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For all that's been made of how Jordan Schafer fits into the Astros' new patience
profile of higher walk and strikeout totals, there's another element of the game that he
adds to a team with little. In replacing Michael Bourn, whom he was traded for, Schafer
provides one of the few significant base-stealing threats on the roster. Through the Astros' 1-0 victory Friday, Schafer maintains a pace for 56 steals and 20
times caught, putting him roughly at the threshold of success that must be maintained to
make it a worthwhile endeavor at all. His career numbers of 35 steals and nine times
caught are far greater than his ratio of 87:50 in the minors, when he was really
struggling with the art despite great speed. "I never felt comfortable stealing bases (in the minors)," Schafer said. "I still have
some stuff I need to work on, but I feel very comfortable doing it now." Schafer gives plenty of credit for those who have helped him ...
BEST OF MAXIM
HOUSTON Sometimes there is accomplishment even in defeat, something the Astros made clear as they concluded their nine-game home stand with an extra-inning loss to the Marlins Wednesday night.
On Tuesday night they rallied against long odds and Marlins right-hander Anibal Sanchez to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, then nearly did so again in the series finale before falling...
Date: April 16, 2012 vs. Washington Nationals
Top 1: J.D. Martinez struck out swinging against Stephen Strasburg (5 pitches)
Top 4: Martinez struck out swinging against Strasburg (3 pitches)
Top 6: Martinez walked against Strasburg (9 pitches)
Top 7: Martinez struck out swinging against Ryan Mattheus (4 pitches)
Top 9: Martinez struck out swinging against Henry Rodriguez...
Entering the 2012 season, oft-injured Houston Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie hadn't appeared in more than 88 major league games in a season. But he has remained healthy thus far, and the Stanford product is batting .301 with a .387 on-base percentage and some power.
Bud Norris allowed three hits in six sharp innings and the Houston Astros edged the Pittsburgh Pirates 1-0 on Friday night.
Brian Bogusevic singled and scored in the second on a double-play grounder to provide all the offense the Astros needed in support of Norris (3-1), who struck out eight without walking a batter.
Brett Myers pitched the ninth for his ninth save.
I said before this series started that I wanted to see the Pirates go at least 6-3. They need a sweep of the Astros to get there. Bud Norris goes for the Astros against the recently excellent James McDonald. First pitch tonight is at 7:05.
The Pirates open a three-game series with the Houston Astros on Friday night at PNC Park. Right-hander James McDonald will pitch for the Bucs. The Astros will toss righty Bud Norris.
Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.
1. Featured Game: Kansas City at Chicago AL, 20:10 ET
2. Lightly Annotated Video: Felipe Paulino’s Season Debut
3. Other Notable Games (Including MLB.TV Free Game)
4. Today’s Complete Schedule
Featured Game: Kansas City at Chicago AL, 20:10 ET
Of Particular Note Regarding This Game
That took a bit of the sting off of the previous loss. Pirates need the rubber game though. Do the Pirates even have a Sunday lineup? First Pitch: 1:35 PM EST Where to Watch: Root Sports, MLB.TV, FS-H Wandy Rodriguez, LHP (33) Can we please make something very clear right off the top. Wandy [...]
Can’t win em all I guess. First Pitch: 7:05 Where To Watch: Root Sports, MLB.TV, FS-H Bud Norris, RHP (27) Astros? Bud? It seems like the Pirates are playing against the SPCA. Thankfully that isn’t his real name. His real name is David. Not sure where bud came from so I’ll just assume [...]