|SEATTLE ( IWAKUMA )|
HOUSTON ( NORRIS )
|925||SEATTLE||-120||Ov 7,-125||-125||Ov 7.5,-120|
|926||HOUSTON||+110||Un 7,+105||+115||Un 7.5,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||6-10||-4.2||6-9||2.7||0.223||0.281||4.0||0.234||0.284|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.5||3-4||2.1||0.222||0.276||4.6||0.226||0.288|
|vs Right-handed Starters||4-9||-3.2||7-5||4.2||0.256||0.305||5.2||0.281||0.350|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-5||4-2||3.4||0.239||0.291||7.9||0.321||0.406|
|4/19/2013||SAUNDERS(L)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)||0-7||L||200||8 un||U||5||8||1||10||7||1|
|4/20/2013||MAURER(R)||@ TEXAS||TEPESCH(R)||0-5||L||160||9.5 un||U||5||8||0||5||4||0|
|4/21/2013||HARANG(R)||@ TEXAS||GRIMM(R)||3-11||L||145||9.5 un||O||8||9||1||11||6||1|
|4/22/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ HOUSTON||PEACOCK(R)||7-1||W||-160||7.5 ov||O||12||6||0||7||6||2|
|4/23/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||@ HOUSTON||NORRIS(R)|| |
|4/24/2013||SAUNDERS(L)||@ HOUSTON||HARRELL(R)|| |
|4/25/2013||MAURER(R)||LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)|| |
|4/26/2013||HARANG(R)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)|| |
|4/27/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)|| |
|4/28/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)|| |
|4/30/2013|| ||BALTIMORE|| || |
|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)||8-3||W||155||7.5 un||O||16||7||0||6||6||0|
|4/12/2013||NORRIS(R)||@ LA ANGELS||HANSON(R)||5-0||W||185||8 un||U||10||9||0||4||5||2|
|4/13/2013||HARRELL(R)||@ LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)||4-5||L||175||8.5 un||O||4||3||1||13||8||0|
|4/14/2013||HUMBER(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)||1-4||L||190||8 ov||U||7||10||0||9||5||0|
|4/15/2013||BEDARD(L)||@ OAKLAND||MILONE(L)||2-11||L||180||7 ov||O||8||7||0||9||6||0|
|4/16/2013||PEACOCK(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRIFFIN(R)||3-4||L||210||7.5 ev||U||6||6||0||8||7||0|
|4/17/2013||NORRIS(R)||@ OAKLAND||COLON(R)||5-7||L||175||8 un||O||11||5||1||11||8||0|
|4/25/2013||HUMBER(R)||@ BOSTON||BUCHHOLZ(R)|| |
|4/26/2013||BEDARD(L)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)|| |
|4/27/2013||PEACOCK(R)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)|| |
|4/28/2013||NORRIS(R)||@ BOSTON||ACEVES(R)|| |
|4/29/2013||HARRELL(R)||@ NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)|| |
|4/30/2013|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|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.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (SEATTLE-HOUSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Mariners-Astros Preview* =========================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Seattle (7-13) at Houston (5-13), 8:10 p.m. EDT
After ending their recent woes in the opener against the Houston Astros, the Seattle Mariners look to piece together wins for the first time since the beginning of the season.
Hisashi Iwakuma will try to help by adding to his splendid start and becoming the latest pitcher to defeat the struggling Astros on Tuesday night.
Seattle (8-13) was outscored 24-12 while dropping its final two games against Houston at Safeco Field from April 9-10 but wasted little time jumping on the Astros in a 7-1 victory at Minute Maid Park on Monday. Kyle Seager's homer in the third inning gave the Mariners a 3-0 lead, and Jesus Montero and Kendrys Morales also went deep as Seattle matched its home run total from the previous 10 games.
Seager is batting .381 (16 for 42) with seven doubles, two homers and eight RBIs during a career-best 11-game hit streak.
Iwakuma (2-0, 1.69 ERA) will try to continue his hot start in his first look at the Astros (5-14), who have lost eight of nine and are off to their worst start since opening 4-20 in 1969.
"It's tough," Carlos Pena said. "We take pride in what we do, and every time we lose it eats away a little piece of us - there's no doubt about that."
Iwakuma will attempt to help Seattle earn back-to-back victories for the first time since its 2-0 start.
The right-hander tossed six scoreless innings while pitching opposite Detroit ace Justin Verlander on Thursday, but had to leave after developing a blister on his right middle finger and did not get a decision in a 2-0 victory.
"It is what it is," Iwakuma told the team's official website through interpreter Antony Suzuki. "There's nothing much we can do about it. Just keeping the team in the ballgame is all I can do and just dealing with the situation is all I have to think about right now.
"I need to continue what I'm doing right now and run with it, because I'm having a good start and I'll do anything to help the team. That's the priority."
Iwakuma will pitch opposite Bud Norris, who is looking to bounce back from the worst start of his career. Norris (2-2, 4.74) only recorded two outs Wednesday at Oakland, getting tagged for six runs in a 7-5 loss.
"I don't know what to say," said Norris, who gave up five hits and three walks in his 46 pitches. "I felt good but they were finding holes. It wasn't my day."
Norris has never faced the Mariners, and Raul Ibanez is only Seattle player to get more than one hit off the right-hander, going 3 for 12 with two doubles.
Pena and Chris Carter are the only Houston hitters to have faced Iwakuma, both going 0 for 2.
|Last Updated: 8/30/2014 11:35:47 PM EST|