|SEATTLE ( GAVIGLIO )|
HOUSTON ( PEACOCK )
|969||SEATTLE||+165||Ov 9.5,-110||+160||Ov 9.5,-120|
|970||HOUSTON||-175||Un 9.5,-110||-170||Un 9.5,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||34-35||-2||31-34||4.9||0.264||0.325||0.420||0.745||4.9||0.261||0.323||0.440||0.763|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+5.5||3-4||5.4||0.259||0.309||0.477||0.786||3.4||0.203||0.268||0.347||0.616|
|vs Right-handed Starters||47-19||+22.2||33-28||5.8||0.287||0.345||0.483||0.828||4.0||0.228||0.295||0.382||0.678|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-0.8||4-2||8.1||0.307||0.391||0.535||0.926||4.4||0.226||0.314||0.436||0.750|
|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)||9-7||W||200||9 ov||O||11||6||0||12||10||1|
|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|| || |
|7/25/2017|| ||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)||7-9||L||-220||9 ov||O||12||10||1||11||6||0|
|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|| || |
|7/25/2017|| ||@ 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' Peacock faces M's, looking to solidify starting spot|
HOUSTON -- With Houston Astros right-hander Collin McHugh fresh off his final rehab start and back in the home clubhouse at Minute Maid Park, manager A.J. Hinch is set to face some difficult decisions regarding his rotation.
McHugh has missed the entire season with a posterior impingement in his right elbow, but his status with the club is stable. He will return to the rotation this weekend after working six innings for Double-A Corpus Christi on Sunday night, and that could have implications for right-handers Brad Peacock, who excelled in relief earlier this season, and Joe Musgrove.
Peacock gets another chance to start Tuesday night when the Astros continue a three-game series with the Seattle Mariners.
"If it's not (in Baltimore this weekend), then hopefully the next series or sometime on this road trip," McHugh said of when he will make his season debut. "We'll talk between myself and the coaches and the training staff and see what the best fit is that's going to help the team and supplement where we're at.
"We've got a lot of guys who can pitch, and no one wants to give up their spot, especially when they're throwing the ball well. It will be a conversation, but we'll figure it out the next few days."
Peacock is one of those pitchers McHugh is alluding to. He is 7-1 with a 2.63 ERA this season and has excelled as a starting pitcher. In nine starts, he is 5-1 with a 3.18 ERA and has recorded 62 strikeouts in 45 1/3 innings.
Peacock takes a four-game winning streak into his latest outing. Since his only loss, June 9 against the Los Angeles Angels, he is 4-0 with a 1.98 ERA in his past five outings.
Houston has scored 35 runs in Peacock's past two starts, including a 19-1 victory at Toronto on July 9 when the right-hander allowed five hits in six scoreless innings.
He is 4-4 with a 5.48 ERA in 10 career appearances (eight starts) against the Mariners. However, he won twice out of the bullpen against the Mariners in the opening 10 games of this season, allowing one hit and one walk in three scoreless innings.
Seattle will recall rookie right-hander Sam Gaviglio (3-4, 4.31 ERA) from Triple-A Tacoma to start on Tuesday.
Gaviglio made one start for the Rainiers after being optioned on July 7, taking the loss after allowing four runs on three hits and two walks over five innings on July 13 against the Fresno Grizzlies.
Gaviglio is making his second career start against the Astros. He was the losing pitcher on June 24 despite allowing just two runs over six innings in a 5-2 setback.
His catcher might be Mike Zunino, who spent time pregame Monday working on defensive tips with Mariners manager Scott Servais. A catcher in his playing days, Servais appeared in 820 games over 11 seasons with the Astros, Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants and Colorado Rockies. The aim of the private session was to reinforce the commitment to defense necessary for Zunino to continue his development as the backstop.
Defensive metrics frame Zunino as having a decent season behind the plate. But given his focus on offense, it is easy to understand why Servais wants to keep Zunino on task relative to his defensive duties.
Zunino hit a two-run double and a solo homer on Monday night as Seattle ran its winning streak to five games thanks to back-to-back solo homers by Kyle Seager and Danny Valencia in the 10th inning of a 9-7 victory.
"It happens to everybody," Servais said. "You've got to get a refresher with where you're at and make a few adjustments.
"Let's not get away from the really important stuff behind the plate. Obviously, the receiving and the metrics, we've spent a lot of time looking at that recently, trying to make a few adjustments there as well."
|Last Updated: 7/26/2017 7:49:53 AM EST|