|HOUSTON ( OBERHOLTZER )|
CLEVELAND ( MCALLISTER )
|915||HOUSTON||+210||Ov 8,-120||+190||Ov 8,-115|
|916||CLEVELAND||-230||Un 8,+100||-210||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|
|9/6/2013||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)||1-2||L||235||8 ov||U||9||7||0||12||11||0|
|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)|| |
|9/27/2013|| ||NY YANKEES|| || |
|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|| || |
|9/27/2013|| ||@ 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 NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Houston (51-101) at Cleveland (82-70), 7:05 p.m. EDT
Sitting just outside the AL wild-card picture, the Cleveland Indians are hoping to continue taking advantage of their favorable remaining schedule.
The Indians go for a fourth straight win over the major league-worst Houston Astros on Friday night.
Matt Carson delivered an RBI single with two outs in the 11th inning of Thursday's 2-1 win, Cleveland's 10th walkoff victory. The Indians (83-70) are one-half game behind Tampa Bay and Texas, who are tied atop the wild-card standings, and six behind AL Central-leading Detroit.
"We'll take any win any way we can get it," manager Terry Francona said.
Cleveland has three more games against Houston (51-102) before hosting the last-place Chicago White Sox for two and concluding the season with four at fourth-place Minnesota.
The Astros have been outscored 32-10 while hitting .130 with runners in scoring position during a six-game losing streak. They went 1 for 8 in such situations Thursday.
"It's one thing to get beat, but it's another thing to beat yourself," said manager Bo Porter, whose team left a season-high 16 runners on base the previous night in a 6-5, 13-inning loss to Cincinnati.
"We just squandered opportunity after opportunity with poor at-bats and bad baserunning. It's extremely frustrating because this is basic baseball. We should have won these last two games."
Brett Wallace is mired in a 4-for-29 slump, and Jonathan Villar is 1 for his last 14.
Houston, which has dropped three straight in the series by a 26-11 margin, will try to bounce back against Zach McAllister (8-9, 3.96 ERA). The right-hander had gone 0-2 with an 8.78 ERA in his previous three starts before allowing one run in 6 2-3 innings in Sunday's 7-1 road win over the White Sox.
"I thought Zach's stuff today was probably as good as we've seen," Francona said. "He had velocity with his fastball and some power to it and he commanded it in and out very well."
McAllister has never faced the Astros, who counter with rookie Brett Oberholtzer (4-3, 2.98).
After allowing one run in 15 innings during his first two starts this month, Oberholtzer gave up four in six innings Saturday in a 6-2 defeat to the Los Angeles Angels.
"It didn't look like he had that pinpoint command, that late life that we had seen in a lot of his previous starts," Porter said. "His breaking ball didn't have the kind of depth that we were accustomed to, which is a credit to him to not have his good stuff and still battle and be able to get through six innings."
The left-hander surrendered home runs to Cleveland's Carlos Santana and Drew Stubbs in two innings of relief in his big league debut April 21.
Oberholtzer also needs to be wary of Nick Swisher, who is 19 for 50 (.380) with five homers and 12 RBIs in his last 13 games.
Michael Bourn had hit safely in eight straight before going 0 for 5 on Thursday. The speedy outfielder, who spent three-plus seasons with Houston from 2008-11, is 2 for 30 against his former team since the start of last year.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 6:08:29 AM EST|