|TAMPA BAY ( PRICE )|
HOUSTON ( BEDARD )
|921||TAMPA BAY||-155||Ov 7.5,-115||-180||Ov 8,-105|
|922||HOUSTON||+145||Un 7.5,-105||+170||Un 8,-115|
|vs Left-handed Starters||14-10||+2.1||13-10||5.3||0.271||0.340||3.5||0.219||0.305|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.2||2-5||4.4||0.271||0.344||2.1||0.184||0.269|
|vs Left-handed Starters||9-13||+0.7||13-9||3.8||0.237||0.294||5.2||0.263||0.347|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-4.4||3-3||2.9||0.192||0.266||8.0||0.314||0.376|
|6/18/2013||ARCHER(R)||@ BOSTON||ACEVES(R)||1-5||L||105||10 un||U||6||8||1||8||8||0|
|6/18/2013||ODORIZZI(R)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)||1-3||L||140||10 un||U||4||3||0||7||6||0|
|6/19/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)||6-2||W||120||9.5 un||U||15||10||0||7||5||1|
|6/20/2013||MOORE(L)||@ NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||8-3||W||-105||8 un||O||14||7||0||6||5||1|
|6/21/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)||2-6||L||100||9 un||U||9||9||0||11||3||0|
|6/22/2013||COLOME(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||5-7||L||140||8 un||O||7||2||2||7||10||1|
|6/23/2013||ARCHER(R)||@ NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)||3-1||W||105||9 ov||U||9||12||1||7||7||0|
|7/1/2013||MOORE(L)||@ HOUSTON||KEUCHEL(L)||12-0||W||-155||8 ov||O||17||12||0||2||3||0|
|7/2/2013||PRICE(L)||@ HOUSTON||BEDARD(L)|| |
|7/3/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ HOUSTON||NORRIS(R)|| |
|7/4/2013||ARCHER(R)||@ HOUSTON||LYLES(R)|| |
|7/5/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)|| |
|7/6/2013||MOORE(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)|| |
|7/7/2013||PRICE(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)|| |
|7/9/2013|| ||MINNESOTA|| || |
|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)||2-4||L||+130||9 un||U||7||7||2||7||7||0|
|6/29/2013||LYLES(R)||LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)||2-7||L||+135||9 un||P||4||4||2||11||7||0|
|6/30/2013||HARRELL(R)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)||1-3||L||+140||9 un||U||5||7||2||8||7||1|
|7/1/2013||KEUCHEL(L)||TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)||0-12||L||+145||8 ov||O||2||3||0||17||12||0|
|7/2/2013||BEDARD(L)||TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)|| |
|7/3/2013||NORRIS(R)||TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|7/4/2013||LYLES(R)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|7/5/2013||HARRELL(R)||@ TEXAS||TEPESCH(R)|| |
|7/6/2013||KEUCHEL(L)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)|| |
|7/7/2013||BEDARD(L)||@ TEXAS||GRIMM(R)|| |
|7/9/2013|| ||@ ST LOUIS|| || |
|TAMPA BAY: HITTING: OF DESMOND JENNINGS' on-base skills will lead to tons of runs and SBs despite his mediocre batting average. 2B BEN ZOBRIST bounced back from a disappointing 2010, and will continue to produce near the top of the batting order. Though a series of nagging injuries plagued his 2011 season, 3B EVAN LONGORIA slugged 17 HR in his last 53 games. Fully healthy this season, he'll be an elite power-hitter with double-digit SB potential. OF B.J. UPTON's days in Tampa may be numbered. He's an elite athlete, but he just might lose his head if he's traded into a tough situation. After a hot start, OF MATT JOYCE settled in as the productive hitter he is. He should get to play every day in right field. SSs SEAN RODRIGUEZ and REID BRIGNAC will battle for ABs but neither hits on a consistent basis. C JOSE MOLINA was acquired for his defense much more than his hitting. DH LUKE SCOTT can also play some 1B when slugger CARLOS PENA, who is returning to Tampa after hitting 28 homers for the Cubs in 2011, needs a rest. |
