5/29/08: Roy Oswalt Gets Poor Run Support, Loses To Cardinals

Roy could NOT find the strike zone there for an unfortunate 3 batters in the first – Gary Darling would not give him a sliver of an inch on the inside corner and he gave up a single to Uncle after going to 0-2, then threw 8 straight balls, then went to 3-2 on Duncan before giving up a 2 run single, and there went the ball game. Out came Dewey, said something, and after that, Roy was pretty much nails.

He threw 7 curve balls, 4 for strikes, threw 7 sliders, hung one to youknowwho, who drove it about 370′ to left – and the funny thing is that for all the skreeeeeeming I do about the Crawford Box el-cheapos, I have to laugh because that homer would have been a double back home.

But for goodness sakes, this was Kyle Freaking Lohse, who is not exactly Wainwright, but the bats went limp, except for a Lance double to right center, a Lance 400 something’ homer to left center and a Carlos Lee homer to straightaway center, which would have just been a long fly ball out onto the Hill. Oh, and a couple of piddly singles and a walk, all of whom were stranded – Bourn on second after his 24th steal (throw from Mr. Gold Glove wasn’t even close) and Lance on third…

Ridiculous that Roy can’t get more than 2 runs of support. But except for about 15 pitches he couldn’t get over the plate in the first, he had an excellent game. It’s the best I’ve seen him pitch in weeks. Guess the extra 2 days of rest did him good.


Roy must feel like it’s the old days with the good pitching and no hitting. This lack of run support with good pitching causing a loss is called getting Clemensed – after Roger, who had a loss or ND something like 37 times during his 3 years with the Astros in which he allowed 2 runs or less and still, no cigar…

Which reminds me – I have no idea why on earth Cooper didn’t PH for Roy in the 6th with a man on second, 2 out, 2 runs behind. Could it be that Coop didn’t want Byrdak pitching the 7th or something?

Guess it really IS all Towles fault, hunh? If only we had a catcher like Quintero, who could hit like .218, then things would be REALLY different… Yep. Or Smith/Wade should just go out and get a great hitting catcher who could hit at least .240 (like say, how Ausmus hit last year – hehhehhehheh…)

Anyway, we’re off to Miller Park to meet/beat the Brew Crew. We should hopefully do well because, in my opinion, that team has gotten pretty demoralized with their lousy manager…

Friday, it’s Brandon Backe vs Manny Parra
Brandon beat Milwaukee earlier this year – 2R/5.2 IP and his last 3 starts have been very good. He’s started 2 games at Miller Park, relieved in 1: 13 IP – 7 ER, 2 HR, 5 BB, 2K.
Manny Parra this year is 2-2 in 10 GS: 49.1 IP – 59 H, 6 HR, 29 BB, 39 K: 5.11 ERA, 1.72 WHIP, .301 BAA. He’s already lost to Houston this year – 6 runs in 4 IP.

Saturday, it’s Brian Moehler vs Ben Sheets
Moehler has had 6 relief appearances at Miller Park – given up 1 run/8.1 IP. Last year, he threw 9.1 innings against the Brewers and gave up 4 runs – 2 solo HR, 2 BB, 3 K.

We all know Ben Sheets only too well. Unfortunately.
This year, he’s 5-1 in 10 GS with a 2.93 ERA – 9 HR, 12 BB, 55 K in 67.2 IP. Lifetime vs Houston, he’s 10-8 in 25 GS with a 3.86 ERA and in his start vs Houston earlier this year, he gave up 4 ER/6 IP.

Sunday, it’s Shawn Chacon vs Dave Bush
Shawn has started 11 G: 68.1 IP – 65 H, 12 HR, 28 BB, 47 K: 3.95 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, .255 BAA
He’s thrown 10 innings at Miller Park – 3 ER, 0 HR, 7 BB, 8 K
vs the Brewers: over the past 3 years, he’s thrown 17.1 innings: 13 H, 2 ER, 8 BB, 12K: 2.31 ERA and a .206 BAA

Dave Bush is a mediocre pitcher except when he’s facing the Astros: this is a guy with a career line of 4.64 /1.27/.286 but when facing the Astros, he’s 3.45/1.10/.265. He’s 4-1 in 8 GS and 4 in relief over 57.1 IP: 56 H, 4 HR, 7 BB, 42 K

This year, however, Bush has, um, struggled – in fact, he was sent down and only recalled because Yovanni Gallardo injured himself and had season ending surgery.
He’s 1-5 in 9 GS(2 QS)†and 1 in relief: 53.2 IP – 56 H, 12 HR, 19 BB, 27 K:†6.04 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, .269 BAA
– note: I’m going to be incredibly busy this weekend, so posting might could be very short, but I will reply to all comments and emails sooner or later.

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7 Responses to “5/29/08: Roy Oswalt Gets Poor Run Support, Loses To Cardinals”

  1. Travis says:

    Ben sheets is having a helluva year… sounds like he is due for an injury, lets hope its tonight and nothing serious so he will be ready for the next Central Div. opponent!

  2. Kevin Bradshaw says:

    The astros lineup is much worse than anticipated. Not b/c of two poor games; I’ve been saying it since february.
    The team hasn’t pitched well, but has out-pitched its expectations (Brocail, probably Chacon too etc.). But they peaked in May.
    And their offfense was inflated this month due to Matsui being over his head. The power drain for Tejada is starting to slowly seep in. Given his age, his glove will get worse as the season progresses.

  3. Steve Schramm says:

    Kevin, thanks for the cheery news. I feel better already.
    Just watch; the ‘stros will bounce back and finish the road trip with a winning record.

  4. Kevin Bradshaw says:

    That would be nice, Steve. And there are alot of things that make this team worth watching.
    I don’t mean to micturate in anyone’s cherios. But this team has trouble scoring when they’re not hitting homers.

  5. BournAgain says:

    As you said at Chron.com: Roy has only declined in wins, eh? LOL How about his ever-declining K/BB ratio? Or the climbing opponent BA??
    Get a clue.

  6. Lisa Gray says:

    well, i also don’t want to join the pee pee parade, but i would ask all yall to remember all those rangers teams of the late 90s – the ones with all the great sluggers and mediocre pitchers and i’d ask – well, how did THEY do in the playoffs?
    bourn again,
    i’m not one of those people who drools over K rates because i don’t care HOW the pitcher gets outs. i’m a lot more interested in IP and runs allowed. so i give exactly zero importance to K/9
    you said that roy had steadily deteriorated over the past 4 years. so lets take a look:
    career ERA: 3.19, WHIP 1.21, HR/9 o.77, BB/9 2.07, H/9 8.86 : 137 ERA+
    now he missed 3 starts in both 06 and 07 because of the DL, but still
    2004: 237 IP (6.2 IP/start): 3.49 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, .65 HR/9, 2.35 BB/9, 8.85 H/9 – .260 BAA: 125 ERA+
    2005: 241 IP (6.2 IP/start), 2.95 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 0.67 HR/9, 1.79 BB/9, 9.05 H/9 – .262 BAA: 144 ERA+
    2006: 220 IP (almost 7 IP/start): 2.98 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 0.73 HR/9, 1.55 BB/9, 8.89 H/9 – .263 BAA: 145 ERA+
    2007: 212 IP (6.2 IP/start): 3.18 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 0.59 HR/9, 2.55 BB/9, 9.38 H/9 – .265 BAA: 138 ERA+
    so where exactly is this evidence that he has been declining over the past 4 years?????
    I certainly see that last year, he gave up more walks and hits, but fact is that he allowed the most runs/IP during 04 and also he steadily decreased his homer rate until THIS year.
    there is no difference in his BAA over the past 4 years.
    even IF you were into the K:BB being of importance, it didn’t change until LAST year. the substantial decreases in his K rate were betwen 01 and 03 anyway.
    i HAVE more than a few clues – i have STATS

  7. Steve Schramm says:

    Okay, time to see if this team can bounce back from a slump or whether they go into a tailspin. Last year, they were mediocre until a long losing streak knocked them out. Let’s see how this goes.