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Astros send Happ to mound to try to stop skid

The Astros send J.A. Happ to the mound on Friday night at Minute Maid Park against the Reds to try to snap a six-game losing streak, which is their longest of the season. Here is Houston’s lineup:

CF Jordan Schafer

2B Jose Altuve

SS Jed Lowrie

1B Carlos Lee

3B Chris Johnson

RF Brian Bogusevic

LF J.D. Martinez

C Chris Snyder

P J.A. Happ

Here are the pitching match-ups for the weekend:

Friday: LHP J.A. Happ (4-4, 4.37) vs. RHP Mike Leake (1-5, 5.47)
Saturday: LHP Wandy Rodriguez (4-4, 2.49) vs. RHP Mat Latos (4-2, 4.58)
Sunday:TBA vs. RHP Bronson Arroyo (2-3, 3.59)

Here are some pre-series tidbits:

  • Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie has swung the bat well with the bases empty this season, but he’s struggling in some key spots. He’s hitting .313 with bases empty, .243 with runners on, .204 with runners in scoring position and .105 with runners in scoring position and two outs.
  • Astros left-fielder Carlos Lee has seen over 200 plate appearances this season, but he’s struck out only 10 times. That’s one strikeout for every 20.3 plate appearances, which is the best ratio in the league.
  • Astros starter J.A. Happ has held opponents to a .166 batting average with runners in scoring position and two outs (second-lowest among active starting pitchers with a minimum of 200 opposing at-bats and 50 career starts), .211 with runners in scoring position, .247 with runners on base and .259 with the bases empty.
  • The Reds had the fourth-lowest staff ERA in the Majors in the month of May at 3.29, trailing the Angels (2.99), Rays (3.14) and Dodgers (3.25).
  • The Astros got very good pitching at home in the month of May, but not so much on the road. Houston arms were 11-5 with a 2.76 ERA at home and 2-10 with a 5.10 ERA on the road in the month of May.
  • Both the Reds and Astros saw dramatic increases in their power output in May. The Astros hit 14 homers in April and 26 in May, and the Reds hit 19 homers in April and 34 in May. The Astros’ 26 homers in May were the most for the team in a single month since hitting 26 in July, 2010.
  • The Reds are 33-16 against the Astros since 2009, out-homering Houston, 60-37, in that span. Houston starters have a 5.18 ERA in that span against the Reds, compared to 3.08 ERA by Reds starters.
  • Reds first baseman Joey Votto is hitting .355 in his career against the Astros, which is the third-highest average against Houston in the Astros’ franchise history (minimum 200 plate appearances). Kenny Lofton hit .373 and Bake McBride hit .361.

Mills getting long in tooth among NL Central managers

Brad Mills and Terry Francona, former college roommates who worked together for years with the Phillies and the Red Sox, could soon be battling each other 18 times a season in the National League Central.

News reports say Francona is set to interview for the Cardinals’ vacant managerial position after he was let go by the Red Sox earlier this year. This comes after Ryne Sandberg was given permission to interview in St. Louis.

Meanwhile, the Cubs have fired Mike Quade and are going to interview Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin, who interviewed in Houston before Mills go the job two years ago.

Believe it or not, Mills is now the second-longest current tenured manager in the NL Central behind Dusty Baker. Here’s a breakdown of the managerial status of the teams in the Central:

St. Louis Cardinals — Vacant following the retirement of Tony La Russa.

Chicago Cubs — Vacant following the dismissal of Mike Quade.

Pittsburgh Pirates — Clint Hurdle just completed his first season in Pittsburgh.

Milwaukee Brewers — Ron Roenicke led the Brewers to the division title in his first season in 2011.

Houston Astros — Brad Mills has completed two seasons on the job.

Cincinnati Reds — Dusty Baker took over following the 2007 season and replaced Pete Mackanin, who was hired on an interim basis.

