|HOUSTON ( LYLES )|
SEATTLE ( SAUNDERS )
|927||HOUSTON||+155||Ov 7.5,-115||+140||Ov 8,-125|
|928||SEATTLE||-165||Un 7.5,-105||-150||Un 8,+105|
|vs Left-handed Starters||11-29||-11.4||19-20||3.4||0.235||0.293||5.2||0.259||0.350|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+0.8||5-2||4.1||0.251||0.297||5.1||0.270||0.341|
|vs Right-handed Starters||45-50||-1.7||50-40||4.1||0.248||0.312||4.5||0.254||0.309|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.6||5-2||4.6||0.250||0.322||4.4||0.271||0.353|
|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)||6-4||W||155||7.5 ov||O||8||7||1||5||8||3|
|9/10/2013||LYLES(R)||@ SEATTLE||SAUNDERS(L)|| |
|9/11/2013||PEACOCK(R)||@ SEATTLE||MAURER(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)|| |
|9/17/2013|| ||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||SAUNDERS(L)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)|| |
|9/17/2013|| ||@ 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 JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Houston (48-96) at Seattle (65-79), 10:10 p.m. EDT
Despite being without their lone All-Star again, the Houston Astros used strong pitching and a late rally for a series-opening victory over the Seattle Mariners on Monday.
Houston hopes Jordan Lyles' recent run of solid outings continues Tuesday night as the club seeks just its fourth series victory since the All-Star break in Seattle.
As far out of contention as the Mariners (65-79) are, the Astros (48-96) trail them by 17 games. However, they used five pitchers to limit Seattle to five hits in a 6-4 victory Monday.
Catcher Jason Castro - the club's on-base plus slugging leader at .835 - missed his second game in a row with a sore right knee, but it was Jonathan Villar providing a go-ahead two-run single in the top of the ninth. Abraham Almonte had put the Mariners ahead, 3-2, with his first career homer in the seventh inning in front of 9,808, the lowest announced attendance in Safeco Field history.
Castro hasn't caught since aggravating a cyst a week ago and is considered day-to-day, according to the team's official website.
Lyles (6-7, 5.08 ERA) has been credited with quality starts in three of his last four starts, though he's been susceptible to the home run, allowing six in 19 2-3 innings. All three runs he allowed over 6 1-3 innings of a 6-5 victory over Minnesota on Wednesday came on Alex Presley's homer, concluding a 13-pitch at-bat.
"You're just trying to make the next pitch go over the plate" Lyles told the team's official website. "He's pretty much seen everything you have up to that point, so hopefully he rolls over it or pops it up, but he put a good swing on it and put the ball on the barrel."
Lyles was roughed up in a 12-5 loss to Seattle on July 21, allowing a career-high 10 runs and eight hits in four innings. He limited the Mariners to three runs over 13 innings in two other matchups this year.
He'll be opposed by Joe Saunders (11-13, 4.95), who has had difficulty pitching deep into games. He failed to make it through the sixth inning for the fourth time in six outings in a 7-6 loss at Kansas City on Thursday. He yielded 11 hits and three runs, all of which were scored in the fifth of a 4 2-3-inning effort.
"Nothing changed," Saunders said of the fifth. "I made some good pitches. It was just tough to get the last out."
Saunders is 3-1 with a 4.50 ERA over four starts versus Houston this year. He threw 6 1-3 innings of a 3-0 victory in the lone matchup in Seattle on April 8.
Matt Dominguez - who is 2 for 20 over his last five games - is 5 for 11 off Saunders, while Brandon Barnes is 6 for 9.
Mariners rookie Nick Franklin did not start Sunday's game versus Tampa Bay after colliding with Justin Smoak on Saturday, but was 1 for 3 Monday and is 4 for 9 off Lyles with two homers.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 1:57:47 PM EST|