|HOUSTON ( FELDMAN )|
BALTIMORE ( CHEN )
|963||HOUSTON||+160||Ov 8.5,-110||+155||Ov 8.5,+100|
|964||BALTIMORE||-170||Un 8.5,-110||-165||Un 8.5,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||4-8||-2.2||3-9||3.1||0.224||0.280||4.7||0.261||0.319|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-1.6||4-3||4.6||0.249||0.309||5.6||0.272||0.328|
|vs Right-handed Starters||15-11||+5.3||13-12||4.6||0.273||0.320||4.4||0.271||0.335|
|Past 7 Games||6-2||+4.8||2-6||3.6||0.260||0.293||3.0||0.247||0.326|
|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)||4-11||L||165||9 ev||O||9||5||0||18||7||1|
|5/7/2014||PEACOCK(R)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)||2-3||L||187||8.5 un||U||7||6||0||5||6||0|
|5/8/2014||KEUCHEL(L)||@ DETROIT||SMYLY(L)||6-2||W||170||9 un||U||8||3||0||7||4||0|
|5/9/2014||FELDMAN(R)||@ BALTIMORE||CHEN(L)|| |
|5/10/2014||MCHUGH(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GONZALEZ(R)|| |
|5/11/2014||COSART(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)|| |
|5/12/2014|| ||TEXAS||LEWIS(R)|| |
|5/13/2014|| ||TEXAS||HARRISON(L)|| |
|5/14/2014|| ||TEXAS||DARVISH(R)|| |
|5/16/2014|| ||CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|4/25/2014||JIMENEZ(R)||KANSAS CITY||VENTURA(R)||0-5||L||-110||8.5 un||U||7||9||1||11||9||0|
|4/26/2014||CHEN(L)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||3-2||W||-135||8.5 ev||U||8||8||0||11||11||2|
|4/27/2014||GONZALEZ(R)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||3-9||L||+125||7.5 un||O||5||4||1||13||8||1|
|5/2/2014||JIMENEZ(R)||@ MINNESOTA||NOLASCO(R)||3-0||W||105||8.5 un||U||9||6||1||4||6||0|
|5/3/2014||CHEN(L)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)||1-6||L||-125||8 ov||U||7||6||2||12||6||0|
|5/4/2014||GONZALEZ(R)||@ MINNESOTA||HUGHES(R)||2-5||L||100||8.5 un||U||8||8||0||10||11||1|
|5/6/2014||TILLMAN(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||5-3||W||125||7.5 un||O||11||10||1||6||9||1|
|5/7/2014||NORRIS(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||RAMOS(L)||4-3||W||110||7.5 ov||U||7||4||1||7||8||1|
|5/8/2014||JIMENEZ(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||3-1||W||160||7 ov||U||9||7||0||9||11||0|
|5/15/2014||GONZALEZ(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)|| |
|5/16/2014|| ||@ KANSAS CITY|| || |
|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.''
|BALTIMORE: BALTIMORE (AP) - The transformation of the Baltimore Orioles clubhouse under manager Buck Showalter is complete.|
No longer do the Orioles hope to win. They expect it.
When Showalter took over in July 2010, he inherited a team with the worst record in the majors. Having gone without a winning season since 1997, Baltimore could only hope Showalter's knack for orchestrating quick turnarounds would take hold in a town that had switched its allegiance from baseball to football.
By 2012, the Orioles were back. Baltimore won 93 games, beat Texas in the wild-card matchup and took the New York Yankees to the limit before falling in the AL division series.
After missing the postseason last year, the Orioles are poised for a return. They maintained the nucleus of a team that went 85-77 and was in contention to the final week, then added right-handed starter Ubaldo Jimenez and slugger Nelson Cruz to an already potent lineup that led the majors in home runs in 2013.
''When you have talent, you have confidence,'' right fielder Nick Markakis said. ''Put them together and good things usually happen. We've got that right now. We know we have a good team and we're going to roll with it.''
Although Jimenez and Cruz didn't come aboard until after the start of spring training, Showalter never wavered in his belief that the Orioles would challenge the defending champion Boston Red Sox and retooled Yankees in the AL East.
''I felt that way whether or not we added Nelson and Jimenez,'' he said. ''That's a poor reflection on me and my staff if we thought we needed more to win.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (HOUSTON-BALTIMORE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Astros-Orioles Preview* ========================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Houston (10-24) at Baltimore (17-14), 7:05 p.m. EDT
The Baltimore Orioles declined to offer Scott Feldman a contract after last season, a decision that's been working out well for the Houston Astros.
After a stint on the disabled list, Feldman will try to help deny his former team a fourth straight victory in the opener of a three-game series Friday night at Camden Yards.
Feldman went 5-6 with a 4.27 ERA in 15 starts after Baltimore acquired him from the Chicago Cubs in a July 2 trade. When the Orioles let him walk, Feldman (2-1, 1.69 ERA) signed a three-year, $30 million contract with the Astros and was flourishing prior to going on the DL with right biceps tendinitis.
He was 2-0 with a 0.44 ERA over his first three starts before giving up five runs - four earned - and nine hits in six innings of a 5-1 loss to Kansas City on April 17. He felt discomfort when playing catch three days later and hasn't started since.
"The DL is very boring, so hopefully I ... can get back out there and pitch the rest of the year," Feldman told the team's official website. "I've been throwing, and it feels like all that's cleared up and I'm ready to go."
Though the left-hander was with the Orioles only briefly, he's looking forward to going back to Baltimore.
"It will be fun to see some of my old buddies over there," Feldman said. "I talk with a few of those guys on a regular basis."
Feldman is 7-4 with a 4.70 ERA in 12 starts and four relief appearances at Camden Yards, and he'll look to improve those numbers against a Baltimore team that completed a sweep with Thursday's 3-1 win at Tampa Bay.
Adam Jones had two hits and Steve Pearce hit a two-run homer in the second for the Orioles (18-14), who have won six of eight. Nick Markakis extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a single in the third.
Baltimore has won 10 of the last 12 meetings with the Astros (11-24), who ended a five-game losing streak with Thursday's 6-2 win over Detroit. George Springer hit his first major league homer and Jose Altuve added a two-run double.
Springer, a highly touted rookie, is hitting .313 during an eight-game hitting streak after batting .170 through his first 12.
"It's obviously good to hit something hard and to have a great result like that," Springer said. "I didn't try to do too much - was able to stay on it and hit it hard, and for me that's a great sign."
Baltimore-area native L.J. Hoes went 3 for 3, and he could be in the lineup against his former team in this contest. Hoes was traded from the Orioles to Houston on July 31 in the deal that sent Bud Norris to Baltimore.
Wei-Yin Chen takes the mound for the Orioles looking to improve on his last outing. Chen (3-2, 4.24) has gone 2-1 with a 3.09 ERA over his last four starts after giving up three runs - two earned - in five innings of Saturday's 6-1 loss to Minnesota. It marked the fourth time in his six outings that he failed to pitch at least six innings.
"I tried to make a good pitch to get hitters out and I couldn't do it like in my previous outing," Chen said. "So I was kind of having trouble, that's what happens out there."
The left-hander, though, gave up three runs and struck out nine in 7 1-3 innings of a 4-3 win over the Astros the only time he faced them July 30.
|Last Updated: 9/3/2014 1:44:20 AM EST|