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Astros-Giants preview

Coming off their first road series win of the season, the Astros open a three-game series against the Giants tonight at AT&T Park.

Here is the Astros’ lineup:

2B Jose Altuve

RF Brian Bixler

SS Jed Lowrie

LF J.D. Martinez

CF Justin Maxwell

3B Chris Johnson

1B Matt Downs

C Jason Castro

RHP Bud Norris

Here are the pitching match-ups:

TuesdayRHP Bud Norris (5-3, 4.65) vs. LHP Madison Bumgarner (7-4, 3.26)

WednesdayLHP J.A. Happ (4-6, 4.54) vs. RHP Matt Cain (7-2, 2.41)

ThursdayLHP Wandy Rodriguez (5-4, 3.27) vs. LHP Barry Zito (5-3, 3.24)

  • It won’t be a surprise if runs are hard to come by for both teams in the series. This season, the Giants’ home park has been as pitcher friendly as it ever has. AT&T Park is averaging only 5.94 runs per game this year, which is the second-fewest this year behind PNC Park (5.63).
  • The Giants’ lack of home run production at home this season has been extraordinary. It’s comparable to a few Astros’ seasons in the cavernous Astrodome. San Francisco has hit only six home runs in its first 32 home games. That’s tied for the fourth fewest since 1961 in that many games. The Padres hit three homers through 32 home games in 1981, and the Astros hit four through 32 home games in 1971 and again in 1984.
  • Giants previous low through both 32 and 33 home games is eight home runs in 1980. Their current16-game streak at home without a homer is the longest streak by a team since the 1990 Astros went 16 straight games with zero homers at the Astrodome.
  • The Astros have played like a contending team at Minute Maid Park, but are still in the process of bringing that same degree of success on the road with them. Houston’s 8-20 record on the road is easily the worst in the Majors among teams with winning home records. The next worst is the Mets, who are 13-17 on the road.
  • The Astros are nearly automatic in one-run games at home, not so on the road. They are 7-1 in one-run games at home and 2-9 in one-run games on the road.
  • The Astros have won four of their last seven games after losing each of their previous eight contests. Houston has just eight wins in 28 road games this season.
  • Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie, who leads the Astros with 12 home runs this season, has homered in three of his last four games. Lowrie’s 12 homers are the most among all ML shortstops this season.
  • Lowrie’s 12 home runs are the most homers by an Astros middle infielder through 60 games in team history. Craig Biggio had 11 homers through 60 games in 1993.
  • Dating to last season, Astros pitcher Bud Norris has been consistently inconsistent away from home, while Giants Madison Bumgarner has owned the opposition at his home yard.Norris is 2-3 with a 6.45 ERA in his last 10 road starts, and Bumgarner is 9-1 with a 1.56 ERA in his last 10 home starts.
  • The Astros certainly don’t have the offense to blame for their recent struggles in the win column. Houston has been one of the top five hitting teams in the majors over the past few weeks. The Astros are averaging 5.54 runs per game since May 28, which ranks fourth in the Majors.
  • The Giants’ Melky Cabrera has 87 hits through 61 games, which is the second-most in that span in Giants history since 1958. Willie Mays had 92 hits through 61 games in 1958.
  • The Giants, who have split their last six games overall, have won five of their last seven home games against the Astros.
  • Madison Bumgarner is 4-1 with a 2.50 ERA in five home starts this season and is 1-1 with a 4.85 ERA in two career starts against Houston.
  • Houston has lost each of Bud Norris’ last three starts after winning eight of his first nine starts of the season. Norris has 76 strikeouts in 69 2/3 innings this season.The Giants have failed to hit a home run in each of their last 16 home games – matching the longest any Major League team has gone without a homer at home since the 1990 Astros.

Astros’ lineup and preview vs. Giants

This is it. Game 7. Well, it’s about as much drama as the Astros can have these days, entering Sunday’s series finale against the Giants with a chance to win the season series from the defending World Series champions.

The Astros won two out of three in Houston last weekend, and the Giants have won two out of three in this series, including a walk-off win in the 10th on Saturday night.

