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Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas Attendance: 38,012
Astros' Alvarez takes aim at Jays again
Toronto Blue Jays at Houston Astros
- The Blue Jays beat the Orioles, 12-3, on Thursday, with their 7-9 hitters combining for eight runs in the game. That ties the most runs scored by the Jays' 7-9 hitters in a game in franchise history (set three other times).
- The Astros are slugging .364 with two strikes this season, best in MLB. They have hit 41 home runs with two strikes, second best in baseball behind the Mariners (55).
- Michael Brantley has hit .382 against the Toronto Blue Jays in his career, currently the best by any player against the franchise in history (minimum 150 plate appearances). His .612 slugging percentage is the third highest against the team, behind only J.D. Martinez (.697) and Aaron Judge (.669).
- Cavan Biggio is hitting .178 with 15 strikeouts in his first 15 career games in MLB. His father, Hall-of-Famer Craig Biggio, hit .188 with 13 strikeouts in his first 15 career games.
- Gerrit Cole struck out 14 batters in his last start, his seventh game with at least 10 strikeouts, second most in MLB behind Chris Sale (eight). He is striking out 13.8 batters per nine innings this season, the highest rate by any pitcher through 14 starts of the season in the live ball era (since 1920).
- Reliever Ken Giles has posted a 1.08 ERA with a 1.04 WHIP in 25.0 innings with the Blue Jays this season. Roberto Osuna, who was traded to the Astros for Ken Giles last season, has a 2.08 ERA with a 0.73 WHIP in 30.1 innings this season.
- Strasburg has HR, single in 3rd, 5 RBIs
- Giants rally with 2 in 16th, run hits 6
- Sale snaps Fenway skid, BoSox 2-hit Jays
- Springer, Bregman spoil Trout's return
- Boone has profane rant, Yanks sweep Rays
Perhaps the most eagerly anticipated best-case scenario is unfolding for the Houston Astros.
While viewing the return of several injured players on the horizon, they also are witnessing an extraordinary first week from touted prospect Yordan Alvarez.
The Astros claimed the opener of their three-game series with the visiting Toronto Blue Jays 15-2 on Friday, and Alvarez again flashed his impressive power, finishing 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and three RBIs.
Alvarez will look to continue his hot streak when the teams meet again Saturday at Minute Maid Park.
The right-handed-batting designated hitter is the first player in franchise history with three home runs in his first four games, and he is 5-for-13 (.385). He is the youngest player (21 years, 352 days) with seven RBIs over his first four games since Manny Machado in 2012.
Alvarez slugged 23 home runs in 56 games for Triple-A Round Rock this year prior to his promotion on Sunday.
With the Astros awaiting the return of All-Stars Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and George Springer from the 10-day injured list, Alvarez has provided some thump in their absence. He is displaying a quality approach at the plate.
"There's just a lot that he's doing right that starts with the right mindset and mental aptitude to be at this level at an early age," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said of Alvarez, who turns 22 on June 27. "So I applaud him for his approach to his at-bats and how he's not letting the third deck get to him, he's not letting hitting in the middle of the order get to him. He's crushing."
Astros left-hander Framber Valdez (2-2, 2.73 ERA) on Saturday will make his second start and 16th appearance on the season. He pitched effectively in his previous start, allowing one run on five hits with seven strikeouts over seven innings. He did not factor into the decision of a 4-1 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on June 8.
Valdez, who made his big-league debut Aug. 21, 2018, went 4-1 as a rookie and is 6-1 with a 2.30 ERA over six career starts for Houston.
Left-hander Clayton Richard (0-2, 7.04 ERA) will start for the Blue Jays in the middle game of the series.
Richard, making his fifth start of the season, will face the Astros for the first time since 2012. He is 1-1 with a 4.79 ERA over three career starts against Houston.
The Blue Jays endured a scare Friday when rookie third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. took a pitch off the left hand in the first inning. Guerrero remained in the game briefly before departing with a left hand contusion. Subsequent X-rays were negative for Guerrero, who owns a .268/.333/.463 slash line with seven home runs and 19 RBIs over his first 40 games.
"Anytime you get hit in the hand that's scary," Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. "The X-rays are negative, so that's good news. He'll be day-to-day, so we'll see how he feels (Saturday).
"He stayed in the game but then he felt like it got swollen a little bit. That's why we decided to take him out and get X-rays."
--Field Level Media
Updated June 15, 2019
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Published: 2015-05-28 13:51:00
Updated: 2016-07-13 10:41:59
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