|HOUSTON ( URQUIDY )|
TEXAS ( ARIHARA )
|973||HOUSTON||-200||Ov 9,-115||-185||Ov 8.5,-120|
|974||TEXAS||+185||Un 9,-105||+175||Un 8.5,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||53-33||+1.5||44-39||5.4||0.275||0.345||0.455||0.800||3.9||0.226||0.296||0.377||0.673|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-1.8||4-2||5.9||0.298||0.363||0.488||0.851||4.4||0.240||0.316||0.409||0.725|
|vs Right-handed Starters||30-59||-19||42-40||4.0||0.230||0.289||0.375||0.664||5.0||0.255||0.317||0.429||0.746|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+6.2||4-2||5.3||0.258||0.309||0.410||0.719||5.9||0.267||0.312||0.471||0.783|
|9/1/2021||ODORIZZI(R)||@ SEATTLE||GILBERT(R)||0-1||L||-130||8.5 ov||U||9||8||0||3||7||0|
|9/3/2021||URQUIDY(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||ARRIETA(R)||6-3||W||-130||9 ov||P||9||4||0||7||8||0|
|9/4/2021||VALDEZ(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||MUSGROVE(R)||2-10||L||100||7.5 un||O||7||8||0||11||6||0|
|9/5/2021||GARCIA(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||PADDACK(R)||3-4||L||-105||8.5 ov||U||6||5||0||8||2||1|
|9/6/2021||MCCULLERS JR.(R)||SEATTLE||KIKUCHI(L)||11-2||W||-215||8.5 ov||O||14||12||0||5||7||2|
|9/10/2021||VALDEZ(L)||LA ANGELS||OHTANI(R)||10-5||W||-195||7.5 ov||O||16||10||4||8||9||1|
|9/11/2021||GARCIA(R)||LA ANGELS||SUAREZ(L)||2-4||L||-230||8.5 ev||U||6||9||1||9||9||1|
|9/12/2021||MCCULLERS JR.(R)||LA ANGELS||BARRIA(R)||3-1||W||-280||8.5 ov||U||8||9||0||4||6||0|
|9/13/2021||ODORIZZI(R)||@ TEXAS||HOWARD(R)||15-1||W||-180||9 un||O||16||6||0||9||8||0|
|9/14/2021||GREINKE(R)||@ TEXAS||LYLES(R)||1-8||L||-185||9 un||P||6||4||1||7||4||0|
|9/15/2021||URQUIDY(R)||@ TEXAS||ARIHARA(R)|| |
|9/16/2021||VALDEZ(L)||@ TEXAS||OTTO(R)|| |
|9/18/2021||MCCULLERS JR.(R)||ARIZONA||GILBERT(L)|| |
|9/20/2021||GREINKE(R)||@ LA ANGELS||NAUGHTON(L)|| |
|9/21/2021||URQUIDY(R)||@ LA ANGELS||JUNK(R)|| |
|9/22/2021||()||@ LA ANGELS||()|| |
|9/3/2021||OTTO(R)||@ LA ANGELS||OHTANI(R)||2-3||L||170||7.5 ov||U||8||8||1||10||7||0|
|9/4/2021||ALLARD(L)||@ LA ANGELS||SUAREZ(L)||1-4||L||140||9 un||U||5||3||2||6||3||1|
|9/5/2021||HEARN(L)||@ LA ANGELS||JUNK(R)||7-3||W||115||9 ov||O||11||8||0||8||8||1|
|9/6/2021||ALEXY(R)||@ LA ANGELS||BARRIA(R)||4-0||W||110||9 un||U||10||6||0||5||5||0|
|9/7/2021||HOWARD(R)||@ ARIZONA||GALLEN(R)||3-1||W||155||8.5 ev||U||6||5||0||3||4||2|
|9/8/2021||ARIHARA(R)||@ ARIZONA||WEAVER(R)||8-5||W||140||9 un||O||11||6||0||9||7||0|
|9/10/2021||OTTO(R)||@ OAKLAND||BLACKBURN(R)||5-10||L||165||8.5 un||O||8||6||1||16||10||0|
|9/11/2021||BENJAMIN(L)||@ OAKLAND||IRVIN(L)||8-6||W||180||8.5 ov||O||11||5||0||9||4||0|
|9/12/2021||HEARN(L)||@ OAKLAND||KAPRIELIAN(R)||4-3||W||175||8 ov||U||11||8||1||5||1||1|
|9/17/2021||ALLARD(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||RODON(L)|| |
|9/18/2021||HEARN(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||CEASE(R)|| |
|9/19/2021||HOWARD(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||LYNN(R)|| |
|9/20/2021||LYLES(R)||@ NY YANKEES||CORTES(L)|| |
|9/21/2021||ARIHARA(R)||@ NY YANKEES||MONTGOMERY(L)|| |
|9/22/2021||()||@ NY YANKEES||()|| |
|HOUSTON: He's Here: RHP Jake Odorizzi, C Jason Castro, RHP Pedro B'ez, RHP Ryne Stanek, RHP Steve Cishek, OF Steven Souza Jr.
He's Outta Here: CF George Springer, OF Josh Reddick, RHP Roberto Osuna, RHP Chris Devenski, RHP Brad Peacock, LHP Cionel Perez, RHP Cy Sneed.
Projected Lineup: 2B Jose Altuve (.219, 5 HRs, 18 RBIs), LF Michael Brantley (.300, 5, 22, 15 2Bs), SS Carlos Correa (.264, 5, 25), 3B Alex Bregman (.242, 6, 22), DH Yordan 'lvarez (.250, 1, 4 in 2 games), RF Kyle Tucker (.268, 9, 42, 6 3Bs), 1B Yuli Gurriel (.232, 6, 22, 12 2Bs), CF Myles Straw (.207, 0, 8), C Mart'n Maldonado (.215, 6, 24).