Sunday will be a dream come true for Astros starter Bud Norris.

Norris, who grew up in the Bay Area, will make his first Major League start in San Francisco against the Giants in Sunday’s series finale. Norris has never faced the Giants in his two years in the Majors.

“I’m excited to play against my childhood team, which should be interesting,” he said. “But like any other day, I’m going to go out there and do my job and go pitch.”

Norris remembers going to games back when the Giants played at Candlestick Park. Norris has been doing his hometown of Greenbrae, Calif., proud this season in an otherwise rough one for the Astros. Norris has a 3.73 ERA, with a 6-8 record.

Here is the Astros’ lineup:

CF Jordan Schafer

SS Angel Sanchez

LF J.D. Martinez

1B Carlos Lee

2B Matt Downs

RF Brian Bogusevic

3B Jimmy Paredes

C Carlos Corporan

RHP Bud Norris

Astros’ lineup Saturday vs. Giants

The Astros can clinch the season series against the Giants with a win on either Saturday or Sunday. They’ll send Brett Myers to the mound, with the right-hander trying to snap a personal seven-game losing streak. Here is the Astros’ lineup:

2B Jose Altuve

CF Jason Bourgeois

LF J.D. Martinez

1B Carlos Lee

RF Jason Michaels

3B Jimmy Paredes

SS Clint Barmes

C Humberto Quintero

RHP Brett Myers

Happ, Astros try to continue winning ways against Giants

J.A. Happ, who was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City Wednesday to take Jordan Lyles’ spot in the rotation as the Astros try to limit Lyles’ innings, will make his first start in the Majors since Aug. 5 when he faces the Giants tonight at 9:15 p.m. CT.

Happ (4-14, 6.26 ERA) went 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA in a three-game stint with the RedHawks, holding opponents to a .177 batting average. He also threw seven scoreless innings of one-hit ball his last time out.

Happ will try to carry that momentum into Friday’s start.

“I was definitely trying to build off each outing. The last one was the best, as far as getting deeper into the game and getting a pitch count that’s manageable and getting early outs,” Happ said. “That was my main focus, making sure one of the first two pitches was a strike and trying to get early outs.”

More than anything, Happ said his time in the Minors allowed him to clear his mind in the wake of his struggles with the Astros.

“I think the fact there was way too much negativity going on through my head definitely didn’t help,” he said. “I’m getting past that, getting over that and trying to be positive.”

Here is the Astros’ starting lineup:

CF Jordan Schafer

RF Jason Bourgeois

LF J.D. Martinez

1B Carlos Lee

3B Matt Downs

2B Jose Altuve

SS Clint Barmes

C Humberto Quintero

LHP J.A. Happ

 

Astros preview vs. Giants

Greetings from AT&T Park, where the Astros try to snap their losing streak against the defending NL champion Giants tonight. Henry Sosa, the former Giants farm hand, is on the mound for the Astros. Before we get to the lineup, here are some notes:

  • Giants starters are 5-1 with a 2.03 ERA in their last six home games against the Astros.
  • Since Aug. 16, the Astros are averaging 5.5 runs per game, which is fifth in the Majors in that span. Prior to that, they were averaging 3.75 runs per game, which was 27th.
  • Henry Sosa’s opponents have a .400 batting average on pitches 1-30. They are hitting .196 against him after pitch 30.
  • J.D. Martinez’s 22 RBIs since July 31 are the most in the Majors by any rookie

Here is the Astros’ lineup:

CF Jordan Schafer

2B Jose Altuve

LF J.D. Martinez

1B Carlos Lee

RF Brian Bogusevic

3B Jimmy Paredes

SS Clint Barmes

C Carlos Corporan

RHP Henry Sosa

Astros’ lineup Sunday vs. Giants

The Astros will try to win their fifth consecutive game, which would be a season high, in an attempt to sweep the defending World Series champion Giants today at Minute Maid Park. Henry Sosa, acquired from the Giants last month in the Jeff Keppinger deal, wills start for the Astros and face left-hander Dan Runzler (1-2, 6.64 ERA).

