|KANSAS CITY ( GUTHRIE )|
HOUSTON ( KEUCHEL )
|971||KANSAS CITY||-165||Ov 9,-110||-165||Ov 9,-110|
|972||HOUSTON||+155||Un 9,-110||+155||Un 9,-110|
|vs Left-handed Starters||4-8||-4.4||3-9||2.9||0.224||0.279||3.7||0.246||0.300|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3||2-5||4.1||0.266||0.313||3.9||0.276||0.318|
|vs Right-handed Starters||8-24||-10.7||18-12||3.7||0.236||0.290||5.9||0.300||0.362|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||+0||4-3||3.7||0.218||0.282||5.4||0.275||0.332|
|5/6/2013||SHIELDS(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||1-2||L||-140||7 un||U||7||5||1||9||6||0|
|5/7/2013||SANTANA(R)||@ BALTIMORE||CHEN(L)||3-4||L||110||8.5 un||U||10||5||1||8||7||1|
|5/8/2013||MENDOZA(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)||3-5||L||135||8.5 un||U||7||6||3||5||4||0|
|5/9/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GARCIA(R)||6-2||W||105||8.5 ev||U||9||4||1||8||7||0|
|5/10/2013||DAVIS(R)||NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||6-11||L||-120||8 un||O||7||3||0||16||8||0|
|5/11/2013||SHIELDS(R)||NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||2-3||L||-165||7.5 un||U||6||5||1||6||5||0|
|5/12/2013||SANTANA(R)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||2-4||L||-115||7 ov||U||7||5||2||9||4||0|
|5/13/2013||MENDOZA(R)||@ LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)||11-4||W||125||9 ev||O||19||8||0||9||5||0|
|5/14/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||@ LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)||2-6||L||115||8.5 un||U||6||6||0||12||6||1|
|5/15/2013||DAVIS(R)||@ LA ANGELS||ENRIGHT(R)||9-5||W||-105||9 un||O||13||7||0||12||11||0|
|5/17/2013||SHIELDS(R)||@ OAKLAND||PARKER(R)||1-2||L||-110||7 un||U||5||4||0||6||4||0|
|5/18/2013||SANTANA(R)||@ OAKLAND||MILONE(L)||1-2||L||125||7 ev||U||5||7||0||5||5||0|
|5/19/2013||MENDOZA(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRIFFIN(R)||3-4||L||155||8 ev||U||11||12||1||9||5||0|
|5/20/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||@ HOUSTON||KEUCHEL(L)|| |
|5/21/2013||DAVIS(R)||@ HOUSTON||NORRIS(R)|| |
|5/22/2013||SHIELDS(R)||@ HOUSTON||LYLES(R)|| |
|5/23/2013||SANTANA(R)||LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)|| |
|5/24/2013||MENDOZA(R)||LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)|| |
|5/25/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||LA ANGELS|| || |
|5/26/2013||DAVIS(R)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)|| |
|5/27/2013|| ||ST LOUIS|| || |
|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)||2-7||L||255||8 un||O||7||6||0||9||2||0|
|5/14/2013||HARRELL(R)||@ DETROIT||FISTER(R)||2-6||L||250||8.5 un||U||5||3||0||10||7||0|
|5/15/2013||KEUCHEL(L)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)||7-5||W||275||9 un||O||8||2||1||8||7||0|
|5/17/2013||LYLES(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||GOMEZ(R)||4-5||L||175||8.5 ov||O||7||6||3||10||11||2|
|5/18/2013||BEDARD(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||BURNETT(R)||4-2||W||230||7.5 un||U||10||8||0||9||9||0|
|5/19/2013||HARRELL(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LOCKE(L)||0-1||L||160||8.5 un||U||3||3||0||4||3||0|
|5/20/2013||KEUCHEL(L)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)|| |
|5/21/2013||NORRIS(R)||KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)|| |
|5/22/2013||LYLES(R)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)|| |
|5/27/2013|| ||COLORADO|| || |
|KANSAS CITY: HITTING: With Melky Cabrera gone, OF LORENZO CAIN will get first crack at leadoff and centerfield. If he falters, speedster JASON BOURGEOIS, vet MITCH MAIER and prospect WIL MYERS are waiting. Former Brewer YUNIESKY BETANCOURT will start at 2B and has good life in his bat for a middle infielder. OF ALEX GORDON may not hit for average, but his approach and power are there. DH BILLY BUTLER is rock solid, but it's fair to wonder whether his power will ever progress. 1B ERIC HOSMER has MVP-type upside, and he's on the verge of figuring out MLB pitching. OF JEFF FRANCOEUR still chases too many bad pitches, but the organization likes him and he still has some pop and speed. 3B MIKE MOUSTAKAS is too good for the minors, but he still hasn't caught up to major-league pitching. There's a good chance he finds his groove this year. C HUMBERTO QUINTERO will be the main backstop with BRAYAN PENA backing him up. Speedy SS ALCIDES ESCOBAR's bat hasn't caught up to his glove. |
