Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Matchup for G21 - Astros at Reds

Apparently the Astros are so in awe of Roy's pitching against Cincinnati that they can't hit him, either. But happy happy, Hunter Pence came through with the 10th straight Astros win at Great American Ballpark - longest active road winning streak in the Majors. Be sure to tune in to Astros County this evening as Deputy Jason carries his 2-1 Live Blogging against the Reds! Game starts at 6:05 Central.

Wandy Rodriguez

Wandy has turned himself into the #2 starter everyone hoped he would be with four quality starts in four attempts so far this season. The last time he faced the Reds - on April 18 - he threw 7IP, 2H, 0ER, 10K:2BB. In fact, his worst outing of the season was April 12 against the Cardinals when he gave up 5H/3ER in 6IP at Beck's Stadium in a 3-0 loss. Here's the worrying part, though, because Old Wandy might do his thing - that was his only road start. So we should learn more about what 2009 holds for SP2 tonight when he faces Aaron Harang.

One troubling fact of Wandy's 2009 campaign is the complete lack of run support. Apart from the 7-0 win vs the Reds, Wandy has received two runs of offense to work with - the Astros getting shut out at St. Louis and vs the Dodgers.

Last two starts:




vCIN7IP2H/0ER10K:2BB4GB/8FB
vLAD6IP5H/1ER4K:2BB11GB/7FB


My favorite stat of Wandy's is that so far he has allowed nary a homer. And over his last two starts, Wandy has an ERA of 0.69 with a 0.85 WHIP.

Against the Reds the last time out, here's how Wandy fared:












Taveras0x41K:0BB
Hairston Jr1x40K:0BB
Votto1x41K:0BB
Phillips0x20K:1BB
Encarnacion0x21K:1BB
Nix0x33K:0BB
Hernandez0x21K:1BB
Gonzalez0x31K:0BB
Harang0x22K:0BB
Dickerson0x10K:0BB


FPS: 16
FPB: 8

Aaron Harang

Did you realize Aaron Harang was 6'7"? Jeez. Did you also know that Aaron Harang will make $14 million this year? Last time against our chosen team, Harang got nut-thwacked, as he was on the wrong end of that 7-0 loss, but he did get 11 swinging strikes off the Astros. In fact, the game against Houston was his worst on this young season, as he had three quality starts to sandwich his aforementioned nut-thwacking. In fact, Harang followed up the Astros start with a 7IP, 7H/0ER performance - where he got 13 swinging strikes to the Cubs. How did it go against the Astros?














Bourn1x53K:0BB
Tejada1x40K:0BB
Berkman0x41K:1BB
Lee3x30K:1BB
Michaels0x10K:0BB
Pence2x41K:0BB
Blum3x40K:0BB
Pudge2x40K:0BB
Smith0x42K:0BB
Wandy0x32K:0BB
Erstad1x10K:0BB


FPS: 17
FPB: 12

Contrast that to the Cubs game in which...

FPS: 16
FPB: 13

Which Aaron Harang will show up? Stay tuned for the exciting conclusion...

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