|HOUSTON ( COSART )|
DETROIT ( SCHERZER )
|963||HOUSTON||+230||Ov 7.5,-110||+235||Ov 7.5,-105|
|964||DETROIT||-260||Un 7.5,-110||-270||Un 7.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||7-14||-2.5||13-7||3.9||0.219||0.289||5.7||0.271||0.347|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+0.3||4-3||5.0||0.255||0.314||5.6||0.258||0.328|
|vs Right-handed Starters||9-8||-1.8||9-6||4.9||0.272||0.322||4.5||0.250||0.310|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+4.8||4-2||6.9||0.313||0.357||3.3||0.200||0.279|
|4/21/2014||KEUCHEL(L)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)||7-2||W||225||6 un||O||9||4||0||7||6||2|
|4/22/2014||MCHUGH(R)||@ SEATTLE||RAMIREZ(L)||5-2||W||150||8 ov||U||10||9||1||5||3||1|
|4/23/2014||COSART(R)||@ SEATTLE||YOUNG(R)||3-5||L||135||8 un||P||6||9||0||7||3||0|
|5/5/2014||COSART(R)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)|| |
|5/6/2014||OBERHOLTZER(L)||@ DETROIT||RAY(L)|| |
|5/7/2014||PEACOCK(R)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)|| |
|5/8/2014||KEUCHEL(L)||@ DETROIT||SMYLY(L)|| |
|5/9/2014||MCHUGH(R)||@ BALTIMORE||CHEN(L)|| |
|5/10/2014||COSART(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GONZALEZ(R)|| |
|5/11/2014||FELDMAN(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)|| |
|5/12/2014|| ||TEXAS|| || |
|4/21/2014||SANCHEZ(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)||1-3||L||-195||8.5 ev||U||9||10||2||5||4||0|
|4/22/2014||VERLANDER(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||LEESMAN(L)||8-6||W||-240||8.5 ov||O||15||10||0||13||9||2|
|4/23/2014||SMYLY(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||RIENZO(R)||4-6||L||-185||8.5 un||O||6||4||0||10||3||0|
|4/24/2014||SCHERZER(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||7-4||W||-210||7.5 un||O||13||7||1||11||8||0|
|4/25/2014||PORCELLO(R)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)||10-6||W||-125||8.5 un||O||15||6||1||11||7||1|
|4/26/2014||SANCHEZ(R)||@ MINNESOTA||HUGHES(R)||3-5||L||-135||8 un||P||8||5||1||4||7||1|
|4/29/2014||VERLANDER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||4-3||W||-135||8.5 un||U||9||5||0||7||6||1|
|4/30/2014||SCHERZER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||NOESI(R)||5-1||W||-165||8 ev||U||8||9||0||6||8||1|
|5/2/2014||PORCELLO(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||8-2||W||120||7.5 ev||O||14||7||0||4||2||1|
|5/3/2014||SMYLY(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)||9-2||W||-110||8.5 un||O||12||7||0||5||4||0|
|5/4/2014||VERLANDER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)||9-4||W||-130||8.5 un||O||16||10||0||7||8||0|
|5/12/2014|| ||@ BALTIMORE|| || |
|HOUSTON: HOUSTON (AP) - Coming off three straight 100-loss seasons, the Houston Astros are confident they'll be better this year.|
How much? They aren't putting a number on that. But after setting a franchise record with a whopping 111 defeats, they have a simple target.
''It's our goal to be the most improved team in major league baseball (and) I believe ... we have the group together and we can actually accomplish that,'' second-year manager Bo Porter said.
There are several reasons why the Astros are certain they can improve. They brought in several established players this offseason to pair with the many young players who got their first significant playing time last season. They also could get some reinforcements soon from top prospects who are inching closer to being major league ready.
General manager Jeff Luhnow's rebuilding plan has already boosted Houston's minor league system from the worst in baseball to one of the best. He expects that work to start paying dividends this season in the majors.
''We have a young team. We're still going to make some mistakes,'' he said. ''Our young players have improved but still need some development. We brought in some veterans to help stabilize the team this year. We're going to see a big improvement as a result of those two dynamics.''
|DETROIT: DETROIT (AP) - When Justin Verlander takes the mound for Detroit on opening day, maybe then the Tigers will be able to enjoy a much-needed sense of normalcy.|
As an offseason of drama gave way to spring training injuries, it was easy to forget the Tigers still have one of the most talented rosters in baseball. Sure, there have been some early problems for new manager Brad Ausmus to address, Detroit still figures to be the favorite to win its fourth consecutive AL Central title.
