Interleague Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, July 26
(All times eastern)
Miami Marlins (49-53) at Houston Astros (42-61), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Miami - Tom Koehler (6-7, 3.85)
Houston - Jarred Cosart (9-6, 4.23)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Jarred Cosart tries to get himself right on Saturday
when the Houston Astros continue a three-game series with the Miami Marlins at
Minute Maid Park.
Cosart has been as consistent a starter the woeful Astros have had this year,
throwing at least five innings in all but one of his starts. However, he's
allowed 14 earned runs in 15 2/3 innings in his last three outings and is 9-6
on the year with a 4.23 ERA.
The 24-year-old righty, who has never faced the Marlins, did not get a
decision on Sunday in Chicago, as the White Sox reached him for four runs (3
earned) and seven hits in five innings of his team's 11-7 win.
"I was hoping to go six or seven even after the first; just come out and have
some quick innings," Cosart said. "But it's baseball. I got a lot of ground
balls. Obviously I didn't get the results and didn't go as long as I wanted
to, but I thought I made some good adjustments to start the second half that I
can only build off of and get better."
With a win on Saturday Cosart would become the first Astros pitcher to 10 wins
since Lucas Harrell won 11 in 2012. No one on the staff had more than seven
victories a season ago.
Houston is 11-8 in his starts this season.
Miami, meanwhile, will counter with righty Tom Koehler, who will be trying for
his first win since July 2. Koehler did not get a decision on Monday in
Atlanta, but pitched well, surrendering one run and five hits in 6 2/3 innings
of a 3-1 win.
He is 6-7 overall on the year with a 3.85 ERA.
In Friday's opener, Jeff Mathis stroked a two-run double during the seventh
inning and Brad Hand tossed 7 1/3 effective innings as Miami topped the
Astros, 2-0. Donovan Solano and Giancarlo Stanton both supplied two hits for
the Marlins, who have won five of their last six games.
Hand (2-2) allowed just three hits and two walks with four strikeouts to earn
his second straight victory.
"That was a tremendous effort by Brad tonight," Marlins manager Mike Redmond
said. "He was pounding the strike zone and was in complete control of the
Jose Altuve, Jason Castro and Gregorio Petit accounted for the Astros' three
hits and starter Dallas Keuchel (9-7) gave up just two unearned runs on nine
hits with no walks and seven strikeouts in Houston's third straight defeat.
"I don't think I lost it. I just think there were some bad breaks," said
Keuchel. "I think I've been pitching well. It's just that the results haven't
This is the first series between the teams since 2012, when Houston was still
a member of the National League.
07/26 10:20:10 ET