|HOUSTON ( BEDARD )|
MINNESOTA ( GIBSON )
|917||HOUSTON||+140||Ov 8.5,-105||+140||Ov 8.5,-105|
|918||MINNESOTA||-150||Un 8.5,-115||-150||Un 8.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||26-54||-9.2||39-37||3.9||0.235||0.292||5.3||0.284||0.347|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-0.5||3-3||5.0||0.238||0.300||4.9||0.266||0.344|
|vs Left-handed Starters||9-11||+0.6||11-9||4.3||0.256||0.318||5.1||0.278||0.327|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+0.6||3-4||3.1||0.216||0.290||4.1||0.260||0.307|
|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)||1-2||L||180||9.5 un||U||5||5||2||7||14||1|
|7/30/2013||HARRELL(R)||@ BALTIMORE||CHEN(L)||3-4||L||225||8.5 un||U||7||5||0||3||5||0|
|7/31/2013||OBERHOLTZER(L)||@ BALTIMORE||GONZALEZ(R)||11-0||W||225||8.5 un||O||15||8||0||7||7||1|
|8/1/2013||LYLES(R)||@ BALTIMORE||NORRIS(R)||3-6||L||205||9 un||P||6||5||1||11||6||0|
|8/2/2013||COSART(R)||@ MINNESOTA||DEDUNO(R)||3-4||L||155||8 ov||U||7||6||1||11||13||0|
|8/3/2013||BEDARD(L)||@ MINNESOTA||GIBSON(R)|| |
|8/4/2013||KEUCHEL(L)||@ MINNESOTA||PELFREY(R)|| |
|8/10/2013|| ||TEXAS|| || |
|7/22/2013||DEDUNO(R)||@ LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)||4-3||W||150||8.5 un||U||12||10||0||9||10||1|
|7/23/2013||GIBSON(R)||@ LA ANGELS||HANSON(R)||10-3||W||150||8.5 un||O||15||7||0||10||8||0|
|7/24/2013||PELFREY(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)||0-1||L||215||7.5 ov||U||2||5||0||7||7||0|
|7/25/2013||CORREIA(R)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)||2-8||L||182||7.5 un||O||8||11||0||11||5||3|
|7/26/2013||DIAMOND(L)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)||3-2||W||225||7 un||U||8||6||1||12||11||0|
|7/27/2013||DEDUNO(R)||@ SEATTLE||HARANG(R)||4-0||W||135||8 un||U||7||10||0||6||7||1|
|7/28/2013||GIBSON(R)||@ SEATTLE||RAMIREZ(L)||4-6||L||130||8.5 un||O||9||6||1||8||4||0|
|7/30/2013||PELFREY(R)||KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)||2-7||L||+120||7.5 ov||O||5||4||0||12||8||0|
|7/31/2013||CORREIA(R)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||3-4||L||+105||8.5 un||U||11||11||1||13||7||1|
|8/1/2013||DIAMOND(L)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||2-7||L||+150||7.5 ov||O||5||8||1||11||8||0|
|8/5/2013||CORREIA(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)|| |
|8/6/2013||DIAMOND(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)|| |
|8/7/2013||DEDUNO(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)|| |
|8/9/2013|| ||@ CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|8/9/2013|| ||@ CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|8/10/2013|| ||@ CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|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.
|MINNESOTA: HITTING: OF BEN REVERE's slap-and-run style fits well in spacious Target Field. He will compete with lefty Chris Parmelee for the starting RF job. OF DENARD SPAN should be over his concussion problems. He works the count well as a steady presence near the top of the order. C JOE MAUER will see more time at first in an attempt to keep him healthy. Offensively, he'll be limited by a pitcher-friendly home park and no support in the lineup. RYAN DOUMIT has a chance to play regularly and stay healthy as a full-time DH and/or backing up Mauer behind the dish. 1B JUSTIN MORNEAU's concussion symptoms came back late last year. It's a bad omen. OF JOSH WILLINGHAM is being relied on to produce runs, but he's going from one pitcher-friendly home park (Oakland) to another. 3B DANNY VALENCIA showed enough power in 2011 to secure an everyday job heading into 2012. Newly signed SS JAMEY CARROLL has done a nice job off the bench, but hasn't been tested in an everyday role. If hamstring problems are still holding him back, 2B ALEXI CASILLA has won the second-base job ahead of disappointing import TSUYOSHI NISHIOKA, who will start the year in the minors. |
STARTING PITCHING: Who would have thought CARL PAVANO would emerge as the picture of consistency and durability? While he's far from a star, the veteran continues to be a rock for Minnesota, throwing strikes and eating innings. SCOTT BAKER got hurt again last year. If he could ever stay healthy, he's the prototype for success at Target Field'lots of strikeouts, few walks, lots of flyouts. The FRANCISCO LIRIANO rollercoaster nosedived again last year. The Twins have gotten so desperate to keep him healthy that they actually let him pitch more over the offseason. He's obviously a huge risk again. BRIAN DUENSING, NICK BLACKBURN and JASON MARQUIS are all the definition of fifth starter. They serve it up, give up a lot of hard-hit balls, and hope they get hit right at their defenders. If Duensing and Blackburn falter, ANTHONY SWARZAK probably pitched well enough last year to get a shot in the rotation. LIAM HENDRICKS, one of the organization's better prospects, would be a slightly more exciting option.
