September 2013

Clemens congratulated Pettitte

Lost in the frenzy of the final day of the career of Yankees great Mariano Rivera, which included an on-field ceremony Sunday at Minute Maid Park, was a quick hug that was exchanged between former teammates and friends Andy Pettitte and Roger Clemens.

The two Houston-area pitchers had been close friends for years and followed each other from the Yankees to the Astros in 2004 and then back to the Bronx three years later, only to see their friendship sour when Pettitte testified in Clemens’ federal perjury trial that Clemens admitted using human growth hormone.

Clemens sought out Pettitte on Sunday and was asked Monday about the exchange.

“I just told him ‘Congratulations,’” Clemens said. “He proved it in his last start [Saturday] that he probably could continue on and pitch and help a lot of ballclubs if he wanted to continue to play. Andy is 41 and the big left-hander put himself, as far as I’m concerned, right there with Whitey Ford…with the Yankees.”

Pettitte had previously testified Clemens told him he had used HGH, but later said he may have been mistaken.

Pettitte threw a complete game on Saturday to beat the Astros in the final game of his 18-year career.

Astros 2013 season by the numbers

Here are some numbers from the Astros’ first season in the AL:

Overall record: 51-111

Home record: 24-57

Road record: 27-54

Series record: 11-39-2

Sweeps: 3-17

Scoring 4 or more runs: 38-35

Scoring 3 or fewer runs: 13-76

Shutouts: 4-13

One-run games: 18-35

Two-run games: 13-17

Strikeouts: 1,535 (Major League record)

vs. LH starters: 13-33

vs. RH starters: 38-78

Day games: 11-34

Night games: 40-77

Scoring first: 32-42

Opponent scores first: 19-69

Outhit opponent: 30-24

Outhit by opponent: 16-79

Equal hits: 5-8

When hitting a HR: 38-54

No home runs: 13-56

Walkoff home runs: 1-1

Come-from-behind wins: 22

Largest comeback: 3 runs

Losses after leading: 54

Last at-bat wins-losses: 10-16

Largest blown lead: 5 runs

Extra-inning games: 4-8

Batting average leader (minimum 200 at-bats): Jose Altuve, .283

Hits leader: Jose Altuve, 177

HR leader: Chris Carter, 29

RBI leader: Chris Carter, 82

Stolen base leader: Jose Altuve, 35

Wins leader: Jordan Lyles, 7

Losses leader: Lucas Harrell, 17

ERA leader (minimum 50 innings): Jarred Cosart, 1.95

Innings pitched leader: Dallas Keuchel, Lucas Harrell, 153 2/3

Strikeout leader: Erik Bedard, 138

Most errors: Jonathan Villar, Matt Dominguez, 16

Average time of game: 3:11.42 (3:02.09 in 2012)

 

Astros pictures from Cleveland

Here are a few photos from the Astros’ stay in Cleveland:

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Doug Brocail, Dallas Keuchel and Jarred Cosart catch up with Brad Mills

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Doug Brocail looks like a natural QB

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Jarred Cosart throws a football

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Brad Mills, Terry Francona and Geoff Blum

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Rhiner Cruz, Robbie Grossman and Josh Fields await BP

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Brandon Barnes stays hydrated

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J.D. Martinez interviewed by Julia Morales

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The dugout just prior to stretch

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Carlos Corporan

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Michael Bourn catches up with old friends

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David Martinez, Jorge De Leon, Marwin Gonzalez and Carlos Corporan

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Jose Altuve

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Michael Bourn and former teammates

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Astros deciding how to honor Pettitte

Members of the Astros front office met Friday in Houston to discuss the proper way to honor Andy Pettitte, the Yankees pitcher who announced his retirement. Pettitte, a Houston-area native, played for the Astros from 2004-06 and will finish his career at Minute Maid Park next weekend.

Astros president of business operations Reid Ryan said the club plans to honor Pettitte in some form and fashion and hopes to have a plan in place by early next week.

“We only have three [home] games left, but without a doubt we want to do something to honor Andy because he’s had a great career and he’s a former Houston Astro and a Deer Park kid,” Ryan said. “We just need to figure out what the right thing is to do that you can make meaningful in a short amount of time.”

