|MINNESOTA ( JAX )|
HOUSTON ( VALDEZ )
|vs Left-handed Starters||11-26||-21.8||23-13||4.1||0.245||0.305||0.421||0.726||5.7||0.268||0.324||0.466||0.790|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.7||6-1||6.1||0.274||0.343||0.502||0.845||6.7||0.293||0.372||0.470||0.841|
|vs Right-handed Starters||40-25||+1.2||37-28||5.5||0.272||0.347||0.460||0.807||4.2||0.227||0.296||0.384||0.680|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.8||5-2||6.4||0.289||0.342||0.510||0.851||5.1||0.270||0.341||0.496||0.837|
|7/22/2021||MAEDA(R)||LA ANGELS||HEANEY(L)||2-3||L||-135||9 ov||U||6||4||0||7||3||0|
|7/23/2021||HAPP(L)||LA ANGELS||COBB(R)||5-4||W||-110||9.5 un||U||13||8||1||10||8||2|
|7/24/2021||BERRIOS(R)||LA ANGELS||SANDOVAL(L)||1-2||L||-120||9 ev||U||2||4||1||4||4||1|
|7/25/2021||OBER(R)||LA ANGELS||BARRIA(R)||2-6||L||-120||10 ov||U||4||5||0||9||4||1|
|7/30/2021||JAX(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LEBLANC(L)||1-5||L||135||8.5 ov||U||9||9||0||8||4||0|
|7/31/2021||OBER(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WOODFORD(R)||8-1||W||120||8.5 ov||O||12||8||0||5||6||2|
|8/1/2021||PINEDA(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||3-7||L||150||8 ov||O||6||3||1||12||8||1|
|8/3/2021||MAEDA(R)||@ CINCINNATI||MAHLE(R)||7-5||W||130||9 un||O||9||7||0||9||5||0|
|8/4/2021||BARNES(L)||@ CINCINNATI||CASTILLO(R)||5-6||L||210||9.5 un||O||11||9||0||9||7||0|
|8/5/2021||JAX(R)||@ HOUSTON||VALDEZ(L)|| |
|8/6/2021||OBER(R)||@ HOUSTON||GREINKE(R)|| |
|8/7/2021||PINEDA(R)||@ HOUSTON||GARCIA(R)|| |
|8/8/2021||MAEDA(R)||@ HOUSTON||MCCULLERS JR.(R)|| |
|8/9/2021||BARNES(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||GIOLITO(R)|| |
|8/10/2021||JAX(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||KEUCHEL(L)|| |
|8/11/2021||OBER(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||LYNN(R)|| |
|7/26/2021||GARCIA(R)||@ SEATTLE||MCCAUGHAN(R)||8-11||L||-165||8.5 ov||O||10||7||1||9||2||0|
|7/27/2021||MCCULLERS JR.(R)||@ SEATTLE||FLEXEN(R)||8-6||W||-155||8 ov||O||15||8||0||9||7||0|
|7/28/2021||ODORIZZI(R)||@ SEATTLE||KIKUCHI(L)||11-4||W||-110||8.5 ov||O||15||11||0||8||11||1|
|7/30/2021||VALDEZ(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||GAUSMAN(R)||9-6||W||115||7.5 ov||O||13||10||1||11||10||1|
|7/31/2021||GREINKE(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||WOOD(L)||6-8||L||100||8.5 un||O||7||4||1||14||9||2|
|8/1/2021||GARCIA(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||WEBB(R)||3-5||L||105||8.5 un||U||10||6||0||10||7||1|
|8/3/2021||MCCULLERS JR.(R)||@ LA DODGERS||BUEHLER(R)||3-0||W||160||8.5 ov||U||8||8||2||5||10||0|
|8/4/2021||ODORIZZI(R)||@ LA DODGERS||SCHERZER(R)||5-7||L||187||9 un||O||8||4||2||9||6||0|
|8/8/2021||MCCULLERS JR.(R)||MINNESOTA||MAEDA(R)|| |
|MINNESOTA: He's Here: SS Andrelton Simmons, RHP Alex Colom', LHP J.A. Happ, RHP Matt Shoemaker, RHP Hansel Robles, RHP Shaun Anderson, OF Kyle Garlick, OF Keon Broxton.
He's Outta Here: LF Eddie Rosario, RHP Sergio Romo, RHP Trevor May, RHP Jake Odorizzi, INF/OF Marwin Gonzalez, LHP Rich Hill, RHP Tyler Clippard, RHP Matt Wisler, INF Ehire Adrianza, C Alex Avila.
Projected Lineup: RF Max Kepler (.228, 9 HRs, 23 RBIs), 2B Jorge Polanco (.258, 4, 19), 3B Josh Donaldson (.222, 6, 11 in 28 games), DH Nelson Cruz (.303, 16, 33, 33 runs, .992 OPS), 1B Miguel San' (.204, 13, 25, 90 strikeouts), LF Alex Kirilloff (rookie) or Brent Rooker (.316, 1, 5 in 7 games), CF Byron Buxton (.254, 13, 27 in 39 games), C Mitch Garver (.167, 2, 5 in 23 games), SS Andrelton Simmons (.297, 0, 10 in 30 games with Angels).
Rotation: RH Kenta Maeda (6-1, 2.70 ERA), RH Jos' Berr'os (5-4, 4.00), RH Michael Pineda (2-0, 3.38 in 5 starts), LH J.A. Happ (2-2, 3.47 for Yankees), RH Matt Shoemaker (0-1, 4.71 in 6 starts for Blue Jays).
Key Relievers: RH Alex Colom' (2-0, 0.81, 12/13 saves for White Sox), LH Taylor Rogers (2-4, 4.05, 9/11 saves), RH Tyler Duffey (1-1, 1.88, 24 strikeouts in 31 innings), RH Hansel Robles (0-2, 10.26 in 16 2/3 innings for Angels), RH Jorge Alcal' (2-1, 2.63).
Outlook: The Twins have returned largely the same team that won the last two AL Central titles, aiming to end their major league-record 18-game postseason losing streak. The pitching staff was superb during the pandemic-shortened 2020 schedule, and Happ and Shoemaker have added value and experience to the rotation with Randy Dobnak moving to a long-relief role after making 10 starts last year. Maeda and Berr'os make for a solid one-two punch, but whether the pitching is deep enough for a postseason run remains to be seen. Signing away Colom' from their primary division competitor ought to pay off over the long haul, but to stay ahead of the White Sox, the offense will have to produce more like 2019 than 2020. Kirilloff made his major league debut in the playoffs after tearing up the team's alternate training site with an otherworldly hitting display. The Twins could keep him in Triple-A to start and let Rooker, another of the organization's top prospects, show off his bat. Garlick or Broxton could stick around for depth in the meantime. Keeping Buxton and Donaldson healthy figures to be the biggest key to success for the lineup, after a balky calf kept Donaldson from doing much in his debut with the Twins last year. The arrival of Simmons has given the infield defense a big boost and allowed the offense-oriented Polanco to move to a position that's a more natural fit. There should be a winning team waiting for Twins fans who file back into Target Field, starting at about 25% capacity. What ultimately matters, though, after the summer fun is whether this talented club can finally win a game in the fall.
|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.
|Last Updated: 10/22/2021 4:31:54 AM EST|