|LA ANGELS ( WILLIAMS )|
HOUSTON ( NORRIS )
|923||LA ANGELS||-140||Ov 9,-130||-130||Ov 9,+100|
|924||HOUSTON||+130||Un 9,+110||+120||Un 9,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||26-32||-16.3||35-22||4.9||0.272||0.332||4.8||0.258||0.323|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.5||4-3||6.6||0.290||0.361||6.1||0.287||0.340|
|vs Right-handed Starters||21-38||-3.3||29-28||3.8||0.237||0.290||5.2||0.289||0.346|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+0.2||3-4||4.0||0.227||0.277||6.1||0.286||0.342|
|6/14/2013||WILSON(L)||NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||5-2||W||-155||8 un||U||13||10||1||6||7||0|
|6/15/2013||HANSON(R)||NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)||6-2||W||-125||8 ov||P||12||10||1||5||4||0|
|6/16/2013||WEAVER(R)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||5-6||L||-140||7 ov||O||9||7||2||9||3||0|
|6/25/2013||WILSON(L)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)||14-8||W||120||9.5 un||O||16||11||1||10||6||6|
|6/26/2013||BUCKNER(R)||@ DETROIT||ALVAREZ(L)||7-4||W||135||10 ov||O||10||5||0||12||7||1|
|6/27/2013||WEAVER(R)||@ DETROIT||FISTER(R)||3-1||W||135||8.5 un||U||11||10||0||7||7||0|
|6/28/2013||WILLIAMS(R)||@ HOUSTON||NORRIS(R)|| |
|6/29/2013||BLANTON(R)||@ HOUSTON||LYLES(R)|| |
|6/30/2013||WILSON(L)||@ HOUSTON||HARRELL(R)|| |
|7/2/2013||WEAVER(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|7/3/2013||WILLIAMS(R)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)|| |
|7/4/2013||BLANTON(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|7/5/2013|| ||BOSTON|| || |
|6/14/2013||BEDARD(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||2-1||W||+175||7.5 un||U||6||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)||1-3||L||165||10 un||U||4||4||0||10||7||1|
|6/22/2013||NORRIS(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||4-3||W||130||9.5 un||U||6||5||2||8||8||2|
|6/23/2013||LYLES(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||6-14||L||155||9 ev||O||13||8||2||16||6||2|
|6/25/2013||HARRELL(R)||ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)||5-13||L||+135||9 un||O||6||4||1||15||6||0|
|6/26/2013||BEDARD(L)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||4-3||W||+160||8.5 un||U||5||6||0||8||7||0|
|6/28/2013||NORRIS(R)||LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)|| |
|6/29/2013||LYLES(R)||LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)|| |
|6/30/2013||HARRELL(R)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)|| |
|7/1/2013||KEUCHEL(L)||TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)|| |
|7/2/2013||BEDARD(L)||TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|7/3/2013||NORRIS(R)||TAMPA BAY||COLOME(R)|| |
|7/4/2013||LYLES(R)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|7/5/2013|| ||@ TEXAS|| || |
|LA ANGELS: HITTING: SS ERICK AYBAR will likely get another crack at the leadoff spot by default. DH/OF BOBBY ABREU can still draw walks and run a little. 2B HOWIE KENDRICK traded batting average for more power last year. He's still one of baseball's better middle infield bats. 1B ALBERT PUJOLS should benefit from DH-ing a couple of times a year. OF TORII HUNTER is fading fast and may not provide middle-of-the-order power. OF VERNON WELLS has a better chance than Hunter to bounce back, and the Angels have to be patient considering his monster contract. MARK TRUMBO will get a look at 3B. If he can't get it done, ALBERTO CALLASPO would start and Trumbo would back-up first and DH. Speedy OF PETER BOURJOS will start in left, and top prospect MIKE TROUT will soon replace free agents-to-be Abreu or Hunter. KENDRYS MORALES could DH regularly if his ankle is healthy. CHRIS IANNETTA is no Mike Napoli, but he's a monster upgrade over Jeff Mathis. |
STARTING PITCHING: JERED WEAVER had a lot of things go right in 2011, and it's not hard to picture him as a Cy Young candidate again. But he faded late in the year, and may not belong in the upper echelon or pitchers. A cutter has led to DAN HAREN's rebirth. He's right there with Weaver, just a step behind the elite arms. C.J. WILSON may not get the same run support, but he should benefit from getting out of hitter-friendly Arlington; he had a 2.31 road ERA last year. ERVIN SANTANA never developed into a top-of-the-line starter, but he's become more consistent and settled in as a solid starter. Once a washed-out former prospect, JEROME WILLIAMS came back to the States from Taiwan and delivered three quality starts last September. He's not likely to have sustained success, but he does have the inside track for a rotation spot. Middling prospect GARRETT RICHARDS seems like the most likely candidate to step into the rotation in case of injury.
