BOSTON -- Brad Peacock, who was the starting pitcher for Saturday's game against the Red Sox, was paired up with catcher Carlos Corporan for the first time this season. Corporan was looking forward to working with Peacock and helping him pound the strike zone and become more efficient.
"We're trying to stay in the middle of the plate and trying to get ahead," Corporan said. "When you get ahead, everything takes care of itself. The bad thing is when you fall behind. We're going to try to get more of the plate early in the count and try to throw first-pitch strikes."
Astros starters have been anything but efficient this year, thanks to too many deep counts. That has taken its toll on the bullpen, so the club is stressing to its starters worked more efficiently. Peacock had yet to pitch past the fifth inning in any of his first four starts.
"My goal is going to be find out the best pitch and work ahead and get right at those guys and get some outs," Corporan said. "He likes to attack hitters. He has a good fastball and a changeup he can throw at any time."
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