|HOUSTON ( PEACOCK )|
CLEVELAND ( CARRASCO )
|915||HOUSTON||+185||Ov 8.5,-105||+180||Ov 8.5,+100|
|916||CLEVELAND||-200||Un 8.5,-115||-190||Un 8.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||37-52||-2.1||45-42||4.0||0.241||0.302||4.8||0.270||0.332|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+3||4-3||5.1||0.274||0.337||4.6||0.284||0.342|
|vs Right-handed Starters||48-42||+2.3||48-39||4.6||0.260||0.325||4.2||0.255||0.313|
|Past 7 Games||5-3||+0.6||1-7||3.1||0.223||0.279||2.1||0.206||0.259|
|8/14/2014||FELDMAN(R)||@ BOSTON||WEBSTER(R)||4-9||L||150||9 un||O||8||6||0||14||7||1|
|8/15/2014||KEUCHEL(L)||@ BOSTON||BUCHHOLZ(R)||5-3||W||140||8.5 un||U||12||10||0||6||5||1|
|8/16/2014||PEACOCK(R)||@ BOSTON||DE LA ROSA(R)||7-10||L||160||9 ov||O||12||10||1||13||7||0|
|8/17/2014||MCHUGH(R)||@ BOSTON||KELLY(R)||8-1||W||115||8.5 ov||O||11||7||0||8||9||0|
|8/19/2014||OBERHOLTZER(L)||@ NY YANKEES||CAPUANO(L)||7-4||W||155||8.5 un||O||13||10||1||9||6||1|
|8/20/2014||FELDMAN(R)||@ NY YANKEES||PINEDA(R)||5-2||W||190||8.5 un||U||9||6||0||10||10||0|
|8/21/2014||KEUCHEL(L)||@ NY YANKEES||MCCARTHY(R)||0-3||L||160||7.5 un||U||4||4||0||7||3||0|
|8/22/2014||PEACOCK(R)||@ CLEVELAND||CARRASCO(R)|| |
|8/23/2014||MCHUGH(R)||@ CLEVELAND||SALAZAR(R)|| |
|8/24/2014||OBERHOLTZER(L)||@ CLEVELAND||BAUER(R)|| |
|8/29/2014|| ||TEXAS|| || |
|8/8/2014||BAUER(R)||@ NY YANKEES||ROGERS(R)||6-10||L||125||8.5 ov||O||12||9||2||10||9||0|
|8/9/2014||KLUBER(R)||@ NY YANKEES||MCCARTHY(R)||3-0||W||-115||7.5 un||U||9||6||0||5||8||0|
|8/10/2014||CARRASCO(R)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||4-1||W||130||8.5 un||U||7||9||0||5||3||0|
|8/19/2014||BAUER(R)||@ MINNESOTA||GIBSON(R)||7-5||W||-115||8.5 un||O||11||4||0||8||5||1|
|8/20/2014||HOUSE(L)||@ MINNESOTA||NOLASCO(R)||5-0||W||-110||8.5 un||U||11||6||1||6||9||0|
|8/21/2014||KLUBER(R)||@ MINNESOTA||HUGHES(R)||1-4||L||-135||7 ov||U||5||5||0||8||7||1|
|8/26/2014||HOUSE(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|8/27/2014||KLUBER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||NOESI(R)|| |
|8/28/2014||CARRASCO(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)|| |
|8/29/2014|| ||@ KANSAS CITY|| || |
|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.''
|CLEVELAND: CLEVELAND (AP) - Jason Kipnis didn't want it to end. He had plenty of company.|
After the final out ended the club's magical, turnaround season so jarringly last October, Kipnis, who made his first All-Star team in 2013 and a few of his teammates lingered in the dugout and watched as Tampa Bay's players celebrated their 4-0 win in the AL wild-card playoff game.
One and done. Hardly the finish Cleveland wanted.
And once again, the city would remain without a major sports championship, a drought approaching its 50-year anniversary.
But despite their brief postseason appearance in manager Terry Francona's first year, the Indians intend to play in October again - and again.
''We don't want it to be a fluke,'' Kipnis said. ''We don't want to be a one-trick pony. We want to be at the top and we want to stay there.''
