|SEATTLE ( IWAKUMA )|
HOUSTON ( BEDARD )
|923||SEATTLE||-145||Ov 8,-115||-130||Ov 8,-115|
|924||HOUSTON||+135||Un 8,-105||+120||Un 8,-105|
|vs Left-handed Starters||15-16||+0.4||16-13||4.1||0.241||0.304||4.6||0.263||0.314|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.8||5-2||6.7||0.295||0.359||6.1||0.300||0.361|
|vs Right-handed Starters||23-47||-8.2||34-33||3.8||0.235||0.291||5.3||0.288||0.348|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-3.4||3-4||3.6||0.256||0.306||5.6||0.284||0.361|
|7/6/2013||BONDERMAN(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)||4-13||L||235||8.5 un||O||8||11||2||13||8||0|
|7/7/2013||SAUNDERS(L)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)||3-1||W||170||8.5 ov||U||6||5||1||6||5||1|
|7/12/2013||SAUNDERS(L)||LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)||8-3||W||+120||8 ov||O||11||4||0||9||7||0|
|7/13/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)||6-0||W||-110||7 ev||U||11||6||0||7||6||0|
|7/14/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)||4-3||W||-115||8 un||U||7||8||0||8||6||0|
|7/19/2013||SAUNDERS(L)||@ HOUSTON||NORRIS(R)||10-7||W||-115||8.5 ov||O||11||10||0||16||11||0|
|7/20/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||@ HOUSTON||BEDARD(L)|| |
|7/21/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ HOUSTON||LYLES(R)|| |
|7/22/2013|| ||CLEVELAND||JIMENEZ(R)|| |
|7/23/2013|| ||CLEVELAND|| || |
|7/27/2013|| ||MINNESOTA|| || |
|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)||0-5||L||215||8.5 un||U||5||3||1||12||8||0|
|7/22/2013|| ||OAKLAND|| || |
|7/23/2013||COSART(R)||OAKLAND|| || |
|7/25/2013||BEDARD(L)||@ TORONTO||BUEHRLE(L)|| |
|7/26/2013||LYLES(R)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)|| |
|7/27/2013|| ||@ TORONTO|| || |
|SEATTLE: HITTING: C/DH JESUS MONTERO was brought over from the Yankees to hit in the heart of the order. At age 22, his offensive potential is scary. OF ICHIRO SUZUKI is entering the twilight of his career, but he might still have another .300 season left. 2B DUSTIN ACKLEY is the kind of line-drive hitter who fits well in Safeco, but he needs to catch up to MLB pitching. 1B JUSTIN SMOAK has disappointed, but he's making strides and has 30-HR upside. OF CASPER WELLS could play everyday. He won't hit for average, but has the power Seattle needs. MIKE CARP figures to at least grab early at-bats against righties. He'll strike out, but has lots of power. OF FRANKLIN GUTIERREZ is out for at least a month with a pectoral injury, but will reclaim his starting gig based on his defense. Seattle would love to see OF MICHAEL SAUNDERS step up to replace Gutierrez, but he's shown no signs of being able to handle MLB pitching. C MIGUEL OLIVO still has solid power, but he's an all-or-nothing hitter. 3B CHONE FIGGINS isn't quite done, but he's close. He'll have to battle line-drive hitting KYLE SEAGER for a job. SS BRENDAN RYAN will stick around for defense, but his bat is barely good enough for a regular gig. |
STARTING PITCHING: FELIX HERNANDEZ had a touch of bad luck last year, but he's one of the few pitchers in baseball who's a lock for 200 strikeouts. JASON VARGAS just keeps throwing strikes and letting his defense make plays. He'll get by fine again in spacious Safeco. BLAKE BEAVAN doesn't have a strikeout pitch, but he'll make few mistakes and get some outs thanks to a strong defense. HECTOR NOESI, who also came over from New York with Montero, isn't a big strikeout pitcher, but has good control and is savvy enough to get his shot in Seattle's rotation this year. 37-year-old journeyman KEVIN MILLWOOD will fill out the fifth spot in the rotation after a solid spring. Top prospect DANNY HULTZEN could break into the bigs in 2012. The lefty has the polish of a big leaguer right now, though his ceiling is more good-not-great.