Here is the Astros’ lineup:

2B Jose Altuve

CF Jason Bourgeois

LF J.D. Martinez

1B Carlos Lee

3B Jimmy Paredes

SS Clint Barmes

RF Jason Michaels

C Carlos Corporan

RHP Henry Sosa

Astros’ lineup for Saturday

The Astros will try to tie their season-high winning streak of four games by sending this lineup against the Giants on Saturday:

2B Jose Altuve

CF Jason Bourgeois

LF J.D. Martinez

1B Carlos Lee

3B Jimmy Paredes

SS Clint  Barmes

RF Jason Michaels

C Humberto Quintero

RHP Jordan Lyles

Astros lineup Thursday vs. Giants

If the Astros can beat the Giants on Thursday afternoon, they would have their first series win since taking three of four games at the Rockies from June 7-10. it would also be their first series win against the Giants at home since a four-game sweep Aug. 11-14, 2008.

To get it done, the Astros will need a rebound effort from left-hander Wandy Rodriguez (3-10, 6.09 ERA), who leads hte league in losses. He’s allowed 14 earned runs and 11 hits in eight innings in his past two starts, and he’s lost six of his last seven starts.

The Giants will counter with left-hander Matt Cain (6-5, 2.16 ERA), who has thrown a complete game in three of his previous six starts. His ERA is the fourth-lowest in the NL, and he’s 1-2 wiht a 3.64 ERA in his career against the Astros.

Here are the lineups:

ASTROS

CF Michael Bourn

2B Jeff Keppinger

1B Lance Berkman

LF Carlos Lee

RF Hunter Pence

SS Geoff Blum

3B Pedro Feliz

C Jason Castro

P Wandy Rodriguez

GIANTS

SS Edgar Renteria

2B Freddy Sanchez

RF Aubrey Huff

LF Pat Burrell

1B Buster Posey

1 Bengie Molina

C Aaron Rowand

P Matt Cain

Manzella out 6 weeks, plus lineup vs. Giants

The Astros try to snap their five-game losing streak and nine-game losing streak against the Giants tonight at Minute Maid Park when Barry Zito (7-3, 3.13 ERA) faces Brett Myers (3-4, 3.34 ERA) in the middle game of the three-game series.

Houston received some bad news prior to Wednesday’s game when it was revealed starting shortstop Tommy Manzella will miss six weeks with a fractured left index finger, an injury suffered diving for a ball in the sixth inning Tuesday. Oswaldo Navarro was called up from Triple-A Round Rock to take his place.

Here are the lineups:

ASTROS

CF Jason Bourgeois

2B Jeff Keppinger

1B Lance Berkman

LF Carlos Lee

RF Hunter Pence

3B Chris Johnson

SS Geoff Blum

C Jason Castro

P Brett Myers

GIANTS

CF Andres Torres

2B Freddy Sanchez

RF Aubrey Huff

3B Juan Uribe

LF Pat Burrell

1B Pablo Sandoval

SS Edgar Reneteria

C Bengie Molina

P Barry Zito

 

Astros lineup Sunday vs. Giants

The Astros try to salvage the final game of their three-game series in San Francisco when they face the Giants this afternoon. Houston will once again have a challenging pitching matchup, with left-hander Barry Zito (5-1, 1,90 ERA) on the mound. Brett Myers (2-2, 3.52 ERA) will pitch for the Astros.

Astros manager Brad Mills has Jeff Keppinger at the top of the lineup, giving Michael Bourn a day off. This is the Astros’ first game against a left-handed starter since April 23. Jason Michaels is starting in center field and hitting second.

Here are the lineups:

ASTROS

2B Jeff Keppinger

CF Jason Michaels

1B Lance Berkman

LF Carlos Lee

RF Hunter Pence

3B Pedro Feliz

SS Tommy Manzella

C Kevin Cash

RHP Brett Myers

GIANTS

CF Aaron Rowand

LF Andres Torres

3B Pablo Sandoval

C Bengie Molina

1B Aubrey Huff

SS Juan Uribe

RF Nate Schierholtz

2B Matt Downs

LHP Barry Zito

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