STARTING PITCHING: DAVID PRICE was a little more hittable than in 2010, but he increased his already-high strikeout rate while cutting back on walks. His win total should rise from a disappointing 12 last year. JAMES SHIELDS put his 2010 disaster season behind him and became a Cy Young candidate. His peripheral stats and skills weren't all that different the past two years, it was a big swing of luck. Some people are putting out the Bust Alert on Rookie of the Year JEREMY HELLICKSON. He had the league's luckiest batting average on balls in play (.217), but he improved as last season progressed. MATT MOORE may be this year's R.O.Y. after a dominant late-season call up. He'll be among the league leaders in strikeouts for years to come. WADE DAVIS is a mediocre pitcher who eats innings at the back of the rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: KYLE FARNSWORTH looked as strong as he has in years, converting 25 of 31 saves in his first season with the Rays. He's the closer again this year, but it won't take much for him to lose that job after an unsteady last third of the 2011 season. JOEL PERALTA may overtake Farnsworth for ninth-inning duties at some point this season. Peralta was 5-for-5 on saves in September when Farnsworth was hurt, and gave up only one run in his final 21.3 innings. Possible future closer JAKE McGEE progressed nicely after a tough start to 2011. He's got potentially lethal stuff. Former Angels hurler FERNANDO RODNEY is looking to bounce back after a wild season (28 walks, 26 strikeouts in 32 IP).
|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 (TAMPA BAY-HOUSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rays-Astros Preview* =====================
Tampa Bay (43-39) at Houston (30-52), 8:10 p.m. EDT
David Price is eager to return and could be poised to double his season win total.
The Tampa Bay Rays left-hander will be activated Tuesday night after his first stint on the disabled to face a Houston Astros offense that is struggling during a four-game slide.
Price (1-4, 5.24 ERA) has been out since May 15 due to a left triceps strain. He's the first reigning Cy Young Award winner to go on the disabled list since Jake Peavy in 2008.
"I feel extremely good right now," Price told the Rays' official website. "I just want to continue to work hard and continue to use our trainers the way I have always and just expect better results."
Price went 1-0 with a 1.23 ERA in two rehab starts at Class-A Charlotte with eight strikeouts over five scoreless innings in the last one Wednesday.
"If we could get six innings out of him that would be outstanding," manager Joe Maddon said. "Primarily let's just wish him good health and the fact that we're beyond the problem."
His lone career start against Houston (30-53) was a 10-6 victory he got credit for despite allowing five runs over five innings May 23, 2010.
Price could have a good night against an Astros offense that has totaled five runs while hitting .153 with 39 strikeouts over the last four games.
The Rays (44-39) won 12-0 on Monday for their most lopsided win of the year to open this four-game set. Matt Moore worked seven innings for his 11th victory and Cesar Ramos pitched the final two of the two-hitter.
Sean Rodriguez had a career-high four hits - two doubles - with three RBIs and three other Rays added three hits apiece as part of a 17-hit attack.
"It was just a tough, frustrating game watching them score the runs and just being on defense all day and watching it happen," Astros first baseman Chris Carter said.
All of that offense came without Evan Longoria, who has missed the last three games with a foot injury. He's hitting .358 against left-handers and missed a chance to go up against Dallas Keuchel on Monday as Tampa Bay gets ready to face another southpaw in Erik Bedard (3-3, 4.44).
"It's still a day by day situation," Maddon said. "We think that we might be able to get him back somehow, some way. We'll just wait and see."
The Rays improved to 14-10 against left-handed starters as they face a familiar foe in Bedard, who is 11-5 with a 3.32 ERA against them in 22 starts.
Bedard is 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA in six home starts, with the Astros losing all of the outings in which he failed to receive decisions. He has yielded three runs or fewer in nine of his last 10 starts.
Bedard has never faced James Loney, who is hitting .396 during a 12-game streak and is second in the majors with a .363 mark on the road.
The Astros expect Carlos Pena to return Tuesday after he missed two games to be with his family in the Dominican Republic following the drowning death of his nephew.
Tampa Bay has won six straight over Houston.
|Last Updated: 9/20/2014 11:04:50 AM EST|