Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Matchup for G126 - Astros @ Cardinals

It wouldn't be out of line to say that the hopes of the Astros season somewhat rest on tonight's game. If the Astros win tonight and tomorrow night, they'll pull within ten games of the Cardinals, and then there's a series with the Cubs next week....I know. Mathematically it's possible, but if the Astros don't fare well tonight and tomorrow, that's it. Tell Justice to get the tombstone ready again.

Roy Oswalt

At least we'll send Roy to the mound again, but if the Astros get blanked, what's the point? Nobody in the National League has more No Decisions than Roy, with 14. He's 7-4, but the Astros are 14-11 when he pitches, and the bullpen has blown five wins for him.

Last three starts:

8/11 @FLA59/63:28/1192/57
8/16 @MIL68/55:28/1294/65
8/21 vA'I73/02:015/9100/71

2009 road record: 4-2 (14 starts), 4.04 ERA/1.13 WHIP, 84.2IP, 62K:22BB
Career road record: 61-44 (143 games), 3.65 ERA/1.30 WHIP, 864.1IP, 6672K:222BB
Career vs. St. Louis: 9-7 (26 starts), 3.14 ERA/1.20 WHIP, 177.2IP, 132K:36BB
2009 vs. St. Louis: 0-1 (2 starts), 6.23 ERA/1.46 WHIP, 13IP, 8K:3BB

Let's do the splits:
vs Righties: .235/.295/.403, 54K:20BB
vs Lefties: .272/.314/.418, 62K:17BB

When swinging at the first pitch (80): .365/.365/.649, 12XBH
After First-Pitch Strikes (332): .209/.244/.305, 83K:10BB
After First-Pitch Balls (224): .282/.372/.487, 33K:27BB

RISP: 24x112, .214/.328/.339, 28K:17BB
Runners on: 51x219, .233/.312/.397, 44K:23BB
2OwRISP: 9x52, .173/.317/.231, 18K:8BB

Joel Pineiro

Last three appearances:

8/9 @PIT79/36:016/699/71
8/15 vSD6.27/35:115/7106/70
8/20 @SD7.24/17:211/8109/68

13 of Pineiro's last 14 starts have been considered Quality.

Let's do the splits:
vs Righties: .268/.294/.373, 44K:6BB
vs Lefties: .261/.287/.365, 35K:12BB

When swinging at the first pitch (86): .342/.341/.506, 10XBH (1HR)
After First-Pitch Strikes (339): .255/.278/.350, 60K:8BB
After First-Pitch Balls (225): .250/.290/.346, 19K:10BB

RISP: 43x130, .331/.350/.508, 16K:3BB
Runners on: 71x236, .301/.321/.436, 28K:6BB
2OwRISP: 16x56, .286/.322/.464, 6K:2BB