The Astros are already planning to honor Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, who announced earlier this year he was retiring, prior to the Sept. 29 season finale. The club plans to present Rivera with an original work of art by Texas sports artist Opie Otterstad.

Former Yankees manager Joe Torre and Roger Clemens, Rivera’s former teammate with the Yankees, will also be part of Sunday’s pregame celebration.

As far as honoring Pettitte, Ryan says stay tuned.

“We’re feverishly brainstorming,” he said. “There’s a lot of good ideas floating around out there.”

Castro undergoes minor knee procedure

Astros All-Star catcher Jason Castro underwent a minor surgical procedure Thursday in Houston to have a cyst removed from his right knee, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said.

Luhnow said he expects a quick recovery from Castro and that he’ll be 100 percent ready to do his post-season workouts.

The Astros announced Tuesday afternoon Castro was being placed on the 15-day disabled list due to discomfort in his right knee and will not appear in a game for the remainder of the season. He had played in only two games since aggravating his knee Sept. 2.

Castro had a cyst in his right knee drained Sept. 3, one day after fouling a ball off the knee, and started consecutive games at designated hitter on Sept. 6-7 in Oakland, going 0-for-9. He later admitted he came back too soon and hasn’t played since.

Castro missed the entire 2011 season after injuring his right knee in Spring Training of that year and having to undergo surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament. He played in 87 games last year, but was on the DL twice for fluid in the knee.

This year was a breakout season for Castro, a two-time American League Player of the Week and the first Astros player to represent the AL in the All-Star Game.  He hit .276 in 120 games with 35 doubles, 18 homers and 56 RBIs with a .485 slugging percentage, setting career highs in every offensive category except triples.

Castro and backup Carlos Corporan were the only catchers on the roster for most of the season until a rash of injuries at the position. Corporan suffered a concussion on Aug. 19 and went on the disabled list. He was replaced by Minor League call-up Max Stassi, who himself suffered a concussion two days later in only his second game in the Major Leagues.

The Astros were forced to call up 11-year Minor League veteran Cody Clark and trade for Matt Pagnozzi to provide some depth at catcher. Corporan returned to action only recently, and Stassi is expected to join the team Monday in Arlington following a rehab stint during instructional league this weekend in Kissimmee, Fla.

Astros shut down Castro for final 12 games

The Astros announced Tuesday afternoon All-Star catcher Jason Castro was being placed on the 15-day disabled list due to discomfort in his right knee and will not appear in a game for the remainder of the season. He had played in only two games since aggravating his knee Sept. 2.

Castro had a cyst in his right knee drained Sept. 3, one day after fouling a ball off the knee, and started consecutive games at designated hitter on Sept. 6-7 in Oakland, going 0-for-9. He later admitted he came back too soon and hasn’t played since.

Castro missed the entire 2011 season after injuring his right knee in Spring Training of that year and having to undergo surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament. He played in 87 games last year, but was on the DL twice for fluid in the knee.

This year was a breakout season for Castro, a two-time American League Player of the Week and the first Astros player to represent the AL in the All-Star Game.  He hit .276 in 120 games with 35 doubles, 18 homers and 56 RBIs with a .485 slugging percentage, setting career highs in every offensive category except triples.

Castro and backup Carlos Corporan were the only catchers on the roster for most of the season until a rash of injuries at the position. Corporan suffered a concussion on Aug. 19 and went on the disabled list. He was replaced by Minor League call-up Max Stassi, who himself suffered a concussion two days later in only his second game in the Major Leagues.

The Astros were forced to call up 11-year Minor League veteran Cody Clark and trade for Matt Pagnozzi to provide some depth at catcher. Corporan returned to action only recently, and Stassi is expected to join the team Monday in Arlington following a rehab stint during instructional league this weekend in Kissimmee, Fla.