Rotation: RH Zack Greinke (3-3, 4.03 ERA), RH Lance McCullers Jr. (3-3, 3.93), RH Jake Odorizzi (0-1, 6.59 in 4 starts for Twins), RH Cristian Javier (5-2, 3.48), RH Jose Urquidy (1-1, 2.73 in 5 starts).
Key Relievers: RH Ryan Pressly (1-3, 3.43, 12 saves), RH Steve Cishek (0-0, 5.40 for White Sox), RH Joe Smith (opted out of 2020 season), RH Pedro B'ez (0-0, 3.18 for Dodgers), RH Josh James (1-0, 7.27).
Outlook: The Astros seek their fourth AL West title in five seasons after keeping last year's team that came a win shy of the World Series largely intact. They relied on a bevy of talented young pitchers to carry them in a season when ace Justin Verlander made just one start. One of those starters, Framber Valdez, broke a finger on his pitching hand in spring training and could miss significant time. That leaves McCullers, Urquidy and Javier needing to take another step forward this season with Verlander out all year after undergoing Tommy John surgery. The rotation got a late boost when Houston added Odorizzi. The 2019 All-Star gives the Astros a veteran to pair with the 37-year-old Greinke and provide stability as some of the young arms develop. They'll have a huge hole in the lineup after leadoff hitter and center fielder Springer signed a $150 million, six-year contract with the Blue Jays after spending his first seven major league seasons in Houston. The Astros brought back veteran outfielder Brantley, who signed a two-year deal to stay with the team, and their offense should get a boost with the return of Alvarez. The 2019 AL Rookie of the Year is healthy after missing all but two games last season after being diagnosed with COVID-19 before having knee surgery. His return should help make up for the loss of Springer in a lineup that also features Bregman, Altuve and Correa, who powered the offense in the playoffs with six homers and 17 RBIs. The Astros announced in January that they would allow about 10,000 fans per game at Minute Maid Park early this season. But they could increase that number before opening day in the wake of the Texas Rangers' decision to allow 100% capacity at their ballpark after Gov. Greg Abbott lifted coronavirus restrictions in the state.
|TEXAS: He's Here: RHP Kohei Arihara, LF David Dahl, DH/OF Khris Davis, RHP Dane Dunning, INF Brock Holt, 1B Nate Lowe, RHP Mike Foltynewicz, GM Chris Young.
He's Outta Here: SS Elvis Andrus, RHP Jesse Chavez, LF Shin-Soo Choo, INF Derek Dietrich, RHP Corey Kluber, RHP Lance Lynn, C Jeff Mathis, RHP Rafael Montero, INF/OF Danny Santana.
Projected Lineup: CF Leody Taveras (.227, 4 HRs, 6 RBIs, 8 SBs), SS Isiah Kiner-Falefa (.280, 3, 10, 8 SBs), RF Joey Gallo (.181, 10, 26), LF David Dahl (.183, 0, 9 in 24 games for Rockies), 3B Rougned Odor (.167. 10, 30), DH Khris Davis (.200, 2, 10 in 30 games for Athletics), 2B Nick Solak (.268, 2, 23), 1B Ronald Guzman (.244, 4, 9), C Jose Trevino (.250, 2, 9).
Rotation (including two likely tandem-starter spots): RH Kyle Gibson (2-6, 5.35 ERA), RH Mike Foltynewicz (0-1, 16.20 in 1 start for Braves), RH Kohei Arihara (8-9, 3.80 in 132 2/3 IP for Nippon Ham Fighters in Japan Pacific League), RH Dane Dunning (2-0, 3.97 in 7 starts for White Sox), LH Wes Benjamin (2-1, 2.48), RH Jordan Lyles (1-6, 7.02), LH Kolby Allard (0-6, 7.75).
Key Relievers: RH Jose Leclerc (0-0, 4.50 in 2 games), LH Brett Martin (0-0, 3.63), LH Joely Rodriguez (0-0, 2.13), RH Ian Kennedy (0-2, 9.00 with Royals), RH Matt Bush (no MLB appearances since 2018 after Tommy John surgery), LH Taylor Hearn (0-0, 3.63).
Outlook: The Rangers are in a rebuilding mode that began last season when they finished an AL-worst 22-38 and traded away workhorse starters Lynn and Mike Minor. There is uncertainty in a rotation that might utilize seven pitchers for five starting spots, two filled by two-pitcher tandems. Leclerc, still unestablished as a closer, is coming back from a shoulder injury and Jonathan Hernandez, maybe the team's best reliever, is shut down from throwing until at least early April because of a ligament sprain in his right elbow. Several veterans in the lineup are coming off horrendous offensive seasons, including OFs Gallo (who did win a Gold Glove in right field) and Dahl, who wasn't even offered a new contract by Colorado over the winter after being an NL All-Star in 2019. There has been an infield shuffle, with Kiner-Falefa set to be the first opening day shortstop in 13 seasons other than Andrus. The young Hawaiian shifted over after winning a Gold Glove at third base last season. Long-struggling Odor is still in the lineup, at third base instead of second, where Solak is getting his shot to be an everyday player. With Texas now allowing businesses in the state to operate at 100% capacity, the Rangers are preparing for a potential full house of 40,518 fans for their home opener at Globe Life Field on April 5 against Toronto. They could be the first team in any major U.S.-based sports league with a full-capacity crowd since the coronavirus pandemic started altering the sports landscape more than a year ago.
|Last Updated: 9/18/2021 4:25:18 AM EST|