|HOUSTON ( PEACOCK )|
SEATTLE ( BEAVAN )
|977||HOUSTON||+150||Ov 7.5,+100||+155||Ov 7.5,-105|
|978||SEATTLE||-160||Un 7.5,-120||-165||Un 7.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||1-4||-2.6||3-2||4.4||0.258||0.290||6.8||0.287||0.355|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-4.6||4-3||3.6||0.242||0.280||6.6||0.276||0.346|
|vs Right-handed Starters||2-2||-0.2||2-2||3.7||0.215||0.292||3.2||0.217||0.248|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.6||4-2||4.3||0.224||0.276||6.4||0.295||0.341|
|4/8/2013||HUMBER(R)||@ SEATTLE||SAUNDERS(L)||0-3||L||155||7.5 un||U||7||7||1||5||5||0|
|4/9/2013||BEDARD(L)||@ SEATTLE||MAURER(R)||16-9||W||140||7 ov||O||22||10||1||10||6||0|
|4/10/2013||PEACOCK(R)||@ SEATTLE||BEAVAN(R)|| |
|4/12/2013|| ||@ LA ANGELS|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||@ LA ANGELS|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||@ LA ANGELS|| || |
|4/15/2013|| ||@ OAKLAND|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||@ OAKLAND|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||@ OAKLAND|| || |
|4/1/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ OAKLAND||ANDERSON(L)||2-0||W||105||6.5 un||U||5||6||0||3||6||1|
|4/2/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||@ OAKLAND||PARKER(R)||7-1||W||120||7 ov||O||9||10||0||3||3||0|
|4/3/2013||SAUNDERS(L)||@ OAKLAND||MILONE(L)||2-6||L||135||7.5 un||O||5||3||0||11||7||0|
|4/4/2013||MAURER(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRIFFIN(R)||2-8||L||150||7.5 un||O||8||8||0||10||1||0|
|4/5/2013||BEAVAN(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||8-7||W||125||8.5 un||O||12||4||1||10||7||1|
|4/6/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)||3-4||L||-135||7.5 un||U||6||6||1||6||4||1|
|4/7/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||3-4||L||155||7 ov||P||7||7||0||5||1||1|
|4/12/2013|| ||TEXAS|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||TEXAS|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||TEXAS|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||DETROIT|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||DETROIT|| || |
|HOUSTON: HITTING: This season will mark Houston's final year in the National League. Look away, children, as the Astros launch into what is sure to be the crappiest victory lap in baseball history. Tiny 2B JOSE ALTUVE's jump from High-A to MLB starter says more about Houston's pitiful state than anything. He belongs in Triple-A. CHRIS JOHNSON won the starting 3B job as JIMMY PAREDES was optioned to Triple-A. Johnson was thought to have 25-homer power, but last year he slugged just .378. 1B CARLOS LEE is in the twilight of a very productive career. Backup 1B BRETT WALLACE seems to be in the twilight of an unproductive one. OF BRIAN BOGUSEVIC has a low ceiling. But he's one of only a few recent draft picks who will even contribute. OF J.D. MARTINEZ doesn't blame you if you haven't heard of him, but he's the team's best player who hits third in the lineup. SS JED LOWRIE was a nice little pickup for a mid-tier closer. But his platoon split is intense. C JASON CASTRO will probably play ahead of CHRIS SNYDER. OF JORDAN SCHAFER has yet to put things together; but he'll be starting in center on Opening Day. Fourth OF J.B. SHUCK is only 24, but doesn't have a whole lot of upside. |
STARTING PITCHING: WANDY RODRIGUEZ has been a durable, above-average starter for five years, yet every season his real-world team limits his wins. He'll be traded at some point this year. Don't shortchange BUD NORRIS. He's an underrated source of strikeouts, and has improved his command. J.A. HAPP really needs to cut down on his walk total. JORDAN LYLES couldn't legally drink until the second-to-last week of the season. He's in the big leagues way too soon. He's yet another young Astro who isn't terrible, but won't ever set the world on fire. KYLE WEILAND came from Boston with Jed Lowrie and should earn the final spot in the rotation. Texas-bred fireballer JARRED COSART, 21, is a legitimately exciting (but risky) prospect who Houston will probably rush up to the majors at some point this year.
RELIEF PITCHING: BRETT MYERS flummoxed the Astros' front office with a stinker of a season. He's probably closer to that pitcher than to the one who posted a career-best 3.14 ERA in 2010 at age 29, but he'll move the bullpen this year to get the rare opportunities to close out a game when this awful team is actually leading. WILTON LOPEZ was good in 2011, but was much better the previous season, when he may have been the most underrated reliever in the National League. Houston will go with him in the ninth if they want Myers to return to the rotation. BRANDON LYON has seen better days. He bombed early, then was shut down for good with a bicep injury. He intimidates nobody now.
