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Updated: 2017-07-22T12:16:27-05:00

 



Game No. 97 Preview: Houston Astros at Baltimore Orioles

2017-07-22T12:16:27-05:00

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Good, baseball in Baltimore. I just finished watching The Keepers.

Houston Astros (64-32) vs. Baltimore Orioles (46-50), July 22, 2017, 6:05 p.m. CT

TV: AT&T SportsNet-SW
Radio: KBME 790 AM, La Nueva 94.1 FM
Online: MLB.TV
Orioles SBNation Blog: Camden Chat

Pitching Matchup

RHP Collin McHugh (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.00 WHIP) vs. RHP Chris Tillman (1-5, 7.20 ERA, 2.02 WHIP, .370 BABIP, 5.64 xFIP)

Preview

James Hoyt did his best to give away the game on Friday night but the Astros ended the Orioles' four-game winning streak.

The Astros welcome back Collin McHugh to start a winning streak for Houston. McHugh battled a case of "dead arm" from the start of spring training. He only made one start during spring training before he was shut down.

McHugh made five rehab starts with Triple-A Fresno and Double-A Corpus Christi, he was 0-0 with a 5.06 ERA and 1.63 WHIP.

McHugh is 1-0 with a 6.18 ERA in five career starts against the Orioles. He was 0-0 with 9.72 ERA in two starts in 2016 (8 1/3 IP). He has given up seven home runs in 27 2/3 innings.

Chris Davis (3x10) and Adam Jones (4x15) each have two home runs against McHugh. Seth Smith is 3-for-22 with eight strikeouts against McHugh.

Chris Tillman has been the backbone of the O's rotation for the past few seasons. But Tillman hasn't been the same pitcher in 2017, he is 0-3 with a 9.69 ERA in six starts during June.

Tillman is 2-3 with a 3.89 ERA in six career starts against the Astros. He was 0-1 with an 8.00 ERA in two starts in 2016.

Jose Altuve is 3-for-16 with one strikeout against Tillman in his career. Carlos Beltran is 4-for-19 a home run against Tillman. George Springer is 3-for-12 with three strikeouts. Alex Bregman is 2-for-2 with a home run.




Astros ace Dallas Keuchel to make rehab start with Single-A Tri-City

2017-07-22T11:51:53-05:00

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Keuchel is a Valleycat for a day.

Houston Astros LHP Dallas Keuchel is working his way back from nerve issues in his neck. Keuchel last pitched for the Astros on June 2 and he has already pitched in one rehab start with Double-A Corpus Christi on June 17 — allowing zero runs on two hits over three innings.

But Keuchel is now heading to Lowell, Massachusetts for what might be his final rehab start before rejoining the Astros. Keuchel will pitch for the Astros short season Single-A team, the Tri-City ValleyCats.

Keuchel last pitched for the ValleyCats in 2009 in his first minor league season after being drafted out of the University of Arkansas.

Moran has had an interesting ride with the Houston Astros, to say the least. He was on the short list of players the Astors were looking at 2013 MLB Draft. But he was selected by the Marlins and trade to the Astros in 2014.

Moran looked like the future at third base. But he didn't light the world on fire in Triple-A and the Astros drafted Alex Bregman and signed Yuli Gurriel at Moran's position.

But Morn has figured things out at 24-years-old. He was batting .308 (93x302) with 18 home runs and 63 RBIs in 79 games with Triple-A Fresno.

Let's hope he can keep it up.




Astros 8, Orioles 7: Astros hold on for win late

2017-07-22T11:10:29-05:00

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The Astros bats get to Jimenez early, and the bullpen tries to give the game back.

The Houston Astros appeared to be cruising to an easy victory on Friday night in Baltimore. The Astros punched Ubaldo Jiménez in the mouth for five runs in the first two innings, Mike Fiers threw another gem, and Houston led 7-1 entering the eighth inning.

Little did the Astros know an insurance run in the eighth inning would be the key to an 8-7 win.

The bullpen gave up five runs in the bottom of the ninth before closing out the game.

Jose Altuve got the offence started in the first inning, he drew a walk and stole second base. He would score on a Carlos Beltran singe. Rookie Yuli Gurriel launched his 12th home run of the season to put the Astros up 3-0 before Mike Fiers even threw a pitch.

