|HOUSTON ( COSART )|
TORONTO ( REDMOND )
|917||HOUSTON||+160||Ov 9.5,-105||+180||Ov 9.5,+105|
|918||TORONTO||-170||Un 9.5,-115||-190||Un 9.5,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||25-51||-8.5||38-35||3.9||0.236||0.292||5.4||0.287||0.349|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-1.2||4-3||4.3||0.216||0.276||6.6||0.291||0.368|
|vs Right-handed Starters||34-39||-4.2||35-36||4.5||0.246||0.316||4.5||0.255||0.315|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-5.2||5-2||6.0||0.300||0.369||7.1||0.285||0.345|
|7/14/2013||BEDARD(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||0-5||L||215||8.5 un||U||5||3||1||12||8||0|
|7/25/2013||BEDARD(L)||@ TORONTO||BUEHRLE(L)||0-4||L||190||9 ov||U||2||4||0||7||2||0|
|7/26/2013||LYLES(R)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)||6-12||L||220||9 un||O||11||9||2||15||9||0|
|7/27/2013||KEUCHEL(L)||@ TORONTO||JOHNSON(R)||8-6||W||220||9.5 un||O||8||4||0||11||3||0|
|7/28/2013||COSART(R)||@ TORONTO||REDMOND(R)|| |
|7/30/2013||NORRIS(R)||@ BALTIMORE||CHEN(L)|| |
|7/31/2013||BEDARD(L)||@ BALTIMORE||GONZALEZ(R)|| |
|8/1/2013||LYLES(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)|| |
|8/2/2013||KEUCHEL(L)||@ MINNESOTA||DEDUNO(R)|| |
|8/3/2013||COSART(R)||@ MINNESOTA||GIBSON(R)|| |
|8/4/2013|| ||@ MINNESOTA|| || |
|7/14/2013||JOHNSON(R)||@ BALTIMORE||FELDMAN(R)||4-7||L||110||9.5 un||O||9||6||0||8||3||0|
|7/19/2013||ROGERS(R)||TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||5-8||L||+120||8.5 un||O||8||6||2||14||9||0|
|7/20/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||3-4||L||-105||9 ov||U||6||10||1||12||10||1|
|7/21/2013||DICKEY(R)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||3-4||L||-125||9 ov||U||8||11||0||8||7||1|
|7/22/2013||JOHNSON(R)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||5-14||L||-125||9 un||O||13||8||5||16||11||0|
|7/23/2013||REDMOND(R)||LA DODGERS||CAPUANO(L)||9-10||L||-115||9.5 ev||O||15||9||0||13||9||2|
|7/24/2013||ROGERS(R)||LA DODGERS||NOLASCO(R)||3-8||L||-115||9.5 un||O||5||8||2||16||13||3|
|7/29/2013||ROGERS(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRIFFIN(R)|| |
|7/30/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ OAKLAND||STRAILY(R)|| |
|7/31/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ OAKLAND||COLON(R)|| |
|8/1/2013||JOHNSON(R)||@ LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)|| |
|8/2/2013||REDMOND(R)||@ LA ANGELS||HANSON(R)|| |
|8/3/2013||ROGERS(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)|| |
|8/4/2013|| ||@ LA ANGELS|| || |
|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.
|TORONTO: HITTING: SS YUNEL ESCOBAR brings a little pop and could score runs in bunches atop a solid lineup. OF JOSE BAUTISTA has simply been the best hitter in baseball the past two seasons. 1B ADAM LIND will have plenty of RBI chances, but his average stinks and he faded late last year. 3B BRETT LAWRIE will be a 30-30 candidate in his prime and he's a solid slugger already. Expect big power numbers but a painful average in C J.P. ARENCIBIA's sophomore season. OF COLBY RASMUS should have his head right this year and could see an uptick in power numbers. 2B KELLY JOHNSON improved his dreadful average after being traded to Toronto. He has great potential as a 20-20 candidate. DH EDWIN ENCARNACION raked at home last season and has the position flexibility to stay in the lineup every day. OF ERIC THAMES will start in left field. Thames has 15-15 potential. OF RAJAI DAVIS' speed makes him worthy of staying in the fourth outfielder role. |
STARTING PITCHING: He's not really an ace, but RICKY ROMERO is a solid innings-eater at the front of the Jays' staff. He's a low-risk, low-reward starting pitcher. BRANDON MORROW's talent is intriguing. His mid-90s heat and deceptive slider lead to huge strikeout tallies, but also leads to a lot of gopher balls. Questionable conditioning was an issue for BRETT CECIL last year, as he gave up a whopping 37 HR between the majors and Triple-A. He seemed to straighten things out over the second half of last season. HENDERSON ALVAREZ's performance as a 21-year-old gives him an inside track for a rotation spot. He has intriguing upside. DUSTIN McGOWAN returned in September from a 38-month layoff to put himself in the mix for the rotation. His mid-90s gas is still there, giving him 175-K potential. KYLE DRABEK has great potential, but he was a disaster in 2011. He could not command his promising arsenal of pitches, and broke down mentally at times.
