|HOUSTON ( COSART )|
SEATTLE ( WALKER )
|969||HOUSTON||+150||Ov 7.5,-110||+145||Ov 7.5,-125|
|970||SEATTLE||-160||Un 7.5,-110||-155||Un 7.5,+105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||36-67||-5.6||53-46||4.0||0.242||0.296||5.3||0.282||0.346|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-1.8||5-2||4.1||0.269||0.311||6.0||0.298||0.367|
|vs Right-handed Starters||45-49||-0.1||49-40||4.1||0.249||0.312||4.5||0.254||0.309|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||0||4-3||4.1||0.255||0.316||4.0||0.271||0.347|
|8/26/2013||OBERHOLTZER(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||RIENZO(R)||10-8||W||140||9 un||O||13||6||1||14||7||2|
|8/27/2013||CLEMENS(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||3-4||L||205||9 ov||U||10||8||0||9||7||1|
|8/28/2013||COSART(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||1-6||L||215||7.5 ev||U||5||4||1||10||9||0|
|9/5/2013||PEACOCK(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRAY(R)||3-2||W||240||7.5 ov||U||8||5||0||6||6||1|
|9/6/2013||KEUCHEL(L)||@ OAKLAND||GRIFFIN(R)||5-7||L||235||7.5 ov||O||11||9||2||13||10||1|
|9/7/2013||OBERHOLTZER(L)||@ OAKLAND||STRAILY(R)||1-2||L||195||8 ov||U||5||3||1||10||8||0|
|9/8/2013||HARRELL(R)||@ OAKLAND||COLON(R)||2-7||L||235||8 ov||O||8||8||0||11||7||1|
|9/9/2013||COSART(R)||@ SEATTLE||WALKER(R)|| |
|9/10/2013||LYLES(R)||@ SEATTLE||SAUNDERS(L)|| |
|9/11/2013||PEACOCK(R)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|9/13/2013||KEUCHEL(L)||LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)|| |
|9/14/2013||OBERHOLTZER(L)||LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)|| |
|9/15/2013||CLEMENS(R)||LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)|| |
|9/16/2013|| ||CINCINNATI|| || |
|8/29/2013||RAMIREZ(L)||@ HOUSTON||LYLES(R)||3-2||W||-140||9 un||U||6||5||0||5||5||1|
|8/30/2013||WALKER(R)||@ HOUSTON||PEACOCK(R)||7-1||W||-135||9 un||U||11||10||1||4||4||0|
|8/31/2013||SAUNDERS(L)||@ HOUSTON||KEUCHEL(L)||3-1||W||110||9 un||U||6||6||1||8||10||1|
|9/1/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||@ HOUSTON||OBERHOLTZER(L)||0-2||L||-150||8 un||U||4||5||0||9||8||0|
|9/2/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)||1-3||L||105||7 ov||U||7||10||2||6||4||0|
|9/3/2013||RAMIREZ(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||CHEN(L)||3-4||L||155||8 un||U||10||7||0||9||6||1|
|9/4/2013||WALKER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)||6-4||W||150||8 un||O||11||8||0||4||2||1|
|9/5/2013||SAUNDERS(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||6-7||L||160||9 un||O||11||8||0||19||11||1|
|9/6/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||6-4||W||+115||7 un||O||8||4||1||12||12||1|
|9/7/2013||PAXTON(L)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||6-2||W||+135||7.5 ov||O||11||7||1||5||7||1|
|9/8/2013||RAMIREZ(L)||TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)||1-4||L||+130||7.5 un||U||5||8||1||10||11||0|
|9/13/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|9/14/2013||PAXTON(L)||@ ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)|| |
|9/15/2013||RAMIREZ(L)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)|| |
|9/16/2013|| ||@ DETROIT|| || |
|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.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (HOUSTON-SEATTLE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Astros-Mariners Preview* =========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Houston (47-95) at Seattle (65-77), 10:10 p.m. EDT
After beating the Houston Astros in his major league debut, Taijuan Walker wasn't as sharp his last time out.
Fortunately for him, he gets to face baseball's worst team again Monday night.
Walker is set to make what will likely be his final start of the year as the Seattle Mariners open a three-game home set against the Astros.
Considered one of the league's top prospects, Walker (1-0, 3.60 ERA) has provided Mariners fans with a glimpse of the future. The 21-year-old right-hander showed off his stuff Aug. 30 in a 7-1 victory at Houston, yielding one unearned run and two hits in five innings.
"He was really impressive," Astros outfielder L.J. Hoes said of the 6-foot-4 Walker. "He's a big kid. On his video, he didn't look as big as he really is. It says he's throwing 96 (mph), but it seems way harder than that because he's so big."
Walker started off strong Wednesday with three innings of no-hit ball before allowing four runs in the fourth in a 6-4 win at Kansas City. He came back out to throw a 1-2-3 fifth but didn't factor in the decision.
"In the fourth, he just came up in the zone a little bit," manager Eric Wedge said. "I was glad to see him get through it. And then I was really happy to see him out there in the fifth and pitch another inning for us. I felt it was important to go out in the fifth. That proves something to him. We know he can do it.
"I love his repertoire of pitches and the way he works, his cutter and his breaking ball off his fastball. The changeup will continue to come, too."
Though it wasn't his best showing, Walker earned high praise from Royals manager Ned Yost.
"You can see what all the hype was about," Yost said of Walker, who is on an innings limit and expected to be shut down following this start. "He's got a free and easy power arm. He's a good talent."
Walker now turns his attention back to the Astros (47-96), who have dropped 10 of 13. Houston is looking to avoid a fourth consecutive loss after going 1 for 14 with runners in scoring position during Sunday's 7-2 defeat at Oakland.
The Astros will try to bounce back behind fellow rookie Jarred Cosart (1-1, 2.13), who exited Tuesday after throwing a season-low four innings in a 9-6 loss to Minnesota. The 23-year-old right-hander gave up a season-high four runs on a pair of two-run homers.
"It's kind of what everyone's been waiting for," said Cosart, who had been taken deep once in his first eight starts. "I didn't get the results. A starter's job is to keep the team in the game and give us a chance to win the game. I didn't do that."
Cosart could bounce back on the road, where he is 1-1 with a 1.38 ERA in six outings. He has surrendered one or zero runs in five of those games.
Cosart will be making his first appearance against the Mariners (65-78), who were denied a three-game sweep by Tampa Bay with a 4-1 loss Sunday. Seattle is hitting .172 with runners in scoring position during a 6-11 stretch.
The Mariners have taken eight of 10 from Houston.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 3:50:40 PM EST|