|HOUSTON ( FIERS )|
TEXAS ( ROSS )
|923||HOUSTON||-135||Ov 11,+100||-120||Ov 10.5,-130|
|924||TEXAS||+125||Un 11,-120||+110||Un 10.5,+110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||56-26||+21.2||44-33||5.8||0.291||0.347||0.490||0.837||4.3||0.237||0.305||0.397||0.702|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-7||3-4||5.4||0.287||0.354||0.481||0.835||5.9||0.286||0.355||0.440||0.795|
|vs Right-handed Starters||42-47||-3.6||42-45||4.9||0.240||0.310||0.418||0.727||5.0||0.260||0.325||0.430||0.756|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.2||2-4||4.6||0.246||0.307||0.400||0.707||3.7||0.202||0.264||0.380||0.644|
|7/29/2017||MCHUGH(R)||@ DETROIT||BOYD(L)||3-5||L||-115||10.5 ov||U||9||3||0||8||5||0|
|7/30/2017||MCCULLERS JR.(R)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)||1-13||L||-110||9.5 un||O||7||9||1||15||9||0|
|7/31/2017||MORTON(R)||TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||14-7||W||-145||9 un||O||17||9||0||7||7||1|
|8/1/2017||FIERS(R)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||4-6||L||+105||8.5 ev||O||7||4||0||12||7||0|
|8/2/2017||KEUCHEL(L)||TAMPA BAY||PRUITT(R)||0-3||L||-185||8.5 ev||U||5||7||1||9||10||1|
|8/3/2017||MCHUGH(R)||TAMPA BAY||SNELL(L)||3-5||L||-140||9.5 un||U||9||6||3||8||10||0|
|8/8/2017||KEUCHEL(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||HOLLAND(L)||5-8||L||-250||9.5 ov||O||9||10||0||13||9||0|
|8/9/2017||MCHUGH(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||GONZALEZ(R)||1-7||L||-210||10 ov||U||6||7||1||11||5||1|
|8/10/2017||PEACOCK(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||RODON(L)||2-3||L||-150||9.5 un||U||12||9||2||11||14||2|
|8/11/2017||MORTON(R)||@ TEXAS||HAMELS(L)||4-6||L||-120||10.5 ov||U||8||8||1||10||7||0|
|8/12/2017||FIERS(R)||@ TEXAS||ROSS(R)|| |
|8/13/2017||KEUCHEL(L)||@ TEXAS||GRIFFIN(R)|| |
|8/14/2017||MCHUGH(R)||@ ARIZONA||GREINKE(R)|| |
|8/15/2017||PEACOCK(R)||@ ARIZONA||RAY(L)|| |
|8/18/2017|| ||OAKLAND|| || |
|8/19/2017|| ||OAKLAND|| || |
|8/3/2017||GRIFFIN(R)||@ MINNESOTA||MEJIA(L)||4-1||W||110||9.5 ov||U||9||9||0||3||3||1|
|8/4/2017||PEREZ(L)||@ MINNESOTA||COLON(R)||4-8||L||-105||10.5 un||O||9||5||1||12||7||0|
|8/5/2017||HAMELS(L)||@ MINNESOTA||GIBSON(R)||4-1||W||-125||9.5 ev||U||8||6||1||4||2||0|
|8/6/2017||MARTINEZ(R)||@ MINNESOTA||BERRIOS(R)||5-6||L||125||10.5 un||O||7||5||0||7||3||0|
|8/8/2017||GRIFFIN(R)||@ NY METS||FLEXEN(R)||4-5||L||100||9 ov||P||6||5||0||6||4||0|
|8/9/2017||PEREZ(L)||@ NY METS||MONTERO(R)||5-1||W||105||9.5 un||U||10||15||0||3||2||0|
|8/17/2017||HAMELS(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||LOPEZ(R)|| |
|8/18/2017|| ||CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|8/19/2017|| ||CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|HOUSTON: 2016: 84-78, third place
Manager: A.J. Hinch (third season)
Who's new? RF Josh Reddick, CF Carlos Beltran, LF Nori Aoki, C Brian McCann, RHP Charlie Morton
Who's gone? C Jason Castro, INF Luis Valbuena, OF Colby Rasmus, RHP Doug Fister
Projected lineup: CF George Springer (.261, 29 HR, 82 RBI), 2B Jose Altuve (.338, 24, 96, 30 SB), SS Carlos Correa (.274, 20, 96, 13 SB), DH Carlos Beltran (.295, 29, 93 with Yankees and Rangers), C Brian McCann (.242, 20, 58 with Yankees) or Evan Gattis (.251, 32, 72), 3B Alex Bregman (.264, 8, 34 in 49 games), RF Josh Reddick (.281, 10, 37 with A's and Dodgers), 1B Yulieski Gurriel (.262, 3, 15), LF Nori Aoki (.283, 4, 28 with Mariners)
