Monday, May 4, 2009

Matchup for G26 - Astros at Nationals

Pointlessly short two-game series against the Nationals in what should prove to be an empty stadium as the Astros try to extend their two-game road winning streak, a two-series road winning streak, and have won five of their last seven road games. Brian Moehler will come off the DL in a start against Washington's John Lannan.

Brian Moehler:

Who knows what to expect from Brian Moehler? I feel like he is owed, and this is even retroactive on my part, a little slack and credit because he was basically pitching hurt. Apparently the tide turned in the massacre at Corpus when catcher Koby Clemens went out to the mound and asked Moehler what he wanted to do. Moehler said "Let's throw changeups." And that was it.

So we're not going to list any stats for Moehler, because he's really starting anew tomorrow. Of course, if he nuts it, then that's different.

John Lannan

Lannan is 0-3 on the year with a 4.61 ERA, but not taking into account his first start of the season - OD09 @ Florida, he's 0-2 with a 2.96 ERA and 26H/8ER, 17K/7BB. He has not been getting many swinging strikes - no more than eight in a game, and three in his last start @ Philadelphia.

Last three starts:

4/17 vs FLA6.13/18:16/799/65
4/22 vs ATL75/04:213/995/60
4/28 @ PHI59/32:114/883/53

Interesting Splits:
Home: 13.1IP, 8H/1ER, 12K:3BB, 0.68 ERA/0.83 WHIP
After FPB: 8x41, 5K:5BB, .195/.298/.415
After FPS: 17x54, 13K:2BB, .315/.339/.537
RISP: 8x21, 3K:2BB, .381/.458/.810
W/2 outs: 16x41, 5K:4BB, .390/.457/.610

Lannan only appeared once against the Astros in 2008: a May 8 win at Minute Maid Park, getting the win in an 8-3 victory. I knew this, because this was one of the games I attended last year.