|HOUSTON ( KEUCHEL )|
CLEVELAND ( JIMENEZ )
|965||HOUSTON||+220||Ov 8.5,-105||+230||Ov 8,-115|
|966||CLEVELAND||-240||Un 8.5,-115||-255||Un 8,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||38-72||-7.7||56-49||4.0||0.242||0.296||5.3||0.278||0.344|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.4||3-3||3.4||0.267||0.314||5.4||0.240||0.336|
|vs Left-handed Starters||29-21||+10.4||28-21||5.0||0.265||0.332||4.2||0.239||0.309|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.1||5-1||5.7||0.268||0.361||3.3||0.273||0.326|
|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)||9-7||W||+120||9 un||O||14||4||0||12||9||0|
|9/14/2013||OBERHOLTZER(L)||LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)||2-6||L||+140||8 ov||P||9||8||1||9||7||0|
|9/15/2013||CLEMENS(R)||LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)||1-2||L||+145||9 ov||U||7||7||0||6||4||1|
|9/19/2013||KEUCHEL(L)||@ CLEVELAND||JIMENEZ(R)|| |
|9/20/2013||OBERHOLTZER(L)||@ CLEVELAND||MCALLISTER(R)|| |
|9/21/2013||CLEMENS(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KAZMIR(L)|| |
|9/22/2013||BEDARD(L)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)|| |
|9/23/2013||LYLES(R)||@ TEXAS||HOLLAND(L)|| |
|9/24/2013||PEACOCK(R)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)|| |
|9/25/2013||KEUCHEL(L)||@ TEXAS||PEREZ(L)|| |
|9/6/2013||KAZMIR(L)||NY METS||WHEELER(R)||8-1||W||-165||8 ov||O||10||8||1||7||5||1|
|9/7/2013||KLUBER(R)||NY METS||NIESE(L)||9-4||W||-165||8 ov||O||11||5||0||8||4||1|
|9/8/2013||SALAZAR(R)||NY METS||MATSUZAKA(R)||1-2||L||-250||8.5 ev||U||5||8||0||8||10||0|
|9/9/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)||4-3||W||+100||7.5 ev||U||5||0||1||10||7||1|
|9/10/2013||MCALLISTER(R)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||3-6||L||-115||9 un||P||12||6||1||11||9||0|
|9/11/2013||KAZMIR(L)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||2-6||L||+105||7.5 ov||O||4||5||2||11||6||2|
|9/12/2013||KLUBER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)||14-3||W||-125||8.5 un||O||16||11||1||9||9||3|
|9/13/2013||SALAZAR(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)||3-1||W||-135||8 ev||U||7||8||1||9||13||0|
|9/14/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||RIENZO(R)||8-1||W||-155||8.5 un||O||11||9||0||9||8||0|
|9/15/2013||MCALLISTER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||7-1||W||115||7.5 un||O||10||7||0||7||6||0|
|9/16/2013||KAZMIR(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||1-7||L||135||7.5 un||O||7||9||2||14||11||0|
|9/17/2013||KLUBER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||VENTURA(R)||5-3||W||-105||8 ov||P||8||8||0||9||10||2|
|9/18/2013||SALAZAR(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||CHEN(L)||2-7||L||-105||7.5 ov||O||5||4||1||10||8||1|
|9/24/2013||SALAZAR(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)|| |
|9/25/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)|| |
|9/26/2013|| ||@ MINNESOTA|| || |
|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.
|CLEVELAND: HITTING: SS ASDRUBAL CABRERA's reinvented swing, modeled after Ben Zobrist, likely led to his power surge. OF GRADY SIZEMORE is back on a one-year deal, so he has plenty of financial incentive to stay healthy. But he will begin the season on the DL after back surgery. OF SHELLEY DUNCAN is expected to get more playing time in replacing Sizemore, but speedy OF EZEQUIEL CARRERA is also waiting for his shot. Injuries and off-the-field issues spoiled OF SHIN SOO-CHOO's 2011, but there's a good chance he bounces back . . . OF MICHAEL BRANTLEY does everything well enough to get a regular gig in center. C CARLOS SANTANA is developing into a middle-of-the-order run producer. DH TRAVIS HAFNER can't be trusted to stay healthy or to produce power numbers. After another down year, 1B MATT LaPORTA will have to sit and watch CASEY KOTCHMAN start at first more often than not. 3B LONNIE CHISENHALL will get his chance to play every day, but dwindling production the past two years is a concern. 2B JASON KIPNIS will get first crack at second base. He's got nice pop for a middle infielder. |
STARTING PITCHING: JUSTIN MASTERSON's strikeout rate continues to decline, and he still gets hit hard by lefties. Still, his strong groundball rate guarantees he's a solid middle-of-the-rotation arm at worst. His velocity dropped last year, and there's no telling if UBALDO JIMENEZ will ever regain his early 2010 form. He's the definition of high-risk, high-reward. DEREK LOWE was a decent middle-of-the-rotation arm in the National League, but now he must adjust to facing superior A.L. lineups . . . Healthy again, JOSH TOMLIN will remain in the rotation. He's hittable, throwing strikes and relying on his defense. Former Twins hurler KEVIN SLOWEY rounds out the staff. Although he posted a 6.67 ERA last year, Slowey has exhibited pinpoint control in his career with just 84 walks in 532.2 innings, tallying a .470 K-to-BB ratio. JEANMAR GOMEZ is a decent minor league arm, but his ceiling is low (long term and in the immediate future). CARLOS CARRASCO may not pitch in the bigs this year after Tommy John surgery.
