So I got to wondering after yesterday's game, we all know that Roy's a gamer. Comes up big in big spots. I was curious about his stats in 2009 based on where the Astros were in the standings.
So what we have here is a look at Roy's game log from 2009 through yesterday. How does Roy fare when the Astros are within 5.5 games of 1st place, compared to how he does when the Astros are more than 5.5 games out of 1st at the close of play.
Roy has pitched in 11 games, or 72.2IP, when the Astros are within 5.5 games of 1st: Roy is 4-2 with a 2.85 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP.
Roy has also pitched in 13 games, or 75.1IP, when the Astros are outside of 5.5 games of 1st: He's 2-2 with a 5.11 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP.
Do what you want with these. I'm certainly not implying that Roy lacks focus when the Astros aren't within 5.5 games of first place. It's just interesting to note.
If time allows I'll go back and check this against the last five years and see what we see (unless someone else calls doing the legwork first)