|CLEVELAND ( KAZMIR )|
HOUSTON ( HUMBER )
|975||CLEVELAND||-105||Ov 8.5,-110||-110||Ov 8.5,-115|
|976||HOUSTON||-105||Un 8.5,-110||+100||Un 8.5,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||2-5||-2.4||2-5||2.7||0.221||0.309||4.6||0.253||0.327|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.3||4-3||3.0||0.203||0.278||4.1||0.237||0.291|
|vs Left-handed Starters||1-4||-2.5||3-2||2.8||0.223||0.283||5.8||0.248||0.331|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.1||3-4||3.3||0.226||0.296||4.7||0.278||0.364|
|4/6/2013||BAUER(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||0-6||L||150||8 un||U||5||6||0||9||12||0|
|4/7/2013||MASTERSON(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||13-0||W||180||7 un||O||17||6||0||4||8||0|
|4/8/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||6-11||L||-120||8.5 un||O||9||10||1||13||5||0|
|4/9/2013||CARRASCO(R)||NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||1-14||L||+110||8 un||O||7||8||2||18||7||0|
|4/12/2013||MASTERSON(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||1-0||W||-145||7.5 un||U||3||4||1||5||4||0|
|4/13/2013||MCALLISTER(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||9-4||W||+115||7.5 un||O||9||6||1||7||5||0|
|4/14/2013||MYERS(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||PEAVY(R)||1-3||L||+115||8 un||U||6||5||1||8||5||0|
|4/19/2013||MYERS(R)||@ HOUSTON||HARRELL(R)||2-3||L||-115||8.5 ov||U||8||9||0||6||6||0|
|4/20/2013||KAZMIR(L)||@ HOUSTON||HUMBER(R)|| |
|4/21/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||@ HOUSTON||BEDARD(L)|| |
|4/22/2013||MASTERSON(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)|| |
|4/23/2013||MCALLISTER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|4/24/2013||MYERS(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)|| |
|4/26/2013||KAZMIR(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)|| |
|4/27/2013|| ||@ KANSAS CITY|| || |
|4/8/2013||HUMBER(R)||@ SEATTLE||SAUNDERS(L)||0-3||L||155||7.5 un||U||7||7||1||5||5||0|
|4/9/2013||BEDARD(L)||@ SEATTLE||MAURER(R)||16-9||W||140||7 ov||O||22||10||1||10||6||0|
|4/10/2013||PEACOCK(R)||@ SEATTLE||BEAVAN(R)||8-3||W||155||7.5 un||O||16||7||0||6||6||0|
|4/12/2013||NORRIS(R)||@ LA ANGELS||HANSON(R)||5-0||W||185||8 un||U||10||9||0||4||5||2|
|4/13/2013||HARRELL(R)||@ LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)||4-5||L||175||8.5 un||O||4||3||1||13||8||0|
|4/14/2013||HUMBER(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)||1-4||L||190||8 ov||U||7||10||0||9||5||0|
|4/15/2013||BEDARD(L)||@ OAKLAND||MILONE(L)||2-11||L||180||7 ov||O||8||7||0||9||6||0|
|4/16/2013||PEACOCK(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRIFFIN(R)||3-4||L||210||7.5 ev||U||6||6||0||8||7||0|
|4/17/2013||NORRIS(R)||@ OAKLAND||COLON(R)||5-7||L||175||8 un||O||11||5||1||11||8||0|
|4/25/2013||HUMBER(R)||@ BOSTON||BUCHHOLZ(R)|| |
|4/26/2013||BEDARD(L)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)|| |
|4/27/2013|| ||@ BOSTON|| || |
|CLEVELAND: HITTING: SS ASDRUBAL CABRERA's reinvented swing, modeled after Ben Zobrist, likely led to his power surge. OF GRADY SIZEMORE is back on a one-year deal, so he has plenty of financial incentive to stay healthy. But he will begin the season on the DL after back surgery. OF SHELLEY DUNCAN is expected to get more playing time in replacing Sizemore, but speedy OF EZEQUIEL CARRERA is also waiting for his shot. Injuries and off-the-field issues spoiled OF SHIN SOO-CHOO's 2011, but there's a good chance he bounces back . . . OF MICHAEL BRANTLEY does everything well enough to get a regular gig in center. C CARLOS SANTANA is developing into a middle-of-the-order run producer. DH TRAVIS HAFNER can't be trusted to stay healthy or to produce power numbers. After another down year, 1B MATT LaPORTA will have to sit and watch CASEY KOTCHMAN start at first more often than not. 3B LONNIE CHISENHALL will get his chance to play every day, but dwindling production the past two years is a concern. 2B JASON KIPNIS will get first crack at second base. He's got nice pop for a middle infielder. |
