|MILWAUKEE ( LOHSE )|
HOUSTON ( BEDARD )
|979||MILWAUKEE||-135||Ov 8.5,+100||-120||Ov 8.5,+100|
|980||HOUSTON||+125||Un 8.5,-120||+110||Un 8.5,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||6-20||-16.2||15-10||3.5||0.256||0.298||5.5||0.275||0.342|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.7||3-3||4.4||0.278||0.306||3.7||0.221||0.264|
|vs Right-handed Starters||19-34||-2.1||26-25||3.7||0.238||0.291||5.1||0.288||0.347|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+4.2||2-5||4.1||0.198||0.258||2.6||0.220||0.261|
|6/10/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ MIAMI||NOLASCO(R)||6-1||W||-115||7 un||P||16||10||0||5||2||1|
|6/11/2013||PERALTA(R)||@ MIAMI||TURNER(R)||4-5||L||-115||7.5 un||O||5||3||0||8||2||1|
|6/12/2013||FIGARO(R)||@ MIAMI||SLOWEY(R)||10-1||W||-120||7.5 un||O||12||3||0||5||3||2|
|6/14/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)||3-4||L||135||8 un||U||12||11||2||7||8||3|
|6/15/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)||6-0||W||160||8 ov||U||8||3||0||7||7||0|
|6/16/2013||PERALTA(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CUETO(R)||1-5||L||190||8.5 un||U||7||6||1||9||7||0|
|6/18/2013||FIGARO(R)||@ HOUSTON||LYLES(R)||1-10||L||-115||8 un||O||8||8||3||8||7||0|
|6/19/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ HOUSTON||BEDARD(L)|| |
|6/20/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ HOUSTON||HARRELL(R)|| |
|6/25/2013||LOHSE(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)|| |
|6/26/2013|| ||CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|6/7/2013||LYLES(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||2-4||L||210||7.5 un||U||9||8||0||9||7||0|
|6/8/2013||BEDARD(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)||2-7||L||160||8.5 ev||O||6||3||3||10||8||0|
|6/9/2013||HARRELL(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||MENDOZA(R)||0-2||L||155||8.5 ov||U||5||6||1||6||6||1|
|6/10/2013||KEUCHEL(L)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)||2-3||L||220||6.5 ov||U||7||6||3||9||11||1|
|6/11/2013||NORRIS(R)||@ SEATTLE||HARANG(R)||0-4||L||145||7.5 un||U||2||3||2||7||3||1|
|6/12/2013||LYLES(R)||@ SEATTLE||BONDERMAN(R)||6-1||W||125||7.5 un||U||8||7||2||5||8||0|
|6/14/2013||BEDARD(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||2-1||W||+175||7.5 un||U||5||6||0||6||8||2|
|6/15/2013||HARRELL(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)||4-3||W||+110||8 un||U||6||2||1||8||6||0|
|6/16/2013||KEUCHEL(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)||5-4||W||+115||8.5 un||O||7||6||0||8||7||1|
|6/17/2013||NORRIS(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||2-4||L||-105||8 ev||U||8||9||0||9||5||1|
|6/21/2013||KEUCHEL(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||GARZA(R)|| |
|6/22/2013||NORRIS(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)|| |
|6/23/2013||LYLES(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|6/25/2013||BEDARD(L)||ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)|| |
|6/26/2013|| ||ST LOUIS|| || |
|MILWAUKEE: HITTING: It helped when the Brew Crew had Prince Fielder in the fold, but there's still lots of firepower here now that he's moved on. 2B RICKIE WEEKS starts it off, with some of the game's best bat speed. OF NYJER MORGAN doesn't hit the ball hard, but when it drops in he's off to the races. OF RYAN BRAUN has put up Hall of Fame numbers since day one. Now the big question is whether he doped to do it. OF COREY HART has improved his batting eye and is no longer an on-base liability. He's also one of the few Brewers hitters who plays even average defense. 3B ARAMIS RAMIREZ is on the down side of his career, but remains productive. Backup TAYLOR GREEN should see decent time behind him though. IF MAT GAMEL is slated to start at first; nobody knows if he'll be any good. He sure as heck won't be Prince Fielder. C JONATHAN LUCROY was effective in a middle-of-the-road kind of way. Fourth OF CARLOS GOMEZ still can't hit. SS ALEX GONZALEZ will play every day and has decent pop for a middle infielder. |
STARTING PITCHING: The Brewers' front three is among the most formidable in baseball. YOVANI GALLARDO has improved his peripherals every year as a starter. High pitch counts used to chase him early in games, but not anymore. One day he'll win a Cy Young. ZACK GREINKE was a product of bad defense, bad luck, and an unusually high home run rate. In the second half, he was a beast. SHAUN MARCUM pulled a reverse Greinke, starting brilliantly then fading down the stretch. Not too surprising, given the durability issues that have followed Marcum throughout his career. Most teams would still kill to have him as their No. 3 starter. People laughed when the Crew signed RANDY WOLF for three years and $30 million, but he's been a highly dependable innings-eater in both seasons as a Brewer. The same holds for CHRIS NARVESON. He's the very definition of a back-end guy, but as fifth starters go, he's pretty good.
