|OAKLAND ( COLON )|
HOUSTON ( KEUCHEL )
|973||OAKLAND||-165||Ov 9,-110||-170||Ov 9,-105|
|974||HOUSTON||+155||Un 9,-110||+160||Un 9,-115|
|vs Left-handed Starters||7-7||+0.5||11-3||5.0||0.253||0.350||4.5||0.252||0.300|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+6.1||3-4||4.9||0.272||0.348||2.7||0.215||0.260|
|vs Right-handed Starters||10-26||-9.4||21-13||3.7||0.240||0.295||5.9||0.303||0.365|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+1.6||4-3||3.7||0.249||0.316||4.7||0.276||0.338|
|5/12/2013||MILONE(L)||@ SEATTLE||SAUNDERS(L)||1-6||L||-120||7.5 ov||U||6||8||0||8||6||1|
|5/17/2013||PARKER(R)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||2-1||W||+100||7 un||U||6||4||0||5||4||0|
|5/18/2013||MILONE(L)||KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)||2-1||W||-135||7 ev||U||5||5||0||5||7||0|
|5/19/2013||GRIFFIN(R)||KANSAS CITY||MENDOZA(R)||4-3||W||-165||8 ev||U||9||5||0||11||12||1|
|5/20/2013||COLON(R)||@ TEXAS||LINDBLOM(R)||9-2||W||125||10.5 un||O||15||15||0||6||3||1|
|5/21/2013||STRAILY(R)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)||1-0||W||187||8.5 un||U||7||11||0||3||2||1|
|5/22/2013||PARKER(R)||@ TEXAS||WOLF(R)||1-3||L||105||10 un||U||4||6||0||6||2||1|
|5/24/2013||MILONE(L)||@ HOUSTON||BEDARD(L)||6-5||W||-150||8.5 un||O||7||7||0||9||6||0|
|5/25/2013||GRIFFIN(R)||@ HOUSTON||HARRELL(R)||11-5||W||-155||8 un||O||18||9||1||9||6||0|
|5/26/2013||COLON(R)||@ HOUSTON||KEUCHEL(L)|| |
|5/27/2013||STRAILY(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)|| |
|5/28/2013||PARKER(R)||SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|5/29/2013||MILONE(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)|| |
|5/30/2013||GRIFFIN(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)|| |
|5/31/2013||COLON(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)|| |
|6/1/2013|| ||CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|6/2/2013|| ||CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|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)||3-7||L||+120||9 un||O||10||10||1||13||7||2|
|5/22/2013||LYLES(R)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||3-1||W||+190||7.5 ov||U||8||5||0||6||5||1|
|5/28/2013||LYLES(R)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)|| |
|5/29/2013||BEDARD(L)||@ COLORADO||CHATWOOD(R)|| |
|5/30/2013||HARRELL(R)||@ COLORADO||NICASIO(R)|| |
|5/31/2013||KEUCHEL(L)||@ LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)|| |
|6/1/2013|| ||@ LA ANGELS|| || |
|6/2/2013|| ||@ LA ANGELS|| || |
|OAKLAND: HITTING: 2B JEMILE WEEKS may not be a legitimate .300 hitter, but he's still the best option they have at the leadoff spot. C KURT SUZUKI seemingly hits as many line outs as anyone in baseball. He has a solid bat for a catcher and qualifies as a middle-of-the-order option in Oakland. OF JOSH REDDICK is more of a line-drive hitter than a 25-HR guy, and he doesn't yet have the plate discipline to approach .300. 1B BRANDON ALLEN is an all-or-nothing hitter, but his potential for much-needed power should be enough for him to beat out DARIC BARTON. SS CLIFF PENNINGTON has quietly developed into a serviceable regular. With 3B SCOTT SIZEMORE out for the season with a torn ACL, either ERIC SOGARD or JOSH DONALDSON will win the job at third base. Neither player has reached 80 career at-bats yet. Highly-coveted Cuban OF YOENIS CESPEDES inked a four-year deal with Oakland, and will be expected to produced in the heart of the lineup immediately. OF COLLIN COWGILL is undersized, but has shown impressive power in the minors. The DH spot will fall to Allen when Barton is in the lineup. When he's not, it will be filled by such Quadruple-A types as KILA KA'AIHUE and CHRIS CARTER. |
STARTING PITCHING: BRANDON McCARTHY reclamation project worked out nicely. He's an injury risk, but when healthy he's one of baseball's better middle-of-the-rotation arms. BARTOLO COLON pitched better than expected with the Yankees last year (7.4 K/9, 4.00 ERA), and should perform just as well in his new spacious ballpark. DALLAS BRADEN (shoulder) and BRETT ANDERSON (elbow) are both question marks after major surgeries. Braden's return date has been pushed back to early May, while Anderson will might not take the hill until June. The jewel of the Trevor Cahill trade, hard-throwing righty JARROD PARKER has a chance to make a big impact if his arm is recovered from 2009 Tommy John surgery. The Gio Gonzalez trade landed Oakland TOMMY MILONE and BRAD PEACOCK, both of whom are coming off impressive minor-league seasons. They'll compete for rotation spots this spring. TYSON ROSS could get a few starts, but he's gotten very hittable over the past year. They're in no hurry to start the arbitration clock of top prospect SONNY GRAY, but he should make some late-season starts.
