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Houston Astros (42-85 / 5th in the NL Central / 33.5 GB)

2010 Record vs. Colorado: 4-2

Last time the Rockies faced the Astros, it was part of a 4-game series at Coors Field, June 7-10.

Game 1 took place way back in the day, a long long time ago, back when Jason Hammel still pitched well. 7 innings of shutout ball, followed by Joe Beimel when he was still disturbingly effective. Ryan Spilborghs had 2 hits and a walk (and a double, and a SB). Miguel Olivo had 2 hits and a walk (right?). Clint Barmes had 2 hits and 2 RBI. Wandy Rodriguez allowed 3 runs over his outing and Tim Byrdak sealed the deal for the Rockies by pitching long enough to allow 2 runs over the course of recording an out.

Game 2, Brian Moehler vs Jeff Francis. Francis wasn't bad, was good in fact, going 7 innings while allowing only 2 runs. Moehler went 6 innings, 3 runs, but an 8th inning 1-out gaffe from Matt Belisle and Franklin Morales allowed 2 more runs to cross without the Rockies being able to answer. A good job by relievers Wilton Lopez, Brandon Lyon, and Matt Lindstrom to seal the 1-run victory.

Game 3 featured another gaffe by Matt Belisle, for 4 runs this time, wasting a 7-inning, 2-run outing from Aaron Cook. Starter Felipe Paulino went 8 innings, allowing only 2 runs with 7 strikeouts and 2 walks. Oh, just for the record, Paulino's about to hit 2.0 fWAR for the season. As a starter. Just saying.

Game 4 could've been billed as a pitchers' duel, with future Phillie Roy Oswalt squaring off against rookie Jhoulys Chacin. Oswalt went 7, punched out 9, walked 2, allowed 2 runs. Chacin went 6, allowing 5 runs (4ER) with 8 strikeouts and 3 walks. I almost made a comment about the lineups changing every day by saying something to the effect of "This is back when Jim Tracy used to fiddle with the lineup a lot" and then I felt kind of frustrated.

 

Latest Series Results: W 2-1 vs. Chicago Cubs; W 2-1 vs. San Francisco Giants

Yeah, that has to be embarrassing, losing a series to the Astros. Especially when you're the defending world champs. Not sure what the Cubs' excuse is, but let's just say it's embarrassing for them as well.

This is the difficult part of previewing a team that's just as flat out bad as the Astros are. I want to give them a fair shake, but let's be honest, nobody gave the .420 Rockies that fair shake. At least the 2004 Rockies had Todd Helton to highlight as the "good" player. In the Astros' case, they traded off almost anyone with any value. Would you believe that Carlos Lee and Clint Barmes lead the team in rWAR (Baseball-Reference's WAR metric, Wins Above Replacement, AKA Rally WAR), yet neither is above 3.0? Yeah, that's the kind of season they're having. Michael Bourn was leading the team at 4.3 rWAR and Hunter Pence was 2nd at 2.9 rWAR. The saddest part of that is the fact that those two fellows haven't played for Houston in a few weeks and yet their former teammates STILL haven't caught up.


Carlos Lee

#45 / Left Field / Houston Astros

6-2

265

R

R

Jun 20, 1976


Several years ago, Lee received a $100M contract. I remember that because there was some rationale about RBI or something like that. I also remember thinking that Matt Holliday was next in line for a $100M contract. Upside is that Lee's contract is almost up. Downside is that it's not up, and the Astros owe Lee $18.5M next season to play baseball for them. If that's what they're calling what he's doing.

I will give Ed Wade some credit, he has been doing a good job of dumping salary over the past couple of years. They dropped from a $102M payroll in 2009 to a $92M payroll in 2010 and $76M here in 2011. Judging by the fact that Houston is paying out $12M to players who don't play for them anymore ($7M for Roy Oswalt, $3M for Bill Hall, $2M for Hunter Pence, likely which helped secure a stronger prospect return), that figure should drop some more next season, giving the new Jim Crane/Houston Regional Sports Network ownership group some breathing room to start figuring themselves out.

Pitching matchups....soon.

Expected Pitching Matchups

Monday, 8/22/11 @ 6:40PM MT


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Jhoulys Chacin 9-10 27 25 2 1 0 0 158.0 124 68 63 18 72 131 3.59 1.24


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Brett Myers 3-12 26 26 2 0 0 0 167.2 182 95 88 28 48 123 4.72 1.37


Tuesday, 8/23/11 @ 6:40PM MT


Alex White

#32 / Pitcher / Colorado Rockies

6-3

200

R

R

Aug 29, 1988



W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Bud Norris 6-8 25 25 0 0 0 0 152.0 143 73 61 19 59 145 3.61 1.33

 

Wednesday, 8/24/11 @ 1:10PM MT


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Aaron Cook 3-7 18 13 0 0 0 0 75.2 95 45 44 6 28 27 5.23 1.63


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Wandy Rodriguez 9-9 23 23 0 0 0 0 147.0 137 59 54 17 49 125 3.31 1.27

 


