|SEATTLE ( MIRANDA )|
HOUSTON ( MCCULLERS )
|919||SEATTLE||+190||Ov 8.5,-125||+200||Ov 9,-125|
|920||HOUSTON||-210||Un 8.5,+105||-220||Un 9,+105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||33-35||-4||30-34||4.8||0.263||0.325||0.416||0.741||4.9||0.260||0.322||0.438||0.761|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2||3-4||4.7||0.267||0.312||0.470||0.782||3.4||0.199||0.269||0.346||0.615|
|vs Left-handed Starters||15-11||-0.9||15-9||6.3||0.294||0.365||0.485||0.851||4.4||0.245||0.310||0.401||0.711|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-0.1||4-2||7.7||0.308||0.389||0.532||0.921||4.1||0.239||0.327||0.413||0.740|
|7/3/2017||MOORE(R)||KANSAS CITY||KENNEDY(R)||1-3||L||-140||9 un||U||4||5||0||7||4||0|
|7/4/2017||HERNANDEZ(R)||KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)||3-7||L||-130||8.5 ov||O||8||8||1||7||5||1|
|7/5/2017||MIRANDA(L)||KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)||6-9||L||-125||9 ov||O||9||3||2||10||7||0|
|7/14/2017||PAXTON(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SHIELDS(R)||4-2||W||-180||9.5 un||U||10||8||1||5||3||0|
|7/15/2017||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||PELFREY(R)||4-3||W||-135||9.5 ov||U||6||3||3||8||9||1|
|7/16/2017||MOORE(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||HOLLAND(L)||7-6||W||-130||9.5 ov||O||10||7||0||9||5||3|
|7/17/2017||MIRANDA(L)||@ HOUSTON||MCCULLERS JR.(R)|| |
|7/18/2017||GAVIGLIO(R)||@ HOUSTON||PEACOCK(R)|| |
|7/19/2017||PAXTON(L)||@ HOUSTON||MORTON(R)|| |
|7/20/2017||HERNANDEZ(R)||NY YANKEES||SEVERINO(R)|| |
|7/21/2017||MOORE(R)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|7/22/2017||MIRANDA(L)||NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)|| |
|7/23/2017||GAVIGLIO(R)||NY YANKEES||CESSA(R)|| |
|7/24/2017|| ||BOSTON|| || |
|7/4/2017||PEACOCK(R)||@ ATLANTA||NEWCOMB(L)||16-4||W||-130||9.5 un||O||19||6||0||8||7||0|
|7/5/2017||MUSGROVE(R)||@ ATLANTA||GARCIA(L)||10-4||W||-120||10 ov||O||16||7||1||8||5||0|
|7/6/2017||MCCULLERS JR.(R)||@ TORONTO||LIRIANO(L)||4-7||L||-155||9 ov||O||11||8||2||13||9||0|
|7/7/2017||MORTON(R)||@ TORONTO||SANCHEZ(R)||12-2||W||105||9.5 ov||O||14||6||0||6||3||1|
|7/8/2017||FIERS(R)||@ TORONTO||STROMAN(R)||2-7||L||130||9 ov||P||7||4||0||8||7||0|
|7/9/2017||PEACOCK(R)||@ TORONTO||HAPP(L)||19-1||W||-120||9.5 ov||O||17||8||0||7||10||3|
|7/17/2017||MCCULLERS JR.(R)||SEATTLE||MIRANDA(L)|| |
|7/21/2017||MCHUGH(R)||@ BALTIMORE||JIMENEZ(R)|| |
|7/22/2017||FIERS(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)|| |
|7/23/2017||MCCULLERS JR.(R)||@ BALTIMORE||BUNDY(R)|| |
|7/24/2017|| ||@ PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|SEATTLE: 2016: 86-76, second place
Manager: Scott Servais (second season)
Who's new? LF Jarrod Dyson, SS Jean Segura, IF Danny Valencia, RF Mitch Haniger, C Carlos Ruiz, C Tuffy Gosewich, RHP Yovani Gallardo, LHP Drew Smyly, LHP Marc Rzepczynski, RHP Casey Fien, RHP Chris Heston
Who's gone? OF Seth Smith, SS Ketel Marte, C Chris Iannetta, OF Nori Aoki, RHP Taijuan Walker, RHP Nathan Karns, LHP Vidal Nuno, LHP David Rollins, RHP Tom Wilhelmsen
Projected lineup: LF Jarrod Dyson (.278, 1 HR, 25 RBI, 30 SB with Royals), SS Jean Segura (.319, 20, 64, 33 with Diamondbacks), 2B Robinson Cano (.298, 39, 103), DH Nelson Cruz (.287, 43, 105), 3B Kyle Seager (.278, 30, 99), C Mike Zunino (.207, 12, 31), 1B Danny Valencia (.287, 17, 51 with A's), RF Mitch Haniger (.229, 5, 17 in 34 games with Diamondbacks), CF Leonys Martin (.247, 15, 47, 24 SB)