RELIEF PITCHING: SERGIO SANTOS has unhittable stuff, but will have to battle newcomer FRANCISCO CORDERO as Toronto's closer. Cordero's strikeout rate dropped down to a putrid 5.4 K/9 last year, but he showed great command with a stellar 1.02 WHIP. CASEY JANSSEN was Toronto's most improved pitcher in 2011. He has a sinking fastball, a pretty good K rate and performed quite well against the AL East last season. Prospect JOEL CARRENO, a starter in the minors, is a closer-in-waiting. He was impressive out of the pen after a late-August call-up, and averaged better than a strikeout per inning, albeit with shaky control, in the minors.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (HOUSTON-TORONTO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Astros-Blue Jays Preview* ==========================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Houston (34-68) at Toronto (47-55), 1:07 p.m. EDT
After losing Friday largely because of the long ball, the Houston Astros matched the Toronto Blue Jays' power display Saturday at this year's most home run-friendly park.
Considering the way rookie Jarred Cosart has pitched, the Astros might not need nearly as much offense Sunday as they seek a four-game split in Toronto.
The Blue Jays (47-56) recorded a franchise-record 12 extra-base hits in a 12-6 victory Friday with eight of their runs coming on five homers, which matched a season high. They tallied three more homers Saturday, but Chris Carter, Matt Dominguez and Justin Maxwell went deep for the Astros in their 8-6 win, just their fifth in 24 games.
"We need every win that we can get," manager Bo Porter said. "Just looking at the last few games, and we were in a position to win several of them and were not able to come out on the winning side. It was good to get a good performance."
Carter's team-leading 19th of the year, a three-run shot, snapped his nine-game homerless drought while Dominguez's 13th was just his second in 23 games.
Houston (35-68), which homered four times over its previous seven games, has 99 home runs on the season while Toronto has 131, second in the majors behind Baltimore.
The 165 homers hit at Rogers Centre are the most of any stadium.
Cosart (1-0, 0.60 ERA) has yet to allow one through 15 major league innings. The right-hander took a no-hitter into the seventh of his big league debut at Tampa Bay on July 12, then limited Oakland to two runs - one earned - over seven innings of a 5-4 victory Tuesday, though he didn't receive a decision.
He is the third Astros pitcher to throw at least seven innings in each of his first two big league starts while allowing one earned run or fewer.
"He looked like he was in control of the game the entire time," Porter told the team's official website after Cosart allowed seven hits and threw 115 pitches in his last outing. "That's why I stayed with him as long as I stayed with him."
Cosart will have to be especially wary of Colby Rasmus, who hit his 17th homer Saturday and is batting .417 over his last 16 games with nine doubles.
Toronto also will start a rookie as Todd Redmond (1-1, 4.43) takes the mound. He went without a decision his last time out, surrendering three runs and seven hits over a career-best 5 2-3 innings in a 10-9 loss to the Dodgers on Tuesday.
"He did a great job. He gave us what we needed," manager John Gibbons said of Redmond, who struck out a career-best six for the second straight start. "It's not an easy lineup to face and he held them in check."
Houston second baseman Jose Altuve left in the seventh inning Saturday with a sore left quadriceps, but Porter described the injury as mild and said he planned on giving him Sunday off anyway.
A win would give the Astros, who have dropped 19 of 24, their first non-losing series since a two-game split with St. Louis from June 25-26.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 3:50:26 PM EST|