|HOUSTON ( LYLES )|
TEXAS ( HOLLAND )
|965||HOUSTON||+235||Ov 9,-105||+230||Ov 8.5,-105|
|966||TEXAS||-270||Un 9,-115||-260||Un 8.5,-115|
|vs Left-handed Starters||13-30||-9.8||21-21||3.7||0.243||0.301||5.1||0.259||0.350|
|Past 7 Games||0-7||-7||3-4||1.6||0.222||0.281||5.6||0.267||0.357|
|vs Right-handed Starters||55-52||-12.4||37-62||4.1||0.251||0.304||3.9||0.250||0.311|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.9||3-3||3.4||0.230||0.268||2.9||0.227||0.292|
|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|
|9/20/2013||OBERHOLTZER(L)||@ CLEVELAND||MCALLISTER(R)||1-2||L||187||8 ov||U||4||3||3||4||7||0|
|9/21/2013||CLEMENS(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KAZMIR(L)||1-4||L||235||8.5 un||U||5||5||1||10||12||0|
|9/22/2013||BEDARD(L)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)||2-9||L||230||8 un||O||9||6||0||13||8||0|
|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||OBERHOLTZER(L)||NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)|| |
|9/28/2013||CLEMENS(R)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|9/29/2013||BEDARD(L)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|9/16/2013||GARZA(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||2-6||L||120||7 un||O||6||4||0||12||8||0|
|9/17/2013||OGANDO(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||7-1||W||110||7.5 un||O||10||5||1||4||4||0|
|9/18/2013||HOLLAND(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||3-4||L||110||7 un||P||7||7||0||10||8||0|
|9/19/2013||DARVISH(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)||8-2||W||-115||6.5 un||O||16||12||0||7||7||1|
|9/20/2013||PEREZ(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)||1-2||L||120||7.5 un||U||5||5||0||9||11||0|
|9/21/2013||GARZA(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||3-1||W||-105||7.5 un||U||8||6||0||5||5||1|
|9/22/2013||OGANDO(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||0-4||L||115||7 ev||U||6||5||0||5||2||0|
|9/26/2013||GARZA(R)||LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)|| |
|9/27/2013||OGANDO(R)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)|| |
|9/28/2013||HOLLAND(L)||LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)|| |
|9/29/2013||DARVISH(R)||LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)|| |
|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.
|TEXAS: HITTING: 2B IAN KINSLER will lead off again. A few less at-'em balls and he's an MVP candidate. SS ELVIS ANDRUS is coming along offensively, but his poor SB% could lead to fewer attempts. Injuries are the only thing that will keep OF JOSH HAMILTON out of the MVP discussion. He'll likely start declining at age 35, but DH MICHAEL YOUNG can't help but put up numbers batting cleanup in this lineup. 3B ADRIAN BELTRE was unstoppable in Arlington. Like Hamilton, he's an MVP candidate if healthy. Injuries are piling up for OF NELSON CRUZ, who still has monster power but doesn't run as much anymore. C MIKE NAPOLI is MLB's best offensive catcher and will play some 1B on 'off' days. Because their lineup is stacked, Texas can play defensive-minded/offensively limited 1B MITCH MORELAND. And because Ron Washington would prefer to play Hamilton in left, speedy CF CRAIG GENTRY looks to have the edge over DAVID MURPHY for the starting job in center. Cuban import LEONYS MARTIN will start the season in Triple-A, but JULIO BORBON could earn a significant OF role. |
STARTING PITCHING: COLBY LEWIS can overpower when he's on, but as a flyball pitcher in cozy Arlington he's going to have a handful of ugly days. The much-ballyhooed YU DARVISH brings a deep arsenal of pitches and a durable frame from Japan. He's probably the best Japanese arm to ever cross the Pacific. Lefty MATT HARRISON solidified his rotation spot. He has topped out as a respectable No. 3-type starter. DEREK HOLLAND has top-of-the-rotation upside. Consistency has been an issue, but hopefully another year and some big postseason moments helped to cure that. The big story is NEFTALI FELIZ moving to the rotation. He was considered a future ace in the minors, but the transition might not be easy. His K/BB ratio plummeted last year and his flyball tendencies could spell disaster in Arlington. Keep in mind the Rangers made a successful closer-to-ace switch with C.J. Wilson. Top prospect MARTIN PEREZ could be an option in the second half.
