|HOUSTON ( COSART )|
ARIZONA ( COLLMENTER )
|923||HOUSTON||+125||Ov 8.5,-110||+125||Ov 9,+100|
|924||ARIZONA||-135||Un 8.5,-110||-135||Un 9,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||19-23||+3.4||20-20||3.8||0.235||0.301||4.5||0.256||0.322|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.6||5-2||5.4||0.252||0.333||5.3||0.252||0.321|
|vs Right-handed Starters||23-28||-5.3||25-23||4.0||0.253||0.297||4.9||0.263||0.318|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.6||3-4||6.7||0.322||0.378||4.9||0.261||0.301|
|5/26/2014||FELDMAN(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||VENTURA(R)||9-2||W||175||7.5 ov||O||16||10||0||10||9||0|
|5/27/2014||MCHUGH(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||3-0||W||120||8.5 un||U||12||11||0||5||5||1|
|5/28/2014||COSART(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)||9-3||W||125||8.5 ev||O||11||13||2||7||8||1|
|6/3/2014||MCHUGH(R)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)||7-2||W||+120||8.5 ov||O||10||8||2||5||8||0|
|6/4/2014||COSART(R)||LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)||0-4||L||+110||8.5 ov||U||4||6||0||9||8||0|
|6/5/2014||PEACOCK(R)||LA ANGELS||SKAGGS(L)||8-5||W||+130||9.5 un||O||10||8||1||9||7||0|
|6/6/2014||KEUCHEL(L)||@ MINNESOTA||HUGHES(R)||5-4||W||105||7.5 ov||O||8||2||2||10||9||0|
|6/7/2014||FELDMAN(R)||@ MINNESOTA||GIBSON(R)||0-8||L||110||8.5 ov||U||5||8||2||7||10||0|
|6/8/2014||MCHUGH(R)||@ MINNESOTA||DEDUNO(R)||14-5||W||105||8 un||O||13||9||0||10||11||2|
|6/9/2014||COSART(R)||@ ARIZONA||COLLMENTER(R)|| |
|6/10/2014||PEACOCK(R)||@ ARIZONA||ARROYO(R)|| |
|6/13/2014||MCHUGH(R)||TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)|| |
|6/14/2014||COSART(R)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|6/15/2014||PEACOCK(R)||TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)|| |
|5/26/2014||MCCARTHY(R)||SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)||7-5||W||-120||8 un||O||10||4||1||12||4||1|
|5/27/2014||MILEY(L)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||3-4||L||-130||9 ev||U||6||8||1||10||7||1|
|5/28/2014||ANDERSON(R)||SAN DIEGO||STAUFFER(R)||12-6||W||-115||9 un||O||17||9||2||11||9||1|
|6/3/2014||ANDERSON(R)||@ COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||4-2||W||155||10.5 un||U||9||7||0||7||6||0|
|6/4/2014||COLLMENTER(R)||@ COLORADO||LYLES(R)||16-8||W||125||10.5 un||O||21||8||1||13||9||1|
|6/5/2014||ARROYO(R)||@ COLORADO||NICASIO(R)||12-7||W||120||10 un||O||18||8||1||10||8||1|
|6/11/2014||MCCARTHY(R)||@ HOUSTON||KEUCHEL(L)|| |
|6/12/2014||MILEY(L)||@ HOUSTON||FELDMAN(R)|| |
|6/13/2014||ANDERSON(R)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|6/14/2014||COLLMENTER(R)||@ LA DODGERS||HAREN(R)|| |
|6/15/2014||ARROYO(R)||@ LA DODGERS||BECKETT(R)|| |
|6/16/2014|| ||MILWAUKEE|| || |
|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.''
|ARIZONA: PHOENIX (AP) - The season had not even started when the Arizona Diamondbacks took a loss.|
A day before boarding the plane for their season opener in Australia, the Diamondbacks learned scheduled opening-day starter Patrick Corbin had a partially torn ligament in his pitching elbow and might need season-ending surgery.
