Friday, June 19, 2009

Matchup for G65 - Astros @ Twins

The Astros picked up the last game of the Rangers series, and will try to build on a little momentum in a weekend where the Brewers have the Tigers; Cards have the Royals; Reds have the White Sox; Pirates have the Rockies; and the Cubs have the Indians. It's worth noting that the Twins are 21-6 against National League opponents since the beginning of 2008.

Roy Oswalt

Oswalt turned in a great game against the Diam'n'back', but he has put in seven straight 6+ inning performances, and 10+ swinging strikes in four straight outings.

Last three starts:

6/1 vCOL76/18:26/13102/71
6/6 vPIT69/63:110/14105/70
6/13 @ARI75/15:29/12119/79

He's 2-1 in those last three starts, and was miserable against the Pirates, but his ERA is 4.37 on the season.

Let's do the splits:
vs Righties: 43x170, .253/.316/.441, 32K:13BB
vs Lefties: 45x151, .298/.338/.470, 31K:9BB

When swinging at the first pitch (44): .390/.390/.683, 3XBH
After First-Pitch Strikes (187): .237/.269/.362, 41K:5BB
After First-Pitch Balls (120): .291/.392/.524, 22K:17BB

RISP: 13x65, .200/.321/.292, 17K:10BB
Runners on: 32x130, .246/.322/.423, 28K:13BB
2OwRISP: 6x31, .194/.342/.226, 10K:5BB

When facing the first batter of the inning, Oswalt is allowing hits at a 27x81 clip: .333/.357/.580.

Kevin Slowey

And the Astros will be facing Twins pitcher Kevin Slowey, who is second in the AL in wins with nine, obviously going for his 10th win tonight.

Last three starts:

6/2 vCLE6.26/25:212/9102/67
6/7 @SEA4.210/42:24/1795/60
6/12 @CHC66/310:16/698/64

Let's do the splits:
vs Righties: 46x165, .279/.292/.442, 26K:2BB
vs Lefties: 53x157, .338/.371/.535, 35K:8BB

When swinging at the first pitch (43): .286/.286/.381, 2XBH
After First-Pitch Strikes (190): .306/.316/.478, 41K:2BB
After First-Pitch Balls (107): .319/.377/.553, 20K:8BB

RISP: 17x83, .205/.250/.325, 18K:4BB
Runners on: 37x135, .274/.308/.407, 24K:6BB
2OwRISP: 8x36, .222/.282/.278, 8K:1BB

This could be a pretty big challenge for the Astros, as you can see Slowey has a 6.1:1 K:BB ratio, second only to Roy Halladay.

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