|SEATTLE ( SAUNDERS )|
HOUSTON ( HARRELL )
|969||SEATTLE||-115||Ov 8,-115||+100||Ov 8,-110|
|970||HOUSTON||+105||Un 8,-105||-110||Un 8,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||6-11||-5.4||6-10||2.7||0.226||0.282||3.9||0.235||0.287|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.8||2-5||2.1||0.240||0.294||4.1||0.216||0.281|
|vs Left-handed Starters||1-5||-3.5||4-2||3.3||0.232||0.291||8.0||0.295||0.378|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.8||3-3||3.6||0.242||0.303||6.6||0.320||0.392|
|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)||2-3||L||-125||7.5 ov||U||9||7||2||8||11||0|
|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)|| |
|5/1/2013|| ||BALTIMORE|| || |
|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||LACKEY(R)|| |
|4/29/2013||HARRELL(R)||@ NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)|| |
|4/30/2013||HUMBER(R)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|5/1/2013|| ||@ 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 JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Seattle (8-13) at Houston (5-14), 2:10 p.m. EDT
Even a rare victory for the Houston Astros didn't come without bad news.
After losing an everyday player to injury in Tuesday's win over the Seattle Mariners, they'll turn to Lucas Harrell on Wednesday at Minute Maid Park as they seek only their second series win of the season.
Center fielder Justin Maxwell is out indefinitely for Houston (6-14) as he was placed on the disabled list following Tuesday's 3-2 win after being hit by a pitch in the third inning.
"I have to see the hand specialist tomorrow," said Maxwell, one of four Astros to start every game thus far. "But at least we got the win out of it.
Maxwell was hit with the bases loaded, so he can at least say he got credit for bringing home what turned out to be the winning run.
Bud Norris gave up a run in five innings, but it's been eight games since Houston has had a starter make it through six. The rotation has a 12.77 ERA in that stretch.
Harrell (1-2, 4.98 ERA), who didn't face the Mariners when Houston took two of three in Seattle earlier this month, has made it through 5 2-3 in his last two outings. He walked five and allowed five hits Friday against Cleveland, but gave up only two runs in a 3-2 victory.
The right-hander is walking 5.40 batters per nine innings, one of the majors' 10 worst rates.
"I was struggling to throw strikes again, it's just kind of been a trend right now," Harrell said. "It's something I need to work on between starts and definitely focus on that."
Harrell may not exactly have his work cut out for him as he takes on a Seattle offense that has been anemic. Tuesday marked the sixth time in eight games the Mariners (8-14) were limited to two runs or fewer, and the team is batting .226 on the season.
Seattle is 6 for 37 (.162) with runners in scoring position as it's dropped four of five on this road trip.
"I do think we have guys heading in the right direction," manager Eric Wedge said. "That is obvious by the quality of the at-bats. Having said that, it's all about winning and losing, and we have to do a better job of finding a way to win ballgames."
Before returning home, the Mariners give the ball to Joe Saunders (1-2, 4.50), who has already stifled Houston once. He threw 6 1-3 shutout innings against the Astros on April 8, limiting them to one hit, but was shelled by the Rangers on Friday for seven runs on nine hits in 4 2-3 innings.
Walks also have been a serious issue for Saunders, who's 1-0 with a 3.26 ERA in three starts against the Astros. He's yielded 10 in 22 innings - including two in a six-run fifth against Texas.
Both offenses continue to see individual bright spots with Seattle's Kyle Seager and Houston's Marwin Gonzalez. Seager has hit safely in a career-best 12 games, going 17 for 45 (.378) in that span with seven doubles, two homers, and eight RBIs. Before that, he was 5 for 34 (.147) in nine games.
Gonzalez connected for a solo homer on Tuesday, his third this year in 45 at-bats. He totaled two all of last year in 205 ABs.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 1:49:08 PM EST|