|HOUSTON ( BEDARD )|
BOSTON ( DEMPSTER )
|967||HOUSTON||+210||Ov 9,-110||+230||Ov 9,+105|
|968||BOSTON||-230||Un 9,-110||-260||Un 9,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||5-10||-3.1||7-6||4.0||0.253||0.304||5.1||0.283||0.350|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.8||3-2||4.1||0.265||0.321||6.4||0.320||0.387|
|vs Left-handed Starters||4-2||+2||2-4||3.5||0.235||0.312||3.0||0.216||0.303|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-0.1||4-2||4.6||0.252||0.329||5.4||0.260||0.348|
|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)||2-7||L||245||9 ov||P||7||5||1||11||7||0|
|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||BEDARD(L)||@ NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)|| |
|5/3/2013|| ||DETROIT|| || |
|4/13/2013||LESTER(L)||TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||2-1||W||-120||8 un||U||7||8||0||6||7||1|
|4/14/2013||BUCHHOLZ(R)||TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||5-0||W||-135||8.5 un||U||8||5||0||3||5||1|
|4/15/2013||DEMPSTER(R)||TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||3-2||W||-145||8.5 un||U||4||3||0||4||3||0|
|4/16/2013||DOUBRONT(L)||@ CLEVELAND||JIMENEZ(R)||7-2||W||-115||8 un||O||6||8||0||6||9||0|
|4/17/2013||ACEVES(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)||6-3||W||120||8 un||O||15||10||0||7||6||1|
|4/18/2013||LESTER(L)||@ CLEVELAND||MCALLISTER(R)||6-3||W||-120||8 ov||O||9||7||0||6||4||1|
|4/20/2013||BUCHHOLZ(R)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||4-3||W||-135||8 un||U||7||6||1||10||7||1|
|4/21/2013||DEMPSTER(R)||KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)||2-4||L||-150||8 un||U||8||7||0||8||5||0|
|4/21/2013||WEBSTER(R)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||4-5||L||-150||8 un||O||9||9||1||9||7||1|
|4/30/2013||LESTER(L)||@ TORONTO||MORROW(R)|| |
|5/1/2013||BUCHHOLZ(R)||@ TORONTO||BUEHRLE(L)|| |
|5/2/2013||DEMPSTER(R)||@ TORONTO||JOHNSON(R)|| |
|5/3/2013|| ||@ TEXAS|| || |
|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.
|BOSTON: HITTING: OF JACOBY ELLSBURY's 2011 breakout was no fluke. He has real power to complement his elite speed. 2B DUSTIN PEDROIA bounced back from a slow start to finish with career highs in HR and RBI. He benefits from hitting behind Ellsbury. 3B KEVIN YOUKILIS is a huge injury risk. His best seasons are behind him. 1B ADRIAN GONZALEZ wasted no time winning over Boston fans last year, and should hit even more HR in 2012. DH DAVID ORTIZ has put together two straight impressive years after being left for dead in 2009. 2011 Super Bust OF CARL CRAWFORD will bounce back, just not as much as most experts think. Most of the catcher duties will go to C JARROD SALTALAMACCHIA, with C KELLY SHOPPACH getting ABs against lefties. Right field will be filled by former Giants playoff hero CODY ROSS. SS NICK PUNTO replaces Marco Scutaro, who is now in Colorado. 3B MIKE AVILES is a solid hitter with the defensive flexibility to end up with semi-regular ABs. |
STARTING PITCHING: JON LESTER seems to have leveled off as a very good pitcher instead of ascending into an elite class. He lost some speed on his pitches and got hit a little harder in 2011. Coming off the best season of his up-and-down career, JOSH BECKETT's numbers are bound to regress a bit in 2012. Back problems limited CLAY BUCHHOLZ last season, and he lost some of the zip on his fastball. He'll tally a low ERA and 15+ wins if he can stay healthy. ALFREDO ACEVES was outstanding out of the bullpen last year, and will compete for a rotation spot this year. He was a starter for years in the Mexican League and the minors. Former setup man DANIEL BARD is being converted to a starter, but he may wind up back in the bullpen later on. After Tommy John surgeries, DAISUKE MATSUZAKA is due to return around July, while JOHN LACKEY won't be back until 2013.
