|HOUSTON ( NORRIS )|
BOSTON ( LACKEY )
|967||HOUSTON||+170||Ov 9.5,-115||+180||Ov 9.5,-110|
|968||BOSTON||-180||Un 9.5,-105||-190||Un 9.5,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||5-11||-4.1||8-6||3.9||0.251||0.303||5.2||0.293||0.355|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.9||4-1||3.9||0.246||0.315||5.6||0.327||0.381|
|vs Right-handed Starters||12-5||+6||11-5||5.5||0.269||0.346||3.9||0.225||0.305|
|Past 7 Games||5-3||+0.8||6-1||5.4||0.290||0.359||5.2||0.238||0.338|
|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)||3-7||L||225||8.5 ev||O||7||8||0||17||8||2|
|4/27/2013||PEACOCK(R)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)||4-8||L||235||9.5 un||O||5||10||1||12||11||1|
|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|| || |
|5/4/2013|| ||DETROIT|| || |
|5/5/2013|| ||DETROIT|| || |
|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|| || |
|5/4/2013|| ||@ TEXAS|| || |
|5/5/2013|| ||@ 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* ========================
Houston (7-16) at Boston (16-7), 1:35 p.m. EDT
The Boston Red Sox believe John Lackey is ready to put his recent physical problems behind him.
Lackey will return after being out with a right biceps strain as he tries to help the Red Sox complete a four-game home sweep of the Houston Astros with a fifth straight win Sunday.
Lackey (0-1, 4.15 ERA) suffered the injury in his season debut April 6 against Toronto in his first outing in two years after Tommy John surgery.
The right-hander threw 67 pitches over 3 2-3 innings Monday for Double-A Portland, and the Red Sox (17-7) feel he will be fine Sunday.
"Based on the game pitched, and the bullpen that followed, there's been no symptoms that have reoccurred," manager John Farrell told the Red Sox's official website. "The fact is, when he felt it up in Toronto, I think it was just getting to an arm speed and a velocity that he hasn't experienced in probably two years."
Farrell said that Lackey will be on a pitch count, and the starter probably isn't expected to go past five innings at the most.
"The stress of each of the pitches thrown are going to have some impact on the decision of how deep he can go into tomorrow's game," Farrell said.
Lackey's lone start against Houston (7-17) came in 2007. Only one current Astros hitter has more than one at-bat against him - Carlos Pena, who is 8 for 30 with three homers and nine walks.
David Ortiz is hitting .519 with two homers nine RBIs in seven games since returning last Saturday from a heel injury. He owns a 19-game hit streak dating to 2012, after finishing with two hits and three RBIs in Saturday's 8-4 victory.
"He's doing things that look to him to be very easy, but its hard to imagine or even script out that he'd have this kind of performance considering the layoff," Farrell said.
Ortiz has never faced Astros starter Bud Norris (3-2, 4.13), who takes the mound Sunday to try to improve on his poor road record. Norris has the most road defeats in the majors since the start of 2012 with a 4-13 mark and a road ERA of 6.95 compared to 1.90 at home in that span.
Norris allowed one run in five innings Tuesday to earn a 3-2 home win over Seattle.
The Red Sox hitter with the most experience against the right-hander is Stephen Drew, who is 5 for 9. Drew is hitting just .136 this year.
Boston, which can match the club record for April victories from 1998 and 2003, is batting .355 with five homers among 23 extra-base hits in this win streak. The Red Sox are off to their best start since 2002.
Dustin Pedroia is 8 for 16 over the last four games for Boston. Fellow second baseman Jose Altuve of the Astros is 5 for 24 in his last six games with his average dropping to .340.
Only Miami has a worse record than Houston, which has lost eight straight on the road.
"I don't get caught up in the record," manager Bo Porter said. "I deal with each day, each game, one game at a time."
|Last Updated: 4/21/2018 12:32:50 PM EST|