RELIEF PITCHING: With Andrew Bailey gone, righty GRANT BALFOUR (2.47 ERA, 1.03 WHIP) will get the first chance to close games. Though his occasional bouts with command issues make him a risk. If Balfour falters, BRIAN FUENTES will get the next look because of his ninth-inning experience and strong second half of 2011 . . . Long a favorite inside the organization, injury-prone righty JOEY DEVINE has long been considered a future closer and should get some late-innings duties. The highest upside option for a future closer is 25-year-old righty FAUTINO DE LOS SANTOS. He has overpowering stuff but his command comes and goes.
|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 (OAKLAND-HOUSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Athletics-Astros Preview* ==========================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Oakland (26-23) at Houston (14-34), 2:10 p.m. EDT
If Bartolo Colon can keep turning back the clock, the Oakland Athletics should have an easier time extending their dominance over the Houston Astros.
Colon makes his first start as a 40-year-old Sunday when he attempts to lead the visiting Athletics to their 11th straight victory over the AL-worst Astros.
Behind a season-high 18 hits and double-digit runs for the first time since April 30, Oakland (27-23) cruised to its seventh win in eight games with an 11-5 victory in Houston (14-35) on Saturday.
Josh Donaldson homered and tied a career high with four hits to lead the A's, who have outscored the Astros 75-37 during 10 consecutive wins in the series. The third baseman leads the team with a .322 batting average, .398 on-base percentage and 30 RBIs.
"He went through one little period where he was down some, but he's been consistent all year," said manager Bob Melvin, whose club hasn't lost to Houston since June 12, 2007.
Now Oakland looks to complete a three-game sweep with Colon (4-2, 4.31 ERA) on the mound.
After going 0-2 with an 8.22 ERA during a three-start stretch, the right-hander has given up five runs and 10 hits over 13 innings in his last two outings.
Colon won for the first time in nearly a month after allowing two runs and six hits over seven innings in a 9-2 victory at Texas on Monday.
"I mean, he's 40 and we'd like to try to get him through a season," Melvin said of Colon throwing 95 pitches. "So anything over 100 for me is starting to get a little uncomfortable for me."
Colon has already beaten Houston twice this season, yielding four runs over 12 innings in two April outings. He's 5-2 with a 3.42 ERA in eight career starts against the Astros.
This time, he faces a Houston team that has batted .219 with runners in scoring position while losing three of five on its eight-game homestand.
Jason Castro went 3 for 4 with two homers and three RBIs Saturday and is 3 for 6 with a homer against Colon this season.
Matt Dominguez has hit three homers in the first two games of this series, giving him seven over his last 12 contests.
"He's really tapping into what we always knew was in there," manager Bo Porter said. "The pull power is definitely there, and he has proven to the league that he can make adjustments."
Scheduled Houston starter Dallas Keuchel (1-1, 4.93) makes his fourth start since replacing the ineffective Philip Humber in the rotation.
While the left-hander hasn't been sharp with six walks and 16 hits allowed in his last two starts spanning 12 1-3 innings, Keuchel did earn his first victory in a 6-5 win over Kansas City on Monday. He yielded four runs and nine hits with four walks and a season-best six strikeouts in 6 2-3 innings.
Seth Smith went 3 for 5 on Saturday and is 2 for 3 with a home run against Keuchel, who has given up one run and six hits over six innings of relief against the A's this season.
Houston native Chris Young continues to hit well at Minute Maid Park, going 6 for 10 with a homer and five RBIs in the first two games of this series to raise his average to .429 in 20 career games there.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 3:29:06 PM EST|