STARTING PITCHING: JUSTIN MASTERSON's strikeout rate continues to decline, and he still gets hit hard by lefties. Still, his strong groundball rate guarantees he's a solid middle-of-the-rotation arm at worst. His velocity dropped last year, and there's no telling if UBALDO JIMENEZ will ever regain his early 2010 form. He's the definition of high-risk, high-reward. DEREK LOWE was a decent middle-of-the-rotation arm in the National League, but now he must adjust to facing superior A.L. lineups . . . Healthy again, JOSH TOMLIN will remain in the rotation. He's hittable, throwing strikes and relying on his defense. Former Twins hurler KEVIN SLOWEY rounds out the staff. Although he posted a 6.67 ERA last year, Slowey has exhibited pinpoint control in his career with just 84 walks in 532.2 innings, tallying a .470 K-to-BB ratio. JEANMAR GOMEZ is a decent minor league arm, but his ceiling is low (long term and in the immediate future). CARLOS CARRASCO may not pitch in the bigs this year after Tommy John surgery.
RELIEF PITCHING: CHRIS PEREZ is entrenched as the closer, but he was a bit of a disappointment last season. His velocity dropped slightly, and his strikeout rate fell off a cliff. If Perez gets hurt, VINNIE PESTANO is next in line for saves. He may be undersized, but his stuff is overpowering. TONY SIPP proved he can get out righties too, but his value is as a lefty-on-lefty guy. Ditto for sidearmer JOE SMITH, who is deadly on righties. But it would be a surprise if he shut down lefties for a second straight year. RAFAEL PEREZ has been hampered by shoulder soreness in Spring Training, but the lefty should once again be serviceable in the late innings this year.
|HOUSTON: HITTING: This season will mark Houston's final year in the National League. Look away, children, as the Astros launch into what is sure to be the crappiest victory lap in baseball history. Tiny 2B JOSE ALTUVE's jump from High-A to MLB starter says more about Houston's pitiful state than anything. He belongs in Triple-A. CHRIS JOHNSON won the starting 3B job as JIMMY PAREDES was optioned to Triple-A. Johnson was thought to have 25-homer power, but last year he slugged just .378. 1B CARLOS LEE is in the twilight of a very productive career. Backup 1B BRETT WALLACE seems to be in the twilight of an unproductive one. OF BRIAN BOGUSEVIC has a low ceiling. But he's one of only a few recent draft picks who will even contribute. OF J.D. MARTINEZ doesn't blame you if you haven't heard of him, but he's the team's best player who hits third in the lineup. SS JED LOWRIE was a nice little pickup for a mid-tier closer. But his platoon split is intense. C JASON CASTRO will probably play ahead of CHRIS SNYDER. OF JORDAN SCHAFER has yet to put things together; but he'll be starting in center on Opening Day. Fourth OF J.B. SHUCK is only 24, but doesn't have a whole lot of upside. |
STARTING PITCHING: WANDY RODRIGUEZ has been a durable, above-average starter for five years, yet every season his real-world team limits his wins. He'll be traded at some point this year. Don't shortchange BUD NORRIS. He's an underrated source of strikeouts, and has improved his command. J.A. HAPP really needs to cut down on his walk total. JORDAN LYLES couldn't legally drink until the second-to-last week of the season. He's in the big leagues way too soon. He's yet another young Astro who isn't terrible, but won't ever set the world on fire. KYLE WEILAND came from Boston with Jed Lowrie and should earn the final spot in the rotation. Texas-bred fireballer JARRED COSART, 21, is a legitimately exciting (but risky) prospect who Houston will probably rush up to the majors at some point this year.
