|TEXAS ( DARVISH )|
HOUSTON ( BEDARD )
|923||TEXAS||-240||Ov 8,+105||-240||Ov 8,+100|
|924||HOUSTON||+220||Un 8,-125||+220||Un 8,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||10-5||+3.7||4-11||4.4||0.274||0.347||2.9||0.217||0.272|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.7||2-5||4.1||0.283||0.335||3.1||0.238||0.304|
|vs Right-handed Starters||6-19||-10.8||13-10||3.4||0.237||0.287||5.7||0.302||0.365|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.2||4-3||3.1||0.235||0.288||6.7||0.289||0.368|
|4/27/2013||HOLLAND(L)||@ MINNESOTA||HERNANDEZ(L)||2-7||L||-135||8.5 ov||O||8||7||1||9||4||0|
|4/28/2013||OGANDO(R)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)||0-5||L||-120||8.5 ov||U||7||7||0||9||4||0|
|4/30/2013||DARVISH(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||10-6||W||-190||8 ov||O||12||5||0||10||8||2|
|5/1/2013||TEPESCH(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||2-5||L||-115||8.5 ov||U||9||9||0||8||3||0|
|5/2/2013||GRIMM(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)||1-3||L||-155||8.5 un||U||3||8||0||8||9||0|
|5/6/2013||TEPESCH(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||FELDMAN(R)||2-9||L||-120||7.5 un||O||5||5||2||11||9||2|
|5/7/2013||GRIMM(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)||3-6||L||-115||8.5 un||O||7||5||0||9||5||1|
|5/8/2013||HOLLAND(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||LOHSE(R)||4-1||W||105||8 un||U||12||10||0||12||8||1|
|5/10/2013||OGANDO(R)||@ HOUSTON||KEUCHEL(L)||4-2||W||-210||9 ev||U||9||7||1||5||8||0|
|5/11/2013||DARVISH(R)||@ HOUSTON||BEDARD(L)|| |
|5/12/2013||TEPESCH(R)||@ HOUSTON||LYLES(R)|| |
|5/13/2013||GRIMM(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRIFFIN(R)|| |
|5/14/2013||HOLLAND(L)||@ OAKLAND||COLON(R)|| |
|5/15/2013||OGANDO(R)||@ OAKLAND||STRAILY(R)|| |
|5/18/2013|| ||DETROIT|| || |
|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)||7-6||W||+155||9 ov||O||7||3||0||8||5||3|
|5/8/2013||NORRIS(R)||LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)||3-1||W||+130||9.5 un||U||9||6||0||9||5||0|
|5/9/2013||HARRELL(R)||LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)||5-6||L||+140||9 un||O||13||7||3||8||16||0|
|5/13/2013||NORRIS(R)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)|| |
|5/14/2013||HARRELL(R)||@ DETROIT||FISTER(R)|| |
|5/15/2013||KEUCHEL(L)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)|| |
|5/17/2013||BEDARD(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||GOMEZ(R)|| |
|5/18/2013|| ||@ PITTSBURGH|| || |
|TEXAS: HITTING: 2B IAN KINSLER will lead off again. A few less at-'em balls and he's an MVP candidate. SS ELVIS ANDRUS is coming along offensively, but his poor SB% could lead to fewer attempts. Injuries are the only thing that will keep OF JOSH HAMILTON out of the MVP discussion. He'll likely start declining at age 35, but DH MICHAEL YOUNG can't help but put up numbers batting cleanup in this lineup. 3B ADRIAN BELTRE was unstoppable in Arlington. Like Hamilton, he's an MVP candidate if healthy. Injuries are piling up for OF NELSON CRUZ, who still has monster power but doesn't run as much anymore. C MIKE NAPOLI is MLB's best offensive catcher and will play some 1B on 'off' days. Because their lineup is stacked, Texas can play defensive-minded/offensively limited 1B MITCH MORELAND. And because Ron Washington would prefer to play Hamilton in left, speedy CF CRAIG GENTRY looks to have the edge over DAVID MURPHY for the starting job in center. Cuban import LEONYS MARTIN will start the season in Triple-A, but JULIO BORBON could earn a significant OF role. |
STARTING PITCHING: COLBY LEWIS can overpower when he's on, but as a flyball pitcher in cozy Arlington he's going to have a handful of ugly days. The much-ballyhooed YU DARVISH brings a deep arsenal of pitches and a durable frame from Japan. He's probably the best Japanese arm to ever cross the Pacific. Lefty MATT HARRISON solidified his rotation spot. He has topped out as a respectable No. 3-type starter. DEREK HOLLAND has top-of-the-rotation upside. Consistency has been an issue, but hopefully another year and some big postseason moments helped to cure that. The big story is NEFTALI FELIZ moving to the rotation. He was considered a future ace in the minors, but the transition might not be easy. His K/BB ratio plummeted last year and his flyball tendencies could spell disaster in Arlington. Keep in mind the Rangers made a successful closer-to-ace switch with C.J. Wilson. Top prospect MARTIN PEREZ could be an option in the second half.