RELIEF PITCHING: Despite his underwhelming performance last year, MATT CAPPS will pitch the ninth inning again because of his 'closer's experience.' He figures to be on an undeservedly long leash. GLEN PERKINS certainly proved he deserves to close. He was Minnesota's best reliever in his first full season in the 'pen. His velocity was up as a short reliever, and the lefty was truly overpowering. If things go sour for the Twins again this season (and it seems likely they will), perhaps they'll get serious about Perkins later this year.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (HOUSTON-MINNESOTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Astros-Twins Preview* ======================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
Houston (36-72) at Minnesota (46-60), 7:10 p.m. EDT
The Minnesota Twins just picked up a much-needed home victory.
Kyle Gibson didn't come close to winning the last time he pitched at Target Field.
The rookie right-hander will make his first home start in nearly a month Saturday night when Minnesota continues its series with the Houston Astros.
After the Twins' major league-worst rotation posted a 7.65 ERA during the club's four-game losing streak, Samuel Deduno worked around five walks and allowed two runs in six innings Friday before Minnesota (46-60) won 4-3 in 13 innings on Brian Dozier's game-winning single.
Dozier, who's hit safely in a career-best nine straight, had a game-tying RBI single in the ninth after Houston (36-72) took a 3-2 lead on Matt Dominguez's run-scoring double off All-Star closer Glen Perkins.
"A much-needed win for the team," Dozier said. "A confidence booster."
After ending a four-game home skid in the series opener, the Twins will hand the ball to Gibson (2-3, 6.21 ERA), who was tagged for eight runs and 11 hits in his last start at Minneapolis, a 9-5 loss to the New York Yankees on July 4.
He's made four road starts since, most recently giving up five runs over five innings in Sunday's 6-4 loss to Seattle.
Gibson has surrendered two homers in each of his last two starts after not yielding any in his first four.
"This is the second game in a row I haven't gotten strike one," he told the Twins' official website. "As soon as I get strike one it's going to be a whole lot easier for me."
Getting ahead of hitters could also extend Gibson's outings. He's failed to pitched past the sixth in any of his starts since his late June call-up.
Astros starters have been outstanding over the past 11 games, posting a 3.33 ERA while at least pitching into the seventh five times, but the bullpen has been an issue. Houston's bullpen has a 6.53 ERA in that stretch, and it gave up runs in the eighth and ninth Friday.
"We had opportunities to close it out and just didn't get the job done," manager Bo Porter said. "It's definitely a concern. It's pretty obvious that we've had problems in our bullpen."
Erik Bedard (3-8, 4.28) will try to keep the Astros' trend of strong starts going, and he's posted a 2.20 ERA in his last three but has lost them all while getting just two runs of support.
The left-hander is making his first start in nine days after being scratched prior to Wednesday's trade deadline. Bedard obviously wasn't dealt, so he'll get another chance with Houston to snap his five-start losing streak.
He held Toronto to a run and three hits over five innings July 25 in a 4-0 loss.
"He's been doing a great job of really attacking guys," catcher Jason Castro said. "He's got very good stuff, he's got a ton of movement on his pitches."
Bedard is 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA in three starts since 2011 against the Twins - one each with the Mariners, Red Sox and Pirates - though he hasn't pitched in Minnesota since August of that year while with Boston.
Justin Morneau, who had his second straight multi-hit game Friday, has faced Bedard more than any Twin. He's 11 for 29 with two homers and two doubles.
Astros second baseman Jose Altuve may return Saturday after missing the past two games with a sore left quad.
|Last Updated: 10/21/2014 3:23:46 PM EST|