The youngest members of the Astros lineup combined for two runs in the top of the second. Alex Bregman led off with a single and scored on a Colin Moran triple that got away from O's centerfielder Adam Jones. Moran would score on an Altuve groundout.

While the offence was working, Fiers was dealing. He only one batter to reach through the first two innings and struck out four.

Both teams would get two singles in the third inning with one out. But the O's would get a third to score a run against Fiers and the Astros would strand both runners.

Brian McCann led off the sixth with a solo home run. George Springer, Altuve, and Reddick followed with singles — scoring one run. Houston appeared to have another bloop hit when Chris Davis made a Willie Mays over the shoulder catch to rob Carlos Beltran in short right field.

Fiers put an exclamation point on in his outing by striking out Joey Richard and Adam Jones with two runners on to end the seventh inning.

Each team would get a run in the eighth inning, Houston's won could on Moran's first career home run — an easy fly ball to right-center field.

The wheels came off for James Hoyt in the ninth inning. He gave up three hits and a walk for four runs—two of which scored on a Devinski home run to Jonathan Schoop.

Ken Giles came in to get the final out, striking out Mark Trumbo.




Astros Prospect Report: July 21st

2017-07-22T10:00:02-05:00

See how the minor league teams and prospects performed last night! AAA: Fresno Grizzlies (57-42) won 5-0 (BOX SCORE) Note: McCurry has a 0.00 ERA and 20 K in 10 IP over his last 7 appearances. Jon Kemmer, LF: 1-for-4, 2 R, HR, RBI, BB Tyler White, 2B: 2-for-3, R, HR, 2 RBI, BB Preston Tucker, RF: 1-for-4, R, HR, RBI A.J. Reed, 1B: 1-for-3, R, HR, RBI, BB Juan Centeno, C: 2-for-4, 2B Dean Deetz, RHP: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 K (WIN) Brendan McCurry, RHP: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K Ashur Tolliver, LHP: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K Dayan Diaz, RHP: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K AA: Corpus Christi Hooks (49-49) lost 6-5 (BOX SCORE) Note: Martin is hitting .371 with 4 HR, 9 RBI over his last 10 games. Ramon Laureano, RF: 1-for-3, R, 3B, 2 BB Jack Mayfield, SS: 2-for-5, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI Jon Singleton, DH: 1-for-5, R Dexture McCall, 1B: 1-for-2, R, 2 BB Jason Martin, LF: 2-for-3, 2B, 3 RBI, BB Jamie Ritchie, C: 1-for-3, BB Cy Sneed, RHP: 4.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 K Framber Valdez, LHP: 2.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K Riley Ferrell, RHP: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K A+: Buies Creek Astros (56-42) won 5-3 (BOX SCORE) Note: Whitley has 4 BB/31 K in 19.1 innings for Buies Creek. Myles Straw, RF: 1-for-4, R Stephen Wrenn, CF: 3-for-5, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, SB Yordan Alvarez, LF: 1-for-3, R, 2B, RBI, BB Jake Rogers, C: 0-for-3, RBI Anthony Hermelyn, DH: 1-for-4, R, HR, RBI Forrest Whitley, RHP: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K Erasmo Pinales, RHP: 3.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K (WIN) Sean Stutzman, LHP: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K (SAVE) A: Quad Cities River Bandits (56-40) won 14-3 (BOX SCORE) Note: Rojas is hitting .351 with 5 HR, 18 RBI over his last 10 games. Ronnie Dawson, LF: 2-for-4, 3 R, RBI, BB Carmen Benedetti, DH: 2-for-3, 3 R, 2B, RBI, 2 BB Chuckie Robinson, C: 2-for-4, R, HR, 3 RBI, SB Josh Rojas, 3B: 2-for-3, 2 R, 3B, 2 RBI, BB Raymond Henderson, 2B: 2-for-2, R, RBI Daz Cameron, CF: 2-for-5, R, HR, 3 RBI Kristian Trompiz, 1B: 2-for-5, 2 R, 3B, RBI, SB Osvaldo Duarte, SS: 0-for-3, RBI, 2 BB Patrick Sandoval, LHP: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K (WIN) Robert Corniel, RHP: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 K Dustin Hunt, RHP: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K A-: Tri-City ValleyCats (12-18) won 8-1 (BOX SCORE) Luis Payano, RF: 3-for-4, 2 R, 2B, 3B, RBI Jonathan Arauz, SS: 1-for-5, 2B, RBI Abraham Toro-Hernandez, C: 1-for-3, R, RBI, 2 BB J.J. Matijevic, LF: 2-for-3, 2 R, HR, RBI, 2 BB Michael Papierski, C: 2-for-3, 2B, RBI, 2 BB Connor MacDonald, 1B: 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, BB Alex House, RHP: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K Parker Mushinski, LHP: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K (WIN) Hunter Martin, RHP: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K Rookie: Greeneville Astros (16-12) lost 5-4 (BOX SCORE) Gilberto Celestino, CF: 2-for-5, 2 R, 2B, SB Colton Shaver, DH: 1-for-4, R, HR, 2 RBI Brody Westmoreland, 3B: 1-for-4, RBI Ruben Castro, C: 2-for-5 Frankeny Fernandez, LF: 1-for-4, RBI, BB Bryan Abreu, RHP: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 7 K Adam Bleday, LHP: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K Juan Corniel, RHP: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K Today’s starters according to MiLB.com: FRE: Mike Hauschild (5.13 ERA) CC: Franklin Perez (6.00 ERA) BC: Brett Adcock (4.13 ERA) QC: TBD TC: TBD GV: Gerardo Bojorquez (5.73 ERA) [...]