Rotation: LH Dallas Keuchel (9-12, 4.55 ERA), RH Collin McHugh (13-10, 4.34), RH Mike Fiers (11-8, 4.48), RH Lance McCullers (6-5, 3.22), RH Charlie Morton (1-1, 4.15 in four games with Phillies)
Key relievers: RH Ken Giles (2-5, 4.11, 15/20 SV), RH Luke Gregerson (4-3, 3.28, 15/21 SV), RH Will Harris (1-2, 2.25, 12/15 SV), RH Chris Devenski (4-4, 2.16), LH Tony Sipp (1-2, 4.95), RH Michael Feliz (8-1, 4.43)
Hot spots: Fifth starter and catcher. Hamstring issues limited 33-year-old Morton to four starts with the Phillies last season. That didn't stop the Astros from signing him to a two-year contract worth at least $14 million. Now, veteran Fiers and 24-year-old Joe Musgrove are on the bubble for the fifth starter's job. McCann and Gattis give the Astros a pair of veteran catchers with slugging potential. McCann has fewer weaknesses behind the plate; Gattis is the better all-around hitter. With Beltran aboard as the primary designated hitter, McCann and Gattis won't both be in the lineup on most nights.
Outlook: After slipping to third place in the AL West last year, the Astros' front office decided to double down on dingers rather than upgrade a rotation that lacks a true ace. The result: A lineup with eight potential 20-home run hitters, including possible MVP candidates in Altuve and Correa. Everyone returns from an impressive young bullpen with high strikeout potential. If the Astros are in contention by the trade deadline, the front office should have the financial flexibility to add a front-line starter. Then again, if Dallas Keuchel looks like the pitcher who won a Cy Young Award in 2015, Houston might not have a problem.
|TEXAS: 2016: 95-67, first place
Manager: Jeff Banister (third season)
Who's new? 1B Mike Napoli, 1B James Loney, INF Will Middlebrooks, RHP Andrew Cashner, RHP Tyson Ross, RHP Mike Hauschild
Who's gone? 1B Mitch Moreland, INF/OF Ian Desmond, OF/DH Carlos Beltran, RHP Derek Holland, RHP Colby Lewis, RHP Shawn Tolleson, RHP Lucas Harrell
Projected lineup: CF Carlos Gomez (.231, 13 HR, 53 RBI, 18 SB in 118 games with Astros and Rangers), DH Shin-Soo Choo (.242, 7, 17, 6 in 48 games), 3B Adrian Beltre (.300, 32, 104), 1B Mike Napoli (.239, 34, 101 with Indians), 2B Rougned Odor (.271, 33, 88, 14 SB), C Jonathan Lucroy (.292, 24, 81 with Brewers and Rangers), RF Nomar Mazara (.266, 20, 64), SS Elvis Andrus (.302, 8, 69, 24 SB), LF Jurickson Profar (.239, 5, 20) or Ryan Rua (.258, 8, 22, 9 SB)
Rotation: LH Cole Hamels (15-5, 3.32 ERA), RH Yu Darvish (7-5, 3.42 in 17 games), LH Martin Perez (10-11, 4.39), RH A.J. Griffin (7-4, 5.07), RH Andrew Cashner (5-11, 5.25 with Padres and Marlins)
Key relievers: RH Sam Dyson (3-2, 2.43, 38/43 SV), RH Matt Bush (7-2, 2.48), RH Jeremy Jeffress (27/28 SV with Brewers and Rangers), RH Tony Barnette (7-3, 2.09), LH Alex Claudio (4-1, 2.79), RH Keone Kela (5-1, 6.09)
Hot spots: Designated hitter and left field. Choo, Napoli and Joey Gallo are all candidates to DH. Gallo, a perennial prospect with prodigious power, can make it interesting by seizing his first-ever Opening Day roster spot. Otherwise Napoli (a first baseman) and Choo (an outfielder) can switch off as needed. Moving Desmond to the outfield was successful enough last year that the Rangers are taking a similar approach with Profar. The oft-injured 24-year-old will try to break camp as a left fielder, platooning with Rua.
