|HOUSTON ( COSART )|
TAMPA BAY ( PRICE )
|923||HOUSTON||+245||Ov 7.5,-105||+255||Ov 7.5,+105|
|924||TAMPA BAY||-290||Un 7.5,-115||-305||Un 7.5,-125|
|vs Left-handed Starters||9-14||-0.3||13-9||3.7||0.233||0.288||5.3||0.267||0.351|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-1||5-2||5.1||0.245||0.321||6.0||0.279||0.364|
|vs Right-handed Starters||36-30||+0.2||33-28||4.5||0.258||0.326||4.5||0.246||0.303|
|Past 7 Games||7-0||+7||2-5||4.7||0.272||0.347||2.1||0.225||0.253|
|6/28/2013||NORRIS(R)||LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)||2-4||L||+130||9 un||U||7||7||2||8||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||1||9||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)||4-5||L||182||10 un||U||8||3||1||7||5||2|
|7/9/2013||NORRIS(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||5-9||L||240||7.5 un||O||8||8||0||15||8||0|
|7/10/2013||LYLES(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||4-5||L||230||8 un||O||10||12||0||7||6||2|
|7/12/2013||COSART(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)|| |
|7/13/2013||KEUCHEL(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|7/14/2013||BEDARD(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|7/19/2013|| ||SEATTLE|| || |
|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)||8-0||W||-180||8 un||P||12||9||0||4||3||0|
|7/3/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ HOUSTON||NORRIS(R)||1-4||L||-155||8.5 ov||U||8||7||0||7||2||0|
|7/4/2013||ARCHER(R)||@ HOUSTON||LYLES(R)||7-5||W||-155||8.5 ov||O||9||8||0||5||7||0|
|7/5/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)||8-3||W||-205||8 un||O||14||13||0||10||7||0|
|7/6/2013||MOORE(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||3-0||W||-135||7 un||U||6||8||0||6||7||1|
|7/7/2013||PRICE(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)||3-1||W||-230||7.5 un||U||5||4||0||8||5||0|
|7/19/2013|| ||@ TORONTO|| || |
|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.
|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).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (HOUSTON-TAMPA BAY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(ADDS Cosart strikeout and walk stats in 10th graf.)
*Astros-Rays Preview* =====================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
Houston (32-59) at Tampa Bay (53-40), 7:10 p.m. EDT
The Tampa Bay Rays are capitalizing on a favorable portion of their schedule.
Giving the ball to David Price could help them continue their winning ways.
The left-hander goes for his third consecutive victory - and second over the major league-worst Houston Astros - since returning from the disabled list when the Rays go for their first nine-game winning streak in nine seasons Friday night.
Tampa Bay has won 12 of 13 to move a season-best 13 games over .500. Its last 11 games have come against the AL's three worst teams - Houston (32-59), Chicago and Minnesota.
The Rays (53-40) have a chance for their longest undefeated stretch since a franchise-record 12-game surge June 9-22, 2004. They're averaging 5.2 runs in the last 13 games, with their starters posting a 2.13 ERA.
"It's simple, age-tested formula," manager Joe Maddon said after Thursday's 4-3 victory over the Twins. "We pitched well, we caught it and got some clutch hits. There's a lot of belief within the group."
That confidence is even higher with Price (3-4, 4.18 ERA) winning both of his starts after missing nearly seven weeks with a triceps strain. The reigning AL Cy Young winner needed just 98 pitches to throw a complete game in Sunday's 3-1 victory over the White Sox.
"I felt better five days ago," Price told the Rays' official website, referring to an 8-0 victory at Houston on July 2 when he struck out a season-high 10 in seven innings. "My fastball location was still there. If I can have command of that pitch, I feel like I can be successful at this level."
Standing in the way of the Rays' 10th consecutive home win is an Astros team that's dropped 15 of 21, including three of four at home to Tampa Bay from July 1-4.
Houston continues its eight-game trip with Jarred Cosart slated to make his major league debut. The right-hander - acquired from Philadelphia in the 2011 Hunter Pence deal - was 7-4 with a 3.29 ERA with Triple-A Oklahoma City, and his 93 strikeouts in 93 innings were good for fifth in the PCL.
His 50 walks, though, were second.
"I don't know much about the Rays, but I know (All-Star catcher Jason) Castro is great with scouting reports and (pitching coach Doug Brocail) and those guys will help me do what I need to do," Cosart told MLB's official website.
Cosart can't expect much support with the Astros hitting .209 and averaging 3.4 runs during a 2-10 stretch. Jose Altuve, the team's leading hitter at .284, is batting .213 over those 12 games, while Chris Carter, Brandon Barnes, Matt Dominguez and Castro are hitting a combined .174 with 46 strikeouts.
However, Brett Wallace is batting .417 with two homers and six RBIs over the last six games after setting a career high with four hits in Wednesday's 5-4 loss to St. Louis.
He matched Carter with team highs of two homers and four RBIs against Tampa Bay earlier this month.
"(Wallace is) staying on the ball and hitting with a lot of confidence right now," manager Bo Porter said.
So is Rays designated hitter Luke Scott, who's batting .458 with two homers during a seven-game hitting streak.
Desmond Jennings had eight hits in the series in Houston and drove in a career high-tying four runs July 2 to back up Price, who improved to 2-0 with a 3.75 ERA in two starts against the Astros - both in Houston.
The Astros took two of three in their only series visiting the Rays from June 20-22, 2008.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 4:02:40 AM EST|