RELIEF PITCHING: JOHN AXFORD and his Long John Silver's facial hair are proof positive that you don't need to spend a fortune on a closer. Axford was an undrafted retread when Milwaukee signed him. The list of 'proven closers' with fat contracts that Axford has outpitched each of the past two years is a deep one. FRANCISCO RODRIGUEZ ruined the Brewers' offseason plans by accepting arbitration. He's a decent bet for some cheap saves, and still brings it with that crazy body-flinging delivery. But the team may still deal him at some point this season. KAMERON LOE has made a reasonably smooth transition to full-time reliever.
|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 NL PREVIEW (MILWAUKEE-HOUSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Brewers-Astros Preview* ========================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Milwaukee (28-40) at Houston (26-45), 8:10 p.m. EDT
The Houston Astros put together one of their best offensive showings in the series opener with the Milwaukee Brewers.
A repeat performance could be much more difficult to come by against scheduled starter Kyle Lohse, who regularly frustrates the Astros.
Houston aims for a sixth win in seven games Wednesday night as it hosts the Brewers.
Matt Dominguez's grand slam and career-high five RBIs led the Astros (27-45) to a 10-1 victory Tuesday. Carlos Pena also chipped in with a three-run homer.
All 10 of Dominguez's home runs this year have come in his past 35 games, as well as 28 of his team-best 40 RBIs.
"You look at the batting average and many people talk about average but this guy has been productive," manager Bo Porter said of Dominguez, who is hitting .236. "It's somewhere close to 40 RBIs, 10 home runs and Gold Glove (caliber) third base. That's a pretty good baseball player."
Lohse (2-6, 3.84 ERA) is 10-7 with a 2.60 ERA in 18 career starts against the Astros, and 4-1 with a 1.59 ERA in his last five against them.
After suffering five losses in a span of seven starts, he's allowed two earned runs over 14 innings in his last two outings. The Brewers (28-41) haven't done a great job of backing him, as his 3.16 run-support average is one of the lowest in the NL.
Still, the right-hander would like to toughen up in first innings, as eight of the 16 hits he's given up in his last three starts have come in the first frame. Opponents are hitting .333 against him in the first inning on the season.
"I've got to figure something out," Lohse said. "It seems like I keep giving up hits in the first inning. Usually I'm pretty good there."
Conversely, Houston starter Erik Bedard (2-3, 4.82) struggled both times he faced Milwaukee last season, going 0-2 with an 11.88 ERA.
He is coming off a strong outing, allowing an unearned run and three hits over six innings in a 2-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Friday. The left-hander threw a season-high 104 pitches.
"I had a couple innings with a lot of pitches early, but I got stronger and was throwing a lot more strikes later to get the quick outs," he said.
Bedard will try to take advantage of a Milwaukee offense that is scuffling a bit, totaling five runs in the team's three losses over the last four contests. Leadoff hitter Norichika Aoki is 2 for 16 with a walk in the last four.
"We have chances and we don't get people in," manager Ron Roenicke said, not pleased with his team's 3-for-8 performance with runners in scoring position Tuesday. "And that ball game is a lot different if we drive in the people when we have the opportunities to do it."
Carlos Gomez and Aramis Ramirez are a combined 7 for 15 against Bedard, each with a home run.
Houston's Justin Maxwell was 0 for 2 with two walks Tuesday as he started in right field after missing nearly two months with a fractured left hand.
Lohse has recorded 16 strikeouts versus Carlos Pena, who is 9 for 38 off him.
|Last Updated: 8/28/2014 10:35:29 PM EST|