Rotation: RH Felix Hernandez (11-8, 3.82), RH Hisashi Iwakuma (16-12, 4.12), LH James Paxton (6-7, 3.79), RH Yovani Gallardo (6-8, 5.42 with Orioles), LH Drew Smyly (7-12, 4.88 with Rays)
Key relievers: RH Steve Cishek (4-6, 2.81, 25/32 SV), RH Edwin Diaz (0-4, 2.79, 18/21), RH Nick Vincent (4-4, 3.73), RH Evan Scribner (0-0, 0.00 in 12 games), LH Marc Rzepczynski (1-0, 2.64 with A's and Nationals), RH Casey Fien (1-1, 5.49 with Twins and Dodgers)
Hot spots: First base and right field. Veteran Valencia has the first baseman's job for now, but Dan Vogelbach is the heir apparent who will begin the season at Triple-A. Vogelbach, 24, slimmed down this offseason ' a necessity when you're 6 feet tall, weigh 250 pounds and expect to play your first full major league season ' and might have more weight to lose. Valencia, 32, has never been a full-time first baseman in seven seasons. Haniger is known more for his glove than his bat, but he struggled (.713 OPS) in limited time at a hitter-friendly park in Arizona last year. Safeco Field won't be as kind. Cruz will play right field if Haniger doesn't.
Outlook: General Manager Jerry Dipoto has paired a staff of fly-ball pitchers with three rangy outfielders, an exercise in team-building he once tried with the Angels. Dipoto caused a stir by executing 40 roster transactions during the offseason, but is it possible he didn't do enough? Haniger has never been atop a major league depth chart. Pitchers Gallardo and Smyly are coming off shaky seasons in Baltimore and Tampa Bay, respectively. On paper, the Mariners look like a top-heavy team without much help in the minors if the bottom falls out. That was the case for Dipoto with the Angels too, and sometimes it worked out OK. More often it didn't.
|HOUSTON: 2016: 84-78, third place
Manager: A.J. Hinch (third season)
Who's new? RF Josh Reddick, CF Carlos Beltran, LF Nori Aoki, C Brian McCann, RHP Charlie Morton
Who's gone? C Jason Castro, INF Luis Valbuena, OF Colby Rasmus, RHP Doug Fister
Projected lineup: CF George Springer (.261, 29 HR, 82 RBI), 2B Jose Altuve (.338, 24, 96, 30 SB), SS Carlos Correa (.274, 20, 96, 13 SB), DH Carlos Beltran (.295, 29, 93 with Yankees and Rangers), C Brian McCann (.242, 20, 58 with Yankees) or Evan Gattis (.251, 32, 72), 3B Alex Bregman (.264, 8, 34 in 49 games), RF Josh Reddick (.281, 10, 37 with A's and Dodgers), 1B Yulieski Gurriel (.262, 3, 15), LF Nori Aoki (.283, 4, 28 with Mariners)
Rotation: LH Dallas Keuchel (9-12, 4.55 ERA), RH Collin McHugh (13-10, 4.34), RH Mike Fiers (11-8, 4.48), RH Lance McCullers (6-5, 3.22), RH Charlie Morton (1-1, 4.15 in four games with Phillies)
Key relievers: RH Ken Giles (2-5, 4.11, 15/20 SV), RH Luke Gregerson (4-3, 3.28, 15/21 SV), RH Will Harris (1-2, 2.25, 12/15 SV), RH Chris Devenski (4-4, 2.16), LH Tony Sipp (1-2, 4.95), RH Michael Feliz (8-1, 4.43)
Hot spots: Fifth starter and catcher. Hamstring issues limited 33-year-old Morton to four starts with the Phillies last season. That didn't stop the Astros from signing him to a two-year contract worth at least $14 million. Now, veteran Fiers and 24-year-old Joe Musgrove are on the bubble for the fifth starter's job. McCann and Gattis give the Astros a pair of veteran catchers with slugging potential. McCann has fewer weaknesses behind the plate; Gattis is the better all-around hitter. With Beltran aboard as the primary designated hitter, McCann and Gattis won't both be in the lineup on most nights.
