Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Know Your Enemy: April 24

The Astros need to hit Mat Gamel, what, twice tonight for his body check of Jason Castro?

*The Astros will be facing 35-year old LHP OldStro Randy Wolf tonight at 7:10pm in Milwaukee.
*Wolf was drafted in the 2nd Round of the 1997 draft by the Phillies out of Pepperdine, where he was a freshman 1st-team All American, West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year, 2nd-team All-American, and West Coast Conference All-Star.
*Randy Wolf lives in Slash's old house. I bet it still smells of cocaine, boobies, and glitter.
*The Phillies let Randy Wolf go to free agency following the 2006 season, where he signed with the Dodgers for 2007, was granted free agency again, and signed with the Padres for 2008. On July 22, 2008 Ed Wade traded Chad Reineke to San Diego for Randy Wolf.
*In 2008, Chad Reineke made four appearances (three starts) for the Padres, going 2-1 with a 5.00 ERA/1.44 WHIP, with 13K:12BB, while Randy Wolf went 6-2 for the Astros down the stretch culminating in Hurricane Ike. He was allowed to walk for free agency again, where he went back to the Dodgers for 2008, and is now in the final year of a 3-year/$29.75m contract with the Brewers (team option for 2013).
*In 2012, Wolf has allowed 25H/15ER, 9K:5BB, 3HR, for an 8.80 ERA. His April 13 start at Atlanta saw him give up 9H/8er in 4.1IP for a Game Score of 11. That was his lowest Game Score since July 21, 2010, when he posted a stellar -3 (didn't know Game Scores could run in the negatives, did you?) by giving up 13H/12ER, 4K:2BB, 2HR at Pittsburgh in a 15-3 loss.
*Wolf is 8-5 against the Astros for his career, with a 2.98 ERA/1.07 WHIP. In his last three starts against Houston - all in 2011 - Wolf threw 22IP, 12H/2ER, 13K:5BB.
*At Miller Park, Wolf is 14-15 with a 4.31 ERA/1.45 ERA. He has allowed 40HR at Miller Park in 42 games, the second highest HR total he has allowed behind Philly's Veterans Stadium, where he gave up 50HR in 65 games.
*Against current Astros, he has allowed a .523 OPS, with Carlos Lee coming in 5x32 against Wolf, with a HR, 3K:3BB. Chris Snyder is 3x14 with 6K:4Bb, and Chris Johnson is 1x11 with 2Ks. Justin Maxwell is 1x2 with a homer.

*Bud Norris is making the 4th start of his 2012, coming in with a 4.26 ERA, with 16K:6BB. In his last start, he got the win by allowing 10H/4ER, 6K:2BB. This is his third road start of 2012.
*Only four Brewers have 9+ PAs against Norris, but Aramis Ramirez (10PAs) has a 1.650 OPS, Corey Hart (9PAs) has a 1.167 OPS, Ryan Braun (21PAs) has a .983 OPS, and Jonathan Lucroy brings up the rear with a .425 OPS in 10 PAs.
*Norris is 3-2 lifetime against the Brewers in seven starts, with a 4.14 ERA/1.38 WHIP. He's 0-0 in two career starts at Miller Park, with a 4.50 ERA/1.60 WHIP.
*The Astros are 3-0 in Norris' starts in 2012.

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