|TORONTO ( DICKEY )|
HOUSTON ( OBERHOLTZER )
|925||TORONTO||-140||Ov 8.5,+100||-130||Ov 8.5,+110|
|926||HOUSTON||+130||Un 8.5,-120||+120||Un 8.5,-130|
|vs Left-handed Starters||14-15||-1.6||14-15||4.3||0.259||0.322||4.0||0.248||0.313|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+5.7||3-3||6.0||0.297||0.364||2.9||0.208||0.268|
|vs Right-handed Starters||29-44||-4.2||37-34||3.8||0.236||0.298||5.0||0.270||0.335|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.3||5-2||4.6||0.232||0.300||4.1||0.245||0.298|
|7/24/2014||STROMAN(R)||BOSTON||DE LA ROSA(R)||8-0||W||-110||8 ov||P||14||8||0||1||3||0|
|7/25/2014||BUEHRLE(L)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||4-6||L||120||8 un||O||10||6||0||11||5||0|
|7/26/2014||HUTCHISON(R)||@ NY YANKEES||CAPUANO(L)||6-4||W||120||8.5 ov||O||9||11||0||8||11||0|
|7/27/2014||HAPP(L)||@ NY YANKEES||GREENE(R)||5-4||W||115||9 ov||P||12||9||0||7||4||1|
|7/28/2014||DICKEY(R)||@ BOSTON||BUCHHOLZ(R)||14-1||W||130||9 ov||O||14||7||1||5||6||0|
|7/29/2014||STROMAN(R)||@ BOSTON||DE LA ROSA(R)||4-2||W||-105||8.5 un||U||12||8||0||7||8||1|
|7/30/2014||BUEHRLE(L)||@ BOSTON||WORKMAN(R)||6-1||W||105||9 un||U||9||9||0||8||8||2|
|7/31/2014||HUTCHISON(R)||@ HOUSTON||BUCHANAN(R)||6-5||W||-150||9 un||O||11||3||1||8||7||0|
|8/1/2014||HAPP(L)||@ HOUSTON||MCHUGH(R)||1-3||L||105||8.5 un||U||6||6||0||5||4||1|
|8/2/2014||DICKEY(R)||@ HOUSTON||OBERHOLTZER(L)|| |
|8/3/2014||STROMAN(R)||@ HOUSTON||FELDMAN(R)|| |
|8/9/2014|| ||DETROIT|| || |
|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|
|8/5/2014||KEUCHEL(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)|| |
|8/6/2014||PEACOCK(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||BUCHANAN(R)|| |
|8/7/2014||MCHUGH(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|8/9/2014|| ||TEXAS|| || |
|TORONTO: TORONTO (AP) - All winter long, the Blue Jays' primary concern was upgrading the starting pitching. The biggest story in Toronto this spring, though, is the one about the free agent arm that got away.|
After months of inaction, the Blue Jays thought they'd landed right-hander Ervin Santana on a one-year deal in early March. But when injury concerns flared up in Atlanta, Santana signed a similar deal with the Braves instead.
''I think it's pretty obvious we were involved, it didn't work out. I'm trying to take the high road here,'' general manager Alex Anthopoulos said after Santana turned him down, saying he'd rather pitch in a spacious National League park than face AL East foes in Toronto's hitter-friendly dome.
Anthopoulos, who'd previously come ''extremely close'' to acquiring a starter through trade, must now start the season with almost the same staff he took north last year. Right-handed knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, the 2012 NL Cy Young winner, will be the opening-day starter again, while left-hander Mark Buehrle gets the third slot.
But none of the other three leading contenders, right-handers Brandon Morrow and Drew Hutchison, and left-hander J.A. Happ, have ever pitched 200 innings, and all three are coming off injuries. Morrow was limited to 10 starts last year by a nerve problem in his forearm, Hutchison hasn't pitched in the majors since elbow surgery in 2012, and Happ missed most of 2013 after being hit in the head by a line drive. Happ dimmed his own chances with an awful spring.
Santana, who has topped the 200-inning mark five times, would have given the Blue Jays valuable depth. Without him, there's more chance they'll need starts from touted but untested youngsters like Kyle Drabek, Sean Nolin, and Marcus Stroman.
Still, a confident Dickey insisted Santana would have been more ''bonus'' than ''necessity'' to Toronto. ''I feel like we have what we need,'' he said.
|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 AL PREVIEW (TORONTO-HOUSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Blue Jays-Astros Preview* ==========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Toronto (60-50) at Houston (44-65), 7:10 p.m. EDT
Temporarily cooled off from their recent offensive surge, the Toronto Blue Jays hope they're not done scoring runs for R.A. Dickey.
With their six-game winning streak in the past, the Blue Jays attempt to bounce back as Dickey tries to win his third straight start Saturday night against the Houston Astros.
Toronto (60-51) scored 12 runs with Dickey (9-10, 3.91 ERA) on the mound during a stretch where he lost six of seven but posted a 3.54 ERA. That lack of support ended when the Blue Jays scored five runs while Dickey allowed four in six innings of a 6-4 victory over Boston on July 23.
They then gave the right-hander plenty to work with while he yielded a run, three hits and struck out 10 in seven innings of a 14-1 rout at Fenway Park on Monday.
"I kind of wish they could divide (the runs) up over, like, three starts," Dickey said. "I'll take that every time out."
The Blue Jays managed one run with Dickey on the hill as he gave up five on two homers in seven innings of a 6-4 loss April 10 that dropped him to 2-3 with a 4.45 ERA in eight starts against Houston (45-65).
Toronto averaged 6.2 runs and 10.9 hits while winning 11 of 13 before its winning streak ended with six hits during a 3-1 loss Friday. Dioner Navarro drove in the run as the Blue Jays fell to 6-2 on a 10-game trip.
Navarro is batting .352 with 13 RBIs over his last 18 games and .342 in 11 career contests at Minute Maid Park.
Houston's Gregorio Petit hit his first career homer to break a 1-all tie in the eighth Friday. The infielder is 4 for 13 with two RBIs in four games since he was recalled from the minors to see his first major league action since 2009 with Oakland.
Teammate Brett Oberholtzer (3-7, 4.30) went 0-6 with a 5.68 ERA in his first seven starts before being sent down to the minors for the first time this season. Since then, he's 3-1 with a 3.15 ERA over his last seven outings, which were interrupted by two more trips to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
The left-hander allowed three runs in 6 2-3 innings of a 7-3 victory over Oakland on Monday to improve to 2-0 with a 2.39 ERA in four home starts after going 0-3 with a 9.64 ERA there. He's completed at least six innings in eight straight outings overall.
"Obviously if you go deeper into the game, you're doing something right for the team," Oberholtzer told MLB's official website.
During his only appearance against Toronto, Oberholtzer lasted 5 1-3 innings while giving up three runs, three hits, three walks and striking out three in a 5-2 loss April 8.
Houston's Jose Altuve went 1 for 4 a night after his 12-game hitting streak ended during Thursday's 6-5 loss in the series opener. He's batting an AL-leading .339 but is 0 for 10 against Dickey.
|Last Updated: 10/20/2014 7:55:07 PM EST|