RELIEF PITCHING: Veteran JOE NATHAN was brought in and handed the closer's job. He struggled in his first year back from Tommy John surgery, but most pitchers who've had the procedure don't come all the way back until their second full season. If Nathan falters, MIKE ADAMS could be next in line. He had no trouble transitioning from pitcher-friendly San Diego in the National League to hitter-friendly Arlington and the A.L.'s superior bats. KOJI UEHARA would also be in the closer discussion if Nathan falters, but he was unhappy about being traded from Baltimore and faltered for the Rangers late last year. ALEXI OGANDO got a huge boost from his defense and his bullpen before a late-season collapse. He threw by far a career-high in innings; better stamina would allow him to take the next step and possibly rejoin the rotation.
|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 (TEXAS-HOUSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rangers-Astros Preview* ========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Texas (21-13) at Houston (10-25), 7:10 p.m. EDT
After dominating the Houston Astros to open his second major league season, Yu Darvish continues to pitch well for the Texas Rangers.
The right-hander looks to maintain his strong start when the visiting Rangers face the lowly Astros on Saturday night.
An All-Star and 16-game winner in 2012 during his first season after leaving Japan, Darvish (5-1, 2.56 ERA) came one out away from a perfect game in a 7-0 win at Houston on April 2. Marwin Gonzalez grounded a clean single through the pitcher's legs and into center field to keep Darvish from making history. He struck out 14 and allowed only that hit in 8 2-3 innings.
"I think my teammates were more disappointed than I was," he said after improving to 2-0 with a 1.08 ERA against the Astros (10-26).
Darvish has not allowed a run in two other outings this season and no more than three in all but one start. He gave up three runs on two homers and two other hits Sunday, striking out 14 in seven innings while not factoring in the decision of a 4-3 win over Boston.
Darvish is the first AL pitcher since 2000 with multiple 14-strikeout games in a season. Pedro Martinez had three and Mike Mussina two that year.
"Unbelievable, unbelievable," teammate Adrian Beltre said. "He was incredible. He's been doing it all year."
With a major league-leading 72 strikeouts, Darvish is averaging 14.2 per nine innings. That likely does not bode well for the Astros, who lead the majors with 360 strikeouts and have fanned at least 14 times on six occasions in 2013.
"I'm sure their lineup has changed since I faced them," Darvish told MLB's official website. "So I will face them looking at it as a new challenge and a new team."
Houston struck out seven times and was held to five hits in Friday's 4-2 loss to the Rangers (22-13).
Jeff Baker hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh to help Texas win for the fifth time in seven games.
"Any time you can contribute, it is awesome," said Baker, 12 for 36 with four homers this season. "Especially when you are in the utility role, and you are trying to make the most of your opportunities, getting a big hit. Getting the series started with a win is obviously huge for us."
Second baseman Ian Kinsler added two hits and is 5 for 10 in the last two games.
With a double Friday, ex-Astro Lance Berkman is batting .444 in 15 games against his former team - including 7 for 14 this season.
Houston welcomes Erik Bedard (0-2, 7.36) back to the rotation Saturday after he was relegated to the bullpen earlier this month. The veteran left-hander went 0-2 with a 9.98 ERA in five starts, then allowed one run and two hits in 3 1-3 innings of relief during a 9-0 loss to Detroit on Sunday.
"Bedard went down to the bullpen and did a tremendous job last time out and he's going into the rotation," manager Bo Porter told the Astros' official website.
In Bedard's only other relief appearance this year, he gave up one hit in 3 1-3 scoreless innings to earn his first career save in a season-opening 8-2 win over Texas on March 31.
He is 5-4 with a 3.49 ERA in 15 starts versus Texas.
Gonzalez had two hits Friday and is 4 for 7 in his last two games.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 8:36:41 AM EST|