|HOUSTON ( OBERHOLTZER )|
DETROIT ( RAY )
|911||HOUSTON||+180||Ov 8.5,-115||+160||Ov 9,-105|
|912||DETROIT||-190||Un 8.5,-105||-170||Un 9,-115|
|vs Left-handed Starters||3-7||-2.8||2-8||2.7||0.218||0.275||4.3||0.242||0.311|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2||3-4||4.0||0.237||0.299||5.0||0.245||0.318|
|vs Left-handed Starters||8-1||+6||4-5||5.2||0.303||0.369||2.9||0.220||0.279|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+4.8||3-3||5.7||0.293||0.343||2.4||0.170||0.254|
|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)||0-2||L||230||7.5 ev||U||3||4||2||6||7||1|
|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||LEWIS(R)|| |
|5/13/2014|| ||TEXAS|| || |
|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||PORCELLO(R)||@ BALTIMORE||NORRIS(R)|| |
|5/13/2014|| ||@ 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 JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Houston (10-21) at Detroit (17-9), 7:08 p.m. EDT
Many criticized Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski for not getting enough in return when he traded starter Doug Fister to Washington in the offseason.
Acquiring pitcher Robbie Ray was the main reason Dombrowski signed off on the deal, and the 22-year-old will make his major league debut as the surging Tigers host the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.
Fister went 32-20 with a 3.29 ERA in two-plus seasons for the Tigers, helping them to three straight playoff appearances and an AL pennant. In a move to trim payroll and save money for a potential extension for Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer, Dombrowski dealt Fister for Ray, fellow minor league pitcher Ian Krol and infielder Steve Lombardozzi on Dec. 2.
Though Ray wasn't rated as one of the top 100 pitching prospects at the time of the trade, Dombrowski said he identified the left-hander as one of the few minor league pitchers he'd want to acquire in a deal for Fister, who is scheduled make his Nationals debut Friday after starting the season on the disabled list.
Ray has shown plenty of promise, going 3-2 with a 1.53 ERA for Triple-A Toledo to earn potentially two starts with Detroit (18-9) before Anibal Sanchez is eligible to come off the DL on May 12.
"He's pitched very well for (Toledo) his last few starts," manager Brad Ausmus told the team's official website. "He's been outstanding. We think he's got the stuff to be able to get big-league hitters out, but he's definitely still in the learning process as a pitcher."
The same could be said for Brett Oberholtzer, who will take the mound for the Astros (10-22) in this contest.
After posting a 3.04 ERA through his first four starts, Oberholtzer (0-5, 5.63 ERA) has struggled in each of his last two. The 24-year-old allowed six runs and eight hits in 3 2-3 innings of a 10-1 loss to Oakland on April 24 before again giving up six runs in 4 2-3 of Wednesday's 7-0 loss to Washington.
The left-hander is allowing opponents to hit .305 while the Astros have lost each of his outings, but the offense has provided him with only seven total runs of support.
"When you get predictable to one side of the plate, major league hitters are going to take advantage of that," manager Bo Porter said. "He left some balls up. When you look at the success that he had last year, it was because of the ability to pitch to both sides of the plate. Right now, it's all to one side of the plate."
Oberholtzer has never faced the Tigers, who have won six straight after Monday's 2-0 victory in the series opener. Rajai Davis had an RBI single in the seventh before Victor Martinez added an insurance run with a homer in the eighth.
Davis is hitting .337 in 22 games this season, and Martinez is batting .400 with two homers and nine RBIs during an eight-game hitting streak.
"You definitely enjoy the winning streaks," said Scherzer, who gave up three hits in eight innings Monday. "You play 162 games. If you don't enjoy these, you're just going to beat yourself up."
Dexter Fowler, George Springer and Jonathan Villar had the only hits for major league-worst Houston, which has lost five of six. The Astros scored 20 runs and had 33 hits over their previous three games.
"I wanted to make sure that as a team, we don't lose sight of (having a lot of games left)," Porter said.
The Tigers have won eight of the last nine meetings, holding the Astros to 22 runs in those games.
|Last Updated: 9/19/2014 2:50:12 AM EST|