With our road record now a sparkling 3-21, the Astros get to spend 3 days in fun filled, exciting Milwaukee. With all the fun filled activities there in exciting downtown Milwaukee, I guess I can understand how the Stros players might could have found other things to do besides working on hitting and fielding on their off day, so I guess I’ll just have to be understanding if they forgot their lessons learned on Wednesday about how to hit in the 8th.
Milwaukee is 23 -23 and just completed a 3 game sweep of the dynamic Colorado Rockies.
I had thought that Milwaukee was gonna be better than us this year – I hate it when I’m right about stuff like that – but what impresses me is that they are doing it without Ben Sheets – the hitters are hitting – all the regulars except Junior Spivey have an OBP over .340 and Jeff Cirillo has remembered how to hit (I’m glad – never understood what on earth happened to him…)
Their pitchers, except for Gary Glover – ERA 5.60 – and Doug Davis, have ERAs under 4 and their bullpen has been great. Doug Melvin found Danny Kolb on the trash heap and made him closer last year and this year, he got Derrick Turnbow in the Angel’s discard pile and he’s done fairly well, too – 2.95 ERA, very few walks, lots of Ks – he’s 4-1 with 6 saves and 2 BS.
Roy Oswalt, RHP vs Doug Davis, LHP:
(all stats fom thebaseballcube.com, yahoo.com and espn.com)
Roy has been the victim of poor run support, poor relief and lousy fielding more than once – in fact 4 times – he has 2 lousy games – Opening Day, and the game he pitched when he had pneumonia and gave up 7 ER.
this year: 5-5 in 10 GS, averaging over 7 IP/ start with 8 QS – 7 HR, 18 BB and 53 K with a 3.38 ERA
vs.MIL: 9 – 4 in 14 GS with 3 CG and 2 SO – 6 HR, 21 BB, 92 K over 92.2 IP with a 3.30 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and a .241 BAA.
@ Miller Park: 4 – 3 in 8 GS with 4 HR, 12 BB, 42 K over 44.2 IP with a 5.44 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and a .286 BAA
Doug Davis, LHP - drafted in the 10th round by the Rangers in 96, glanced at the grass in 99 and came up for good in 2000. He relieved some, and started some, had a 5.38 ERA in 98.2 IP. The next year, A-Rod joined the Rangers and they went from decent to el-sucko even though Davis went 11-10 and lowered his ERA almost a full point to 4.45 in 186 IP. He spent most of 02 hurt and was traded to Toronto , who sucked just as bad at the beginning of 03, went 4-6 with a 5.0 ERA in 54 IP, and was traded to Milwaukee and found the NL a LOT more to his liking, going 3-2 in 8 GS with a 2.58 ERA in 52.1 IP. He went 12-12 in 04 in 34 GS with a 3.39 ERA in 207.1 IP. In fact, he’s the hard luck guy where the Astros are concerned – he had 3 games (1 against Roy and the other 2 against Roger) where he pitched 7 IP giving up 0 or 1 run and STILL didn’t win. On April 21, he pitched against Andy Pettite and lost 8-7. I just hope he keeps on still not winning…
This year: 5-5 in 10 GS with 5 QS and 2 CG – 10 HR, 25 BB and 45 K over 64.2 IP with a 4.31 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and .240 BAA.
vs.HOU: 1 – 6 in 10 GS with 6 HR, 30 BB, 53 K in 61.2 IP with a 4.23 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and a .260 BAA.
@ Miller Park: 8 – 6 in 23 GS with 1 CG with12 HR, 61 BB, 120K over 144 IP with a 2.88 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and a .224 BAA
Oh yeah – we’ve STILL only won one game against a lefty starter. Wonder if Phil is going to start Mike Lamb again – he’s 1/22 with 4 BB in his last 10 games. And not that he’s hitting real too good against righties, but this year, he’s 4/29 with 2 BB against lefties.
And I wonder who we gonna see with musical lineup tonight…