Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Matchup for G33 - Astros at Rockies

Felipe Paulino is making his return to the rotation tonight after nutting it so bad he pushed Russ Ortiz to the bullpen. It's almost as though Coop and Wade said, "Fine! You're going to suck that much? Well, just go back to the rotation then!" in high, squeaky voices. The starter/reliever splits are pretty dramatic. Let's look, again, shall we?

As starter: 17.2IP, 19H/5ER, 13K:4BB, 2.55 ERA / 1.30 WHIP.
As reliever: 3IP, 10H/7ER, 4K:6BB, 21.00 ERA / 5.33 WHIP.

In that vein, we're going to skip the splits for Paulino for today. We're all going to feel silly if Reliever Paulino is more telling than Starter Paulino. Stay tuned, and follow the live blog this evening.

Ubaldo Jimenez

Jimenez has done a few things in the last couple of years, like led the National League in starts in 2008 (with 34). Like finished 2nd in HR/9inn in 2008 - 0.498. Like he hasn't given up a home run this season. Jimenez has started six games this season, and had a rough GS2-4, but strung together good starts his last two times out. And we'll see how that HR blanking holds up after this series - Jimenez has only pitched in two games at Coors Field - 11IP, 13H/7ER, 9K:5BB.

Last three starts:

4/25 vLA48/63:47/1091/51
5/1 @SF75/35:29/12109/66
5/6 vSF75/16:19/10103/66

So Jimenez is a fly-ball pitcher in Coors Field, against a team that is figuring out how to hit the ball hard. This could be pleasant for the Astros, and Deputy Jason could have plenty of things of which to speak...

Let's do the splits:
vs Righties: 12x57, .211/.333/.246, 15K:7BB
vs Lefties: 21x67, .313/.427/.478, 15K:13BB

After First-Pitch Strikes (67): .268/.364/.321, 15K:6BB
After First-Pitch Balls (74): .228/.397/.386, 15K:14BB

RISP: 9x40, .225/.353/.275, 12K:8BB
Runners on: 16x60, .267/.403/.383, 15K:13BB
2OwRISP: 6x22, .273/.448/.318, 5K:6BB

This could go either way. He throws a lot of pitches, walks a lot of guys, hits a lot of guys (5 this season so far). Five of his six starts have come against NL West teams, in which he's 2-3.

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