Know Your Foe #52: Really Bad Rockies Head to Houston to Face Really, Really Bad Astros

HOUSTON - SEPTEMBER 04: Center fielder Jordan Schafer #1 of the Houston Astros makes a diving attempt at sinking line drive off the bat of Casey McGehee #14 of the Milwaukee Brewers in the sixth inning at Minute Maid Park on September 4, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Houston Astros (53-102 / 6th in the NL Central / Eliminated)

2011 Record vs. Colorado: 0-3 (17 runs scored, 24 runs allowed)

Last Series vs. Rockies: August 22-24 (L 0-3 at Coors Field)

The Rockies did not waste any time getting to Houston starter Brett Myers, as they put up six runs in the first inning while cruising out to a 9-1 lead before the Astros made it uncomfortable in the final frame. the Rox used six hits (including four doubles) and a walk in that opening inning while sending ten batters to the plate. Carlos Gonzalez homered and Chris Nelson hit a two run single to get the Rox an eight-run lead, but Houston put up four in the ninth inning to at least make it respectable. Colorado would win 9-5. Not surprisingly, Matt Downs hit a three-run pinch-hit homer.

In game two, Jonathan Herrera hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh inning to take Alex White off the hook in his Rockies debut, and Matt Belisle and Rex Brothers kept the Astros off the board in securing the victory for their club. Seth Smith homered for Colorado as well, while Jimmy Paredes and Carlos Lee went deep off of White for Houston.

The Rockies were able to finish off the sweep by winning 7-6 in ten innings. Troy Tulowtzki scored the winning run on a wild pitch by former Rockies farmhand Aneury Rodriguez. Clint Barmes homered for Houston , while Gonzalez and Tulowitzki went deep for Colorado. This game marked the Rockies' fifth straight victory, and that streak actually convinced more than a few baseball pundits to entertain the idea of the Rox making another crazy late-season run. Silly people.

Latest Series Results: L 1-2 at Chicago (NL), L 1-2 at Cincinnati

Your 2011 Astros' leader in fWAR?


Clint Barmes

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AVG OBP SLG
2011 - Clint Barmes .248 .318 .389


This speaks to not only just how bad the Astros really are (especially post-Michael Bourn and Hunter Pence), but also how downright solid Barmes has been this season.

While Carlos Lee leads the club in most offensive categories as well as rWAR, Barmes has used great defense (12.4 UZR/150) and about average offense (97 wRC+) to compile fWAR and rWAR figures of 3.2. Especially considering how well Felipe Paulino has performed in Kansas City, the Barmes trade is extremely underrated as far as how bad it was for the Rockies.

Speaking of pleasant surprises, utility man Matt Downs has been very good in Houston, as the 27-year-old former Giant has posted a 138 wRC+ in 210 plate appearances. He has been especially awesome as a pinch-hitter, with a .341/.460/.659 line in 50 PA's in that role. At the very worst, Downs has surely earned himself a spot on Houston's 2012 opening day roster.

Houston's best pitcher has been Bud Norris, who the Rockies may or may not see on Sunday. Norris, while just 6-11, has a 3.71 xFIP and impressive strikeout and walk rates. Wandy Rodriguez boasts nearly identical peripherals, but has five more wins to his credit.

The usual stuff after the jump...

Thursday through Sunday: 4-game series at Minute Maid Park

Expected Pitching Matchups
Thursday, September 15, 2011 @ 6:05 PM MT

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Alex White 2-2 5 5 0 0 0 0 27.2 36 27 26 11 14 17 8.46 1.81


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Henry Sosa 2-5 8 8 0 0 0 0 43.2 40 23 23 6 20 33 4.74 1.37

 

Friday, September 16, 2011 @ 6:05 PM MT

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Drew Pomeranz 1-0 2 2 0 0 0 0 10.2 6 2 2 0 4 7 1.69 .94


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Brett Myers 6-13 32 31 2 0 0 0 205.0 212 108 100 31 55 151 4.39 1.30


Saturday, September 17, 2011 @ 5:05 PM MT

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Jason Hammel 7-13 32 26 0 0 1 0 163.1 172 98 88 20 67 91 4.85 1.46


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - J.A. Happ 6-15 28 27 0 0 0 0 149.1 154 101 91 21 79 129 5.48 1.56


Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 12:05 PM MT

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Kevin Millwood 3-3 8 8 0 0 0 0 47.1 55 25 24 9 7 30 4.56 1.31


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - TBA 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00

 

Team Stats - Hitting

Name AVG OBP SLG wRC+ HR RBI WAR
Clint Barmes .248 .318 .389 97 11 37 3.2
Carlos Lee .276 .338 .450 116 18 86 3.0
Brian Bogusevic .282 .341 .456 119 4 15 1.8
J.D. Martinez .281 .328 .443 110 6 33 1.6
Matt Downs .278 .352 .508 138 9 34 1.3
Jason Bourgeois .297 .326 .358 104 1 15 1.3
Jimmy Paredes .299 .331 .403 103 2 16 0.7
Jordan Schafer .250 .324 .326 93 1 5 0.3
Angel Sanchez .237 .298 .281 65 1 25 0.3
Jose Altuve .266 .283 .357 76 2 12 0.2
J.B. Shuck .246 .347 .277 84 0 2 0.2
Humberto Quintero .249 .267 .329 60 2 25 0.2
J.R. Towles .187 .267 .306 58 3 10 0.0
Brett Wallace .260 .335 .364 94 4 26 -0.3
Jason Michaels .199 .256 .295 52 2 10 -0.4
Carlos Corporan .192 .257 .258 36 0 11 -0.5
Chris Johnson .251 .289 .383 81 7 40 -0.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team Stats - Pitching

Name W L K/9 BB/9 ERA xFIP WAR
Bud Norris 6 11 8.52 3.39 3.77 3.71 1.7
Wandy Rodriguez 11 11 7.99 3.22 3.51 3.68 1.4
Brett Myers 6 13 6.63 2.41 4.39 3.78 1.1
Mark Melancon 7 4 7.93 3.33 2.94 3.21 0.6
Wilton Lopez 2 6 7.18 2.26 2.93 3.36 0.5
Jordan Lyles 2 7 6.31 2.23 5.24 4.07 0.3
Fernando Rodriguez 2 3 10.22 4.38 2.74 3.68 0.3
J.A. Happ 6 15 7.77 4.76 5.48 4.58 0.1
Lucas Harrell 0 1 7.00 6.00 2.00 4.30 0.1
Wesley Wright 0 0 9.00 4.09 0.82 3.29 0.1
Juan Abreu 0 0 19.64 4.91 2.45 3.09 0.0
Xavier Cedeno 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 4.89 0.0
Lance Pendleton 0 0 27.00 0.00 27.00 6.02 0.0
Henry Sosa 2 5 6.80 4.12 4.74 4.46 0.0
David Carpenter 1 3 9.00 4.50 3.38 4.32 -0.2
Aneury Rodriguez 1 6 6.94 3.31 5.07 4.64 -0.3
Enerio Del Rosario 0 2 5.29 5.12 4.24 4.48 -0.3
 
























Closer


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Mark Melancon 7-4 68 0 0 0 19 5 70.1 63 28 23 5 26 62 2.94 1.27


Injuries


Houston Astros Injuries

Doubtful

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Bud Norris shoulder 09/21/2011

60 Day DL / Out for the season

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Alberto Arias shoulder 03/22/2011
Brandon Lyon biceps 06/14/2011
Sergio Escalona ankle 09/09/2011
Jason Castro knee 03/22/2011

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