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 Betreff des Beitrags: Machado's underwhelming
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SAN DIEGO — Texas manager Jeff Banister has decided to play it straight Sunday afternoon as the Rangers go for a sweep of a three-game series against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.No reliever from the Rangers’ bullpen will work as an “opener” in front of scheduled starter Mike Minor.It will be the left-handed Minor (12-7 , 4.19 ERA) paired against Padres rookie right-hander Jacob Nix (2-3, 6.00).Article continues below ...Not that Banister is abandoning the idea of “openers” after using them in the first two games against the Padres and two other times recently. Banister said he’ll use an opener in about half of the Rangers’ remaining games.But Sunday’s start belongs to the 30-year-old Minor, who will make his 27th start of the season. He is on a hot streak — leading Texas in wins and starts after a string of recent successes.Minor is 3-1 with a 1.95 ERA in his last four games. He has allowed five runs in his last 23 innings to drop his ERA from 4.61 to 4.19. And he is 6-1 with a 2.70 ERA in eight starts since the All-Star break with a 0.86 WHIP and a .182 opponents’ batting average.Minor’s WHIP since the All-Star break is the fifth lowest in the major leagues among pitchers with eight or more starts. His overall WHIP of 1.11 ranks 11th in the American League and is on pace to be the eighth-lowest in Rangers history.His most recent outing Monday in Anaheim was his third quality start in his last four outings.Minor has made six career appearances (five starts) against the Padres. He is 2-3 with a 4.31 ERA.Sunday will be Minor’s second outing of the season against the Padres. On June 27 in Arlington, Texas, he took a perfect game against the Padres into the seventh inning before allowing a one-out single to Eric Hosmer, who was the only Padres player to reach base in seven innings.Minor is only 6-4 on the road this season with a 5.37 ERA in 12 starts. But he has won his last four road starts since the All-Star break with a 2.66 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP.Meanwhile, the 22-year-old Nix will make his seventh major league start while facing the Rangers for the first time. Nix was the Padres’ third-round pick in the 2015 draft.Nix allowed four hits in six shutout innings of his major league debut on Aug. 10 and allowed one run in 8 1/3 innings on Aug. 28.But Nix has struggled in his two most recent starts Adrian Gonzalez Jersey , giving up 11 runs,12 hits and four walks with nine strikeouts in 10 innings.In 30 major league innings, Nix has allowed 20 runs, 34 hits and nine walks, with 16 strikeouts. He has a .286 opponents’ batting average and a 1.43 WHIP. Jim McIsaac/Getty ImagesFour-time All-Star shortstop Manny Machado reportedly will be traded from the Baltimore Orioles to the Los Angeles Dodgers "barring a last minute snag," according to Bob Nightengale ofUSA Today. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports confirmed the report during the All-Star Game.Jon Heyman of Fancred reported topDodgersoutfield prospect Yusniel Diaz is in the offer to the Orioles.Machado confirmed he has seen the reports and thinks they are valid, but isn't certain Jose Bautista Jersey , per Heyman. "It鈥檒l be different. But different can be good."Machado is enjoying the best year of his career. Through 96games, he has a .575slugging percentage, 24home runs and 65 RBI.Most Orioles fans likely resigned themselves to losing him.An MLB agent toldSports Illustrated'sTom Verducciin April 2017 that both Machado and Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals could command contracts in excess of $400 million on the open market.Chris Davis earned the biggest deal in Orioles history when he signed for seven years and$161 millionin 2016. Even if Machado doesn't hit the $400 million mark, his next contract could more than double Baltimore's richest pact.He is also set to hit free agency at what appears to be a transitional phase for the team.Adam Jones, Zach Britton and Brad Brach are all impending free agents, and the general feeling is Baltimore is headed for a painful rebuild, as evidenced by its28-69record.Beyond the massive investment in Machado , ownership would have needed to commit more money to turn the team into a serious playoff contender in the top-heavy American League East.Baltimore kicked the can down the road for a while and tried to keep its window for contention open longer than was feasible. Consequently, the Orioles are one of the worst teams in baseball.Ultimately, the franchise had little choice but to trade Machado before it lost him and received only a draft pick as compensation.Machado turned 26 on July 6, so he's in the prime of his career and doesn't have a ton of red flags regarding his health, either. He suffered season-ending knee injuries in 2013 and 2014 but hasn't shown lingering effects.In the first three seasons after his second surgery, Machado missed 11 combined games and batted .280 with a .502 slugging percentage.Additionally, Machado's underwhelming 2017 season (.259 AVG Devin Mesoraco Jersey , .471 SLG) appears to be a blip.The Dodgers were one of the most logical destinations for him. Even after various trades and MLB promotions, Los Angeles still has a solid minor league system from which it could put together a worthwhile package.More importantly, the Dodgers had an immediate need on the left side of their infield after Corey Seager underwent Tommy John surgery in May.By adding Machado, Los Angeles can move Chris Taylor or Logan Forsythe to second base and get the retiring Chase Utley out of the starting lineup. Going from Utley to Machadowill provide a much-needed injection of power to an offense that has struggled to recover from injuries to both Seager and Justin Turner this season.
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