RELIEF PITCHING: BRETT MYERS flummoxed the Astros' front office with a stinker of a season. He's probably closer to that pitcher than to the one who posted a career-best 3.14 ERA in 2010 at age 29, but he'll move the bullpen this year to get the rare opportunities to close out a game when this awful team is actually leading. WILTON LOPEZ was good in 2011, but was much better the previous season, when he may have been the most underrated reliever in the National League. Houston will go with him in the ninth if they want Myers to return to the rotation. BRANDON LYON has seen better days. He bombed early, then was shut down for good with a bicep injury. He intimidates nobody now.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (CLEVELAND-HOUSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Indians-Astros Preview* ========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Cleveland (5-9) at Houston (4-11), 7:10 p.m. EDT
It's fitting that Scott Kazmir's return to the major leagues comes in his hometown of Houston.
The veteran left-hander takes the mound for the first time in a little more than two years when he tries to help the Cleveland Indians avoid a sixth straight loss Saturday night against the Astros.
Kazmir last pitched in the majors for the Los Angeles Angels on April 3, 2011. He was placed on the disabled list with lower back tightness shortly after and spent time rehabbing in the minors before the Angels released him in June of that year.
After Kazmir spent 2012 pitching near his home in suburban Houston for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League, Cleveland (5-10) signed him to a minor league contract in December. He went 1-0 with a 3.46 ERA in four spring training games to earn a spot in the Indians rotation.
"I had to prove more to myself than anything, being out for so long," he told the team's official website. "I was able to do that. It seemed like every day my game was starting to come together, starting to click."
Kazmir's return was delayed after he suffered an oblique injury prior to the season, but he's finally ready to take a major league mound - and for the first time in his hometown.
"You go out there the first time you want to show out, you want to do real (well)," Kazmir said. "At the same time, you don't want to overthrow. You want to stay within yourself and get your game. You have to slow back on that adrenaline."
He allowed three runs and two homers while striking out seven in 5 2-3 innings of a 3-2 loss to Houston with Tampa Bay in 2008.
Kazmir hopes to help the Indians get back on track after they were outscored 25-11 during a five-game skid. Lonnie Chisenhall hit a two-run homer but Cleveland stranded nine and went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position in a 3-2 loss Friday.
"We did have opportunities," manager Terry Francona said. "I think what happens sometimes is, guys try too hard. We had a couple of chances, and we rolled over."
Asdrubal Cabrera went 1 for 3, but struck out in a seventh consecutive contest. The star shortstop is batting .138 (8 for 58) with 18 strikeouts.
He's 4 for 10 with a double against Philip Humber (0-3, 2.89), who hopes to finally get some decent offensive support.
The right-hander has seen the Astros score one run in his three starts. He gave up two runs in seven innings of a 4-1 loss to the Angels on Sunday.
"As a pitcher, you can't really control wins and losses," Humber said. "You just go out there and try to give the team a chance to win when it's our turn. There are times when I go out there and don't deserve to win and my teammates have picked me up.
"That's happened a lot in the past, so you just keep going."
Humber is 0-2 with an 8.31 ERA in five starts versus Cleveland.
J.D. Martinez and Rick Ankiel homered Friday as the Astros (5-11) snapped a five-game slide. Martinez, however, is day to day after spraining his right knee in the fourth inning.
Four of Ankiel's six hits in 31 at-bats are home runs.
|Last Updated: 1/18/2019 10:10:16 PM EST|