|ARIZONA ( CORBIN )|
HOUSTON ( FIERS )
|967||ARIZONA||+140||Ov 9,-125||+110||Ov 9.5,-120|
|968||HOUSTON||-150||Un 9,+105||-120||Un 9.5,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||53-40||+10||43-43||5.0||0.256||0.328||0.430||0.758||3.9||0.239||0.302||0.382||0.684|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.2||4-2||4.0||0.245||0.322||0.428||0.750||6.1||0.294||0.353||0.464||0.817|
|vs Left-handed Starters||16-18||-11||18-14||5.8||0.290||0.358||0.477||0.836||4.6||0.250||0.313||0.405||0.719|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.8||2-4||4.1||0.270||0.331||0.410||0.741||4.1||0.265||0.341||0.419||0.760|
|8/3/2017||GREINKE(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||QUINTANA(L)||10-8||W||130||8.5 ov||O||13||8||0||11||8||1|
|8/4/2017||BANDA(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||2-1||W||135||8 ov||U||6||5||0||3||5||0|
|8/5/2017||WALKER(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||STRATTON(R)||4-5||L||-140||8.5 un||O||10||13||0||11||7||2|
|8/6/2017||CORBIN(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||SAMARDZIJA(R)||3-6||L||-110||8 un||O||6||6||2||8||6||0|
|8/8/2017||GODLEY(R)||LA DODGERS||MAEDA(R)||6-3||W||+110||9 ov||P||8||6||0||9||5||1|
|8/9/2017||GREINKE(R)||LA DODGERS||WOOD(L)||2-3||L||+100||8.5 ov||U||7||6||0||5||6||0|
|8/10/2017||BANDA(L)||LA DODGERS||DARVISH(R)||6-8||L||+155||9 ov||O||10||7||2||9||6||0|
|8/11/2017||WALKER(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||LACKEY(R)||3-8||L||-120||10.5 un||O||5||5||1||11||7||0|
|8/12/2017||CORBIN(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||LESTER(L)||6-2||W||-115||9.5 un||U||12||9||2||9||11||1|
|8/13/2017||GODLEY(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)||2-7||L||-105||9 ov||P||4||6||1||9||9||0|
|8/16/2017||WALKER(R)||@ HOUSTON||MORTON(R)||5-9||L||135||9 ov||O||9||6||1||16||8||0|
|8/17/2017||CORBIN(L)||@ HOUSTON||FIERS(R)|| |
|8/18/2017||GODLEY(R)||@ MINNESOTA||SANTANA(R)|| |
|8/19/2017||GREINKE(R)||@ MINNESOTA||ENNS(L)|| |
|8/20/2017||BANDA(L)||@ MINNESOTA||COLON(R)|| |
|8/21/2017||WALKER(R)||@ NY METS||GSELLMAN(R)|| |
|8/22/2017||CORBIN(L)||@ NY METS||MATZ(L)|| |
|8/23/2017|| ||@ NY METS|| || |
|8/24/2017|| ||@ NY METS|| || |
|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)||3-8||L||-115||11 ov||P||4||7||0||9||6||2|
|8/13/2017||KEUCHEL(L)||@ TEXAS||CASHNER(R)||2-1||W||-135||11 un||U||6||5||1||7||9||0|
|8/14/2017||MCHUGH(R)||@ ARIZONA||GREINKE(R)||0-2||L||140||9 ov||U||7||7||0||8||8||1|
|8/15/2017||PEACOCK(R)||@ ARIZONA||BANDA(L)||9-4||W||-110||9.5 ov||O||13||8||1||8||7||0|
|8/23/2017|| ||WASHINGTON|| || |
|8/24/2017|| ||WASHINGTON|| || |
|ARIZONA: 2016: 69-93, fourth place
Manager: Torey Lovullo (first season)
Who's new? C Chris Iannetta, C Jeff Mathis, IF/OF Daniel Descalso, RHP Taijuan Walker, RHP Fernando Rodney, RHP Tom Wilhelmsen, RHP Kevin Jepsen, RHP Tyler Jones
Who's gone? Manager Chip Hale, SS Jean Segura, IF/OF Phil Gosselin, OF Peter O'Brien, C Welington Castillo, C Tuffy Gosewich, OF Rickie Weeks Jr., RHP Daniel Hudson, LHP Edwin Escobar
Projected lineup: CF A.J. Pollock (.244, 2 HR, 4 RBI in 12 games), 3B Jake Lamb (.249, 9, 29), 1B Paul Goldschmidt (.297, 24, 95, 32 SB), RF David Peralta (.251, .4, 15), LF Yasmany Tomas (.272, 31, 83), 2B Brandon Drury (.282, 16, 53), SS Chris Owings (.277, 5, 49, 21 SB), C Chris Iannetta (.210, 7, 24 with Mariners) or Jeff Mathis (.238, 2, 15 with Marlins)
Rotation: RH Zack Greinke (13-7, 4.37 ERA), RH Taijuan Walker (8-11, 4.22), LH Robbie Ray (8-15, 4.90), LH Patrick Corbin (5-13, 5.15), RH Shelby Miller (3-12, 6.15)
Key relievers: RH Fernando Rodney (2-4, 3.44, 25/28 SV with Padres and Marlins), RH Jake Barrett (1-2, 3.49), RH Randall Delgado (5-2, 4.44), LH Andrew Chafin (0-1, 6.75), RH Kevin Jepsen (2-6, 5.98, 7/11 SV with Twins and Rays), RH Tom Wilhelmsen (2-4, 6.80 with Rangers and Mariners)
Hot spots: Rotation and catcher. The Diamondbacks' rotation was atrocious in 2016, ranking 29th in MLB in ERA. But hey, maybe it wasn't all their fault. In his first year as general manager, Mike Hazen installed a 'pitching strategist' (Dan Haren) and three new catchers (former Angels Iannetta, Mathis and Hank Conger). Meanwhile, nine of the 10 pitchers who started a game for the Diamondbacks last year remain in the organization. It's a bold experiment in how to fix a pitching staff. Iannetta and Mathis can frame all the borderline pitches they want. At some point, the onus will fall on Greinke, Ray, Miller, Corbin and newcomer Walker to perform to their potential.
