Monday, July 20, 2009

Matchup for G93 - Cardinals @ Astros

Three game set with the Cardinals at Minute Maid Park - first time all season the Cardinals have been in Houston, where last season the Cardinals were 4-5. The Astros come in 46-46, 4GB of St. Louis (so this is a big series), have won 6 of their last 10, and 14 of their last 22 overall. The Cardinals come into this series having just taken two of three from the Dia'n'back', but who are 12-13 in their last 25 games. To kick it off, the Astros will send Brian Moehler (imagine the fading kazoo here) to the mound.

Brian Moehler
Moehler has thrown quality starts in five of his last six starts, a span that has seen his ERA drop from 6.95 to 5.08. He was on pace to get a QS in the one game that wasn't, but was pulled after errors stopped his progress, and he had thrown 92 pitches in 5IP. In those six starts since giving up 5ER in 3IP against the Cubs, Moehler has thrown 35.2IP, 29H/11ER, 22K:13BB, 2.78 ERA, and opponents hitting .218/.293/.444 off him.

Last three starts:

7/1 @SD64/18:45/9115/74
7/7 vPIT6.13/34:210/886/55
7/12 vWAS6.17/02:213/10103/64

Let's do the splits:
vs Righties: 55x141, .390/.430/.695, 19K:8BB
vs Lefties: 38x178, .213/.284/.365, 32K:17BB

When swinging at the first pitch (42): .450/.463/.800, 8XBH
After First-Pitch Strikes (173): .278/.316/.500, 34K:8BB
After First-Pitch Balls (137): .256/.353/.427, 17K:17BB

RISP: 24x85, .282/.361/.447, 13K:11BB
Runners on: 41x142, .289/.354/.472, 21K:14BB
2OwRISP: 7x37, .189/.250/.270, 8K:3BB

Kyle Lohse

And Kyle Lohse will be starting for the Cardinals! Lohse has been dealing with injuries this season, making just one start between May 23 and July 12, and he got the loss at Wrigley in his first start back.

Last start:

7/12 @CHC58/42:38/1396/60

Let's do the splits:
vs Righties: 36x128, .281/.324/.438, 23K:6BB
vs Lefties: 25x107, .234/.320/.439, 18K:13BB

When swinging at the first pitch (34): .387/.406/.581, 4XBH
After First-Pitch Strikes (124): .237/.266/.424, 25K:3BB
After First-Pitch Balls (102): .244/.363/.407, 16K:16BB

RISP: 13x48, .271/.368/.563, 6K:7BB
Runners on: 24x81, .296/.396/.568, 15K:12BB
2OwRISP: 4x24, .167/.259/.333, 4K:3BB

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