Thursday July 25, 7:07 PM EST
3-7, 4.41 ERA........
5-7, 4.83 ERA
Bo Porter is defending Bedard's decision to remove himself from Saturday night's game against Seattle with a no-hitter in the seventh inning because of a pitch count of 109 and says he wouldn't have let the left-hander stay in past 120 pitches. Bedard chose to leave the game with one out in the seventh because he had 109 pitches, saying ``I've had three shoulder surgeries. I'm not going over 110 (pitches). I'd rather pitch a couple more years than face another batter.''
uehrle was charged with four runs (three earned) on 10 hits and three walks, while striking out five over seven innings, in a a loss to the Rays on Saturday. Buehrle was able to keep the ball in the yard, after surrendering three home runs in his last start, but the Blue Jays were unable to climb out of an early hole. Much to his credit, however, Buehrle gave his team a chance to get back into it with four scoreless innings to close the outing.
Friday July 26, 7:07 PM EST
4-4 4.78 ERA........
8-11 4.75 ERA
Lyles said that he lacked command of his fastball during his start Sunday against the Mariners, the Houston Chronicle reports. An error that could have been a double play in the second inning left Lyles with runners at first and second and nobody out, instead of a two-out situation with the bases empty. The inning spiraled out of control, including a Nick Franklin grand slam, but Lyles took responsibility for the big inning while suggesting that good pitchers would have continued to work effectively through a difficult spot. Lyles' recent struggles could jeopardize his job in the Astros' rotation, but manager Bo Porter has not hinted at a change just yet.
Dickey took his 11th loss of the season Sunday against the Rays, after giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk over six innings. Dickey struck out eight batters but also served up three dingers, and he's now tied for the major league lead with 23 home runs allowed. While he undoubtedly has more upside than do other pitchers with similar numbers, Dickey still seems unlikely to find his 2012 form before the end of this season. He'll carry a 4.75 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in to his next outing, which is scheduled for Friday against the last-place Astros.
Saturday July 27, 1:07 PM EST
4-5, 4.42 ERA........
Keuchel gave up one run over six innings in Monday's 4-3 loss to the Athletics. The Houston bullpen blew a 3-1 lead, so Keuchel's record still stands at 4-5. He was fantastic in June, but had a 6.00 ERA in his last three starts heading in to Monday's game. Keuchel will look to carry the momentum from Monday in to Saturday's outing against the Blue Jays.
Johnson lost for the fourth straight start in Toronto's 14-5 defeat to the Dodgers on Monday. While Johnson gave up a combined three earned runs in 12 innings in the first two games of his four-game skid, he's given up 12 earned runs over eight innings in his last two starts.
Sunday July 28, 1:07 PM EST
1-0 0.60 ERA.........
1-1 4.32 ERA
Cosart gave up two runs (one earned) on seven hits and three walks with four strikeouts in seven innings Tuesday against the A's. This was Cosart's second major league start and the team called him up from Triple-A Oklahoma City after he was sent back down prior to the All-Star break. He got into a little trouble early, but then settled in after the third inning, and figures to be able to stick in the Astros' rotation after two strong starts to kick off his big league career. He needed 115 pitches Tuesday and he'll be back at it Sunday in Toronto.
Redmond allowed three runs on seven hits over 5.2 innings Tuesday against the Dodgers. He struck out six, walked one and received no decision in the eventual loss. John Gibbons said the Jays would stretch Redmond out, and that they did, as he tossed 103 pitches. This was probably enough for him to hold onto his spot in the rotation for at least another outing or two, if not longer.