|MIAMI ( KOEHLER )|
HOUSTON ( COSART )
|979||MIAMI||+100||Ov 8.5,-120||-110||Ov 8.5,-115|
|980||HOUSTON||-110||Un 8.5,+100||+100||Un 8.5,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||33-44||-8.8||42-31||3.8||0.247||0.310||4.5||0.266||0.324|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+4.9||2-4||3.0||0.261||0.318||3.0||0.200||0.257|
|vs Right-handed Starters||27-40||-2.9||32-33||3.7||0.236||0.297||5.0||0.272||0.338|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-1.8||3-4||3.9||0.239||0.277||5.7||0.304||0.374|
|7/12/2014||KOEHLER(R)||@ NY METS||MATSUZAKA(R)||4-5||L||105||7.5 ov||O||5||7||1||6||5||1|
|7/13/2014||HAND(L)||@ NY METS||DEGROM(R)||1-9||L||140||7.5 ov||O||5||4||1||14||12||0|
|7/18/2014||EOVALDI(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||1-9||L||+115||7.5 un||O||7||7||0||13||6||0|
|7/19/2014||ALVAREZ(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||HUDSON(R)||3-5||L||+105||7.5 un||O||11||5||2||8||7||0|
|7/20/2014||HAND(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||3-2||W||+115||7.5 un||U||6||5||0||6||4||1|
|7/21/2014||KOEHLER(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)||3-1||W||170||7 ev||U||8||10||2||6||9||0|
|7/22/2014||TURNER(R)||@ ATLANTA||MINOR(L)||6-5||W||165||7.5 un||O||12||10||0||7||4||1|
|7/23/2014||EOVALDI(R)||@ ATLANTA||SANTANA(R)||1-6||L||160||7 ov||P||7||8||1||8||6||1|
|7/24/2014||ALVAREZ(R)||@ ATLANTA||HARANG(R)||3-2||W||120||7.5 un||U||8||6||0||6||3||0|
|7/25/2014||HAND(L)||@ HOUSTON||KEUCHEL(L)||2-0||W||120||8.5 un||U||11||9||0||3||2||1|
|7/26/2014||KOEHLER(R)||@ HOUSTON||COSART(R)|| |
|7/27/2014||TURNER(R)||@ HOUSTON||MCHUGH(R)|| |
|8/2/2014|| ||CINCINNATI|| || |
|7/18/2014||FELDMAN(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||2-3||L||150||8 un||U||3||3||0||7||5||1|
|7/19/2014||KEUCHEL(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||NOESI(R)||3-4||L||-105||8.5 un||U||9||8||1||13||11||0|
|7/20/2014||COSART(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)||11-7||W||120||9 un||O||17||6||3||10||9||0|
|7/22/2014||OBERHOLTZER(L)||@ OAKLAND||KAZMIR(L)||3-2||W||230||7.5 un||U||11||7||1||8||8||1|
|7/23/2014||PEACOCK(R)||@ OAKLAND||CHAVEZ(R)||7-9||L||230||7.5 ov||O||10||6||0||13||11||1|
|7/24/2014||FELDMAN(R)||@ OAKLAND||SAMARDZIJA(R)||1-13||L||240||8 ev||O||6||5||0||14||8||0|
|8/2/2014|| ||TORONTO|| || |
|MIAMI: MIAMI (AP) - The owner of the World Series champion Boston Red Sox is apparently unimpressed by the Miami Marlins' attempts to improve their feeble offense.|
''They should apologize for their regular season lineup,'' John Henry tweeted during spring training.
In 2013 the Marlins were truly sorry. They finished last in the majors in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, runs and home runs, and scored even less than their woeful 1993 expansion team. They also lost 100 games, two more than in their first season.
Henry was being catty after the Red Sox drew criticism for the minor league lineup they fielded for a spring game against Miami. But he might be right - it's unclear whether an offseason shakeup of the lineup will mean more runs for the Marlins than last year.
''We were anemic offensively,'' new general manager Dan Jennings said. ''Just bad. It's unacceptable.''
|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.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (MIAMI-HOUSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Marlins-Astros Preview* ========================
By KEVIN CHROUST STATS Writer
Miami (48-53) at Houston (42-60), 7:10 p.m. EDT
The Miami Marlins have found ways to win over the last week, but a little more offense against a struggling Houston Astros pitching staff could make things easier.
They'll try for their sixth win in seven games Saturday night while also sending the Astros to a season-worst 20 games under .500.
After Friday's 2-0 win, the Marlins (49-53) have needed just 18 runs in a 5-1 span while their pitching is holding opponents to a .191 batting average.
Donovan Solano and Giancarlo Stanton each went 2 for 4 while everyone in the lineup collected at least a hit. Stanton is just a .185 hitter in 17 career games against the Astros.
The poor run production, though, hasn't been sustainable over a longer span as the club has won just six times over a 14-game stretch that has produced 2.43 runs per game and a .176 average with runners in scoring position.
Catcher Jeff Mathis hit a two-run double in the seventh after hitting into an inning-ending double play in the fifth.
"I was frustrated earlier," said Mathis, who's batting .160 with runners in scoring position this season. "I had a chance to push a run across and was not able to do it. ... I had another opportunity, and luckily, got it done."
The Astros (42-61) have lost seven of 10, over which their starting pitching has posted a 5.88 ERA with a .365 opponent average. Offensively, they've hit .224 in that time with one run scored in their last two games after scraping together three hits in the series opener.
Houston sends Jarred Cosart to the mound with hopes of him correcting the club's recent struggles and also reaching what has been a rare milestone for Houston pitchers in recent seasons.
Cosart (9-6, 4.23 ERA) is out to become the first Astros pitcher to 10 wins since Lucas Harrell won 11 in 2012. No one on the staff had more than seven victories a season ago.
The right-hander's first attempt at reaching double-digit victories ended without a decision after allowing four runs - three earned - and seven hits in five innings of Sunday's 11-7 win over the Chicago White Sox.
"Obviously I didn't get the results and didn't go as long as I wanted to, but I thought I made some good adjustments to start the second half that I can only build off of and get better," Cosart told MLB's official website.
After a strong June, Cosart is 1-1 with an 8.04 ERA and 2.23 WHIP in three starts this month while three interleague starts this season have resulted in a 2-0 record and a 2.84 ERA.
He's never faced Miami, but Jarrod Saltalamacchia is 2 for 2 against him.
The Marlins hope to keep winning behind Tom Koehler, whose last outing didn't earn him a victory, though the right-hander held Atlanta to a run and five hits while striking out seven in 6 2-3 innings of Monday's 3-1 win.
Koehler (6-7, 3.85) has struggled against the AL with a 2-2 record and 5.54 ERA in seven career starts, though he hasn't faced Houston.
Miami's Jeff Baker has hit safely in each of his 10 July games for a .444 average.
|Last Updated: 10/1/2014 3:47:40 AM EST|