|HOUSTON ( MCHUGH )|
LA ANGELS ( RICHARDS )
|975||HOUSTON||+175||Ov 8,+100||+190||Ov 8,+110|
|976||LA ANGELS||-185||Un 8,-120||-210||Un 8,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||23-34||-2.8||25-30||3.5||0.231||0.296||4.7||0.259||0.325|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-4.9||5-2||3.9||0.246||0.307||7.9||0.337||0.394|
|vs Right-handed Starters||31-21||+7.3||28-22||5.3||0.264||0.331||3.9||0.229||0.299|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.2||5-2||6.3||0.307||0.375||4.3||0.238||0.304|
|6/22/2014||KEUCHEL(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||BEDARD(L)||2-5||L||120||7.5 un||U||7||8||1||9||6||0|
|7/3/2014||OBERHOLTZER(L)||@ LA ANGELS||SHOEMAKER(R)||2-5||L||180||8 ev||U||8||8||0||9||4||0|
|7/4/2014||KEUCHEL(L)||@ LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)||6-7||L||170||8 ev||O||8||4||0||16||7||0|
|7/5/2014||FELDMAN(R)||@ LA ANGELS||SANTIAGO(L)||5-11||L||175||8.5 un||O||8||7||0||14||8||0|
|7/6/2014||MCHUGH(R)||@ LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)|| |
|7/7/2014||COSART(R)||@ TEXAS||MARTINEZ(R)|| |
|7/8/2014||PEACOCK(R)||@ TEXAS||MIKOLAS(R)|| |
|7/9/2014||KEUCHEL(L)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)|| |
|7/11/2014||FELDMAN(R)||BOSTON|| || |
|7/12/2014||MCHUGH(R)||BOSTON|| || |
|7/13/2014|| ||BOSTON|| || |
|6/27/2014||SHOEMAKER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)||6-8||L||115||8.5 un||O||9||4||1||13||8||1|
|6/28/2014||SANTIAGO(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||VENTURA(R)||6-2||W||125||8.5 ev||U||12||7||0||6||6||0|
|6/29/2014||WILSON(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||4-5||L||-120||8.5 un||O||8||6||1||11||12||2|
|7/1/2014||RICHARDS(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||NOESI(R)||8-4||W||-160||9.5 un||O||8||7||0||3||3||1|
|7/1/2014||WEAVER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||CARROLL(R)||7-5||W||-165||9.5 ov||O||12||7||0||9||6||0|
|7/2/2014||SKAGGS(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)||2-3||L||-155||9 un||U||7||6||0||9||7||0|
|7/10/2014||WILSON(L)||@ TEXAS||LEWIS(R)|| |
|7/11/2014||SANTIAGO(L)||@ TEXAS||TEPESCH(R)|| |
|7/12/2014||RICHARDS(R)||@ TEXAS||MARTINEZ(R)|| |
|7/13/2014|| ||@ TEXAS|| || |
|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.''
|LA ANGELS: ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton didn't exactly fit in right away with the Los Angeles Angels after they accepted owner Arte Moreno's lavish free-agent contracts.|
Now that both sluggers feel much more comfortable and confident in Orange County, they know it's time the Angels started getting more wins for their money.
The Angels' four-year absence from the playoffs is embarrassing for an organization with a sky-high payroll and equally lofty expectations, but they seem capable of ending the drought if the club's various pieces finally add up properly.
Pujols and Hamilton are full of spring optimism after those disappointing 2013 efforts, while superstar Mike Trout is back for the third full major league campaign in his already remarkable career.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (HOUSTON-LA ANGELS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Astros-Angels Preview* =======================
By KEVIN CHROUST STATS Writer
Houston (36-53) at Los Angeles (50-36), 3:35 p.m. EDT
Garrett Richards has been arguably the best pitcher in the AL since the beginning of June, and his workload isn't about to get any more difficult.
Richards and the Los Angeles Angels will try to send the Houston Astros to their seventh straight loss Sunday at Angel Stadium as the clubs complete a four-game series.
Richards (9-2, 2.81 ERA) is an AL-best 5-0 over six starts since the beginning of June with a 1.49 ERA and .147 opponent batting average while never allowing more than four hits. Only Felix Hernandez has a better ERA in the AL in that time while Richards' opponent average leads baseball.
The right-hander won a personal best-tying third straight start Tuesday, holding the White Sox to three runs and two hits while striking out nine in eight innings of an 8-4 road victory.
All the damage came in the first inning before the 26-year-old settled into seven innings of dominance.
"I think I was the same pitcher from beginning to end," Richards told MLB's official website. "I wasn't going to let three runs in the first ruin my day. I think that's the maturing process that I've gone through as a pitcher, and I'm happy with the direction I'm moving."
Richards is 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA in three starts this season against Houston, the latest of which got his unbeaten streak rolling. Chris Carter, who clubbed a grand slam Saturday, is 6 for 15 with a home run against him.
Astros starter Collin McHugh has been headed in the other direction with losses in a career-worst four straight starts. He's winless over his last five with a 4.45 ERA and 17 walks. While control has been an issue, McHugh (4-7, 3.22) hasn't been especially hittable, with a .194 opponent average and 35 strikeouts in 28 1-3 innings.
The right-hander surrendered five runs and five hits while walking four and fanning eight in six innings of Monday's 10-4 loss to Seattle.
"I think I looked up at one point and had thrown 27 balls and 26 strikes," McHugh said. "If you've seen me throw for a while, it's not the way I like to attack. It's not the way I like to pitch."
The 27-year-old has faced the Angels twice this season, going 1-1 with two earned runs and six hits allowed over 12 innings. Albert Pujols is 2 for 6 with a home run in the matchup.
Los Angeles (50-36), the second AL team to 50 wins behind West-leading Oakland, has won 12 of 15 and is in position for its third sweep in five series after Saturday's 11-5 victory. The Angels trailed 5-1 after three innings but hung eight on the Astros (36-53) in the seventh with homers from Pujols, C.J. Cron and David Freese.
"It doesn't matter who we're facing," Pujols said. "... Our goal is not to concentrate on who's on the mound. It's to go out there and have quality at-bats against anybody."
Pujols is 7 for 13 with five RBIs through the first three games of the series to boost his average to .265, which is higher than it's been since he entered May 27 at .267. Howie Kendrick has been even better with eight hits in the series and an 11-for-19 stretch over five games.
In the 15-game run, the Angels have hit .296 with 91 runs scored, both MLB bests.
Houston's Jose Altuve, meanwhile, has gone hitless in consecutive games for the first time since April 22-23.
Los Angeles bolstered its bullpen Saturday by acquiring left-handed reliever Joe Thatcher from Arizona along with outfielder Tony Campana for outfielder Zach Borenstein and minor league right-hander Joey Krehbiel.
Thatcher was 1-0 with a 2.63 ERA with 25 strikeouts and three walks in 37 games for Arizona this season.
|Last Updated: 9/30/2014 9:22:24 PM EST|