Astros roster for Instructional League

 ROSTER
No. PITCHERS POS B/T HT WT BIRTHDATE AGE (Y.M) FIRST YEAR CITIZENSHIP
10 Feliz, Michael RHP R/R 6’4” 199 06/28/1993 20.2 2010 Dominican Republic
3 German, Devonte RHP R/R 6’5″ 240 10/14/1994 18.11 2013 United States
58 Guduan, Reymin LHP L/L 6’4” 190 03/16/1992 21.6 2010 Dominican Republic
4 Gustave, Jandel RHP R/R 6’2″ 160 10/12/1992 20.11 2010 Dominican Republic
13 Hader, Josh LHP L/L 6’3″ 160 04/07/1994 19.5 2012 United States
44 Lee, Christopher LHP L/L 6’3” 175 08/17/1992 21.1 2011 United States
20 Mills, Jordan LHP L/L 6’5″ 200 05/11/1992 21.4 2013 United States
23 Morton, Zach RHP R/R 6’1″ 180 07/12/1990 23.2 2013 United States
96 Musgrove, Joe RHP R/R 6’5″ 230 12/04/1992 20.9 2011 United States
27 Nicely, Austin LHP S/L 6’1″ 170 12/13/1994 18.9 2013 United States
28 Osborne, J.D. LHP R/L 6’5″ 205 11/13/1990 22.10 2013 United States
15 Perez, Jorge RHP R/R 6’0″ 175 07/30/1993 20.1 2013 United States
85 Ramirez, Francis RHP R/R 6’5” 205 01/12/1992 21.8 2009 Dominican Republic
6 Santos, Juan RHP R/R 6’4″ 240 08/30/1995 18.0 2013 Puerto Rico
47 Smith, Kyle RHP R/R 6’0″ 170 09/10/1992 21.0 2012 United States
No. CATCHERS POS B/T HT WT BIRTHDATE AGE FIRST YEAR CITIZENSHIP
84 Genoves, Ernesto C R/R 5’11″ 203 06/04/1991 22.3 2008 Venezuela
57 Gingras, Ricky C L/R 6’2″ 205 10/18/1990 22.11 2012 United States
59 Gonzalez, Alfredo C R/R 6’1″ 190 07/13/1992 21.2 2011 Venezuela
35 Holberton, Brian C L/R 5’10″ 190 06/10/1992 21.3 2013 United States
36 Nottingham, Jacob C R/R 6’3″ 200 04/03/1995 18.5 2013 United States
No. INFIELDERS POS B/T HT WT BIRTHDATE AGE FIRST YEAR CITIZENSHIP
37 Gregor, Conrad 1B L/R 6’3″ 220 02/27/1992 21.6 2013 United States
16 Kemp, Tony 2B L/R 5’6″ 165 10/31/1991 21.10 2013 United States
38 Lindauer, Thomas SS R/R 6’2″ 175 12/02/1991 21.9 2013 United States
18 Mayfield, Jack SS R/R 5’11″ 182 09/30/1990 22.11 2013 United States
66 McDonald, Chase 1B R/R 6’4″ 260 06/02/1992 21.3 2013 United States
63 Moon, Chan Jong SS S/R 6’0” 180 03/23/1991 22.5 2009 South Korea
52 Nelubowich, Adam 3B L/R 6’2″ 195 04/28/1991 22.4 2013 United States
46 Reynoso, Luis SS R/R 6’1″ 170 09/02/1994 19.0 2012 Dominican Republic
11 White, Tyler 3B R/R 5’11″ 225 10/29/1990 22.10 2013 United States
No. OUTFIELDERS POS B/T HT WT BIRTHDATE AGE FIRST YEAR CITIZENSHIP
22 Heras, Leo CF/LF L/R 5’9″ 190 05/29/1990 23.3 2013 (2007) Mexico
19 Hernandez, Teoscar CF R/R 6’2″ 180 10/15/1992 20.11 2011 Dominican Republic
12 Kemmer, Jon LF L/L 6’2″ 220 11/17/1990 22.10 2013 United States
9 Martin, Jason CF L/R 5’10″ 175 09/05/1995 18.0 2013 United States
50 Mitchell, Ronnie RF L/L 5’11″ 200 06/21/1991 22.2 2013 United States
78 Ovando, Ariel RF L/L 6’4″ 226 09/15/1993 20.0 2011 Dominican Republic
48 Phillips, Brett CF L/R 6’0″ 175 05/30/1994 19.3 2012 United States
41 Ramsay, James CF L/L 5’11″ 180 03/02/1992 21.6 2013 United States
43 Vasquez, Danry LF L/R 6’3″ 177 01/08/1994 19.8 2011 Venezuela
No. ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE POS B/T HT WT BIRTHDATE AGE FIRST YEAR CITIZENSHIP
The following players will arrive on September 25th and depart on October 1st:
Amador, Japhet 1B R/R 6’4″ 315 01/19/1987 26.8 2013 (2007) Mexico
DeShields, Delino CF R/R 5’9″ 205 08/16/1992 21.1 2010 United States
Dufek, Jonas RHP R/R 6’5″ 215 06/30/1988 25.2 2011 United States
Fontana, Nolan SS L/R 5’11″ 190 06/06/1991 22.3 2012 United States
Heidenreich, Matt RHP L/R 6’5″ 185 01/17/1991 22.8 2009 United States
Meyer, Jonathan 3B R/R 6’1″ 195 11/01/1990 22.10 2009 United States
Robinson, Andrew RHP R/R 6’1″ 185 02/13/1988 25.7 2010 United States
Sogard, Alex LHP L/L 6’3″ 215 07/25/1987 26.1 2010 United States
No. REHABILITATION POS B/T HT WT BIRTHDATE AGE FIRST YEAR CITIZENSHIP
14 Rodriguez, Jake C R/R 5’9″ 175 01/24/1992 21.7 2013 United States

