Rangers @ Orioles lineups and game notes - July 1

Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

T.J. McFarland is on the bump tonight, many bullpen arms will follow. Chris Davis returns to first base. Ryan Flaherty starts at third, Steve Pearce in left, Cruz DH'ing.

Last night was, in a word, awesome. The entire team clicked to kick some Texas butt. That said, I have a question for you all. Do you like to see premier pitching matchups? Oh you do? Well then do not watch this game. For low scoring games, redirect your attention to the World Cup.

Pitchers

LHP T.J. McFarland, Baltimore

2014 stats: 14 G, 0 GS, 0-1, 2.70 ERA, 26.2 IP, 1 HR, 8 BB, 16 SO, .279 BAA, 1.39 WHIP
Last start (June 28, 2013 vs. NY Yankees): 2.2 IP, 3 ER, 7 H, 1 BB, 4 SO, ND (his only career start)
Stats against Texas: 3 G, 3.2 IP, 0.00 ERA, 4 H, 1 BB, 2 SO

McFarland may be the surprise of the bullpen in 2014. In June he threw 15.2 innings and had a minuscule ERA of 0.57. Notice, however, that was in relief. He has only one major league start to his credit and it didn't go so hot. You can see the line above.

The most pitches he has thrown this year was 67 against Oakland on June 8. So, don't expect another perfomance like what Jimenez did last night. The bullpen will be used, early and often. The first up is Brad Brach if McFarland bows out especially early.

RHP Nick Martinez, Texas

2014 stats: 15 G, 10 GS, 1-5, 4.65 ERA, 62.0 IP, 9 HR, 30 BB, 28 SO, .304 BAA, 1.69 WHIP
Last start (vs. Detroit): 2.1 IP, 4 ER, 6 H, 5 BB, 0 SO, L
Stats against Baltimore: 1 G, 0-1 5.1 IP, 6.75 ERA, 6 R, 4 ER, 2 HR, 3 BB, 1 SO

The rookie has struggled in his first campaign with the big club. His FIP (5.53) and xFIP (5.84) are both pretty huge. They are a resutl of his poor strikeout and walk rates. He is putting on more men than he his mowing down with a K/9 of 4.06 and a BB/9 of 4.35. On top of that, his batting average against is a big .304.

Lineups

Texas Rangers

LF Shin-Soo Choo (L) 0-for-2
SS Elvis Andrus (R) 0-for-2
RF Alex Rios (R) none
3B Adrian Beltre (R) none
C Robinson Chirinos (R) 0-for-1
1B Chris Gimenez (R) 0-for-0, 1 BB
DH Adam Rosales (R) 1-for-1
2B Rougned Odor (L) 0-for-0, 1 BB
CF Daniel Robertson (R) 0-for-0

Its all small sample sizes from the one or two times these players have seen McFarland. It's unlikely that the southpaw goes anymore than five innings so let's hope that the bullpen is up to the task tonight.

Baltimore Orioles

RF Nick Markakis (L) 1-for-2, .500 BA, 1 HR, 1 BB
LF Steve Pearce (R) none
CF Adam Jones (R) 2-for-3, .666 BA
DH Nelson Cruz (R) 1-for-3, .333 BA
1B Chris Davis (L) 1-for-2, .500 BA, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 SO
SS J.J. Hardy (R) 0-for-2, .000 BA
2B Jonathan Schoop (R) 1-for-3, .333 BA
3B Ryan Flaherty (L) none
C Caleb Joseph (R) 1-for-3, .333 BA

These numbers all come from that one start Martinez made against the O's at the beginning of June. He didn't do so well, but the defense behind him struggled as well. He is another one that doesn't go deep into games. He is a rookie, but has had just one outing go beyond six innings.

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