Arizona went 21-8 in the young left-hander's starts last season, more than a quarter of the victories for a team that went 81-81 for the second year in a row. The Los Angeles Dodgers celebrated their NL West title by splashing around in Arizona's Chase Field swimming pool.
Arizona retooled during the offseason by adding power (Mark Trumbo), a veteran starter (Bronson Arroyo) and a young closer (Addison Reed). Even with the loss of Corbin, the Diamondbacks feel they have the components to contend for at least a wild-card berth.
''They really want it,'' catcher Miguel Montero said. ''They're hungry for something, and that's a good feeling. I think last year we were a little bit more laid back. This year the guys are hungry, and that's a good thing.''
Trumbo noticed a positive attitude right from the start of spring training.
''That's the personality of the guys here and that plays really well for the course of a long season,'' he said. ''You've got to have guys that play the game right way, but play it with a little bit of a chip on their shoulder and bring it every day.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (HOUSTON-ARIZONA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Astros-Diamondbacks Preview* =============================
Houston (27-36) at Arizona (27-37), 9:40 p.m. EDT
The Arizona Diamondbacks and Houston Astros finished April with baseball's worst records, but both clubs are playing well now.
The Diamondbacks have won nine straight over the Astros, who seek an eighth win in nine road games Monday night.
These teams haven't met since 2012 and will play the next four days beginning with two games in Arizona (28-37) before going to Texas for two starting Wednesday.
Playoff contention was probably out of the question at the end of April as the Diamondbacks had the majors' worst record at 9-22 and the Astros (28-36) were an AL-worst 9-19.
Both teams look stronger now.
Arizona won 6-5 at home over Atlanta on Sunday for its fifth victory in six games. Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run homer in the Diamondbacks' six-run seventh inning and David Peralta's two-run shot was his first big-league homer.
Peralta is 12 for 28 with four straight multihit efforts and is the first Arizona player to begin his career by hitting safely in his first seven games.
"He's swung the bat well, he drops the head on it," manager Kirk Gibson said.
Houston is 11-4 since May 24 to tie Toronto for the AL's best record in that span. The Astros pounded Minnesota 14-5 on Sunday, posting their highest run total while homering four times with Chris Carter and Jon Singleton hitting their first career grand slams.
"It's been fun. We like playing off of each other," said Singleton, who made his major league debut Tuesday. "That's definitely a bonus. When one person does well, it carries over and it's contagious."
The Astros dropped their final nine NL meetings with the Diamondbacks and will be out to end a seven-game interleague losing streak. This is their first game in an NL park.
"In a National League game, the biggest difference is the pitcher is in the lineup," manager Bo Porter told the Astros' official website. "Sometimes in an American League game, you can actually go with a guy much longer because you're not dealing with the decision of, it's the sixth inning, it's the bases loaded, there's two outs, the pitcher is due up, this is maybe your best offensive shot - and you feel the need to hit for that guy at that moment."
Houston features numerous young players and recalled rookie left-hander Rudy Owens on Sunday in time for the Arizona native to make a possible appearance in his home state.
"I'm excited to go back home to Arizona, and I know a lot of my family is going to be at the games and stuff," said Owens, who grew up rooting for the Diamondbacks.
Both teams will start right-handers with Houston's Jarred Cosart (4-5, 4.16 ERA) opposing Arizona's Josh Collmenter (4-2, 3.63).
Cosart has never faced Arizona or any of its hitters. He hasn't allowed more than three runs in any of his last eight outings, posting a 2.96 ERA.
Collmenter is 3-0 with a 3.20 ERA in his last four starts and 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA in three in his career versus Houston.
Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero's run of homering in three straight games ended Sunday. He's still 8 for 16 with eight RBIs in his last four contests.
|Last Updated: 8/27/2014 8:18:01 PM EST|