|SEATTLE: HITTING: C/DH JESUS MONTERO was brought over from the Yankees to hit in the heart of the order. At age 22, his offensive potential is scary. OF ICHIRO SUZUKI is entering the twilight of his career, but he might still have another .300 season left. 2B DUSTIN ACKLEY is the kind of line-drive hitter who fits well in Safeco, but he needs to catch up to MLB pitching. 1B JUSTIN SMOAK has disappointed, but he's making strides and has 30-HR upside. OF CASPER WELLS could play everyday. He won't hit for average, but has the power Seattle needs. MIKE CARP figures to at least grab early at-bats against righties. He'll strike out, but has lots of power. OF FRANKLIN GUTIERREZ is out for at least a month with a pectoral injury, but will reclaim his starting gig based on his defense. Seattle would love to see OF MICHAEL SAUNDERS step up to replace Gutierrez, but he's shown no signs of being able to handle MLB pitching. C MIGUEL OLIVO still has solid power, but he's an all-or-nothing hitter. 3B CHONE FIGGINS isn't quite done, but he's close. He'll have to battle line-drive hitting KYLE SEAGER for a job. SS BRENDAN RYAN will stick around for defense, but his bat is barely good enough for a regular gig. |
STARTING PITCHING: FELIX HERNANDEZ had a touch of bad luck last year, but he's one of the few pitchers in baseball who's a lock for 200 strikeouts. JASON VARGAS just keeps throwing strikes and letting his defense make plays. He'll get by fine again in spacious Safeco. BLAKE BEAVAN doesn't have a strikeout pitch, but he'll make few mistakes and get some outs thanks to a strong defense. HECTOR NOESI, who also came over from New York with Montero, isn't a big strikeout pitcher, but has good control and is savvy enough to get his shot in Seattle's rotation this year. 37-year-old journeyman KEVIN MILLWOOD will fill out the fifth spot in the rotation after a solid spring. Top prospect DANNY HULTZEN could break into the bigs in 2012. The lefty has the polish of a big leaguer right now, though his ceiling is more good-not-great.
RELIEF PITCHING: Like many rebuilding teams, the Mariners will continue to shop their closer. BRANDON LEAGUE will pick up saves in Seattle, but he's more of a groundball pitcher than a strikeout artist. He'd likely be ticketed for a set-up role elsewhere. If League is traded, the closer role is wide open. SHAWN KELLEY came back from Tommy John surgery late last year and looked as good as ever. If he picks up where he left off last year, he'd be an obvious choice for ninth inning duties. CHANCE RUFFIN, part of the Doug Fister trade, has a strong minor-league track record. He could carve out a big role in this bullpen if he can improve his command.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (HOUSTON-SEATTLE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Astros-Mariners Preview* =========================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Houston (2-6) at Seattle (4-5), 10:10 p.m. EDT
The Houston Astros broke out of their offensive slump by nearly matching their entire scoring production of the season in one game.
Building on that performance could mean winning their first series as a member of the AL.
Jose Altuve and Chris Carter will try to lead the visiting Astros to another big effort at the plate Wednesday night when they conclude this three-game set with the Seattle Mariners.
Houston (2-6) finished with a .236 average last season, ranking last in the NL. Switching leagues for 2013 didn't seem to make a difference since the Astros were at the bottom of the league with a .201 average, two homers and 17 runs before breaking out in a big way Tuesday. They increased their season average 45 points by pounding out 22 hits with five homers while scoring the first 13 runs of a 16-9 win over the Mariners (4-5).
That snapped a six-game slide, during which they were outscored 37-9.
"It was only a matter of time," first-year manager Bo Porter said. "We've had confidence the whole time they could hit. It was unfortunate the games prior to (Tuesday) that we had not hit, but it was good to see."
Altuve had four hits with a double, a homer and four RBIs, spiking his season average 67 points to .353. He was 0 for 4 in a 3-0 loss to open this series a day earlier.
While Altuve got four hits for the third time in his career, Carter's four along with his two homers were personal bests. He was 3 for 26 with 13 strikeouts over the first seven games.
Porter may opt to keep Marwin Gonzalez at shortstop - in place of Ronny Cedeno - after he matched his own career high with three hits while driving in two runs Tuesday.
The Astros' bats now look to stay hot as they face Seattle right-hander Blake Beavan for the first time.
Beavan struggled in his season debut Friday, getting tagged for five runs and six hits - two homers - in five innings while not getting a decision in an 8-7 road win over the Chicago White Sox.
Getting his first home start may be just what Beavan needs to bounce back. He has a 1.73 ERA while winning three of his last four starts at Safeco Field, and has tossed 15 scoreless innings to win the last two.
Houston is expected to counter Beavan with Brad Peacock, who allowed two runs and three hits with five strikeouts and three walks in 4 1-3 innings of Friday's 8-3 loss to Oakland. It was the right-hander's first appearance in the majors since a winning start for Washington at Philadelphia on Sept. 22, 2011.
"It was the first time I'd been out there in a while," said Peacock, who spent all of last year in Oakland's minor-league system. "I wasn't nervous, but I was over-amped, trying to throw a little too hard, maybe."
He may have to contend with veterans Raul Ibanez and Jason Bay, who each had two hits with their respective first homer of the season Tuesday. Ibanez's 67 career homers at Safeco are the most for any player.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 8:19:10 AM EST|