Know Your Foe #14: Rockies visit Houston for two games against the Astros

HOUSTON ASTROS (13-26, 10 GB, 6th NL CENTRAL, WORST RECORD IN NL, 2nd WORST IN MAJORS AHEAD BALTIMORE BY .5 GAMES)

Rockies' 2009 record vs. Astros: 2-5

Astros' Recent Results: 0-3 series loss to the San Francisco Giants; 0-2 series loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers

Wednesday-Thursday: 2-game series @ Minute Maid Park

Expected Pitching Matchups

Wednesday, 19 May 2010 @ 6:05pm MT


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Greg Smith 1-2 9 7 0 0 0 0 34.0 39 25 24 7 24 27 6.35 1.85


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Felipe Paulino 0-6 7 7 0 0 0 0 39.1 40 33 25 1 22 41 5.72 1.58


The number seven isn't going to be lucky Felipe Paulino tonight. He's already winless in his first seven starts and after tonight he'll (hopefully) have his seventh loss of the season. In his six losses, the Astros have scored a total of 11 runs so the offense isn't helping him out while he is in the game or out of it.

Thursday, 20 May 2010 @ 6:05pm MT


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Ubaldo Jimenez 7-1 8 8 1 1 0 0 56.1 35 7 7 1 21 54 1.12 .99


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Roy Oswalt 2-5 8 8 0 0 0 0 55.0 46 17 16 6 13 52 2.62 1.07


Roy Oswalt deserves better than to be on this Houston Astros team. In Oswalt's two wins, the 'Stros offense has scored four runs in each game, and there was a third game that he received an ND but the Astros won anyway. Yep, the Astros scored four runs in that one also. So with that SSS, if the Astros score four runs in tomorrow's game the Rockies will lose the game.

Expected Lineup

Player Pos AVG OBP SLG OPS ISO BABIP wOBA
Michael Bourn CF 0.292 0.370 0.358 0.728 0.066 0.367 0.343
Jeff Keppinger 2B 0.270 0.328 0.348 0.676 0.078 0.287 0.305
Lance Berkman 1B 0.236 0.346 0.438 0.784 0.202 0.266 0.345
Carlos Lee LF 0.201 0.247 0.319 0.566 0.118 0.208 0.248
Hunter Pence RF 0.248 0.264 0.411 0.675 0.163 0.248 0.288
Pedro Feliz 3B 0.217 0.239 0.295 0.534 0.078 0.229 0.234
Tommy Manzella SS 0.178 0.242 0.233 0.476 0.056 0.246 0.212
Humberto Quintero C 0.239 0.260 0.296 0.556 0.056 0.291 0.244

 

In 39 games this season, manager Brad Mills has used 36 different lineups so this order is the best guess as to what we'll see. Whatever lineup we see during this two-game series is not going to be awe-inspiring.

Bench

Player Pos AVG OBP SLG OPS ISO BABIP wOBA
Geoff Blum 3B 0.308 0.328 0.369 0.698 0.062 0.357 0.312
Jason Michaels OF 0.188 0.212 0.406 0.618 0.219 0.160 0.267
Cory Sullivan OF 0.194 0.237 0.250 0.487 0.056 0.259 0.222
Kazuo Matsui 2B 0.141 0.197 0.155 0.352 0.014 0.164 0.167
Kevin Cash C 0.067 0.067 0.133 0.200 0.067 0.100 0.085

 

Closer


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Matt Lindstrom 1-0 17 0 0 0 9 0 17.1 17 3 3 1 4 14 1.56 1.21

 

Injuries


Houston Astros Injuries

15-Day

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Tim Byrdak back 05/04/2010

60 Day DL / Out for the season

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Alberto Arias shoulder 03/26/2010

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