|KANSAS CITY ( DAVIS )|
HOUSTON ( NORRIS )
|923||KANSAS CITY||-130||Ov 9,+100||-125||Ov 8.5,-105|
|924||HOUSTON||+120||Un 9,-120||+115||Un 8.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||16-12||+4.3||13-14||4.9||0.280||0.326||4.0||0.256||0.308|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.4||3-4||4.6||0.278||0.331||4.1||0.282||0.339|
|vs Right-handed Starters||9-24||-9.2||19-12||3.8||0.237||0.293||5.8||0.300||0.363|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+2.5||4-3||3.6||0.225||0.299||4.4||0.257||0.315|
|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)||5-6||L||-155||9 ov||O||11||7||1||9||7||0|
|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||SHIELDS(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|5/28/2013|| ||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)||6-5||W||+145||9 ov||O||9||7||0||11||7||1|
|5/21/2013||NORRIS(R)||KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)|| |
|5/22/2013||LYLES(R)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)|| |
|5/28/2013|| ||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 (20-20) at Houston (12-32), 8:10 p.m. EDT
The Houston Astros' starters have done a better job of late.
That wasn't the case for Bud Norris the last time he took the mound, and he'll look to bounce back when he faces the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.
Houston (13-32) defeated the Royals 6-5 on Monday, ending a four-game home losing streak and avoiding a third straight defeat there to Kansas City (20-21).
Converted reliever Dallas Keuchel wasn't dominant, giving up four runs in 6 2-3 innings, but was good enough to help the Astros win for the third time in five games since a six-game slide. While Houston's starters are last in the major leagues with a 6.04 ERA, the rotation has posted a 2.92 mark in the past four.
Norris (4-4, 4.32 ERA) will have had two extra days of rest as he looks to extend that run. Manager Bo Porter told the Astros' official website that the right-hander could have gone Sunday in Pittsburgh after leaving a 7-2 loss at Detroit on May 13 in the sixth inning with lower back spasms. However, the team wanted Norris to avoid possible further injury by hitting.
Norris surrendered a season-high seven runs in the contest after going 2-1 with a 2.42 ERA in his previous four outings. He's 3-1 with a 2.30 ERA in his five home starts.
Norris will try to deal the Royals a fifth consecutive loss when he faces them for the first time.
Kansas City, which has fallen by one run in each of its last four, will send Wade Davis (3-3, 5.98) to the mound. The right-hander won his last start, but he's posted an 8.39 ERA in his past five outings.
Staked to an 8-0 third-inning lead Wednesday, Davis gave up four runs in 5 1-3 innings of a 9-5 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.
He threw seven innings of one-run ball the only time he faced the Astros, a 7-2 Tampa Bay victory at Houston on June 25, 2011.
George Kottaras could be catching Davis after Salvador Perez left in the sixth inning Monday with a bruised hip after crashing into the railing near the Astros' dugout. Kottaras is 2 for 8 with a homer and a triple off Norris.
Former Astro Miguel Tejada has never faced Davis, but that could change after he started in place of struggling third baseman Mike Moustakas on Monday and hit a three-run homer. It was Tejada's first home run since 2011 after not playing in the majors last season.
Astros third baseman Matt Dominguez has all four of his homers this season in the last nine games after hitting a three-run shot Monday. Dominguez, though, is 6 for 36 during that stretch.
"I'm trying to figure some things out and be more consistent," he said. "I've been able to get some big hits, and hopefully, the average will be there by the end of the year."
Kansas City's Alex Gordon is among the AL batting leaders at .343 after pushing his hitting streak to eight with a single Monday. He has never faced Norris.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 11:10:56 PM EST|