|LA ANGELS ( WILSON )|
HOUSTON ( LYLES )
|919||LA ANGELS||-210||Ov 9,-110||-175||Ov 9,-115|
|920||HOUSTON||+190||Un 9,-110||+165||Un 9,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||9-17||-11.7||17-9||4.0||0.252||0.305||5.1||0.254||0.332|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.8||5-2||4.6||0.232||0.293||6.0||0.243||0.326|
|vs Left-handed Starters||3-6||-1.4||7-2||4.8||0.268||0.328||6.7||0.295||0.382|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-3.9||6-1||3.6||0.241||0.284||7.1||0.319||0.392|
|4/25/2013||RICHARDS(R)||@ SEATTLE||MAURER(R)||0-6||L||-125||7.5 ov||U||7||5||0||11||2||0|
|4/26/2013||WILSON(L)||@ SEATTLE||HARANG(R)||6-3||W||-140||7.5 un||O||9||6||1||11||13||0|
|4/27/2013||BLANTON(R)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)||2-3||L||140||7 un||U||6||4||0||10||11||1|
|4/28/2013||VARGAS(L)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)||1-2||L||-110||7 ov||U||4||4||1||6||7||1|
|4/29/2013||HANSON(R)||@ OAKLAND||STRAILY(R)||8-10||L||115||8 ov||O||15||14||2||16||11||1|
|4/30/2013||RICHARDS(R)||@ OAKLAND||PARKER(R)||6-10||L||100||8.5 un||O||9||8||1||10||7||2|
|5/1/2013||WILSON(L)||@ OAKLAND||MILONE(L)||5-4||W||105||8.5 un||O||10||4||0||8||13||0|
|5/7/2013||WILSON(L)||@ HOUSTON||LYLES(R)|| |
|5/8/2013||BLANTON(R)||@ HOUSTON||NORRIS(R)|| |
|5/9/2013||VARGAS(L)||@ HOUSTON||HARRELL(R)|| |
|5/10/2013||HANSON(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)|| |
|5/11/2013||WILLIAMS(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|5/12/2013||WILSON(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)|| |
|5/13/2013||BLANTON(R)||KANSAS CITY||MENDOZA(R)|| |
|5/14/2013|| ||KANSAS CITY|| || |
|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)||1-6||L||187||9.5 un||U||7||9||2||11||6||1|
|4/29/2013||HARRELL(R)||@ NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||9-1||W||210||7.5 un||O||17||10||0||8||8||1|
|4/30/2013||HUMBER(R)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||4-7||L||230||8 un||O||9||8||0||15||10||0|
|5/1/2013||BEDARD(L)||@ NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)||4-5||L||175||8.5 un||O||10||5||0||9||9||0|
|5/7/2013||LYLES(R)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)|| |
|5/8/2013||NORRIS(R)||LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)|| |
|5/9/2013||HARRELL(R)||LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)|| |
|5/13/2013||NORRIS(R)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)|| |
|5/14/2013|| ||@ DETROIT|| || |
|LA ANGELS: HITTING: SS ERICK AYBAR will likely get another crack at the leadoff spot by default. DH/OF BOBBY ABREU can still draw walks and run a little. 2B HOWIE KENDRICK traded batting average for more power last year. He's still one of baseball's better middle infield bats. 1B ALBERT PUJOLS should benefit from DH-ing a couple of times a year. OF TORII HUNTER is fading fast and may not provide middle-of-the-order power. OF VERNON WELLS has a better chance than Hunter to bounce back, and the Angels have to be patient considering his monster contract. MARK TRUMBO will get a look at 3B. If he can't get it done, ALBERTO CALLASPO would start and Trumbo would back-up first and DH. Speedy OF PETER BOURJOS will start in left, and top prospect MIKE TROUT will soon replace free agents-to-be Abreu or Hunter. KENDRYS MORALES could DH regularly if his ankle is healthy. CHRIS IANNETTA is no Mike Napoli, but he's a monster upgrade over Jeff Mathis. |
STARTING PITCHING: JERED WEAVER had a lot of things go right in 2011, and it's not hard to picture him as a Cy Young candidate again. But he faded late in the year, and may not belong in the upper echelon or pitchers. A cutter has led to DAN HAREN's rebirth. He's right there with Weaver, just a step behind the elite arms. C.J. WILSON may not get the same run support, but he should benefit from getting out of hitter-friendly Arlington; he had a 2.31 road ERA last year. ERVIN SANTANA never developed into a top-of-the-line starter, but he's become more consistent and settled in as a solid starter. Once a washed-out former prospect, JEROME WILLIAMS came back to the States from Taiwan and delivered three quality starts last September. He's not likely to have sustained success, but he does have the inside track for a rotation spot. Middling prospect GARRETT RICHARDS seems like the most likely candidate to step into the rotation in case of injury.
