|HOUSTON ( BEDARD )|
TAMPA BAY ( ARCHER )
|923||HOUSTON||+215||Ov 8.5,-115||+215||Ov 8.5,+105|
|924||TAMPA BAY||-235||Un 8.5,-105||-235||Un 8.5,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||23-46||-7.2||34-32||3.8||0.236||0.292||5.3||0.287||0.347|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||+0.2||4-3||4.6||0.254||0.312||5.6||0.274||0.354|
|vs Left-handed Starters||18-10||+6.1||13-13||5.2||0.268||0.336||3.1||0.215||0.293|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+2.8||1-6||3.9||0.248||0.317||2.4||0.221||0.246|
|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)||3-4||L||235||8 ov||U||6||2||0||8||5||0|
|7/14/2013||BEDARD(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|7/19/2013|| ||SEATTLE|| || |
|7/20/2013|| ||SEATTLE|| || |
|7/21/2013|| ||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||PRICE(L)||@ TORONTO|| || |
|7/20/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||@ TORONTO|| || |
|7/21/2013|| ||@ 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 JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Houston (33-59) at Tampa Bay (53-41), 1:40 p.m. EDT
The quality starts keep coming for the Tampa Bay Rays - and so do the victories.
Chris Archer looks to keep that trend going for Tampa Bay as it tries to close the season's first half with another win over the Houston Astros at Tropicana Field on Sunday.
The Rays (54-41) won for the 13th time in 15 games Saturday, 4-3, as Roberto Hernandez provided the club with its 14th straight quality start. Tampa Bay starters have posted a pedestrian 4.02 ERA this season, but they've compiled a 2.09 mark in the last 14 contests.
Archer (3-3, 3.59 ERA) is responsible for two of those 14 quality starts, giving up a combined three runs and five hits in 12 innings. He notched a victory in Tuesday's 4-1 win over Minnesota and issued no walks for the first time in 14 major league games (12 starts).
The right-hander averaged 5.2 walks per nine innings in seven previous starts this season.
"It felt good to have good stuff and to be able to harness it," he told the team's official website.
He walked three while also allowing two runs in six innings but didn't get a decision in a 7-5 win in Houston on July 4.
Houston (33-60) will counter with Erik Bedard (3-5, 4.67), whose 23 starts and 11 wins against the Rays are his most against any team. He has lost the last three, however, including an 8-0 defeat on July 2 when he gave up four runs and walked a career-worst six in 5 1-3 innings. He had gone 3-1 with a 3.23 ERA in nine starts prior to that game.
Bedard's control didn't improve much since last facing Tampa Bay as he issued five walks and allowed five runs over 6 1-3 innings in a 5-4 loss at Texas last Sunday.
"I thought that Erik did a great job just battling through all the conditions in which he battled through to go 6 1-3 and give us the outing that he gave us," manager Bo Porter told the club's official website.
Pitching around Luke Scott may not be a bad idea after the designated hitter was 2 for 4 with a home run Saturday, improving to 14 for 32 (.438) over a nine-game hitting streak with eight RBIs. He's 2 for 4 against Bedard.
"I've had some moments in my career like this and even better, where the baseball slows down for me and the swing feels good and I'm not missing the pitches I've been getting to hit," said Scott, who has three homers during his run. "It's familiar territory, but it's been a long time and I'm enjoying it."
Wil Myers is also 7 for 15 over his last four games, but Evan Longoria's troubles continued with an 0-for 4 performance. Longoria is 4 for 40 in his last 11 contests, dropping his average 24 points to .277.
Jose Altuve was 1 for 4 and scored a run in his first game since the Astros announced his contract extension through 2017, including team options for 2018 and 2019.
"Jose has quickly become the face of the franchise is less than two years, and we are excited to keep him here for many years to come," general manager Jeff Luhnow said of the second baseman, who has hit .284 with 61 steals in 291 games since debuting for Houston on July 20, 2011.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 6:19:06 AM EST|