Series Preview: Blue Jays vs. Astros, August 23-25, 2013

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Toronto Blue Jays (57-71 .445 17.5 GB) vs. Houston Astros (41-85 .325 32.5 GB)

FRI 8:10PM EDT (SNET):
Todd Redmond (1-1 3.32 ERA) vs. Jordan Lyles (5-6 5.19 ERA)

SAT 7:10PM EDT (SNET):
Chien-Ming Wang (1-1 7.13 ERA) vs. Brad Peacock (2-4 5.59 ERA)

SUN 2:10PM EDT (SNET):
Mark Buehrle (9-7 4.23 ERA) vs. Dallas Keuchel (5-7 5.11 ERA)

 

TEAM PROFILE

Coming off a disastrous series in New York, the Jays couldn’t ask for a better opponent to help them get things on track. In Houston the focus is clearly on the future as the Astros have the worst record in baseball and seem poised to once again lose more than 100 games.

 

INJURY REPORTS

Toronto Blue Jays

  • Jose Bautista RF – Aug 21: 15-day DL
  • Maicer Izturis 2B – Aug 21: 15-day DL
  • Colby Rasmus OF – Aug 12: 15-day DL
  • Juan Perez RP – Aug 10: 60-day DL
  • Josh Johnson – Aug 7: 15-day DL
  • Steve Delabar RP – Aug 3: 15-day DL
  • Melky Cabrera LF – Aug 2: 15-day DL
  • Dustin McGowan RP – Aug.1: 15-day DL
  • Ramon Ortiz SP – Jun 3: 15-day DL
  • Brandon Morrow SP – Jun 1: 60-day DL
  • Luis Perez RP – Feb 23: 60-day DL

Houston Astros

  • Max Stassi C – Aug 23: 7-day DL
  • Carlos Corporan C – Aug 20: 7-day DL
  • J.D. Martinez OF – Jul 27: 15-day DL
  • Edgar Gonzalez RP – May 26: 15-day DL
  • Alex White SP – Mar 30: 60-day DL

 

STATS & STREAKS

Toronto Blue Jays
  • Todd Redmond has allowed just one run over his last 11 1/3 innings
Houston Astros
  • Jason Castro and Chris Carter are the only regulars with an OPS above .700
  • Among Houston starters only Bud Norris and Erik Bedard have ERAs under 5
  • The Astros have lost 17 of their last 20 at home

 

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES

The Jays lead the season series 3-1… Houston is the youngest team in MLB with 14 rookies on the active roster

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