Mike Hampton makes his 4th start of the season, and his second at home tonight. In his last two starts Hampton has thrown quality starts and 100 pitches each, and is throwing an average of 66.5% strikes - 43 looking and 22 swinging. Walks are down, too. After walking four batters in his first start at St. Louis, Hampton has walked two batters - one in each start.
First-pitch strikes: 38 (.371/.425/.400), with 10K:3BB. Bizarre, huh?
First-pitch balls: 25 (.136/.231/.136), 8K:3BB
With RISP, hitters are 3x13, .231/.286/.308
You know Jeff Suppan. He's 2-7 vs Houston from his time in St. Louis and Milwaukee, with a 5.34 ERA. He only made one start vs. the Astros last season - at home - and lost. Throwing 6IP, 11H/8ER, 3K:1BB, Suppan took the loss on July 27.
Here's Suppan this season so far. He looked good last start, but those first two starts? Eh...
Of his 239 pitches thrown, only 135 of those were strikes. And in his last start, his stuff got a little better, as he had 17 strikes looking - but 20 his last time out at CitiField.