Astros ready for steady diet of leftys

Astros ready for steady diet of leftys
June 15, 2013, 9:30 am
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In his three years with the Astros, left-handed hitting catcher Jason Castro said he couldn’t recall a time when the Astros faced left-handed pitching four straight games.

That’s what’s in store for the Astros starting on Friday against the Chicago White Sox, who will throw left-hander Chris Sale (5-4, 2.68 ERA) in the opener.
For the four-game series, the White Sox will follow Sale with left-handers John Danks, Hector Santiago and Jose Quintana.

Castro, along with Carlos Pena, are two left-handed hitting regulars in the Houston lineup who will not start on Friday. Astros manager Bo Porter is going with an all right-handed hitting lineup. Catcher Carlos Corporan, who is hitting .321, and right fielder Jimmy Paredes are switch hitters.

“You pick your spots with Castro and Pena,” said Porter, in determining when to rest the pair. And facing a left-hander of Sale’s caliber is reason enough to rest Castro and Pena. Besides, either one could come in the game later to pinch hit or stay in the game.

“With Corp swinging a good bat, it’s a great opportunity for him to get a start and continue what he’s been doing all year,” said Castro. “He’s been amazing and I’m excited for what he’s been able to do.”

The Astros had an off day on Thursday after playing 20 games in 20 days without a day off.

“I take advantage of my days off,” said Castro. “It allows me an opportunity to recoup and get my legs underneath me. I’m always ready to come off the bench and pinch hit when I’m needed.”

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