Game No. 96 Preview: Houston Astros at Baltimore Orioles

2017-07-21T17:24:52-05:00

Good, baseball in Baltimore. I just finished watching The Keepers. Houston Astros (63-32) vs. Baltimore Orioles (46-49), July 21, 2017, 6:05 p.m. CT TV: AT&T SportsNet-SW, MLBN (out-of-market only)Radio: KBME 790 AM, La Nueva 94.1 FMOnline: MLB.TVOrioles SBNation Blog: Camden Chat Pitching Matchup RHP Mike Fiers (6-4, 3.75 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, .265 BABIP, 4.26 xFIP) vs. RHP Ubaldo Jiménez (4-5, 7.01 ERA, 1.58 WHIP, .292 BABIP, 4.96 xFIP) Preview The Baltimore Orioles are hoping to complete the Texas Two-Step after sweeping the Texas Rangers to start the week. The Astros are moving the opposite direction, Houston only dropped their seventh series this season — dropping 2-of-3 with the Mariners at home. The Astros will hope to stem the tide with Mike Fiers. Fiers is 1-1 with a 2.65 ERA during the month of July. Fiers appeared to have hit a wall after finding a new round of success in June (3-1, 2.32 ERA). He walked eight batters over 10 innings in his first two July starts. But Fiers rebounded in a big way in his most recent start, he struck out 11 and walked none against the Twins. Fiers has one career start against the Orioles, he allowed one run on five hits over seven innings in 2016 — striking out seven and walking one. Chris Davis 1-for-2 against Fiers with a home run against Fiers. Wellington Castillo is 1-for-5 with a double and four strikeouts against Fiers. Mark Trumbo is 0-for-5 with three strikeouts. Adam Jones is 1-for-4 with a strikeout. Ubaldo Jiménez, aka the ambitious contract for the Orioles, he is 1-2 with a 9.88 ERA in three starts during the month of July. He faces the Astros for the second time in 2017, he allowed two earned runs on five hits on May 28. He struck out five and walked none in an 8-4 loss. The 12-year-veteran is 4-1 with a 2.87 ERA in 13 career games (11 starts) against the Astros. He wasn’t made a start against Houston since 2015, he was 0-0 with 4.15 ERA over 13 innings. Carlos Beltran is 10-for-28 with three home run and three doubles against Jiménez in his career. Brian McCain is 10-for-42 with a home run against Jiménez. Evan Gattis is 4-for-11 with a home run. Offensive Trends Jonathan Schoop, Rubén Tejada, and Manny Machado have been swinging a hot stick after the All-Star Break. Schoop is batting .379 (11x29) with three doubles over the last seven games. Tejada is .364 (8x22) with two doubles and two RBIs. Machado is batting .3260 (8x25) with six walks. Mark Trumbo (.192) and Chris Davis (.154) have been struggling, the pair has struck out 23 times combined over the last seven games. Jose Altuve is going Jose Altuve things. He is batting .423 (11x26) with two doubles and a home run in the last six games. Evan Gattis is batting .300 with two home runs in his last three games. Brian McCann is batting .176 (3x17) with five strikeouts over his last four games. Josh Reddick is batting .217 (5x23) with two doubles and six strikeouts. Bullpen Usage Orioles Zach Britton threw 38 pitches over two appearances against the Rangers and threw 68 pitches over four innings this past week. Donnie Hart (72) and Miguel Castro (75) topped 70-plus pitches over three separate apprentices this past week. Richard Bleier last appeared on Thursday, throwing 14 pitches over an inning. Brad Brach (13 pitches), Britton, Darren O’Day (12 pitches), and Castro were used on Thursday before the series with the Astros. Astros Astros used two relievers twice during the Mariners series: Luke Gregerson and Reymin Guduan. Gregerson threw 34 pitches over 2 1⁄3 innings. Guduan threw 10 pitches over 1⁄3 inning. Ken Giles pitched the ninth inning on Friday (9 pitches), as well as, Chris Devesnki (12 pitches) and Michael Feliz (13 pitches). James Hoyt threw 8 pitches over 2⁄3 innings on Saturday. Francis Martes threw 40 pitches over 2 1⁄3 innings. Disabled List Orioles J.J. Hardy (SS) - 10-Day DL - Fractured right wrist. Mike Wright (P) - 10-Day DL - Right[...]