RELIEF PITCHING: JORDAN WALDEN will have the closer's role again entering the spring, but while he was overpowering he was also very shaky at times. He gave up seven runs over 2.2 innings in his last three appearances. RICH THOMPSON decided to lean on his cutter last year and the results were excellent. If Walden slips up, Thompson has to be in the closer conversation. LaTROY HAWKINS was solid with Milwaukee (2.42 ERA) and joins his ninth different team since 2003. He is expected to set up Walden as well. Lefty SCOTT DOWNS was far from dominant last year, despite his 1.34 ERA. But Scioscia does trust him in high-leverage situations, making him a possible fallback if Walden struggles. The Angels don't seem to have big plans for HISANORI TAKAHASHI, the most well-compensated long reliever in baseball.
|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 (LA ANGELS-HOUSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Angels-Astros Preview* =======================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Los Angeles (35-43) at Houston (30-49), 8:10 p.m. EDT
While his overall numbers don't stand out, the Houston Astros' Bud Norris has baffled the Los Angeles Angels this year.
Norris tries to again shut down the visiting Angels, who look for their recent success to carry over in Friday night's series opener.
After allowing three runs in six innings during Saturday's 4-3 road win over the Chicago Cubs, Norris (5-7, 3.60 ERA) is 0-3 with a 4.15 ERA in his last four outings.
The right-hander, though, has looked like a different pitcher in three matchups against the Angels (36-43) this year, winning each while posting a 0.43 ERA.
"I'm sure they're going to find some things on me here soon," Norris told MLB's official website. "They're a good lineup, they know what they're doing over there, but I've got to stick to my strengths and keep going out there and doing what I'm doing because obviously, it's been working so far."
Norris continued his mastery in the series June 1, striking out six over six innings of four-hit ball in a 2-0 win at Los Angeles.
"Every time he pitches against us he's got his 'A' stuff," said Angels outfielder Mike Trout, who's 4 for 10 with three doubles versus Norris. "He was hitting his spots early and locating, and his secondary pitches were good."
Another dominant effort could be hard to come by against an Angels team that's won nine of 14 while hitting .308. Los Angeles is on the verge of a season-best fifth consecutive road win after beating Detroit 3-1 in 10 innings Thursday.
Trout, eight for his last 16 with a homer and five RBIs, had four hits while Albert Pujols delivered the go-ahead double.
"We just need to continue to fight and go to Houston and get ready to play," Pujols said. "We did it last time and caught a little funk, but we just need to continue to swing the bat and continue to pitch."
Owners of the AL's worst record, the Astros (30-49) have taken six of seven from Los Angeles, including the last four while allowing eight runs.
Houston enters this three-game set having won eight of 13 after beating St. Louis 4-3 on Wednesday.
"Those guys have a tremendous lineup and a deep pitching staff," catcher Jason Castro said. "For us to come out and battle and hang with them ... it's reassuring and it's good for the morale around here."
Houston's Chris Carter has two homers, five RBIs and nine runs in his last 10 games, a stretch during which he's hit .361 - significantly higher than his season average of .231.
"His at-bats have gotten extremely disciplined from a standpoint of he's attacking the pitches that he should attack - not expanding (the zone) as often as he was earlier in the year, and he's putting together some really good at-bats," manager Bo Porter said of Carter, whose 108 strikeouts are a major league high.
Carter has hit safely in nine of 10 games versus Los Angeles this year, going 11 for 32 (.344) with five homers and 11 RBIs. He's 1 for 3 with a homer against scheduled starter Jerome Williams (5-3, 3.36).
Filling in for the injured Jason Vargas, Williams allowed a season high-tying five runs and eight hits in six innings Saturday in a 6-1 loss to Pittsburgh. The right-hander gave up both runs and three hits in seven innings opposite Norris earlier this month, dropping to 1-3 with a 4.09 ERA versus Houston.
|Last Updated: 9/30/2014 3:14:24 PM EST|