RELIEF PITCHING: Veteran JOE NATHAN was brought in and handed the closer's job. He struggled in his first year back from Tommy John surgery, but most pitchers who've had the procedure don't come all the way back until their second full season. If Nathan falters, MIKE ADAMS could be next in line. He had no trouble transitioning from pitcher-friendly San Diego in the National League to hitter-friendly Arlington and the A.L.'s superior bats. KOJI UEHARA would also be in the closer discussion if Nathan falters, but he was unhappy about being traded from Baltimore and faltered for the Rangers late last year. ALEXI OGANDO got a huge boost from his defense and his bullpen before a late-season collapse. He threw by far a career-high in innings; better stamina would allow him to take the next step and possibly rejoin the rotation.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (HOUSTON-TEXAS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Astros-Rangers Preview* ========================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Houston (51-104) at Texas (84-70), 8:05 p.m. EDT
The Texas Rangers have had a difficult time offensively while trying to hang on in the AL wild-card race, but that hasn't been the case when they've faced the Houston Astros.
After a disappointing loss, the Rangers are hoping to make up some lost ground by picking up a ninth straight win over the lowly Astros on Monday night.
Texas (84-71) will have to regroup after Justin Maxwell belted a walkoff grand slam in the bottom of the 10th inning to lead Kansas City to a 4-0 victory Sunday.
While Oakland clinched the AL West with the Rangers' loss, Texas fell 1 1/2 games behind Cleveland for the second wild-card spot with seven contests remaining. The Indians wrapped up a four-game sweep over Houston (51-105) on Sunday.
"Our season has definitely been up and down, but we have to put that behind us and finish strong," outfielder Craig Gentry told the MLB's official website. "Right now, every game means something."
An inconsistent performance at the plate has been partly to blame for the Rangers' swoon this month. After getting shut out for the third time in September, they're averaging 3.4 runs and batting .246 while dropping 15 of 20.
Texas, however, should feel confident about turning things around against the major league-worst Astros. The Rangers have averaged 6.5 runs and hit .280 while winning 14 of 16 meetings.
Still, they're not about to overlook Houston.
"You just can't throw your glove out there," manager Ron Washington warned. "You've got to go out and play."
Slugger Adrian Beltre has done much of the damage against the Astros, hitting .444 with five homers, six doubles and 13 RBIs in his last 14 meetings. He's also 3 for 3 with two doubles against Houston starter Jordan Lyles (7-8, 5.26 ERA) this season.
After going 3-1 with a 3.31 ERA in his previous five starts, Lyles was tagged for nine runs - seven earned - and eight hits over 3 1-3 innings in Tuesday's 10-0 loss to Cincinnati.
"You're going to look at your body of work, but finishing positive would be good for all these guys the last time through the rotation," manager Bo Porter said.
The right-hander hasn't had much success versus the Rangers, going 0-4 with an 8.54 ERA in five career meetings. In his only start against them this season, Lyles was pounded for eight runs and 11 hits over four innings in a 12-7 loss May 12.
Texas counters with Derek Holland (9-9, 3.48), who is 0-5 with a 4.53 ERA in nine starts at Rangers Ballpark since May 31.
Holland also has a 5.08 ERA while allowing 19 walks and nine home runs over a career-worst, eight-start winless drought. He pitched better in his last start, allowing two runs over six innings in Wednesday's 4-3, 12-inning loss at Tampa Bay.
The left-hander has allowed five runs over 12 innings in two Texas victories over the Astros. He did not fare in either decision, however, while receiving six total runs of support.
This time, he faces a Houston team that has been limited to 14 runs and a .136 average with runners in scoring position during a season-worst nine-game skid.
The Astros, who have clinched their third straight 100-loss season, are two defeats away from matching the single-season franchise record, set last year.
|Last Updated: 9/30/2014 4:56:28 PM EST|