|LA ANGELS ( VARGAS )|
HOUSTON ( KEUCHEL )
|975||LA ANGELS||-135||Ov 8.5,-115||-135||Ov 8.5,-120|
|976||HOUSTON||+125||Un 8.5,-105||+125||Un 8.5,+100|
|vs Left-handed Starters||17-23||-10.4||21-18||4.3||0.256||0.327||4.9||0.288||0.341|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.8||5-2||5.9||0.308||0.352||4.4||0.256||0.316|
|vs Left-handed Starters||12-29||-10||20-20||3.7||0.240||0.299||5.1||0.256||0.347|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+3.7||4-3||5.1||0.270||0.316||3.6||0.233||0.304|
|8/30/2013||WEAVER(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)||5-0||W||-125||8 ov||U||8||4||1||6||13||0|
|8/31/2013||WILLIAMS(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||ESTRADA(R)||6-5||W||115||8.5 ev||O||12||5||1||12||7||0|
|9/1/2013||WILSON(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||LOHSE(R)||5-3||W||100||8 ov||P||11||6||1||4||4||0|
|9/2/2013||RICHARDS(R)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||11-2||W||+125||8 ev||O||16||11||1||6||12||0|
|9/3/2013||VARGAS(L)||TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)||1-7||L||+120||7.5 ov||O||4||7||1||15||13||1|
|9/4/2013||WEAVER(R)||TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||1-3||L||-125||7.5 ov||U||7||7||1||7||6||0|
|9/5/2013||WILLIAMS(R)||TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||6-2||W||+170||7.5 ov||O||11||4||0||6||7||0|
|9/9/2013||WEAVER(R)||@ MINNESOTA||HERNANDEZ(L)||3-6||L||-160||8.5 ov||O||12||9||1||11||12||0|
|9/10/2013||WILLIAMS(R)||@ TORONTO||BUEHRLE(L)||12-6||W||120||9 un||O||18||8||0||9||4||2|
|9/11/2013||WILSON(L)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)||5-4||W||-105||8.5 ov||O||8||5||2||4||4||0|
|9/12/2013||RICHARDS(R)||@ TORONTO||HAPP(L)||4-3||W||-120||9 un||U||8||8||0||11||9||1|
|9/13/2013||VARGAS(L)||@ HOUSTON||KEUCHEL(L)|| |
|9/14/2013||WEAVER(R)||@ HOUSTON||OBERHOLTZER(L)|| |
|9/15/2013||WILLIAMS(R)||@ HOUSTON||CLEMENS(R)|| |
|9/16/2013||WILSON(L)||@ OAKLAND||GRAY(R)|| |
|9/17/2013||RICHARDS(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRIFFIN(R)|| |
|9/18/2013||VARGAS(L)||@ OAKLAND||STRAILY(R)|| |
|9/20/2013|| ||SEATTLE|| || |
|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)||13-2||W||140||8 ov||O||17||11||1||5||9||1|
|9/11/2013||PEACOCK(R)||@ SEATTLE||MAURER(R)||6-1||W||135||9.5 un||U||11||5||1||5||8||0|
|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)|| |
|9/19/2013||OBERHOLTZER(L)||@ CLEVELAND||JIMENEZ(R)|| |
|9/20/2013|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|LA ANGELS: HITTING: SS ERICK AYBAR will likely get another crack at the leadoff spot by default. DH/OF BOBBY ABREU can still draw walks and run a little. 2B HOWIE KENDRICK traded batting average for more power last year. He's still one of baseball's better middle infield bats. 1B ALBERT PUJOLS should benefit from DH-ing a couple of times a year. OF TORII HUNTER is fading fast and may not provide middle-of-the-order power. OF VERNON WELLS has a better chance than Hunter to bounce back, and the Angels have to be patient considering his monster contract. MARK TRUMBO will get a look at 3B. If he can't get it done, ALBERTO CALLASPO would start and Trumbo would back-up first and DH. Speedy OF PETER BOURJOS will start in left, and top prospect MIKE TROUT will soon replace free agents-to-be Abreu or Hunter. KENDRYS MORALES could DH regularly if his ankle is healthy. CHRIS IANNETTA is no Mike Napoli, but he's a monster upgrade over Jeff Mathis. |
STARTING PITCHING: JERED WEAVER had a lot of things go right in 2011, and it's not hard to picture him as a Cy Young candidate again. But he faded late in the year, and may not belong in the upper echelon or pitchers. A cutter has led to DAN HAREN's rebirth. He's right there with Weaver, just a step behind the elite arms. C.J. WILSON may not get the same run support, but he should benefit from getting out of hitter-friendly Arlington; he had a 2.31 road ERA last year. ERVIN SANTANA never developed into a top-of-the-line starter, but he's become more consistent and settled in as a solid starter. Once a washed-out former prospect, JEROME WILLIAMS came back to the States from Taiwan and delivered three quality starts last September. He's not likely to have sustained success, but he does have the inside track for a rotation spot. Middling prospect GARRETT RICHARDS seems like the most likely candidate to step into the rotation in case of injury.
