14 for 29 with seven RBIs in his last 10 games versus the Phillies. Eric Young, 7 for 17 against Hamels, has gone 8 for 19 with three doubles and five RBIs in five career games in Philadelphia.

Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-3, 6.12) will try to guide the Mets to their fifth win in eight games.

Since posting a 10.95 ERA while dropping his first three starts, Matsuzaka has allowed two runs over 12 2-3 innings to lead New York to wins in his last two. The right-hander gave up one run and two hits over seven innings to earn his first victory Saturday, 3-1 over visiting Miami.

"I'm not surprised," manager Terry Collins said. "This guy competes. He has competed his entire life at any stage, any situation, never gives in."

Matsuzaka, 1-1 with a 4.41 ERA in three career starts against Philadelphia, allowed four run and four walks over 4 1-3 innings in a 6-2 home loss to the Phillies on Aug. 28.

He'll attempt to cool off Chase Utley, who is batting .414 with 13 RBIs during a seven-game hitting streak at home. Rookie Cesar Hernandez (9 for 16) and Jimmy Rollins (10 for 17) have also been hot at Citizens Bank Park.

The Phillies have won 9 of 16 meetings, splitting six home games against the Mets.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:27507 Followers:33
09/20/2013 04:21 PM

Preview: Reds (87-66) at Pirates (88-65)
Game: 1
Venue: PNC Park
Date: September 20, 2013 7:05 PM EDT


Currently atop the wild-card standings, the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds know what's at stake this weekend.

Pittsburgh's Francisco Liriano goes toe-to-toe with Cincinnati's Mat Latos as these NL Central rivals open a crucial three-game set Friday night at PNC Park.

After managing four runs during a three-game skid, the Pirates (88-65) beat San Diego 10-1 on Thursday to move one game ahead of the Reds (87-66) in the wild-card standings and also one game behind St. Louis for the division lead. These teams play six of their final nine regular-season games against each other.

"We are going to hold our destiny in our hands the next week and a half," Latos told MLB's official website.

Pittsburgh has taken seven of 13 in the series, including four of six at home.

"It's going to be really exciting. I'm juiced," said Reds third baseman Todd Frazier, batting .350 during a 10-game hitting streak against the Pirates. "You're going to feel a little fall atmosphere. Hopefully, it's a little nippy out there. I love it like that. It keeps me in tune. Hopefully, it will be a packed house, and a lot of craziness will happen and we come out with victories."

While Liriano (16-7, 2.92 ERA) is enjoying the best season of his career, he has compiled a 4.41 ERA in losing each of his three starts against the Reds. Pittsburgh, though, has backed him with only one total run in those games.

The left-hander is 8-1 with a 1.37 ERA at home, with his only loss coming 2-0 to Cincinnati on June 1. Shin-Soo Choo is 6 for 27 with nine strikeouts in their matchups, and Jay Bruce is 0 for 8.

Liriano took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before surrendering a two-run homer in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Chicago Cubs, resulting in his first no-decision.

"He battles and he competes," manager Clint Hurdle said of Liriano, who was removed after 107 pitches. "Francisco's a pro and he realizes it wouldn't benefit anyone for him to throw 130 pitches on Sept. 15."

Latos (14-6, 3.14) had gone 6-2 with a 2.15 ERA in his previous 10 starts before yielding all five runs in 6 2-3 innings last Friday in a 5-1 loss at Milwaukee.

"It's just one of those days where you just have to hit the reset button and go after them again the next time you go out," he said.

Latos is 5-1 with a 2.66 ERA and 67 strikeouts in 10 career starts against the Pirates spanning 61 innings. He has had his way with several of their hitters, including Pedro Alvarez (5 for 22), Clint Barmes (1 for 15), Garrett Jones (2 for his last 21) and Starling Marte (2 for 13).

Alvarez snapped an 0-for-18 slump with his 34th homer Thursday, tied for the most in the NL. Marte missed the game due to the birth of his first child, leaving his status for this one unclear.

The Reds are coming off a three-game sweep at Houston, winning 6-5 in 13 innings Wednesday. Bruce stayed hot with three hits and three RBIs, delivering a tiebreaking two-run double in the 13th.

The slugging right-fielder is 9 for 17 with a homer and 10 RBIs in his last four games.

Cincinnati also got a boost from speedster Billy Hamilton, who went 3 for 4 with two runs and became the first player since 1920 to steal four bases in his first big league start.