RELIEF PITCHING: ANDREW BAILEY was a acquired from Oakland in December for a heap of prospects. He's one of the best closers in baseball, and may even be an upgrade from departed Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth. Time will tell how he'll handle the increased scrutiny of playing in Boston. Coming over in a trade for infielder Jed Lowrie, MARK MELANCON was excellent as a closer last season in Houston and should be Bailey's main set-up man in the eighth inning. BOBBY JENKS has ninth-inning experience, but he will be out at least two months coming off a pulmonary embolism.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (HOUSTON-BOSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Astros-Red Sox Preview* ========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Houston (7-14) at Boston (14-7), 7:10 p.m. EDT
While Ryan Dempster has pitched well in a Boston uniform, he doesn't have much to show for it.
He's always had trouble getting wins against the Houston Astros.
Dempster faces a familiar foe Friday night as the Red Sox continue a four-game set against the slumping Astros at Fenway Park.
Signed to a two-year deal as a free agent this offseason, Dempster (0-2, 3.38 ERA) has limited opponents to a .186 average and is among the AL leaders with 33 strikeouts through four starts. He allowed four runs and six hits over seven innings Sunday in a 4-2 loss to Kansas City.
"I thought he pitched with equal effectiveness, as he has in previous starts this season," manager John Farrell told MLB's official website.
One reason Dempster remains winless is that Boston (15-7) has scored just seven runs in his 24 innings. It's a similar start to last season, when Dempster was 0-3 after his first nine starts as the Cubs provided him 15 runs of support.
After spending the majority of his career in the NL, Dempster has plenty of experience against the Astros, who joined the AL this season. The 35-year-old right-hander is 6-12 with a 4.32 ERA over 51 games - 25 starts - versus Houston, tied for his second-most losses against any opponent.
Dempster, though, would appear to have a favorable matchup this time. Houston has lost six consecutive road games, getting limited to 17 runs and a .217 average after losing Thursday's series opener 7-2.
Carlos Pena is mired in a 1-for-20 slump for the Astros (7-15), who are looking to avoid their worst start through 23 games since 1969.
"It's definitely not fun," manager Bo Porter said.
David Ortiz went 3 for 4 with a homer and two RBIs on Thursday, remaining a difficult out since coming off the disabled list Saturday. He's 11 for 20 with six runs scored and five RBIs in five games after being sidelined with an Achilles problem which caused him to miss most of the second half of last season.
"It's remarkable the timing that he's displayed, particularly after the layoff that he's had," Farrell said. "I think even guys in the dugout are marveling at what he's been able to do, as far as not only contact but driving the baseball."
Boston, which improved to 11-0 when scoring first, went 6 for 12 with runners in scoring position. The Red Sox have gone 39 for 118 (.331) in such situations while winning 10 of 13.
Boston will try to stay hot against Erik Bedard (0-1, 6.17), who has not gone past the fourth inning in any of his three starts. The veteran left-hander pitched four Sunday and threw a season-high 75 pitches, giving up two runs and six hits with eight strikeouts in a 5-4 loss to Cleveland.
"Erik has some injury history and we're going to do everything we can to make sure we monitor his workload and continue to build him up going forward," Porter said.
Bedard, who spent part of the 2011 season with Boston, hasn't faced the Red Sox since 2008. He's 4-1 with a 2.22 ERA over his last seven starts against them.
Bedard has made things difficult on several of Boston's top hitters, including Dustin Pedroia (1 for 14), Mike Napoli (3 for 15) and Ortiz (5 for 24). Napoli and Ortiz, though, have combined for three homers against him.
Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino is unlikely to be available after sitting out Thursday due to a stiff lower back. Victorino is batting .292 with 12 runs scored.
Boston has won four straight and eight of 10 all-time matchups against Houston, including all four at Fenway.
|Last Updated: 9/23/2014 3:23:28 PM EST|