Outlook: It wasn't long ago that Arizona spent $206 million to coax Greinke to defect from the Dodgers. Now the Diamondbacks feel like a team on the brink of a complete rebuild. Even without Jean Segura, who led the National League in hits, the lineup will score enough to keep Arizona competitive. But what to make of the pitching staff? The rotation beyond Greinke could be anywhere from awesome to abysmal. The ninth inning belongs to 39-year-old Rodney and, if he fails, a who's-who list of failed former closers: Wilhelmsen, Jepsen or J.J. Hoover. The farm system is in poor shape. If things get worse before they get better, Greinke could be the first player traded.
|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.
|Astros host D-backs with pitching staff getting healthier|
HOUSTON -- A cursory glance at the Houston Astros' current disabled list reveals a quartet of pitchers who at one point or another provided reliability for a flexible and versatile staff.
On Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park, the Astros opened an eight-game homestand, starting with a two-game set against the Arizona Diamondbacks that concludes Thursday. The stretch could prove pivotal to reversing Houston's recent downward trend, one tied in part to those absent pitchers.
Two of those arms, right-handers Lance McCullers and Will Harris, appear closer to a return than righty Michael Feliz and southpaw Tony Sipp. Harris' progress is especially timely.
While the Astros' overworked bullpen has stabilized recently, Harris' return, potentially on this homestand, would provide a shot in the arm. Harris completed a bullpen session Wednesday and is poised to face live hitters later this week. Should he clear that hurdle without issue, the Astros (74-46) would welcome back a do-it-all reliever capable of recording crucial outs.
"I miss him terribly," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "He answers so many questions that we have throughout games with high-leverage roles to troubleshooting through some messes that we have sometimes in the middle innings. Gets righties out, gets lefties out, a big-moment type pitcher. We'll be happy to get him back."
Right-hander Mike Fiers (7-7, 4.36 ERA) will start the series finale for the Astros.
Fiers, 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA over four career starts against Arizona, surrendered a season-high-tying six earned runs on five hits over four innings in a 6-4 loss to the Texas Rangers on Saturday. Fiers paces the club in starts (23) and innings (128) and is tied for second with nine quality starts.
Left-hander Patrick Corbin (9-11, 4.52 ERA) will get the start for the Diamondbacks. Corbin, making his first career start against the Astros, is looking to reach double digits in victories for the second in his career. He finished 14-8 in 2013.
Corbin is 4-4 with a 4.42 ERA over 11 career interleague appearances (10 starts).
The Diamondbacks (66-54) might be approaching a rotation change in the coming week, with rookie left-hander Anthony Banda (1-3, 7.32 ERA) scheduled to make at least one additional start Sunday against the Minnesota Twins.
After pitching relatively effectively in his first two starts, allowing five runs over 11 2/3 innings, Banda struggled against the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Astros in his previous two appearances, surrendering 11 runs over eight innings.
Working against the two best teams in their respective leagues makes for a tall task, though, so Banda will get at least one more chance.
"That's the game plan," Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said.
The Arizona rotation could change soon thereafter. All-Star left-hander Robbie Ray, on the seven-day concussion disabled list since July 28, is scheduled to make a rehab start for high Class A Visalia on Thursday night. Should Ray, who was struck in the head by a line drive July 27, pitch effectively, he could be eligible for reinstatement Tuesday against the New York Mets.
"We're going to see how Robbie throws," Lovullo said.
|Last Updated: 2/24/2018 11:28:23 AM EST|