"My job is to steal bases, no matter how many I get," said Hamilton, who has nine steals in as many tries in eight games since getting called up Sept. 2. "That's a really big accomplishment for one game. So who knows what comes next."

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:27507 Followers:33
09/20/2013 04:27 PM

Preview: Orioles (81-71) at Rays (83-69)
Game: 1
Venue: Tropicana Field
Date: September 20, 2013 7:10 PM EDT


The Tampa Bay Rays will try to protect their razor-thin lead in the AL wild-card race by continuing their success against a fellow contender.

David Price will seek to provide another solid outing against the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night while leading the Rays to their eighth win in the last 10 matchups.

After passing Texas for the top wild-card spot, Tampa Bay (83-69) dropped back into a tie for the two playoff berths after an 8-2 loss to the Rangers on Thursday. Four teams - including Baltimore (81-71) - remain within 3 1/2 games of the co-leaders, with Cleveland another half-game back.

The Orioles' chances of cutting their two-game deficit depend on whether they can end their recent struggles against the Rays. Price helped Tampa Bay win two of three in the latest matchup Aug. 19-21 by earning a 4-3 victory in the series opener.

Price (8-8, 3.42 ERA) gave up two runs despite allowing 10 hits over five innings in that game and is 3-0 with a 2.15 ERA in last seven starts against Baltimore.

"It's big. If they come in here and beat me up, that has them feeling good going against everybody else after me," Price told the team's website. "If I can come out here and throw the way I expect to, it might put a little doubt in their mind and give us some confidence. That's what we need."

The left-hander is also 1-0 with a 0.84 ERA in three home matchups with the Orioles but 0-3 with a 4.13 ERA in his last four starts. Price, though, has yielded two runs in each of his last two outings.

He was in line for the win when he exited Sunday's game in Minnesota after 6 1-3 innings, but the Rays bullpen couldn't hold on to a lead in a 6-4 defeat.

He'll face an Orioles team that had won three straight - including two games against AL East-leading Boston - before getting no-hit in the first six innings of a 3-1 loss Thursday.

"Who cares about this getting two out of three?" said outfielder Adam Jones, who matched a career high with his 32nd homer. "At this point in time, winning the series means nothing. We need wins. 'Good job getting the series' if this was June, but it's September. We need wins."

Jason Hammel (7-8, 5.12) will try to lead Baltimore to a victory while snapping a six-game losing streak. The right-hander has made only three starts since the All-Star break and had his first since coming back from the disabled list last Friday in Toronto.

Hammel, who had been dealing with an ailing forearm, gave up three runs and three hits over five innings against the Blue Jays but did not get a decision as Baltimore rallied for a 5-3 win. His teammates have given him one run over his last three starts.

Hammel is 0-2 with a 7.15 ERA in last two starts against the Rays but gave up two runs over 6 2-3 innings in a 2-1 loss at Tropicana Field on June 7.

Ben Zobrist is 5 for 7 with a home run and a double against Hammel this season but is hitting just .167 (6 for 36) in his last nine games.

Danny Valencia is 9 for 12 with two doubles lifetime against Price and Matt Wieters is 5 for 8 with three doubles and a home run in their matchups this season.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:27507 Followers:33
09/20/2013 05:00 PM

Preview: Rangers (83-69) at Royals (80-72)
Game: 1
Venue: Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium
Date: September 20, 2013 8:10 PM EDT


Having regained their power in their most recent series, the Texas Rangers will try to keep slugging their way toward a playoff berth.

The Rangers will try to earn some much-needed victories in a three-game series against the Kansas City Royals, another AL wild-card contender, that begins Friday night.

Texas (83-69) hit seven home runs while winning two of its final three games against Tampa Bay, the team that's tied with the Rangers atop the wild-card standings. They went deep three times in the third inning Thursday while cruising to an 8-2 victory.

Before that stretch, Texas didn't have a home run during a season-high seven straight losses.

"You can see how everything's starting to fall on track," said shortstop Elvis Andrus, who has two homers and six RBIs in the last three games. "Everybody's feeling better, relaxed out there."

The Rangers will try to keep heading in the right direction by continuing their recent success against the Royals (80-72), who are three games back in the wild card. Kansas City took two of three from another contender Cleveland earlier this week and has stayed in the race by winning 16 of 24.