RELIEF PITCHING: JORDAN WALDEN will have the closer's role again entering the spring, but while he was overpowering he was also very shaky at times. He gave up seven runs over 2.2 innings in his last three appearances. RICH THOMPSON decided to lean on his cutter last year and the results were excellent. If Walden slips up, Thompson has to be in the closer conversation. LaTROY HAWKINS was solid with Milwaukee (2.42 ERA) and joins his ninth different team since 2003. He is expected to set up Walden as well. Lefty SCOTT DOWNS was far from dominant last year, despite his 1.34 ERA. But Scioscia does trust him in high-leverage situations, making him a possible fallback if Walden struggles. The Angels don't seem to have big plans for HISANORI TAKAHASHI, the most well-compensated long reliever in baseball.
|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 (LA ANGELS-HOUSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Angels-Astros Preview* =======================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Los Angeles (69-76) at Houston (50-96), 8:10 p.m. EDT
While they likely won't avoid finishing with triple-digit losses again, the Houston Astros have tried their best to begin wrapping up this season in positive fashion.
Dallas Keuchel will try to lead his club to its first four-game win streak in three months by ending his recent struggles in Friday night's series opener against the red-hot Los Angeles Angels.
Houston (50-96) has lost a combined 213 games in the last two seasons and is on pace to match its 107 defeats from a year ago even with its current win streak.
The Astros outscored Seattle 25-7 during a road sweep earlier this week. They batted .310 and .372 with runners in scoring position while their starters posted a 1.06 ERA.
Matt Dominguez, 5 for 11 in the series, had a pair of doubles and scored two runs in a 6-1 victory Wednesday.
"It's something we talked about headed down the stretch to the end of the year. Let's build some momentum moving toward next year," manager Bo Porter said.
The Astros, however, have lost each of Keuchel's last seven starts, with the left-hander going 0-4 with a 6.12 ERA. Keuchel (5-9, 4.99 ERA) gave up five runs and 10 hits over 3 1-3 innings - his shortest start of the season - in a 7-5 loss in Oakland last Friday.
Keuchel gave up four runs in four-plus innings in a 6-5, 10-inning loss to Los Angeles on Aug. 17. He yielded two runs in seven frames in his first start against the Angels, a 6-3 win May 31.
Houston's 9-7 record against Los Angeles this season is its best versus an AL opponent. Its only other winning mark against a Junior Circuit team is a 4-3 record versus the Chicago White Sox.
The Astros, however, were swept in three games in the most recent home matchup with Los Angeles from June 28-30.
The Angels (70-76) also enter this series having won 15 of 20, and 12 of 14 on the road. Kole Calhoun helped his club complete a three-game sweep in Toronto by hitting a solo homer in a 4-3 victory Thursday.
Calhoun is the first Angels' player with at least one RBI in 15 games over a stretch of 16 starts.
"There is a still (some) season left to go and we're going to go out and try to win games. You never know what can happen, so we are going to out and play hard," said Calhoun, who is 10 for 18 with seven RBIs in his last five games.
Jason Vargas (8-6, 3.76) will try to help the Angels keep rolling while building on a solid outing in his latest start. The left-hander gave up two runs over six innings and struck out eight Sunday against Texas but did not get a decision in a 4-3 loss.
Vargas, 0-1 with a 6.19 ERA in three all-time starts against Houston, gave up three runs over 5 1-3 innings without a decision in a 7-5 loss to the Astros on Aug. 18.
Mark Trumbo, batting .424 with four homers in his last eight games, has a homer, triple and double in his five at-bats versus Keuchel.
Dominguez is 4 for 5 in his career against Vargas, and Jose Altuve is 3 for 6.
The Astros haven't won four in a row since June 12-16.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 4:42:07 AM EST|