RELIEF PITCHING: Like many rebuilding teams, the Mariners will continue to shop their closer. BRANDON LEAGUE will pick up saves in Seattle, but he's more of a groundball pitcher than a strikeout artist. He'd likely be ticketed for a set-up role elsewhere. If League is traded, the closer role is wide open. SHAWN KELLEY came back from Tommy John surgery late last year and looked as good as ever. If he picks up where he left off last year, he'd be an obvious choice for ninth inning duties. CHANCE RUFFIN, part of the Doug Fister trade, has a strong minor-league track record. He could carve out a big role in this bullpen if he can improve his command.
|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 (SEATTLE-HOUSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Mariners-Astros Preview* =========================
By JONAH ROSENBLUM STATS Writer
Seattle (44-52) at Houston (33-62), 7:10 p.m. EDT
The All-Star break did nothing to cool the Seattle Mariners' red-hot offense.
The Mariners hope that can continue into Saturday night as they look to extend their season-best four-game winning streak against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park.
Although Seattle (44-52) still ranks near the bottom of the AL in runs scored, on-base percentage and batting average, that hasn't been the case lately. The Mariners have recorded double-digits in hits 11 times in 16 contests and have averaged 5.9 runs while batting .285 during that stretch with 30 home runs.
Brad Miller, who entered the break in a 1-for-12 rut, hit his first two career homers in Friday 10-7 victory over the Astros (33-62).
"He has some power," manager Eric Wedge said. "He has considerable power talking about ball off the bat, the way it jumps."
Kyle Seager is batting .421 during his 15-game hitting streak, including three home runs in his last five games. Justin Smoak is 5 for his last 10 with two homers and five RBIs.
Seattle has homered in a team-record 23 straight games, tied for the sixth-longest such streak in major league history dating to 1916.
That's the challenge Erik Bedard (3-6, 4.61 ERA) faces as he goes against his former team for only the second time since the Mariners traded him to Boston on July 31, 2011. The left-hander made six trips to the disabled list in three and a half years with the Mariners while winning just 15 games.
In his return to Seattle on April 9, Bedard pitched four scoreless innings before leaving early due to a 65-pitch limit.
The left-hander has lost three straight starts, due in part to an offense that has provided him with four runs of support over that span.
Bedard allowed three runs and eight hits over five innings in a 5-0 defeat at Tampa Bay on Sunday.
Friday's loss was the 13th in 16 games for the Astros, who were batting .208 with a .314 slugging percentage during their skid prior to their series opener against the Mariners. The offense did, however, show positive signs in the defeat, collecting six extra-base hits, including two homers and two triples.
Brandon Barnes led the charge with Houston's first five-hit performance since May 2008 and the team's first cycle since May 2006. Barnes entered the night 0 for his last 14.
Barnes and the Astros will next see Hisashi Iwakuma (8-4, 3.02), who on June 10, boasted a 7-1 record, a 1.79 ERA and a 30 2-3 consecutive scoreless innings streak. Since then, he has given up at least three runs in six straight starts while posting a 6.25 ERA. Iwakuma, who allowed 10 home runs over his first 15 starts, has surrendered 11 in his last five.
Still, the right-hander is among the league leaders with a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 5.95. He snapped a five-start winless skid Sunday, holding the Angels to three runs in seven innings of a 4-3 win.
"I had more life with my fastball," Iwakuma said through a translator. "I was able to make an adjustment. I gave up one home run but then overall I thought I had better command than I did the last couple of starts."
He also dominated the Astros the last time he saw them, yielding an unearned run and four hits in seven innings of a 3-2 victory June 10.
|Last Updated: 9/23/2014 3:25:45 PM EST|