RELIEF PITCHING: JORDAN WALDEN will have the closer's role again entering the spring, but while he was overpowering he was also very shaky at times. He gave up seven runs over 2.2 innings in his last three appearances. RICH THOMPSON decided to lean on his cutter last year and the results were excellent. If Walden slips up, Thompson has to be in the closer conversation. LaTROY HAWKINS was solid with Milwaukee (2.42 ERA) and joins his ninth different team since 2003. He is expected to set up Walden as well. Lefty SCOTT DOWNS was far from dominant last year, despite his 1.34 ERA. But Scioscia does trust him in high-leverage situations, making him a possible fallback if Walden struggles. The Angels don't seem to have big plans for HISANORI TAKAHASHI, the most well-compensated long reliever in baseball.
|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 (LA ANGELS-HOUSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Angels-Astros Preview* =======================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Los Angeles (11-20) at Houston (8-24), 8:10 p.m. EDT
Despite an expensive and star-studded roster, the Los Angeles Angels have matched the worst start in franchise history. Their next opponent has spent far less for its similarly poor results.
The Angels will try to begin a turnaround behind the unbeaten C.J. Wilson as they open a three-game road series against the major league-worst Houston Astros on Tuesday night.
Los Angeles (11-20) has struggled to get on track despite yet another high-priced offseason addition, outfielder Josh Hamilton, that contributed to the team's payroll reaching $142 million. He hasn't helped lift a lineup that includes Albert Pujols, as the Angels are ninth in the AL in runs.
The pitching has been even worse, with the club ranking second to last in the league with a 4.78 ERA - better only than the Astros' 5.75.
The Angels dropped three of four to Baltimore over the weekend, matching their 31-game mark from their inaugural 1961 season.
"We just need to win games," second baseman Howie Kendrick said. "Nobody here wants to lose. I think every guy is out there competing, giving their best, so eventually, at some point, it's got to turn around."
Los Angeles has batted .229 in its last 15 games and Hamilton is hitting .208 with 38 strikeouts in 125 at-bats. The Angels' 23 errors are among the most in the majors.
"We have to do a much better job making pitches, getting hitters out and controlling the defensive side of this game," manager Mike Scioscia said. "We've been terrible at that."
With ace Jered Weaver recovering from a fractured left elbow, Wilson (3-0, 4.04 ERA) has been one of Scioscia's few effective starters. The left-hander has collected all of his wins in his last four games with a 3.42 ERA, a span that started with a six-inning, one-run effort in a 4-1 victory over Houston on April 14.
That moved Wilson to 3-0 with a 2.94 ERA in five career starts against the Astros.
With a payroll of around $27 million, Houston (8-24) is off to the worst start in team history but just 3 1/2 games behind the Angels. The Astros were outscored 26-2 in their final two games against Detroit over the weekend and didn't record a hit until the seventh inning in the series finale Sunday. They finished with four singles in a 9-0 defeat, their season high-tying sixth in a row.
Houston has gone 4-18 in its last 22, a stretch that started when Los Angeles ended its three-game win streak with a 5-4 victory April 13. The Astros are 4-12 at home.
"We've got to figure out how we're going to change it, and it starts man to man on the roster and trying to improve and come out with a different type of fight," reliever Wesley Wright told the team's website. "We have to start it somewhere, and hopefully it starts Tuesday."
Jordan Lyles (0-0, 3.60) will make his second start since being called up from the minors. He gave up two runs, six hits and one walk in five innings of a 7-3 loss to Detroit on Thursday.
Lyles has never faced the Angels, but Hamilton is 4 for 7 with a home run against the right-hander.
|Last Updated: 9/21/2014 1:05:24 AM EST|