Batting

G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
Brandon Lyon 15 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 2.000
Jose Altuve 29 115 17 37 6 0 1 7 2 13 2 1 .322 .336 .400
Hunter Pence 100 399 49 123 26 3 11 62 30 86 7 1 .308 .356 .471
Jeff Keppinger 43 163 22 50 9 0 4 20 4 7 0 1 .307 .320 .436
Michael Bourn 105 429 64 130 26 7 1 32 38 90 39 7 .303 .363 .403
Jimmy Paredes 18 67 7 20 5 1 1 7 4 17 2 2 .299 .338 .448
Jason Bourgeois 70 185 25 54 7 2 1 13 8 20 22 6 .292 .321 .368
Brian Bogusevic 56 70 12 20 4 0 3 11 7 17 1 1 .286 .359 .471
J.B. Shuck 13 39 4 11 2 0 0 2 5 1 1 0 .282 .364 .333
J.D. Martinez 21 79 13 22 7 0 5 21 6 19 0 1 .278 .329 .557
Brett Wallace 101 317 35 85 22 0 4 26 35 84 1 1 .268 .345 .375
Carlos Lee 121 459 48 119 28 4 11 68 42 52 3 2 .259 .320 .410
Matt Downs 81 139 19 36 14 0 6 27 15 35 0 0 .259 .342 .489
Humberto Quintero 58 190 21 48 8 1 2 20 6 41 1 0 .253 .276 .337
Clint Barmes 93 336 38 84 20 0 8 26 30 65 2 1 .250 .319 .381
Angel Sanchez 94 247 28 61 9 0 1 25 22 38 3 0 .247 .306 .296
Chris Johnson 92 343 28 84 20 3 6 36 14 88 2 2 .245 .286 .373
Bill Hall 46 147 18 33 7 2 2 13 8 55 1 1 .224 .272 .340
Joe Inglett 20 27 3 6 1 0 0 1 0 7 0 0 .222 .222 .259
Nelson Figueroa 8 9 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .222 .222 .222
J.A. Happ 23 33 2 7 1 0 1 4 2 15 0 0 .212 .257 .333
Jason Michaels 75 137 8 27 7 0 2 9 11 29 1 0 .197 .262 .292
Carlos Corporan 38 119 6 23 8 0 0 8 6 37 0 0 .193 .248 .261
J.R. Towles 44 128 10 23 6 0 3 10 13 20 0 0 .180 .264 .297
Luis Durango 2 6 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 .167 .286 .167
Wandy Rodriguez 23 48 1 7 0 0 0 2 0 11 0 0 .146 .146 .146
Brett Myers 26 47 2 6 1 0 0 0 3 16 0 0 .128 .180 .149
Jordan Lyles 15 25 2 3 0 0 0 0 2 9 0 0 .120 .185 .120
Bud Norris 25 42 2 5 1 0 0 4 1 19 0 0 .119 .140 .143
Aneury Rodriguez 33 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Robinson Cancel 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 .000 .143 .000
Henry Sosa 3 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 .000 .200 .000
Wesley Wright 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000
David Carpenter 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Wilton Lopez 55 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Jose Valdez 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Fernando Rodriguez 34 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Jeff Fulchino 36 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Mark Melancon 57 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .000 1.000 .000
Enerio Del Rosario 44 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Fernando Abad 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Sergio Escalona 48 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

Pitching

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
Fernando Rodriguez 2-1 34 0 0 0 0 0 37.2 36 13 12 3 21 39 2.87 1.51
Wilton Lopez 2-5 55 0 0 0 0 6 56.1 55 22 18 4 16 45 2.88 1.26
Sergio Escalona 2-1 48 0 0 0 0 1 27.0 23 10 9 3 11 25 3.00 1.26
Wesley Wright 0-0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3.0 2 1 1 1 2 4 3.00 1.33
Wandy Rodriguez 9-9 23 23 0 0 0 0 147.0 137 59 54 17 49 125 3.31 1.27
Mark Melancon 6-4 57 0 0 0 13 4 59.0 57 27 22 5 21 48 3.36 1.32
David Carpenter 0-2 18 0 0 0 0 0 13.1 16 5 5 1 5 13 3.38 1.58
Bud Norris 6-8 25 25 0 0 0 0 152.0 143 73 61 19 59 145 3.61 1.33
Enerio Del Rosario 0-2 44 0 0 0 0 1 46.0 53 26 23 3 25 26 4.50 1.70
Aneury Rodriguez 1-4 33 8 0 0 0 0 73.1 68 45 38 13 23 54 4.66 1.24
Brett Myers 3-12 26 26 2 0 0 0 167.2 182 95 88 28 48 123 4.72 1.37
Jordan Lyles 2-7 15 15 0 0 0 0 89.2 101 55 50 13 23 61 5.02 1.38
Jeff Fulchino 1-4 36 0 0 0 0 3 33.0 34 19 19 5 18 31 5.18 1.58
J.A. Happ 4-14 23 22 0 0 0 0 119.1 135 92 83 17 63 100 6.26 1.66
Henry Sosa 0-2 3 3 0 0 0 0 17.0 17 12 12 2 6 13 6.35 1.35
Fernando Abad 1-4 29 0 0 0 0 2 19.2 28 18 16 5 9 15 7.32 1.88
Nelson Figueroa 0-3 8 5 0 0 0 0 29.0 45 33 28 3 16 17 8.69 2.10
Jose Valdez 0-0 12 0 0 0 0 0 14.0 17 14 14 2 7 15 9.00 1.71
Brandon Lyon 3-3 15 0 0 0 4 3 13.1 27 17 17 4 5 6 11.47 2.40

 


Houston Astros Injuries

15-Day

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Jordan Schafer fingers 07/27/2011
Enerio Del Rosario shoulder 08/06/2011

60 Day DL / Out for the season

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