STARTING PITCHING: K.C. once again hopes this is the year LUKE HOCHEVAR puts it all together. His velocity picked up late last year, allowing him to be more than a groundball guy. Lefty BRUCE CHEN's late-career renaissance continues. He'll be a reliable veteran arm in the middle of K.C.'s rotation again. FELIPE PAULINO has the biggest upside in this rotation. He's always had one of MLB's best fastballs. His problem was that, when he missed (which has been often), it was usually belt-high and over the middle of the plate. If he hits his spots as he did late last year, he's got potential. But Paulino will start the season on the DL with a sore elbow. The Royals hope to solve JONATHAN SANCHEZ's command issues. The lefty is a risk, but has legitimate No. 3 potential. Top prospect DANNY DUFFY will get every chance to pitch his way into the Opening Day rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: JOAKIM SORIA is out for the season with Tommy John surgery, leaving GREG HOLLAND to pick up closer duties. Holland was the Royals' best bullpen arm in 2011 and his stuff has always been nearly unhittable. It's just a matter of whether last year's vastly improved walk rate was for real. JONATHAN BROXTON was a disaster last season, but he'll be given every chance to become the No. 2 guy in this bullpen because of his experience in Los Angeles. AARON CROW was a first-round pick (twice) for his college career as a starter, but wore down late last year, and walked too many batters.
|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 (KANSAS CITY-HOUSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Royals-Astros Preview* =======================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
Kansas City (20-19) at Houston (12-31), 8:10 p.m. EDT
The Kansas City Royals are on the verge of dropping below .500 for the first time in more than six weeks. Giving the ball to Jeremy Guthrie could help them avoid it.
Guthrie will try to rebound from a rare defeat in Monday night's series opener against the Houston Astros.
The Royals (20-20) were a season-best seven games above the break-even point and one-half game off the AL Central lead May 5, but they've since dropped 10 of 13. Lack of offense has been the main culprit, as Kansas City has scored three of fewer runs nine times during that stretch.
The Royals plated five total runs in three straight losses at Oakland over the weekend, with third baseman Mike Moustakas going 0 for 11 and shortstop Alcides Escobar's 0-for-12 stretch ending with a single in a 4-2 defeat Sunday.
"We definitely need to score runs the way the pitching has been - it's been amazing," center fielder Lorenzo Cain told MLB's official website. "So we definitely got to do our part as an offense and start getting it done."
Kansas City's starters have a 3.72 ERA, and Guthrie (5-1, 2.82 ERA) has played a big part in that. The right-hander went a team-record 18 consecutive starts without a defeat before surrendering season highs of five runs and 11 hits in seven innings of a 6-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday.
The defeat was Guthrie's first since Aug. 3.
"Now we just start a new streak for him," manager Ned Yost told the Royals' official website.
To do so, Guthrie may need to do a better job keeping the ball in the park - something he's struggled with throughout his career. He gave up a career-high four home runs Tuesday, increasing his season total to 11 - among the most in the major leagues.
The Astros (12-32) are 12th in the AL with 42 homers, but 24 of those have come at home, including six in their last three games there.
Houston, loser of four straight against visiting teams, opens an eight-game homestand after splitting the last four on a 2-4 trip.
"We're playing a lot better," manager Bo Porter told the Astros' official website following a 1-0 loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday.
The Astros, who dropped two of three in Kansas City's last visit June 18-20, will give the ball to Dallas Keuchel (0-1, 4.82) in the series opener. The left-hander will get his third start since making his first six appearances this season out of the bullpen.
Keuchel didn't get a decision in either start, giving up four earned runs in 5 2-3 innings of a 7-5 win at Detroit on Wednesday.
Keuchel has never faced the Royals.
Kansas City's Alex Gordon is batting .500 during a seven-game hitting streak after matching his career high with four hits Sunday.
Kansas City, winner of nine of 13 against the Astros, last dropped four straight on the road during a six-game skid Sept. 13-28.
|Last Updated: 9/30/2014 6:56:29 PM EST|