|HOUSTON ( BEDARD )|
TEXAS ( GRIMM )
|975||HOUSTON||+185||Ov 9.5,-110||+182||Ov 9.5,-120|
|976||TEXAS||-200||Un 9.5,-110||-195||Un 9.5,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||23-42||-3.2||32-30||3.8||0.236||0.291||5.3||0.286||0.346|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-0.9||4-2||3.4||0.196||0.268||6.6||0.287||0.374|
|vs Left-handed Starters||16-11||+0.4||12-15||4.7||0.277||0.342||4.2||0.246||0.306|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-4.2||5-2||4.4||0.245||0.303||5.6||0.284||0.351|
|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)||0-8||L||+170||8 un||P||4||3||0||12||9||0|
|7/3/2013||NORRIS(R)||TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)||4-1||W||+145||8.5 ov||U||7||2||0||8||7||0|
|7/4/2013||LYLES(R)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||5-7||L||+145||8.5 ov||O||5||7||0||9||8||0|
|7/5/2013||HARRELL(R)||@ TEXAS||TEPESCH(R)||5-10||L||205||9.5 un||O||10||5||1||9||7||1|
|7/6/2013||KEUCHEL(L)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)||9-5||W||260||9 un||O||11||8||0||10||6||0|
|7/7/2013||BEDARD(L)||@ TEXAS||GRIMM(R)|| |
|7/9/2013||NORRIS(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|7/10/2013||LYLES(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)|| |
|7/12/2013||HARRELL(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)|| |
|7/13/2013||KEUCHEL(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|7/14/2013|| ||@ TAMPA BAY|| || |
|6/23/2013||TEPESCH(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||2-1||W||175||7.5 ev||U||7||6||0||7||7||1|
|6/25/2013||DARVISH(R)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||3-4||L||-120||7.5 ev||U||7||5||2||8||8||1|
|6/26/2013||GRIMM(R)||@ NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||8-5||W||120||9 un||O||13||8||0||10||5||2|
|6/27/2013||HOLLAND(L)||@ NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||2-0||W||-125||8.5 ev||U||6||4||0||2||2||0|
|7/8/2013||HOLLAND(L)||@ BALTIMORE||FELDMAN(R)|| |
|7/9/2013||PEREZ(L)||@ BALTIMORE||BRITTON(L)|| |
|7/10/2013||TEPESCH(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GONZALEZ(R)|| |
|7/11/2013||DARVISH(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)|| |
|7/12/2013||GRIMM(R)||@ DETROIT||FISTER(R)|| |
|7/13/2013||HOLLAND(L)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)|| |
|7/14/2013|| ||@ DETROIT|| || |
|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.
|TEXAS: HITTING: 2B IAN KINSLER will lead off again. A few less at-'em balls and he's an MVP candidate. SS ELVIS ANDRUS is coming along offensively, but his poor SB% could lead to fewer attempts. Injuries are the only thing that will keep OF JOSH HAMILTON out of the MVP discussion. He'll likely start declining at age 35, but DH MICHAEL YOUNG can't help but put up numbers batting cleanup in this lineup. 3B ADRIAN BELTRE was unstoppable in Arlington. Like Hamilton, he's an MVP candidate if healthy. Injuries are piling up for OF NELSON CRUZ, who still has monster power but doesn't run as much anymore. C MIKE NAPOLI is MLB's best offensive catcher and will play some 1B on 'off' days. Because their lineup is stacked, Texas can play defensive-minded/offensively limited 1B MITCH MORELAND. And because Ron Washington would prefer to play Hamilton in left, speedy CF CRAIG GENTRY looks to have the edge over DAVID MURPHY for the starting job in center. Cuban import LEONYS MARTIN will start the season in Triple-A, but JULIO BORBON could earn a significant OF role. |
STARTING PITCHING: COLBY LEWIS can overpower when he's on, but as a flyball pitcher in cozy Arlington he's going to have a handful of ugly days. The much-ballyhooed YU DARVISH brings a deep arsenal of pitches and a durable frame from Japan. He's probably the best Japanese arm to ever cross the Pacific. Lefty MATT HARRISON solidified his rotation spot. He has topped out as a respectable No. 3-type starter. DEREK HOLLAND has top-of-the-rotation upside. Consistency has been an issue, but hopefully another year and some big postseason moments helped to cure that. The big story is NEFTALI FELIZ moving to the rotation. He was considered a future ace in the minors, but the transition might not be easy. His K/BB ratio plummeted last year and his flyball tendencies could spell disaster in Arlington. Keep in mind the Rangers made a successful closer-to-ace switch with C.J. Wilson. Top prospect MARTIN PEREZ could be an option in the second half.
