Sunday, April 19, 2009

Matchup for G12 - Reds at Astros

The Astros will try to ensure a split today as spot-starter Felipe Paulino will take on the Reds' Edinson Volquez. How will Paulino fare? Who's to say? He struggled in Spring Training, claims he feels better, and after dominating in two starts at Round Rock, will try his luck today in his first start since September 30, 2007 (vs. Atlanta - 6IP, 2H, 1W)

Edinson Volquez

Last start (Tuesday 7-6 win at Milwaukee):
5IP, 7H, 6ER, 4K:4BB;

So far this season Volquez has struggled in his two starts. Home versus the Mets on Apr 8, Volquez gave up 4ER in 4.1IP, and then gave up 6ER in 5IP at Milwaukee, but the Reds have managed to go 1-1 when he pitches. The problem could be in the number of pitches - 206 in 50 batters faced - and the GB/FB ratio of 18:14. Lefties are hitting .316, righties .318 this season. And if you get a first-pitch ball, get ready, because hitters are 7x18 (.389/.542/.722) off of him after 1-0. However, it doesn't change the fact that last year Volquez dominated the Astros in two starts, winning both.

2008 splits:

vs. HOU2-01.32 ERA/1.02 WHIP3 HR14K:2BB

July 30 AW6.1IP6H/1ER5K:1BB
Sept 23 AW7.1IP6H/1ER9K:1BB