Hoping to build off their unexpected 92-win campaign, the Indians enter 2014 confident they can not only contend this season, but go even further.
During spring training in Arizona, first baseman Nick Swisher, who also serves as the club's high-energy hype man, handed out ''Unfinished Business'' T-shirts to his teammates.
The Indians aren't satisfied.
''Last season, hopefully, was a steppingstone that we needed to get us going in the right direction,'' Swisher said. ''Last year was that amazing year to get us in the right mind frame to say, `Hey, we can do this. We are a team. And people need to start recognizing it.'''
Cleveland had to win its final 10 games just to make the playoffs. The late-season kick wouldn't have been necessary if the Indians had played more consistently, and more evenness has been a focus for Francona, who feels his club has the makings to do something special again.
''I love our team,'' said the AL's manager of the year. ''I love coming to the ballpark and watching them play. They are easy to like because they try hard. When you can show up with a group of guys and you respect the way they go about things it makes the challenging times more fulfilling. We know we can do it now. We've got to try and go do it better.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (HOUSTON-CLEVELAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Astros-Indians Preview* ========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Houston (54-73) at Cleveland (64-61), 7:05 p.m. EDT
The Cleveland Indians' decision to move Carlos Carrasco back to the starting rotation has already paid off in a big way.
Carrasco carries a 12-inning scoreless streak into Friday night's series opener against the Houston Astros, who visit Cleveland looking to avoid a seventh consecutive loss in the series.
Carrasco (5-4, 3.27 ERA) has yet to allow a run since rejoining the rotation, yielding five hits and no walks in winning both his starts. After a 4-1 victory at Yankee Stadium on Aug. 10, the right-hander threw seven innings of three-hit ball to beat Baltimore 6-0 on Saturday.
"Are you kidding me? He's filthy," teammate Chris Dickerson told MLB's official website. "It's been awesome. He's just been so relaxed, calm and throwing strikes. Great tempo. Keeping everybody in the game. That's all you can ask for. He's just been flat-out lights out."
Prior to posting back-to-back wins, Carrasco had gone 0-12 with an 8.09 ERA over his previous 17 starts dating to 2011. He went 0-3 with a 6.95 mark in April before moving to the bullpen.
"I think he's better equipped to pitch, whether it's in the bullpen or starting," manager Terry Francona said. "I think he feels good about himself. I think being out in the bullpen helped him a lot. I think it let him settle in and get his confidence and kind of understand who he is.
"And he's taken the same mentality now into the starts. Man, it's a big lift for us."
Carrasco will try to help Cleveland (64-62) get back on track following Thursday's 4-1 loss at Minnesota. Zach Walters homered for the second consecutive day but the Indians failed to get a runner into scoring position.
Cleveland has still won seven of 10 and enters the weekend six games behind AL Central-leading Kansas City.
"Obviously, we'd like to win every game we can right now with the position we're in," pitcher Corey Kluber said.
Cleveland won each of last year's final six meetings against Houston by a combined 41-15 score. Michael Brantley hit safely in all of those games, going 9 for 26 with a homer and seven RBIs.
The Astros (54-74) fell to 4-3 on their 10-game road trip with Thursday's 3-0 loss to the Yankees. Houston had won its previous three before collecting four hits, its lowest total since July 25.
Brad Peacock (3-8, 5.47) takes the mound looking to bounce back from yet another ugly showing. The right-hander, who yielded six runs over 4 1-3 innings in Saturday's 10-7 loss at Boston, is 0-3 with a 10.80 ERA over his last five starts after
"He was trying to locate his offspeed pitches and missed his spot, and damage was done," manager Bo Porter said. "I think the biggest thing with Peacock moving forward is being able to command all his pitches."
It's looking like the Indians could be without catcher Yan Gomes, who was forced to exit Thursday after getting hit in the mask by a deflected pitch behind the plate. Gomes is batting .356 with six homers and 20 RBIs over his last 30 games.
"The doctor didn't want to say he had a concussion," Francona said. "But we obviously need to keep an eye on him. We'll get him examined in the morning."
|Last Updated: 10/1/2014 9:24:23 PM EST|