RELIEF PITCHING: CHRIS PEREZ is entrenched as the closer, but he was a bit of a disappointment last season. His velocity dropped slightly, and his strikeout rate fell off a cliff. If Perez gets hurt, VINNIE PESTANO is next in line for saves. He may be undersized, but his stuff is overpowering. TONY SIPP proved he can get out righties too, but his value is as a lefty-on-lefty guy. Ditto for sidearmer JOE SMITH, who is deadly on righties. But it would be a surprise if he shut down lefties for a second straight year. RAFAEL PEREZ has been hampered by shoulder soreness in Spring Training, but the lefty should once again be serviceable in the late innings this year.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (HOUSTON-CLEVELAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Astros-Indians Preview* ========================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Houston (51-101) at Cleveland (82-70), 7:05 p.m. EDT
The Cleveland Indians blew a chance to wipe away their deficit in the AL wild-card chase.
Squandered opportunities aside, they have to like their remaining schedule.
A favorable stretch to conclude the season begins Thursday night with the first of four home games against the major league-worst Houston Astros.
Entering Wednesday with a one-half game margin separating them from Tampa Bay and Texas, the Indians (82-70) could have moved into the second wild-card spot but instead suffered a 7-2 loss at Kansas City. Since the Rays knocked off the Rangers, Cleveland remains one-half game behind Texas and 1 1/2 games behind Tampa Bay.
"It's not great, but they're a good team," Nick Swisher said of Kansas City. "We had a good road trip, 5-2. We'll take that every time and now we're going home. We're kind of playing against spoiler teams and that's what they're going to try to do to us, spoil it for us."
After the four-game set with Houston - loser of five straight - Cleveland will remain at home for two games with the AL Central-worst Chicago White Sox. The Indians conclude their season with four games in Minnesota.
They have to feel especially good Thursday considering they'll have Ubaldo Jimenez on the mound. Jimenez (12-9, 3.49 ERA) has been nothing short of dominant of late, going 4-2 with a 1.58 ERA over his last six starts. He received a total of two runs of support in the defeats.
He's struck out 50 over his last 40 innings, fanning exactly 10 batters in three of the last five games. Jimenez gave up a run and eight hits in 8 1-3 innings of an 8-1 road victory over the White Sox on Saturday, his longest outing since a complete game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 1, 2011, while with Colorado.
"I was looking for my first shutout in the American League," Jimenez said. "I was able to establish my fastball down. Even when they got runners on base, I was able to get everything down for ground balls."
He has issued just three walks in his last four starts after averaging 4.9 per nine innings in his first 25 outings.
Jimenez was 4-0 with a 1.88 ERA in his first six career starts versus Houston until struggling in this season's lone matchup. He gave up four runs over five-plus innings in Cleveland's 5-4 comeback win on April 21.
The Astros (51-101) could be a weary bunch after a 6-5 home loss in 13 innings to Cincinnati on Wednesday, a game that ended after midnight local time.
Scheduled starter Dallas Keuchel (6-9, 5.17) notched his first win since July 27 against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday, but it wasn't pretty. He gave up six runs and 10 hits - the second straight start he's given up 10 hits - in 5 2-3 innings of a 9-7 victory.
The left-hander was hit hard in a 2 2-3-inning relief outing in a 19-6 loss to Cleveland on April 20, yielding seven hits and seven runs, with three earned. However, his only career complete game also came against the Indians in his second career start on June 23, 2012, tossing a six-hitter in an 8-1 victory.
After surrendering four stolen bases to Billy Hamilton on Wednesday, Houston will have to keep tabs on Jason Kipnis and Michael Bourn, who have 28 and 23 stolen bases, respectively.
Bourn, a Houston native who played for the Astros from 2008-11, is also batting .313 during a season-high eight-game hitting streak. He is a career .158 hitter against his former team.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 11:17:10 PM EST|