Outlook: After slipping to third place in the AL West last year, the Astros' front office decided to double down on dingers rather than upgrade a rotation that lacks a true ace. The result: A lineup with eight potential 20-home run hitters, including possible MVP candidates in Altuve and Correa. Everyone returns from an impressive young bullpen with high strikeout potential. If the Astros are in contention by the trade deadline, the front office should have the financial flexibility to add a front-line starter. Then again, if Dallas Keuchel looks like the pitcher who won a Cy Young Award in 2015, Houston might not have a problem.
|Astros look to improve with Mariners up next|
HOUSTON -- For all their offensive might, the Houston Astros remain a team capable of improvement in terms of manufacturing runs.
The Astros (62-30) showcased a glimpse of that underutilized aspect of their offense in their series finale with the Minnesota Twins on Sunday, capitalizing on some daring baserunning to score two insurance runs in the seventh inning of their 5-3 victory at Minute Maid Park.
Houston will look to keep all aspects of its offense rolling when it opens a three-game series with the Seattle Mariners (46-47) on Monday night at Minute Maid Park.
The Astros entered Sunday ranked 10th in the majors with 53 stolen bases but just 27th in baserunning runs added at minus-12. However, in the seventh, both Jake Marisnick and Jose Altuve turned steals and aggressive pursuits of extra bases into runs to help key yet another series victory.
The Astros lead the majors in home runs (151) and runs scored (544). In the search for ways to add offensive versatility down the stretch, efficiency on the basepaths in an obvious goal.
"We're really athletic," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "Everybody immediately looks at our offense or at the hitting and the power and the lack of strikeouts -- we can create some runs for ourselves. We've got better baserunners maybe than basestealers all the time, not counting Jake and Jose. Those guys can steal bases when everybody knows it's coming.
"But we can be an effective baserunning team, and I think that can be a difference-maker as these games get close or you need to win games where you're not (hitting home runs)."
Attempting to slow the Houston offense on Monday will be Mariners, who completed a three-game road series sweep of the Chicago White Sox with a 7-6, 10-inning win on Sunday.
Seattle has won five of its past six games.
Mariners left-hander Ariel Miranda (7-4, 4.15 ERA) gets the start in the series opener. He is 1-2 with a 4.32 ERA over four career starts against the Astros. Three of those outings came this year, and he allowed 10 earned runs over 18 innings, going 0-2 with a 5.00 ERA.
The Mariners remain a distant 16 1/2 games behind the front-running Astros in the American League West. However, their recent uptick in wins has kept them in the thick of the race for one of the two AL wild cards.
"We're playing good ball," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "Our guys understand we're kind of up against it. We need to kind of turn it on here heading on this road trip. We stubbed our toe a little bit before the break, but it's nice to see guys come back refreshed, a lot of energy in the clubhouse and our dugout, and it's playing out on the field."
Right-hander Lance McCullers (7-2, 3.05 ERA) draws the start for the Astros on Monday.
McCullers is 5-2 with a 2.09 ERA over seven career starts against Seattle, including a pair of victories this season in which he recorded 15 strikeouts and allowed two runs in 11 innings.
After a stretch of four wins in four starts from May 12-28, McCullers has just one victory in his past five outings, posting a 4.50 ERA in that stretch.
|Last Updated: 7/26/2017 7:50:35 AM EST|