Saturday, May 15, 2010

Recap for G35: Astros @ Giants

So I guess we're back to Opening Day. The Astros got rickrolled by the Giants, once again, 8-2.

Why They Lost

Because Felipe Paulino needed 100 pitches to get 14 outs - and in between allowed eight hits and walked four batters, with two wild pitches. And because the Astros only had four PAs with RISP, and got one hit.

Astros Pitching

Paulinio4.28/77:4100-60 (60%)16/15
Chacin1.12/01:023-16 (69.6%)2/2
Moehler10/00:116-8 (50%)4/1
Fulchino12/11:016-10 (62.5%)1/4

Jeebus, Paulino. Let's look at the pitch counts that Paulino let the Giants see:

Swinging at the first pitch: 5 (0x4, sac)
First-pitch ball: 8 (3x7, 2K:2BB)
First-pitch strike: 18 (5x12, 5K:2BB)

Of Paulino's four walks, three came with two strikes, and the other one came after a first-pitch strike. What do you do with this guy? McTaggart pointed out that the Astros have lost 14 of Paulino's last 15 starts. One start after throwing arguably the best game of his career, he comes out and does this - where he throws a game resulting in his worst game score of the season. In 10.2IP on the road this season, he has allowed 14H/12ER, 10K:7BB.

Astros hitting

They just got beat. Here's the breakdown:

Called strikes: 32
Swinging strikes: 6
Foul balls: 18
In-play strikes: 26

So they made contact on 44 pitches, swung and missed on just six.

Your 0-fers for the night: Keppinger (0x3), Lee (0x4), Manzella (0x3), Cash (0x3)

Houston got multi-hit games from Berkman (2x4, RBI) and Pence (3x4, HR), with Bourn and Paulino getting the two other hits. So the Astros have three regular starters hitting under .220: Feliz (.217), Lee (.192), Manzella (.184).

Following up on the numbers Pence has put up since getting benched on May 7, we can update that to a seven-game hitting streak, he's now 11x25, with four homers/two doubles, and eight RBI and has raised his average 42 points.

Pitch Count Hero: Manzella (0x3, BB) - 23 pitches in four PAs.
Pitch Count Punk: Feliz (0x4) - 9 pitches in four PAs.

Man of the Match: Hunter Pence!

Goat of the Game: Felipe Paulino!