|HOUSTON ( PEACOCK )|
TEXAS ( IRWIN )
|969||HOUSTON||+105||Ov 10,-105||+130||Ov 10,+105|
|970||TEXAS||-115||Un 10,-115||-140||Un 10,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||24-35||-2.4||26-31||3.6||0.234||0.297||4.8||0.260||0.326|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-4.6||4-3||4.3||0.251||0.294||7.7||0.341||0.396|
|vs Right-handed Starters||27-36||-10||28-31||3.7||0.253||0.307||4.6||0.271||0.333|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-6.3||6-1||4.3||0.275||0.323||6.9||0.291||0.359|
|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)||1-6||L||205||7.5 ev||U||7||6||2||8||4||0|
|7/7/2014||COSART(R)||@ TEXAS||MIKOLAS(R)||12-7||W||140||9.5 un||O||17||6||1||11||7||0|
|7/8/2014||PEACOCK(R)||@ TEXAS||IRWIN(R)|| |
|7/9/2014||KEUCHEL(L)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)|| |
|6/30/2014||SAUNDERS(L)||@ BALTIMORE||JIMENEZ(R)||1-7||L||120||9 ov||U||4||5||2||10||8||1|
|7/1/2014||MARTINEZ(R)||@ BALTIMORE||MCFARLAND(L)||3-8||L||140||9 un||O||10||5||2||8||5||0|
|7/2/2014||MIKOLAS(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)||4-6||L||120||9 ov||O||8||8||0||8||6||1|
|7/3/2014||BAKER(R)||@ BALTIMORE||CHEN(L)||2-5||L||-130||7.5 ev||U||7||7||0||12||9||0|
|7/4/2014||DARVISH(R)||@ NY METS||NIESE(L)||5-6||L||-155||6.5 un||O||12||12||0||7||7||1|
|7/5/2014||LEWIS(R)||@ NY METS||COLON(R)||5-3||W||105||7 un||O||11||6||1||9||8||0|
|7/6/2014||TEPESCH(R)||@ NY METS||WHEELER(R)||4-8||L||110||7.5 un||O||10||8||0||7||4||0|
|7/10/2014||LEWIS(R)||LA ANGELS||SANTIAGO(L)|| |
|7/11/2014||TEPESCH(R)||LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)|| |
|7/12/2014||MIKOLAS(R)||LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)|| |
|7/13/2014||MARTINEZ(R)||LA ANGELS||SKAGGS(L)|| |
|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.''
|TEXAS: ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The Texas Rangers are already hurting significantly even before the start of a new season.|
In a span of three days the week before opening day, the Rangers scratched ace Yu Darvish from that scheduled start because of neck stiffness, and found out they would be without second baseman Jurickson Profar and catcher Geovany Soto for 10 to 12 weeks each because of injuries.
Sure, the Rangers know there are going to be injuries during the season.
''We just didn't expect it to be all at this point,'' general manager Jon Daniels said.
The Rangers, after missing the playoffs last year for the first time in four seasons, already knew they would be missing lefty starters Matt Harrison and Derek Holland to start the season.
At least Harrison, who had a mild setback early in camp after his back issues last season, should return within the first month. Holland could miss at least half the season because of left knee surgery after being tripped by his dog on stairs in his home in January.
The only three position players remaining from the Rangers' last World Series in 2011 also missed games this spring with lesser nagging issues. But shortstop Elvis Andrus, third baseman Adrian Beltre and designated hitter Mitch Moreland should all be in the lineup Monday against Philadelphia.
After missing the playoffs for the first time in four years and scoring their fewest runs (730) in a full season since 1992, the Rangers' two most significant offseason moves were to improve their offense.
They got durable slugger Prince Fielder from Detroit by trading Ian Kinsler, a move that cleared the way Profar to be an everyday player. Free agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo was signed to a seven-year deal - the same time left on Fielder's contract - to take over the leadoff spot.
Only Mike Trout (564) and two-time AL MVP Miguel Cabrera (562) reached base more the past two season than Choo (556) and Fielder (542), who has the longest active streak in the majors playing in 505 consecutive regular-season games - and 809 of 810 the past five years.
''I just want Prince to be Prince,'' said manager Ron Washington, starting his eighth season in Texas. ''I just want him to do what he does, and let everyone else does what they do, and everything will work out.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (HOUSTON-TEXAS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Astros-Rangers Preview* ========================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Houston (36-54) at Texas (38-50), 8:05 p.m. EDT
A series of poor performances on the mound, particularly from the battered rotation, have played a big part in this dismal stretch by the Texas Rangers.
A day after being pounded by the worst team in baseball, the spiraling Rangers will turn to their 12th starter of the season Tuesday night as they try to avoid matching their longest losing streak against the Houston Astros.
Texas (38-51) has lost 16 of its last 19 and eight of nine while the starters have compiled an 8.16 ERA.
The Rangers got no help Monday from Miles Mikolas, who was hammered for nine runs and 12 hits in 3 1-3 innings of a 12-7 loss in the opener of this three-game Lone Star Series.
They've dropped three straight to the Astros (37-54) for the first time since 2004, one shy of their longest skid in the all-time series set from June 15-29, 2002.
Looking to help avoid matching that dubious mark will be Phil Irwin, who is making his team debut after being acquired off waivers from Pittsburgh on May 28. The right-hander is filling in for rookie Nick Martinez, who has a pulled muscle in his rib cage and may become the fourth Rangers starter on the disabled list.
"He wants to start, but just trying to be smart," general manager Jon Daniels said of Martinez. "Irwin's been throwing the ball well at Triple-A. Looking forward to seeing what he's got."
Irwin went 4-1 with a 2.41 ERA in seven games - six starts - at Triple-A Round Rock, and becomes the 12th starter used by Texas, one shy of Colorado's major league high.
His only appearance in the majors came with the Pirates on April 14, 2013, when he allowed five runs in 4 2-3 innings of a 10-7 win over Cincinnati.
Adrian Beltre continues to do his part, hitting .393 with seven home runs and 28 RBIs in 32 games. The All-Star third baseman had an RBI double and a solo shot Monday and is batting .415 with eight homers while plating 20 runs in his past 21 meetings with the Astros.
Houston's .237 season average is among the worst in baseball, but the bats collected a season-high 17 hits in the opener to help end a seven-game slide. John Singleton had three hits with four RBIs after going 3 for 36 over his prior 10 contests.
"It's a work in progress every day," Singleton said.
Brad Peacock (2-5, 4.38) takes the mound after struggling late in Wednesday's 5-2 loss to Seattle. The right-hander tossed five scoreless innings before giving up four runs and hitting a batter, while leaving with one out in the sixth.
He had allowed four earned runs while not getting a decision over his three previous games.
"Lost command of the strike zone," manager Bo Porter said. "He was in a complete groove and what we felt like complete control of the game, then had the hit batter where he held on to a cut fastball too long and then was not able to get back in the zone."
Peacock has a 3.06 ERA in three road starts, but is 0-2 since he's been backed by four runs. That scenario is quite familiar against Texas, as he's 0-3 with a 3.92 ERA in four career games, including three starts, thanks to receiving just five runs in his favor.
Peacock watched the offense go 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position at home May 12 while fanning a career-high 11 Rangers and allowed four runs in six innings of a 4-0 loss.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 10:50:54 PM EST|