''We have a new look this year,'' outfielder Torii Hunter said. ''Little bit more speed and we'll miss the big man, but we'll score some runs.''
The ''big man'' is Prince Fielder, whom the Tigers traded to Texas in a blockbuster deal that brought second baseman Ian Kinsler to Detroit. That move gave the Tigers more financial flexibility, although they weren't all that aggressive in pursuing free agents. Detroit did sign Joe Nathan to replace departed closer Joaquin Benoit.
The Tigers also traded right-hander Doug Fister to Washington.
Lately, the focus has been on right-hander Max Scherzer, who enters his final season before free agency after winning the Cy Young Award in 2013. Negotiations with the Tigers on a long-term deal have stalled.
''They respect where I'm at. I respect where they're at, and we'll revisit this after the season,'' Scherzer said. ''I still want to be in Detroit. I love this clubhouse and everything about it. There's been a history of this team signing free agents so hopefully I'll be a part of that history as well.''
But right now Scherzer's future is uncertain, and with Hunter and Victor Martinez in the final season of their contracts, it's hard to say what Detroit's 2015 roster will look like.
So the Tigers may never have a better chance to win a World Series with this group than right now.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (HOUSTON-DETROIT) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Astros-Tigers Preview* =======================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Houston (10-20) at Detroit (16-9), 7:08 p.m. EDT
While the Houston Astros won't have to face the 2011 AL Cy Young Award winner during their visit to Detroit, they will have to go up against last year's recipient.
Max Scherzer tries to win a fourth consecutive start as the surging Tigers host the Astros in the first of four Monday night.
Detroit (17-9) returns home after closing a 6-1 road trip with five straight wins. The Tigers, who hit .313 during their trek, outscored Kansas City 26-8 during a three-game sweep over the weekend.
"We caught a team on fire," Royals designated hitter Billy Butler said.
Torii Hunter had three hits and three RBIs while Nick Castellanos and Alex Avila both homered in Sunday's 9-4 victory. Justin Verlander took a no-hitter into the sixth inning to win his fourth straight decision.
"There's 29 other managers that would like to be able to do that," manager Brad Ausmus said of starting Verlander and Scherzer on consecutive days.
Scherzer (3-1, 2.08 ERA) has posted a 1.42 ERA while striking out 26 in 19 innings during his winning streak. The right-hander beat the White Sox for the second straight outing Wednesday, scattering four hits over six scoreless innings in a 5-1 victory.
Scherzer struck out seven to become the first Tigers pitcher to record at least seven in each of his first six starts.
"He's always tough. You get some guys on, you get opportunities and that's when good pitchers really show their stuff. He did that today," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "We at least got him a high pitch count and he couldn't get eight or nine innings. But, he's just tough."
Scherzer went 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA in two matchups against Houston last year. He threw eight innings of one-run ball in a 17-2 road victory May 4, then yielded five runs over seven innings in a 7-5 home defeat 11 days later.
The Astros counter with Jarred Cosart (1-2, 5.52), who has posted a 6.58 ERA over a five-start winless stretch since beating the Yankees 3-1 in his season debut April 2. However, the right-hander has allowed two runs in each of his last two outings spanning 12 2-3 innings.
Cosart threw six strong innings and was in line for the win Tuesday against Washington before the bullpen gave up two runs over the last two innings in the 4-3 loss.
"I've just been preaching efficiency with (pitching coach Brent) Strom, and trying to throw a lot more strikes and get ahead," Cosart told MLB's official website.
Cosart surely isn't looking forward to hitting the road, where he's posted a 7.71 ERA compared to a 3.71 mark at home.
Houston (10-21) is looking to get on track after suffering its fourth loss in five games, 8-7 to Seattle on Sunday. The Astros lost despite collecting 11 hits for the third straight contest and scoring at least five runs for the sixth time in eight games.
"We're really starting to swing the bats much better," manager Bo Porter said. "The early struggles are behind them. I love the fact that there are a lot of deep counts, which lets me know that they're seeing the ball a lot better."
Shortstop Jonathan Villar, who homered for the second consecutive day, is batting .400 with eight extra-base hits over the last nine games.
Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera is batting .386 with a homer and 12 RBIs during a 10-game hitting streak. He went 11 for 29 with three homers and eight RBIs as Detroit took six of seven from Houston last season.
|Last Updated: 9/19/2014 10:56:50 PM EST|