Bautista leads the major leagues in percentage of balls thrown to him at 47 percent, Sportsnet has reported. The early-season slump by cleanup hitter Edwin Encarnacion has contributed to a willingness to pitch around him. Bautista already has 25 walks, which puts him on pace for 200 for the season.
"His discipline has been off the charts because even the strikes he's taken have been marginal pitches, pitchers' pitches," said hitting coach Kevin Seitzer. "He's got to stay right there, take his walks and trust the guys behind him because if he starts expanding just to put balls in play, then he's going to struggle."
Bautista owns a .262/.467/.569 stat line.Analysis:
Middlebrooks, who has been dealing with a calf injury, will play for Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday. A determination will then be made as to when he is ready to come back.Analysis:
Ellsbury, however, told the Newark Star-Ledger that the calf wrap merely served as "maintenance."Analysis:
Figueroa threw just one pitch in the game, hitting a batter. He immediately began shaking his arm and was removed after a visit from the trainer. The team will likely have him undergo an MRI. Figueroa owns a 4.00 ERA and 3:3 K:BB ratio in nine innings.Analysis:
Albers may not be able to pitch Wednesday either, but the team doesn't see the injury as a major issue. He has allowed just one earned run in 10 innings while striking out eight and walking three in eight appearances.Analysis:
It's been a rough beginning to the season for Carter, who was 1 for 19 over his previous seven games before Tuesday's two-hit performance. He now owns a .148/.264/.279 line in 61 at-bats.Analysis:
Fields' first save came all the way back on April 2, and three Astros relievers have shared the team's five saves thus far. It was Fields' turn Tuesday, and he turned in a 1-2-3 inning to pick up the save. He owns a 2.00 ERA and 11:4 K:BB ratio in nine innings.Analysis:
McHugh (1-0) was making his first start in place of Scott Feldman, who is on the disabled list with a biceps injury, and he couldn't have asked for a better performance, ceding just three singles while throwing 61 of his 89 pitches for strikes. He's on track to square off with the A's Sunday.Analysis:
Ramirez (1-3) surrendered home runs in the first and second inning but settled down after that, pitching four scoreless innings before coming out. However, he was no match for Astros starter Collin McHugh, who turned in a gem to deliver a loss to the Mariners starter. Ramirez has posted a 6.75 ERA and 20:11 K:BB ratio in 24 innings. Thanks to two off-days in the next week, he's lined up to face the Yankees next Tuesday if the team decides not to skip his spot in the rotation.Analysis:
Soria got out to a slow start this April, recording just one save in his first five appearances while giving up four earned runs in five innings. However, he's tossed four scoreless innings in his last four appearances, racking up four saves while not allowing any hits or walks. He owns a 4.00 ERA and 9:2 K:BB ratio in nine innings.Analysis: