Saturday, June 5, 2010

Recap for G55: Astros v. Cubs

Well well. The Cubs came into town, 28000+ people showed up, and got to see Felipe Paulino's first win of the season as the Astros prevail 3-1.

Why They Won

Because Felipe Paulino seems to be, maybe, possibly, the pitcher the Astros signed up for - turning into a bright spot on the roster. And because Berkman and Lee got on base three times each, with Berkman driving in two runs.

Astros Pitching

Paulino85/17:2120-81 (67.5%)26/11
Lindstrom10/01:08-6 (75%)2/2

Paulino threw first-pitch strikes to 20 of 31 batters. When throwing that first-pitch strike, the Cubs went 4x13 - meaning that, after a first-pitch ball, the Cubs were 1x9 (2BB). In his last four starts, he threw 28IP, 18H/5ER, 20K:14BB, and has held opponents to a .188/.291/.260 line and just four extra-base hits.

Astros hitting

The Astros had four extra-base hits - three doubles (Lee, Bourn, Berkman), and a triple by Pedro Feliz.

Lance had two RBI, giving him 25 on the season in his 41st game. Let's look at when Lance got his 25th RBI in his three previous seasons:

2009: G38
2008: G28
2007: G51

The Astros have been doing some things with the walks, as well. In the twelve games since drawing only one walk against the Rays on May 22, they have averaged 3.9 BB/game. Not surprisingly, they are 6-6 in those twelve games.

Multi-hit games: Bourn (3x4), Berkman (3x4)
0-fers: Blum (0x3), Quintero (0x4)

Pitch Count Hero: Lee (1x2, 2BB) - 20 pitches in four PAs
Pitch Count Punk: Berkman (3x4), and Feliz (1x4) - 14 pitches in four PAs

Man of the Match: Felipe Paulino. As if there was any doubt.

Goat of the Game: Pedro Feliz. I know he hit a triple, but he also ended two innings with the bases loaded.