Russ Ortiz will attempt to build on the last four innings of his last outing and string some innings together where he isn't pushing a pitch count limit by the end of the third inning. This will be his third start of the season.
Last two starts:
Here's the thing. In those 9.2IP, Ortiz has faced 44 batters, walked seven, given up hits to six, and thrown 215 pitches. An average of 22 pitches per inning. That's a lot.
First-pitch strikes: 28 (.167/.276/.333), with 10K:4BB.
First-pitch balls: 31 (.292/.452/.375), 1K:7BB
Handy Manny is another Brewers SP whose season hasn't exactly started as planned, starting out 0-3 with an 8.16 ERA / 1.74 WHIP. He did mix in one quality start, but here you go...
I imagine we'll see Keppinger in the lineup today - righties hitting .256/.333/.488 off Parra while lefties are hitting .333/.474/.467. The Astros saw a lot of Parra last year:
|May 3 A||4IP||9H/5ER||3K:4BB||8GB/8FB|
|May 30 H||6IP||4H/1ER||6K:4BB||4GB/12FB|
|June 11 A||5.1IP||10H/5ER||3K:0BB||9GB/11FB|
|July 25 H||6IP||8H/3ER||5K:2BB||14GB/5FB|
|Aug 20 H||5IP||6H/2ER||2K:4BB||10GB/7FB|
Vs. HOU: 3-2, 26.1IP, 37H/16ER, 19K:14BB, 5.47 ERA / 1.94 WHIP