Astros’ lineup Wednesday vs. Reds

The Astros play their final road game of the season at 11:35 a.m. CT today against the Reds at Great American Ball Park. Here is the lineup:

CF Jordan Schafer

RF J.B. Shuck

LF J.D. Martinez

1B Carlos Lee

2B Matt Downs

3B Chris Johnson

SS Clint Barmes

C J.R. Towles

LHP Wandy Rodriguez

Astros’ lineup for Tuesday vs. Reds

Here are Tuesday’s Astros-Reds lineups:

ASTROS

CF Jordan Schafer

SS Angel Sanchez

LF J.D. Martinez

1B Carlos Lee

RF Brian Bogusevic

3B Jimmy Paredes

2B Jose Altuve

C Humberto Quintero

RHP Bud Norris

REDS

2B Brandon Phillips

LF Dave Sappelt

1B Joey Votto

RF Jay Bruce

3B Juan Francisco

CF Drew Stubbs

C Devin Mesoraco

SS Paul Janish

RHP Homer Bailey

Reds have had their way with Astros

The Astros, weather permitting, will open their final road series of the season tonight against the Reds in Cincinnati. Unlike last year when the Astros watched the Reds clinch the division on a walk-off home run, Cincinnati doesn’t have much to play for. They were eliminated recently and were just swept in three games by the Brewers.

But the Reds have had their way with the Astros, going 15-4 in their last 19 games against Houston. In that span, the Astros have averaged 3.2 runs per game, compared to 6.1 for the Reds. What’s more, Astros pitchers have a 5.73 ERA in those 19 games, compared to 3.09 for the Reds. The Reds have outhomered the Astros 25-12 and have made two errors in that span, compared to 13 for the Astros.

Here are some other notes:

– The Astros and their opponents have averaged 6.7 runs per game since Sept. 1, the lowest in the Majors.

– The Reds have the third-worst run differential since Sept. 1 at minus-18.

– Astros rookies have 211 hits since the All-Star break, which is the third-most in the Majors in that span, trailing Kansas City (218) and Seattle (212).

– Astros outfielder Jason Bourgeois hit .157 in August and is hitting .367 in September, a .210 difference that’s the second-highest in the Majors. The Angels’ Erick Aybar hit .190 in August and is hitting .434 in September.

– In his first 22 starts, J.A. Happ was 4-14 with a 6.26 ERA, a .290 opponents’ batting average and a 1.66 WHIP (walks and hits per innings pitched). In his last four starts, he’s 2-2 with a 2.25 ERA, a .186 opponents’ batting average and a 1.21 WHIP.

Here is the Astros lineup against LHP Dontrelle Willis:

CF Jason Bourgeois

2B Jose Altuve

LF J.D. Martinez

1B Carlos Lee

RF Matt Downs

3B Jimmy Paredes

SS Clint Barmes

C Humberto Quintero

LHP J.A. Happ

Preview of Wednesday’s Astros-Reds game

The Astros will try to avoid getting swept when they face the Reds at 1:05 p.m. today at Minute Maid Park. The Astros send left-hander Wandy Rodriguez (2-3, 4.00 ERA) to the mound to face right-hander Edinson Volquez (3-1, 5.63 ERA).

Rodriguez is searching for his first home win of the season (0-1, 2.70 ERA) after beating the Pirates on the road last week. He’s 7-7 with a 4.07 ERA in 20 career starts against the Reds, including 1-1 with a 4.84 last year.

Volquez’s five career wins and 43 strikeouts are his most against any team, and his 1.37 ERA at Minute Maid Park is his best at any ballpark in which he’s made more htan on estart. He’s 5-0 with a 2.09 ERA ERA in his career against the Astros.

