|HOUSTON ( KEUCHEL )|
TAMPA BAY ( HERNANDEZ )
|969||HOUSTON||+220||Ov 9,-105||+235||Ov 8,-115|
|970||TAMPA BAY||-240||Un 9,-115||-265||Un 8,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||23-45||-6.2||34-31||3.9||0.236||0.293||5.3||0.287||0.348|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||+0.2||5-2||4.9||0.246||0.321||6.0||0.265||0.352|
|vs Left-handed Starters||17-10||+5.1||13-12||5.2||0.269||0.337||3.1||0.216||0.296|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+2.8||1-6||3.7||0.239||0.309||2.0||0.221||0.249|
|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)||2-1||W||260||7.5 un||U||8||3||1||4||3||0|
|7/13/2013||KEUCHEL(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|7/14/2013||BEDARD(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|7/19/2013|| ||SEATTLE|| || |
|7/20/2013|| ||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|| || |
|7/20/2013|| ||@ 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) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Astros-Rays Preview* =====================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Houston (32-59) at Tampa Bay (53-40), 4:10 p.m. EDT
After being stymied by a Houston right-hander making his major league debut, the Tampa Bay Rays will attempt to rebound from their second loss in three weeks.
The Rays look to get back on track offensively while trying to prevent the visiting Astros from winning two straight for the first time in almost a month Saturday.
Tampa Bay (53-41) averaged 5.0 runs during an eight-game winning streak that ended with Friday's 2-1 loss. The Rays scored 28 runs while taking three of four against the Astros (33-59) to open July, but they didn't have a hit against starter Jarred Cosart until Ben Zobrist's single in the seventh inning.
They managed four hits, including Luke Scott's run-scoring single in the ninth.
"If we were hitting the ball consistently, even hard outs, I would have felt more confident," manager Joe Maddon said. "He had it going on."
The defeat was the second in 14 games for Tampa Bay, which has surged into one of the two wild-card spots in the AL. The Rays also had a nine-game winning streak at home snapped.
Houston, meanwhile, ended a three-game slide by winning for the fourth time in 16 games. On the heels of Cosart's two-hit, eight-inning gem, the Astros look to win back-to-back contests for the first time since a four-game run June 12-16.
"Just to get eight innings in and get a win, I can't ask for more," Cosart said. "Hopefully we can get a good thing going here."
Backup catcher Carlos Corporan delivered a two-run single in the first inning for Houston.
All-Star Zobrist had two hits and is 6 for 17 (.353) in the last five games after going 3 for 28 in his previous seven.
Teammate Evan Longoria is 7 for 52 (.135) in his last 16 contests.
Tampa Bay looks to regroup and put forth another strong offensive effort like it did against scheduled Houston starter Dallas Keuchel (4-5, 4.59 ERA) on July 1. The left-hander yielded five runs, eight hits and walked a season-high five in 4 2-3 innings of a 12-0 loss.
Keuchel is 0-2 with a 5.89 ERA in his last four appearances, which included 2 2-3 innings of relief last month. He gave up two runs over five innings in a 9-5 win at Texas last Saturday.
Tampa Bay starters have a 2.11 ERA in the last 10 games, but Roberto Hernandez (4-10, 4.93) tries to avoid matching a major league high with an 11th loss Saturday.
The right-hander is 0-4 in his last five starts, and Tampa Bay won for the first time during that stretch when he allowed three runs in six innings of a 7-4 victory over Minnesota on Monday.
Hernandez gave up three runs in six innings of a 4-1 loss at Houston on July 3.
J.D. Martinez, who went 0 for 2 with a strikeout against Hernandez in that contest, is 9 for 21 in his last five games.
|Last Updated: 10/1/2014 3:50:59 AM EST|