RELIEF PITCHING: Veteran JOE NATHAN was brought in and handed the closer's job. He struggled in his first year back from Tommy John surgery, but most pitchers who've had the procedure don't come all the way back until their second full season. If Nathan falters, MIKE ADAMS could be next in line. He had no trouble transitioning from pitcher-friendly San Diego in the National League to hitter-friendly Arlington and the A.L.'s superior bats. KOJI UEHARA would also be in the closer discussion if Nathan falters, but he was unhappy about being traded from Baltimore and faltered for the Rangers late last year. ALEXI OGANDO got a huge boost from his defense and his bullpen before a late-season collapse. He threw by far a career-high in innings; better stamina would allow him to take the next step and possibly rejoin the rotation.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (HOUSTON-TEXAS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Astros-Rangers Preview* ========================
Houston (31-56) at Texas (50-36), 3:05 p.m. EDT
The Texas Rangers usually have at least two position players make the All-Star game, but Nelson Cruz is the only one this year.
The Houston Astros certainly know how dangerous he can be.
Cruz has a 13-game hitting streak against the Astros with homers in the last four matchups heading into Sunday's series finale in Arlington.
Texas (50-37) will see its streak of having more than one position player in the All-Star game end at five, barring any injury replacements. Cruz, with team highs of 22 home runs and 66 RBIs, will be the only one at Citi Field.
"He has been the one constant and certainly needed," manager Ron Washington told the Rangers' official website. "He is a big reason why we are where we are."
Cruz is hitting .370 with five homers and 17 RBIs during his streak against the Astros. He also owns a 10-game run against them at home in which he's batting .375 with five homers and 11 RBIs.
The right fielder went 3 for 4 on Saturday but the Rangers' six-game win streak over the Astros ended with a 9-5 defeat.
Jason Castro hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the seventh inning as Houston went deep three times and finished with its highest-scoring effort in 16 games.
"There was a feeling on the bench that we had put together some pretty good at-bats and that we could break through," said Castro, 7 for 13 with six RBIs in his last three games against the Rangers after going 0 for 19 in the first five meetings.
Marc Krauss went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and Brett Wallace reached base all five times for Houston (32-56), which won for the second time in nine games.
"Those guys are professionals and they could catch some pitches. Tonight they caught some," Washington said. "They swung the bats well."
Krauss was 1 for 15 in his career before getting three straight singles.
"I thought Krauss had tremendous at-bats," manager Bo Porter said. "He really grinded it."
The Rangers are now 16-11 against left-handed starters as they prepare to face Erik Bedard (3-4, 4.59 ERA), who owns a 6.69 ERA on the road compared to a 2.98 home mark.
Bedard has gone 2-1 with a 2.92 ERA in his last four outings, but those all came at home. He yielded two runs over five innings and did not get a decision in his lone start of the season against Texas on May 11, an 8-7 home loss.
Cruz is 6 for 19 against Bedard, faring better than Adrian Beltre (4 for 22) and Elvis Andrus (3 for 17).
Right-hander Justin Grimm (7-6, 5.84) will oppose Bedard. He's 2-3 with a 9.31 ERA in his last six outings.
Grimm won his lone start against Houston in his major league debut last June 16, yielding three runs over six innings of an 8-3 home victory.
The Rangers will likely activate right-hander Joakim Soria on Sunday. The former Kansas City closer hasn't pitched since 2011 due to elbow ligament replacement surgery.
|Last Updated: 9/20/2014 1:01:43 PM EST|