|HOUSTON ( FIERS )|
TAMPA BAY ( COBB )
|967||HOUSTON||+100||Ov 8,+100||-115||Ov 8,-120|
|968||TAMPA BAY||-110||Un 8,-120||+105||Un 8,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||8-1||+6.6||3-6||4.3||0.279||0.345||0.459||0.803||2.1||0.204||0.248||0.330||0.578|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+4.6||3-4||5.6||0.289||0.360||0.439||0.798||2.9||0.229||0.278||0.381||0.659|
|vs Right-handed Starters||7-4||+3.3||5-6||4.7||0.266||0.333||0.427||0.761||3.7||0.230||0.291||0.344||0.636|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.1||4-3||5.7||0.276||0.343||0.481||0.825||3.9||0.272||0.329||0.379||0.708|
|4/7/2017||FIERS(R)||KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)||1-5||L||-155||8.5 un||U||6||5||1||10||10||0|
|4/8/2017||KEUCHEL(L)||KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)||3-7||L||-190||8 un||O||9||5||1||7||2||0|
|4/9/2017||MCCULLERS(R)||KANSAS CITY||KARNS(R)||5-4||W||-190||8.5 un||O||12||11||0||9||5||0|
|4/10/2017||MORTON(R)||@ SEATTLE||PAXTON(L)||0-6||L||115||7.5 ov||U||6||8||1||11||8||0|
|4/11/2017||MUSGROVE(R)||@ SEATTLE||MIRANDA(L)||7-5||W||-120||8.5 ev||O||14||8||1||9||8||0|
|4/12/2017||FIERS(R)||@ SEATTLE||GALLARDO(R)||10-5||W||-110||8.5 un||O||16||9||1||9||6||0|
|4/14/2017||KEUCHEL(L)||@ OAKLAND||GRAVEMAN(R)||7-2||W||-130||7.5 un||O||10||10||1||7||7||2|
|4/15/2017||MCCULLERS(R)||@ OAKLAND||MANAEA(L)||10-6||W||-150||7.5 ev||O||8||7||0||10||8||2|
|4/17/2017||MORTON(R)||LA ANGELS||CHAVEZ(R)||3-0||W||-150||8.5 ev||U||9||5||3||5||9||1|
|4/18/2017||MUSGROVE(R)||LA ANGELS||NOLASCO(R)||2-5||L||-140||8.5 un||U||11||7||0||9||6||0|
|4/19/2017||KEUCHEL(L)||LA ANGELS||RAMIREZ(R)||5-1||W||-175||8.5 un||U||9||4||0||8||5||0|
|4/20/2017||MCCULLERS(R)||LA ANGELS||SHOEMAKER(R)||2-1||W||-160||7.5 ev||U||3||3||0||6||7||0|
|4/21/2017||FIERS(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)|| |
|4/22/2017||MORTON(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||SNELL(L)|| |
|4/23/2017||MUSGROVE(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ANDRIESE(R)|| |
|4/25/2017||KEUCHEL(L)||@ CLEVELAND||TOMLIN(R)|| |
|4/26/2017||MCCULLERS(R)||@ CLEVELAND||BAUER(R)|| |
|4/27/2017||MORTON(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)|| |
|4/28/2017|| ||OAKLAND|| || |
|4/10/2017||COBB(R)||@ NY YANKEES||PINEDA(R)||1-8||L||115||8 ov||O||2||1||2||10||5||0|
|4/12/2017||SNELL(L)||@ NY YANKEES||MONTGOMERY(L)||4-8||L||120||8.5 un||O||9||7||2||8||7||1|
|4/13/2017||ANDRIESE(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SEVERINO(R)||2-3||L||130||8 ov||U||7||6||0||7||7||0|
|4/14/2017||ARCHER(R)||@ BOSTON||PORCELLO(R)||10-5||W||110||8.5 un||O||12||7||1||14||12||0|
|4/15/2017||ODORIZZI(R)||@ BOSTON||SALE(L)||1-2||L||195||8.5 ev||U||3||5||0||6||6||0|
|4/16/2017||COBB(R)||@ BOSTON||POMERANZ(L)||5-7||L||165||9.5 ov||O||7||4||0||17||9||0|
|4/17/2017||SNELL(L)||@ BOSTON||WRIGHT(R)||3-4||L||120||10 ov||U||11||9||1||9||7||1|
|4/24/2017||ARCHER(R)||@ BALTIMORE||JIMENEZ(R)|| |
|4/25/2017||RAMIREZ(R)||@ BALTIMORE||MILEY(L)|| |
|4/26/2017||COBB(R)||@ BALTIMORE||BUNDY(R)|| |
|4/28/2017|| ||@ TORONTO|| || |
|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.
