Thursday, June 18, 2009

Matchup for G64 - Astros @ Rangers

So the Astros try to avoid the season sweep by interleague "rivals" the Texas Nolans. When was the last time the Astros were swept in a season series (where there are two separate stings of 3+ games)? You're going to love this: Never. Not once. They've been swept in interleague play by a bunch of teams, but only in three-game spurts. Never in the history of the franchise have the Astros played at least four games against one team and lost all of them.

So who do they send to the hill?

Brandon Backe

Like you, I have no idea what to expect from Backe tonight. General consensus is that he's going to get it handed to him. But how many times have we thought that about Backe in the past? Too bad this isn't a playoff game, he'd be lights out. We're not going to do any sort of statistical analysis, because it really doesn't count for much. In four appearances - all in relief - Backe has yet to record more more than nine outs. He has thrown 68 and 56 pitches in his last two appearances, respectively, but again only getting nine outs in both. He has given up runs in all four appearances. In his last appearance, a 3IP, 5ER outing, Backe recording only 1 groundball out.

Of course, he could go out and dominate. But the way he's pouting (see previous posts), I'm not so sure. He faces...

Vicente Padille

Padilla, with or without his flotilla, enjoyed some success once already in interelague play in his last outing with the Dodgers. He comes in with a 5-3 record and a 4.82 ERA.

Last three starts:

6/2 @NYY3.27/71:412/489/46
6/7 @BOS74/24:410/999/59
6/12 vLAD54/02:38/9108/71

Let's do the splits:
vs Righties: 22x113, .195/.266/.265, 15K:8BB
vs Lefties: 43x135, .319/.429/.437, 18K:23BB

When swinging at the first pitch (34): .267/.333/.333, 2XBH
After First-Pitch Strikes (127): .237/.286/.339, 21K:6BB
After First-Pitch Balls (128): .290/.438/.390, 12K:25BB

RISP: 19x70, .271/.366/.343, 7K:7BB
Runners on: 33x114, .289/.397/.368, 15K:16BB
2OwRISP: 6x27, .222/.323/.333, 4K:2BB

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