Friday, August 7, 2009

Matchup for G109 - Brewers @ Astros

The Brewers come into this weekend series 54-54, four games back of the Cubs and one game up on the Astros. They're coming off a series in Los Angeles in which they took two of three from the Dodgers, yet were outscored 23-14 (a 17-4 loss will do that, though). The Brewers are 9-11 since the All-Star Break.

The Astros are 53-55, and have lost 9 of 12 since getting our hopes up by sweeping the Cardinals. In those 12 games, the Astros have been outscored 43-85.

The Brewers and Astros have met up six times already this season, with a 4-2 advantage going to the visiting team as all six of those games were in Houston. Three of them were one-run affairs (Astros going 1-2), and five of the six have been decided by two runs or fewer (Astros 2-3).

Bud Norris
The Troof! Bud Norris makes his home debut this evening (Deputy Jason will be in attendance, and will provide some commentary this weekend) as Astros fans grasp at anything tangible to get excited about. It'll be interesting to see the attendance for tonight.

Last two appearances:

7/29 @CHI33/14:11/752/33
8/2 @StL72/05:49/991/55

Second career start for the Troof, so we have a very limited sample to deal with. Nevertheless, let's do the splits:
vs Righties: .143/.240/.190, 4K:3BB
vs Lefties: .154/.267/.154, 5K:2BB

When swinging at the first pitch (5): .000/.000/.000, 0XBH
After First-Pitch Strikes (20): .111/.150/.111, 7K:1BB
After First-Pitch Balls (15): .273/.467/.364, 2K:4BB

RISP: 1x7, .143/.125/.143, 4K:0BB
Runners on: 2x14, .143/.188/.143, 5K:1BB
2OwRISP: 0x3, .000/.000/.000, 3K:0BB

Carlos Villanueva

Villanueva will be making his third start, and 46th appearance, for the Brewers tonight. He's 2-8 with a 5.98 ERA coming in.

Last three appearances:

7/24 vATL11/10:025/152/2
7/28 vWAS48/52:110/767/47
8/2 @SD52/03:45/779/47

Villanueva, as you can see from his aforementioned stats, has had a little bit of a rough go of it. He's had five blown saves, and hasn't factored on the pleasant end of a decision since May 25. But bless those Brewers' hearts, they keep running him out there. And last game it paid off, though he didn't get the win. That was the first game Villanueva has pitched in that the Brewers have won since July 4 (seven games)

vs. HOU (2009): 1-1, 3.00 ERA/1.20 WHIP, 15IP, 12H/5ER, 14K:6BB
vs. HOU (career): 1-2 (14 games), 3.56 ERA/1.12 WHIP, 30.1IP, 26H/12ER, 32K:8BB
@ Minute Maid (car): 0-2 (7 games), 6.91 ERA/1.61 WHIP, 17H/11ER, 15K:6BB

Let's do the splits:
vs Righties: .286/.369/.462, 16K:12BB
vs Lefties: .263/.320/.458, 28K:9BB

When swinging at the first pitch (23): .368/.368/.579, 2XBH
After First-Pitch Strikes (110): .240/.282/.346, 29K:6BB
After First-Pitch Balls (102): .291/.402/.570, 15K:15BB

RISP: 15x50, .300/.435/.560, 7K:12BB
Runners on: 28x83, .337/.427/.590, 14K:13BB
2OwRISP: 6x23, .261/.452/.348, 3K:8BB

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