Outlook: Coming off back-to-back division titles, the Rangers begin 2017 with a weakened farm system and the footsteps of the Astros and Mariners passing them by ' or at least catching up. There's still a lot to like here. Napoli was a huge bargain on a $6 million contract following his 34-homer season in Cleveland. He'll join Beltre and Odor to form a dangerous middle of the order. Darvish is entering his first full season back from Tommy John surgery, and he and catcher Lucroy are entering their long-awaited walk years. This isn't the deepest roster in the AL but it's capable of winning another division title if its stars can avoid the disabled list.
|Rodriguez's number to be retired before Rangers host Astros|
ARLINGTON, Texas -- There aren't many things the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers can both take joy in, but that won't be the case on Saturday when catcher Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez will have his number retired by the Rangers before the game.
Rodriguez was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on July 30, and he will join Nolan Ryan's No. 34, Johnny Oates' No. 26 and Jackie Robinson's No. 42 on the left-field facade just under the second deck in Globe Life Park.
"I can't wait for (Saturday) to go out there and thank all the fans and the Rangers organization for everything they did for my family," Rodriguez told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "This has been a great moment in my life. This is a moment that everybody dreams of having."
Rodriguez, who played for both the Rangers (55-59) and Astros (71-44), will provide a moment of solidarity for the in-state rivals. But then, the Silver Boot Series must resume.
The Astros will be looking to snap their season-high four-game losing streak, while the Rangers hope to extend their winning streak to three games.
Tyson Ross (2-2, 7.52 ERA) will be activated from the 10-day disabled list, where he has been since July 24 with a blister on his right index finger, and start for Texas. Ross made a pair of rehab outings with Double-A Frisco with a 1-1 record and 2.31 ERA.
"It was productive. I was able to pitch in a couple of games in Double-A and get a good feel for some stuff," Ross told MLB.com. "I'm looking forward to getting back out there tomorrow. ... Feeling good. We've got a good training staff here and I'm ready to go."
Ross has faced the Astros once, as a member of the San Diego Padres in 2015, when he took a loss after giving up four runs in five innings.
Meanwhile, Mike Fiers (7-6, 4.06 ERA) will be in nearly the opposite situation. Instead of coming off the disabled list, he will be making his 22nd start of the year, most by any Astros starting pitcher. He also leads the team in innings pitched with 124, and is tied for the team lead in quality starts with nine.
It's a bit of an odd juxtaposition with Ross, who will be making his eighth start since Opening Day of 2016 when he was with the San Diego Padres.
Fiers has been the Astros' model of consistency in a year with a tumultuous situation regarding their starting pitching.
Ross has faced Houston once: he took the loss on April 28, 2015, while with the Padres. He gave up five hits and four runs in five innings with nine strikeouts and two walks.
Fiers has faced the Rangers four times in his career -- and once this season. He didn't factor into the decision in his May 2 start against them, when he allowed five runs on seven hits in an 8-7 Houston victory.
He is 0-1 with a 6.56 ERA against the Rangers.
|Last Updated: 8/20/2017 12:19:59 PM EST|