Astros photos from Seattle

Here some Astros photos from their stay in Seattle:

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Rhiner Cruz, David Martinez and Paul Clemens

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My man Jimmy Paredes

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Geoff Blum shows he’s still got it…maybe

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Jeff Luhnow and Bo Porter discuss my latest story

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Jose Altuve signs for team that went to Little League World Series. And yes, some kids are bigger than he is

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Cody Clark

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Not sure what’s going on here

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Chia-Jen Lo

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Hitting coach John Mallee reluctantly takes Bo Porter’s spot for pregame media session

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B. Money = Brandon Laird

Bedard set to rejoin Astros rotation

Veteran left-hander Erik Bedard will rejoin the Astros rotation when he starts Monday’s series opener against the Reds at Minute Maid Park.

Bedard’s last four appearances have come in relief after being in the rotation for most of the year. Bedard is 4-10 with a 4.47 ERA in 29 games, including 3-9 with a 4.65 ERA in 23 starts. He hasn’t started since Aug. 21 at Texas.

“It’s going to be fun,” he said. “Just to get back in the rotation and do what I’ve done the last 10 years is fun. Hopefully it ends up on a high note.”

The Astros have been implementing a six-man rotation for more than a month, but they shut down rookie Jarred Cosart following his start Monday and will plug Bedard into his spot.

The move is significant for Bedard because he’s set to receive a $250,000 incentive bonus with his next start. He’ll have three starts remaining, falling one start short of another $250,000 bonus.

At 34 years old, Bedard hopes to put himself in position to play once again next year.

“It’s going to be another free agent year and you just do the best you and try to have some eyes on you and hopefully somebody wants you on their team,” he said. “My arm feels good and physically I feel really good. So as long as you’re doing good physically and you can still put some decent numbers up there, you have a chance to get another job.”

 

Astros-Mariners lineups

Seattle Mariners vs. Houston Astros
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 – Safeco Field (9:10 p.m.)

Seattle Mariners (65-80)

 

Houston Astros (49-96)

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Player Pos.  

No.

Player Pos.

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Brad Miller (L) SS  

6

Jonathan Villar (S) SS

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Franklin Gutierrez RF  

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Jose Altuve 2B

15

Kyle Seager (L) 3B  

8

Trevor Crowe (S) CF

8

Kendrys Morales (S) DH  

29

Brett Wallace (L) 1B

28

Raul Ibañez (L) LF  

30

Matt Dominguez 3B

17

Justin Smoak (S) 1B  

23

Chris Carter LF

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Michael Saunders (L) CF  

59

Marc Krauss (L) DH

3

Mike Zunino C  

22

Carlos Corporan (S) C

13

Dustin Ackley (L) 2B  

38

Jimmy Paredes (S) RF

Starting Pitcher

Starting Pitcher

37

Brandon Maurer RHP  

43

Brad Peacock RHP
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