Astros-Orioles Series Snapshot: July 21-23, 2017

2017-07-21T15:53:29-05:00

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Astros head to Camden Yards.

Houston Astros (63-32) vs. Baltimore Orioles (46-49), July 21-23, 2017

Friday

RHP Mike Fiers (6-4, 3.75 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, .265 BABIP, 4.26 xFIP) vs. RHP Ubaldo Jiménez (4-5, 7.01 ERA, 1.58 WHIP, .292 BABIP, 4.96 xFIP)

Time: 6:05 p.m. CT
TV: AT&T SportsNet-SW, MLBN (out-of-market only)
Online: MLB.TV
Radio: KBME 790, La Nueva 94.1 FM (En Español)

Saturday

RHP Collin McHugh (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.00 WHIP) vs. RHP Chris Tillman (1-5, 7.20 ERA, 2.02 WHIP, .370 BABIP, 5.64 xFIP)

Time: 6:05 p.m. CT
TV: AT&T SportsNet-SW
Online: MLB.TV
Radio: KBME 790, La Nueva 94.1 FM (En Español)

Sunday

RHP Lance McCullers Jr. (7-2, 3.28 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, .309 BABIP, 2.82 xFIP) vs. RHP Dylan Bundy (9-8, 4.18 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 266 BABIP, 5.12 xFIP)

Time: 12:35 p.m. CT
TV: AT&T SportsNet-SW, TBS
Online: MLB.TV
Radio: KBME 790, La Nueva 94.1 FM (En Español)


Series Snapshot

Split records: Astros — 33-11 on the road; Orioles — 29-19 at home

Run differential: Astros — +166.0 (2nd best in MLB); Orioles — -71.0 (24th)

Runs scored per game: Astros — 5.87 (1st); Orioles — 4.60 (19th)

OPS+: Astros — 134 (1st); Orioles — 99 (8th)

wRC+: Astros — 129 (1st); Orioles — 95 (15th)

Earned Runs allowed per game: Astros — 3.94 (7th); Orioles — 5.03 (29th)

xFIP: Astros — 3.57 (2nd); Orioles — 4.82 (28th)

ERA+: Astros — 101 (17th); Orioles — 85 (28th)

Last 10 games: Astros — 5-5; Orioles — 6-4

2016 head-to-head record: 6-1, Astros

2017 head-to-head: 3-0, Astros