Here are the lineups:

ASTROS

CF Michael Bourn

C J.R. Towles

RF Hunter Pence

1B Brett Wallace

3B Chris Johnson

2B Matt Downs

LF Brian Bogusevic

SS Clint Barmes

LHP Wandy Rodriguez

REDS

CF Drew Stubbs

SS Edgar Renteria

1B Joey Votto

2B Brandon Phillips

LF Jonny Gomes

C Ramon Hernandez

RF Jay Bruce

3B Paul Janish

RHP Edinson Volquez

Tuesday’s Astros-Reds lineups

Here are the lineups for Tuesday’s game between Astros and Reds:

ASTROS

CF Michael Bourn

SS Angel Sanchez

RF Hunter Pence

LF Carlos Lee

1B Brett Wallace

2B Bill Hall

3B Chris Johnson

C Humberto Quintero

RHP Brett Myers

REDS

CF Drew Stubbs

SS Edgar Renteria

1B Joey Votto

2B Brandon Phillips

RF Jay Bruce

LF Jonny Gomes

3B Miguel Cairo

C Ryan Hanigan

RHP Homer Bailey

Astros-Reds postgame notes

Astros right fielder Hunter Pence put it best when he described Monday’s 6-1 loss to the Reds as “blah.” The most interesting thing to happen at Minute Maid Park came after the game when the team designated pitcher Nelson Figueroa for assignment and recalled left-hander Sergio Escalona from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Here are some postgame notes from Monday:

  • RF Hunter Pence extended his hitting streak to a season-long 13 games by hitting a triple in the first inning and a homer in the eighth. He’s hitting .352 (19-for-54) during the streak with two homers and 11 RBIs, and the streak ties for the third-longest of his career. The triple was the 19th of Pence’s career at Minute Maid Park, which ranks second in ballpark history behind Lance Berkman’s 20 triples.
  • CF Michael Bourn had two hits of two different left-handed pitchers Monday. He entered the game hitting .156 (5-for-32) against left-handers.
  • SS Clint Barmes has hit safely in six of his last seven games, batting .269 (7-for-26) in that span.
  • Astros pinch-hitters went 2-for-3 on Monday. In their past 17 plate appearances, Astros pinch-hitters are 6-for-14 (.429) with three walks.

Astros-Reds preview for Thursday

Astros reliever Brandon Lyon, who blew his fourth save in eight tries Wednesday, was scheduled to fly back to Houston on Thursday to be examined by team medical director Dr. David Lintner.

Lyon came on in the ninth inning Wednesday and the Astros leading 2-0 and allowed all five base runners to reach, with Jay Bruce doubling down the right-field line to score Joey Votto with the winning run. Lyon didn’t speak to reporters after the game, but the team announced early Thursday he was going to Houston.

MLB.com will keep you informed with latest Lyon updates.

Here are the lineups for Thursday’s series finale:

ASTROS

CF Michael Bourn

LF Jason Bourgeois

RF Hunter Pence

1B Brett Wallace

3B Chris Johnson

2B Bill Hall

SS Clint Barmes

C Humberto Quintero

RHP Brett Myers

REDS

CF Chris Heisey

SS Edgar Renteria

1B Joey Votto

2B Brandon Phillips

RF Jay Bruce

LF Jonny Gomes

C Ryan Hanigan

3B Paul Janish

RHP Homer Bailey

Astros-Reds postponed on Monday

Monday’s game between the Astros and Reds at Great American Ball Park was postponed because of a large rain storm that was due to move through the area. The game will be made up at 11:35 a.m. CT Thursday, which was originally an off day for both clubs.

The Astros will keep their pitching rotation in line, with left-hander J.A. Happ starting Tuesday’s 6:10 p.m. CT game, rookie Aneury Rodriguez making his first Major League start in Wednesday’s 11:35 a.m. game and Brett Myers working in the series finale Thursday.

The Reds will push back right-hander Mike Leake (3-0, 4.40 ERA) to start Tuesday against Happ, but will shuffle the remainder of their rotation. Left-hander Travis Wood (1-3, 6.82 ERA) will start Wednesday against Rodriguez

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