|TAMPA BAY: 2016: 68-94, fifth place
Manager: Kevin Cash (third season)
Who's new? OF Colby Rasmus, OF/1B Rickie Weeks Jr., RHP Tommy Hunter, RHP Jumbo Diaz, C Wilson Ramos, C Derek Norris, OF Mallex Smith, RHP Jose De Leon, RHP Shawn Tolleson
Who's gone? 2B Logan Forsythe, IF/OF Steve Pearce, OF Desmond Jennings, OF Mikie Mahtook, C Hank Conger, IF/OF Taylor Motter, C Bobby Wilson, LHP Drew Smyly, LHP Enny Romero, RHP Steve Geltz, LHP Dana Eveland, RHP Kevin Jepsen, RHP Tyler Sturdevant, RHP Dylan Floro
Projected lineup: DH Corey Dickerson (.245, 24, 70), CF Kevin Kiermaier (.246, 12, 37, 21 SB), 3B Evan Longoria (.273, 36, 98), 2B Brad Miller (.243, 30, 81), RF Steven Souza (.247, 17, 49), LF Colby Rasmus (.206, 15, 54 with Astros), SS Tim Beckham (.247, 5, 16), 1B Logan Morrison (.238, 14, 43), C Curt Casali (.186, 8, 25)
Rotation: RH Chris Archer (9-19, 4.02 ERA), RH Jake Odorizzi (10-6, 3.69), RH Alex Cobb (1-2, 8.59 in five starts), LH Blake Snell (6-8, 3.54), RH Matt Andriese (8-8, 4.37)
Key relievers: RH Alex Colome (2-4, 1.91, 37/40 SV), RH Tommy Hunter (2-2, 3.18 with Indians), RH Danny Farquhar (1-0, 3.06), LH Xavier Cede'o (3-4, 3.70), RH Erasmo Ramirez (7-11, 3.77), RH Jumbo Diaz (1-1, 3.14), RH Chase Whitley (0-0, 2.51)
Hot spots: Shortstop and catcher. Tim Beckham and the combination of Curt Casali and newly signed Derek Norris are holding down the fort while Matt Duffy and Wilson Ramos recover from injuries. Beckham and Casali or Norris can at least try to make the situation awkward by hitting. That wasn't their strong suit last year, but the Rays will need someone to bat eighth and ninth while Ramos (knee surgery; out until July) and Duffy (Achilles surgery; out until May) heal.
Outlook: How do you fix a team that ranked eighth in the AL in ERA and 14th in runs scored? If you're the Rays, you trade away your second-best hitter (Forsythe) for a pitcher who will start the season in Triple-A (De Leon), then sign an outfielder with a .641 OPS (Rasmus) to be your second-highest paid player. Expectations for a team with the third-lowest payroll in the game shouldn't be high to begin with. Getting Duffy and Ramos back from the DL will help, but not enough to slow rumors of Archer, Cobb and Odorizzi getting traded if they pitch well.
|Rays enjoying home cooking as Astros arrive|
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays are playing dominating baseball at home, winning eight of 10 games at Tropicana Field, but they will have a challenge continuing that this weekend against a Houston Astros team that is 4-1 on the road and has won seven of eight overall.
"What a series. Great series. Nice to bounce back," Rays manager Kevin Cash said Thursday after Tampa Bay's easy 8-1 win finished a three-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers. "We had some timely hitting and took advantage of some mistakes. Any time you're able to jump on those, it helps a lot."
The division-leading Astros almost have to fare better than the Tigers, who were held to three hits Thursday and continued a slew of defensive gaffes that factored in the Rays' early lead.
Tampa Bay's six-game home win streak is its longest in nearly two years, and it is only the second time in their franchise history the Rays won at least eight of their first 10 home games.
"We've played a lot cleaner games at home so far," said outfielder Steven Souza, who has reached base multiple times in 12 games, tying for the most in the majors, including a 3-for-5 game in Thursday's win. "Playing at Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park (and going a combined 1-6), those are two tough teams and two tough environments. I just think we've played clean baseball."
Houston took three of four games from the Angels -- including a 2-1 win Thursday in which the Astros managed only three hits, though two of them were home runs from Carlos Beltran and Jake Marisnick.
The Rays open the series on Friday with right-hander Alex Cobb (1-1, 4.50 ERA), who has faced the Astros once, striking out 11 in a 2014 win at Minute Maid Park. Houston counters with right-hander Mike Fiers (0-1, 5.40 ERA), who is 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA against the Rays, both starts coming last season.
Beltran's home run was his first with the Astros, another bat clicking in an offense that has propelled Houston to eight wins in the past 10 games.
"I don't get caught up in homers," said Beltran, 39, who had five RBIs in his first 14 games with the Astros. "For me, it's about trying to put up quality at-bats. If I put up quality at-bats, I know (home runs) are going to come. Today was a great win for us. (Lance) McCullers did a great job and pitched a great game. We had key homers in two different innings, and that was good enough for us to get the win."
Marisnick hit his second homer of the season. He is batting .313 with a .450 on-base percentage.
The Astros allowed a total of two runs in their past three wins, so the Rays, even with the momentum of the Detroit sweep, will have a challenge if they want to continue their strong play at home.
After a 1-6 road trip last week put the Rays at 6-8, Tampa Bay rallied back to a winning record halfway through the homestand.
|Last Updated: 12/14/2017 10:44:50 PM EST|