"We've got a lot of guys in here that believe we can do it," first baseman Eric Hosmer told the team's official website after a 7-2 win Wednesday. "When you've got guys that are fighting for one goal and doing anything we can to win ballgames, it's real fun to come to the field and play every day, and that's what we're doing."

Texas has won seven of 10 over the Royals and took two of three in the only other matchup this season May 31-June 2.

The Rangers are hoping Martin Perez (9-5, 3.64 ERA) can get this series off to a strong start by regaining his winning form. The left-hander is 0-2 with a 5.56 ERA in two outings since a six-start win streak but had a solid performance Sunday against Oakland, allowing three runs over 6 1-3 innings in a 5-1 loss.

"In September, it's a big month for us. When you like to compete, it's easier when the games are big," he told the team's website. "There is no pressure. I just do what I have to do and throw strikes."

Ervin Santana (9-9, 3.23) will try to build on an impressive outing that snapped a losing streak. Santana gave up five hits in 6 2-3 innings of a 1-0 win in Detroit on Saturday after going 0-3 with a 4.76 ERA in his previous seven outings.

"Everything was working pretty good," Santana said. "I threw a lot of strikes and most of the time ahead in the count. That was the key."

Santana is 2-5 with a 6.89 ERA in his last nine starts against the Rangers but gave up only an unearned run and three hits over seven innings in his only matchup this season, a 3-1 loss June 2.

Perez is facing Kansas City for the first time.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:27507 Followers:33
09/20/2013 05:05 PM

Preview: Diamondbacks (77-75) at Rockies (70-84)
Game: 1
Venue: Coors Field
Date: September 20, 2013 8:10 PM EDT


The Arizona Diamondbacks held the NL West lead in late July, but they're on the verge of falling out of the playoff race altogether as they begin a seven-game road trip Friday night against the Colorado Rockies.

Arizona led the last-place Los Angeles Dodgers by 9 1/2 games before play June 22 and held a one-half game edge July 21 before relinquishing the lead for good.

It was unable to hold off surging Los Angeles, which clinched the division by beating the Diamondbacks 7-6 on Thursday.

Martin Prado drove in two runs for Arizona (77-75), which trails Cincinnati by 9 1/2 games for the NL's second wild-card spot with 10 to play.

"You just take it in and reflect on some things," manager Kirk Gibson said. "We still have to play hard the rest of the way out. It is disappointing."

The Diamondbacks have lost four of their six road meetings with the Rockies this season, but they took two of three at home from Colorado last weekend.

Paul Goldschmidt, batting .514 with three homers and 12 RBIs during a nine-game hitting streak, went 4 for 4 with five RBIs in Sunday's 8-2 victory in the series finale. Randall Delgado picked up his first win since beating Boston on Aug. 2 after allowing two runs in six innings.

Delgado (5-6, 3.98 ERA), who went 0-3 with a 5.31 ERA in his previous seven outings, has allowed 14 home runs over his last nine starts, though, after giving up a two-run shot to pinch-hitter Charlie Culberson on Sunday.

The right-hander will face the Rockies again Friday.

"It's unusual that the only runs he gives up are on home runs," Gibson said. "But as he gets more matured and more experience, you'll see that go down. He's thrown very well for us overall this year, and he has a very good future for us."

In a rematch of Sunday's pitching matchup, Delgado will oppose Jhoulys Chacin, who had his shortest outing of the season in that contest.

Chacin (13-9, 3.22) gave up six runs - four earned - in four innings in the loss after going 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA while pitching seven innings in each of his previous four starts.

"I just wasn't throwing strikes," Chacin said. "I was pitching up, overthrowing my pitches. I didn't make my pitches at any point in the game."

The right-hander is 1-1 with a 3.78 ERA in three starts versus Arizona this season, and he'll look to get back on track against a Diamondbacks team that has won five of the last six meetings with Colorado.

The Rockies (70-84) will be trying to win back-to-back games for the first time since Aug. 28 and 30 after Thursday's 7-6, 15-inning victory over St. Louis to earn a split of their four-game series with the NL Central leaders.

Corey Dickerson went 3 for 7 and drove in DJ LeMahieu with a triple in the bottom of the final inning for his second RBI of the contest. Dickerson went 2 for 16 over his previous five games.

Charlie Blackmon had four hits, while Troy Tulowitzki and Todd Helton homered.

The Rockies will look to slow Goldschmidt, who is 11 for 21 with two homers and 10 RBIs in his last six against Colorado.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs: