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Game Preview: HOU @ CHC, 2:20pm, Friday, August 31, 2007 @Wrigley Field

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Houston Astros, 60-74, 5th, 9 GB, 13½ GB in WC

SP: Wandy Rodriguez (28, LHP, 7-12, 4.67)

   2007 Gamelogs / 2007 Splits / vs. CHC Current Lineup
 Split         Opp Dec   IP   H   R   ER  BB  SO HR ERA/Pit GmSc
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 2007 (7-12)           154.1 153  89  80  49 136 18    4.67      
 2006 (9-10)           135.2 154  96  85  63  98 17    5.64      
 2005 (10-10)          128.2 135  82  79  53  80 19    5.53      
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 Last 7 GS         1-3  41.1  39  26  24  20  38  3    5.23   49 
 2007-08-26    PIT  ND   5     7   4   4   3   7  1     110   41 
 2007-08-21    WSN   L   5.1   6   7   7   4   7  1     108   31 
 2007-08-16    LAD   L   5     5   4   2   1   2  0      76   46 
 2007-08-11    MIL  ND   7     6   1   1   3   4  0     102   62 
 2007-08-06    CHC  ND   8     4   1   1   2   9  0     121   77 
 2007-08-01    ATL   L   4     6   8   8   5   4  1     104   17 
 2007-07-26    SDP   W   7     5   1   1   2   5  0     110   66 
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 Last 5 v.CHC      1-3  29.1  31  16  16  10  19  5    4.91   48 
 2007-08-06    CHC  ND   8     4   1   1   2   9  0     121   77 
 2007-07-15    CHC   L   3.1   9   7   7   2   2  3      77   14 
 2006-06-06    CHC   W   7     5   0   0   3   1  0     107   65 
 2005-09-29    CHC   L   7     5   3   3   1   3  2      77   57 
 2005-09-23    CHC   L   4     8   5   5   2   4  0      89   28 
Lineups / Orders / Splits: Bat / Pitch / GL: Bat / Pitch
 Home:   36-33   Road:   24-41   ExtrInn: 7-10
 vsRHP:  40-55   vsLHP:  20-19   1-Run:  20-21
 vsEast: 11-14   vsCntrl:24-33   vsWest: 16-18 IL: 9-9 

Last 10 Games
Gm# Date & Box   Opp W/L Score      Record   Place/GB
134 Thu, Aug 30   STL  W   2-1       60-74  5th  9.0 gb
133 Wed, Aug 29   STL  W   7-0       59-74  6th  9.0 gb
132 Tue, Aug 28   STL  L   0-7       58-74  6th 10.0 gb
131 Sun, Aug 26   PIT  W   5-4       58-73  5th  9.0 gb
130 Sat, Aug 25   PIT  L   1-4       57-73  6th 10.0 gb
129 Fri, Aug 24   PIT  L   3-8 (15)  57-72  5th 10.0 gb
128 Thu, Aug 23   WSN  L   6-7       57-71  5th  9.0 gb
127 Wed, Aug 22   WSN  W   3-2       57-70  4th  9.0 gb
126 Tue, Aug 21   WSN  L   6-11      56-70  4th  9.0 gb
125 Mon, Aug 20   WSN  L   0-7       56-69  4th  8.0 gb
 Last 10: 4-6    Last 20: 9-11   Last 30:14-16
Chicago Cubs, 68-64, 1st, 2½ up

SP: Sean Marshall (24, LHP, 7-6, 4.04)

   2007 Gamelogs / 2007 Splits / vs. HOU Current Lineup
 Split         Opp Dec   IP   H   R   ER  BB  SO HR ERA/Pit GmSc
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 2007 (7-6)             93.2  94  44  42  27  58 12    4.04      
 2006 (6-9)            125.2 132  85  78  59  77 20    5.59      
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 Last 7 GS         3-3  36    40  20  20   8  18  6    5.00   47 
 2007-08-24    ARI   W   6     2   1   1   1   5  1      73   68 
 2007-08-18    STL   W   5     5   2   2   1   0  2      70   48 
 2007-08-12    COL  ND   5     6   3   3   2   1  1      84   42 
 2007-08-07    HOU   L   5.1   7   5   5   0   2  1      68   36 
 2007-08-02    PHI   L   2.2   9   7   7   1   2  1      65   13 
 2007-07-28    CIN   W   6     6   1   1   1   3  0     103   58 
 2007-07-22    ARI   L   6     5   1   1   2   5  0      98   61 
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 Last 5 v.HOU      1-3  23.1  24  11  11  10  10  3    4.24   48 
 2007-08-07    HOU   L   5.1   7   5   5   0   2  1      68   36 
 2006-07-05    HOU   W   7     6   0   0   3   2  0     102   64 
 2006-06-13    HOU   L   4     7   5   5   4   1  1      88   25 
 2006-06-07    HOU   L   7     4   1   1   3   5  1      84   67 
Lineups / Orders / Splits: Bat / Pitch / GL: Bat / Pitch
 Home:   35-32   Road:   33-32   ExtrInn: 2-7 
 vsRHP:  55-44   vsLHP:  13-20   1-Run:  17-20
 vsEast: 15-18   vsCntrl:29-27   vsWest: 16-15 IL: 8-4 

Last 10 Games
Gm# Date & Box   Opp W/L Score      Record   Place/GB
132 Thu, Aug 30   MIL  W   5-4       68-64  1st  2.5 up
131 Wed, Aug 29   MIL  L   1-6       67-64  1st  1.5 up
130 Tue, Aug 28   MIL  W   5-3       67-63  1st  2.0 up
129 Sun, Aug 26  @ARI  L   4-5       66-63  1st  1.5 up
128 Sat, Aug 25  @ARI  L   1-3       66-62  1st  1.5 up
127 Fri, Aug 24  @ARI  W   6-2       66-61  1st  1.5 up
126 Thu, Aug 23  @SFG  L   1-4       65-61  1st  0.5 up
125 Wed, Aug 22  @SFG  W   4-2 (10)  65-60  1st  1.0 up
124 Tue, Aug 21  @SFG  W   5-1       64-60  1st    Tied
123 Mon, Aug 20   STL  L   4-6       63-60  1st    Tied
 Last 10: 5-5    Last 20:10-10   Last 30:14-16
Last 10 games for these teams head-to-head
Wed, Aug 08, 2007 HOU  8  CHC  2    W:Roy Oswalt (12-6), L: Carlos Zambrano (14-8), S: none
Tue, Aug 07, 2007 HOU  5  CHC  2    W:Woody Williams (6-12), L: Sean Marshall (5-6), S: Brad Lidge (7)
Mon, Aug 06, 2007 HOU  2  CHC  1 (10)   W:Brad Lidge (3-1), L: Michael Wuertz (2-3), S: none
Sun, Jul 15, 2007 CHC  7  HOU  6    W:Michael Wuertz (2-2), L: Wandy Rodriguez (6-8), S: Bobby Howry (5)
Sat, Jul 14, 2007 CHC  9  HOU  3    W:Ted Lilly (9-4), L: Roy Oswalt (8-6), S: none
Fri, Jul 13, 2007 CHC  6  HOU  0    W:Carlos Zambrano (11-7), L: Jason Jennings (1-5), S: none
Mon, Jun 11, 2007 CHC  2  HOU  1    W:Carlos Zambrano (7-5), L: Woody Williams (2-9), S: Ryan Dempster (13)
Tue, Apr 10, 2007 HOU  4 @CHC  2    W:Chris Sampson (1-0), L: Jason Marquis (0-1), S: none
Mon, Apr 09, 2007 HOU  5 @CHC  3    W:Chad Qualls (1-1), L: Bobby Howry (0-2), S: Dan Wheeler (1)

Wed, Aug 16, 2006 CHC  1 @HOU  0    W:Ryan O'Malley (1-0), L: Andy Pettitte (11-13), S: Bobby Howry (4)
Season Series: 2007 - HOU leads 5-4; 2006 - HOU won 8-7; 2005 - CHC won 9-7; All-Time - HOU leads 334-283

Key for Batter vs. Pitcher Grids on the next pageKey for Batter vs. Pitcher Grids Below

Batter vs. Pitcher totals are career totals. All others are year-to-date.

PA - Plate Appearances (AB+BB+HBP+SH+SF+CI)
BF - Batters Faced
BA - Batting Average
OBP - On-Base Percentage
SLG - Slugging Percentage
Last 28d - PA and OPS in the last 28 days.
SB/CS - Stolen Bases and Caught Stealing
HR/E - Home Runs and Errors Made
ERA-K/9 - Earned Run Average and SO per 9 IP
Total - Team totals for those categories.
Usage - See the note below the grid.
OPS - On-Base Percentage + Slugging Percentage (a good single number for measuring a player's hitting, avg. is .750 or so)
RA/G & RS/G - Runs scored and allowed per game.
PA/vRH - Plate Appearances overall/PA's vs. Right-handed Pitchers
Catcher Def. - Catcher Defense with each catcher's Stolen Bases, Caught Stealings, and Passed Balls allowed.
G/S/vB or G/S/vP - Links to the player's 2007 gamelogs, splits, or career batter vs. pitcher results
vLH/vRH - OPS vs. left-handed pitchers and vs. right-handed pitchers
Hm or Rd, Home or Road - OPS or OPS allowed in home or road games.
OF G: LF / CF / RF - A - Outfielders with the games played by position and their total number of assists
vs LHB - Batters faced and OPS allowed against left-handed batters
vs RHB - Batters faced and OPS allowed against right-handed batters
HR/SB/CS - Pitcher's Home Runs, Stolen Bases and Caught Stealings allowed

MLB Best, Middle, Worst

Stat

Best

Middle

Worst

RS/G

NYY  5.89

BAL  4.61

WSN  3.98

RA/G

BOS  3.95

NYY  4.78

TBD  5.95

BA

M. Ordonez  .359

A. Soriano  .293

R. Langerhans  .153

OBP

B. Bonds  .489

N. Hopper  .361

J. Hairston  .253

SLG

R. Braun  .637

J. Hardy  .472

N. Punto  .254

OPS

B. Bonds  1.073

B. Phillips  .824

R. Langerhans  .535

ERA

J. Peavy  2.18

F. Hernandez  4.08

A. Eaton  6.23

K/9IP

E. Bedard  10.93

G. Meche  6.47

S. Trachsel  2.88

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Houston Astros Batters (4.40 RS/G) vs. Chicago Cubs Pitchers (4.23 RA/G) -- OPS ranges: bad - ≤.650; avg: .750; good: ≥.850
PA/OPS 45.Marshall*
G/S/vB
46.Dempster
G/S/vB
47.Eyre*
G/S/vB
62.Howry
G/S/vB
49.Marmol
G/S/vB
34.Wood
G/S/vB
43.Wuertz
G/S/vB
PA/vRHBA/OBP/SLG/OPSvLH/RHRdLast 28dSB/CSHR/E
11.Ausmus G/S/vP 10/1.000 28/.681 5/.650 10/.985 5/1.100 27/.681 7/1.500 367/271 .232/.314/.319/.633 .681/.616 .551 69/.638 5/1 3/4
17.Berkman# G/S/vP 13/.641 41/1.198 9/.472 5/.650 8/2.250 34/1.095 10/.425 554/418 .278/.386/.491/.878 .789/.907 .928 117/1.037 6/3 26/8
7.Biggio G/S/vP 13/.802 40/.732 5/1.600 4/.500 10/.644 45/.569 10/.000 472/353 .254/.287/.398/.685 .861/.625 .532 77/.746 4/2 10/9
4.Bruntlett G/S/vP 7/.286 2/2.500 1/no AB 3/.000 1/.000 3/.667 3/1.000 148/84 .238/.329/.270/.599 .554/.633 .592 56/.501 5/2 0/6
2.Burke G/S/vP 9/1.857 4/.833 3/3.000 3/.666 5/.833 3/2.167 3/.333 285/184 .227/.312/.348/.660 .793/.588 .599 63/.681 8/3 4/4
26.Lamb* G/S/vP ··· 7/.143 6/.000 4/.500 7/.429 8/1.643 2/1.500 322/266 .293/.371/.459/.830 1.077/.781 .756 62/.650 0/0 11/10
45.Lee G/S/vP 2/1.000 8/.946 6/1.267 6/.334 7/.929 26/1.208 9/.722 584/437 .304/.358/.529/.887 1.019/.843 .771 109/.944 8/5 26/3
8.Loretta G/S/vP 3/.666 16/1.021 15/.708 5/.500 1/2.000 32/.652 2/1.500 438/339 .279/.349/.358/.707 .759/.693 .730 84/.626 1/2 2/6
13.Munson* G/S/vP ··· 3/1.167 1/.000 2/.500 2/.000 2/.000 1/2.000 126/96 .259/.325/.402/.727 .762/.716 .612 33/.379 0/0 4/1
19.Palmeiro* G/S/vP ··· 8/.542 6/.533 6/.583 2/.000 8/.125 4/1.000 109/102 .237/.336/.269/.605 .750/.596 .683 17/.567 0/1 0/0
9.Pence G/S/vP ··· 1/.000 ··· ··· 2/.000 ··· 1/.000 367/282 .323/.354/.540/.894 .944/.879 .813 43/.691 8/4 12/2
30.Scott* G/S/vP ··· 3/1.667 3/2.000 4/.750 1/.000 ··· 1/no AB 366/311 .256/.352/.495/.848 .810/.854 .965 77/.926 2/1 15/3
21.Wigginton G/S/vP 2/.000 9/.222 2/1.000 ··· ··· 9/.583 3/.333 513/368 .274/.333/.452/.786 .938/.729 .759 76/.753 2/4 19/8
IP 93.2 52.0 42.0 66.1 55.0 9.1 59.2 TOTAL .256/.327/.406/.733 .777/.717 .708 53/28 135/79
ERA-K/9 4.04/5.6 3.29/7.8 5.14/7.5 3.66/8.0 1.47/12.6 3.86/7.7 3.62/8.7 4.00/7.5

 Catcher Def.
 (SB-CS-PB)
 Ausmus (44-15-2)
 Munson (23-3-2)

OF G: LF / CF / RF - A

BF/BA 395/.260 215/.198 202/.321 278/.251 227/.179 42/.229 261/.242 .244  Scott
 Lee
 Pence
 Burke
 Palmeiro
 Berkman
 Lamb
 Bruntlett
 Wigginton
1/3/87/8
130/0/0/8
0/82/1/5
3/26/15/3
11/0/16/2
0/1/31/1
0/0/1/0
1/2/0/0
1/0/1/0
OPS .733 .566 .913 .690 .508 .713 .722 .719
vs LHB (BF-OPS) 71/.597 94/.665 68/.884 123/.606 80/.655 12/.495 82/.743 .746
vs RHB (BF-OPS) 324/.764 121/.490 134/.927 155/.755 147/.431 30/.790 179/.711 .704
Home 188/.775 121/.592 124/.864 155/.725 126/.512 14/.237 151/.749 .732
Last 28d days 86/.791 55/.652 31/.864 55/.561 66/.503 42/.713 43/.949
HR/SB/CS 12/5/2 1/7/0 3/7/1 7/2/0 2/9/0 0/0/0 7/5/0 140/94/16
Usage ······X· X·o···o· ·o···o·o o·X·X·Xo X···X·X· ·X···X·X ·o···XX·
Chicago Cubs Batters (4.60 RS/G) vs. Houston Astros Pitchers (5.03 RA/G) -- OPS ranges: bad - ≤.650; avg: .750; good: ≥.850
PA/OPS 51.Rodriguez*
G/S/vB
58.Borkowski
G/S/vB
38.Driskill
G/S/vB
54.Lidge
G/S/vB
62.McLemore*
G/S/vB
47.Miller*
G/S/vB
36.Moehler
G/S/vB
50.Qualls
G/S/vB
PA/vRHBA/OBP/SLG/OPSvLH/RHHmLast 28dSB/CSHR/E
24.Blanco G/S/vP 3/1.667 1/.000 1/.000 2/2.500 ··· 1/no AB 4/.750 1/.000 43/26 .205/.238/.282/.520 .192/.724 .610 4/1.000 0/0 0/0
7.DeRosa G/S/vP 8/.708 2/.000 ··· 6/.000 ··· 2/1.500 1/.000 6/.000 456/325 .291/.362/.420/.782 .765/.790 .769 95/.722 0/2 8/8
15.Floyd* G/S/vP 3/.667 2/.000 1/.000 5/.000 ··· 6/.733 10/.775 3/.000 267/234 .288/.360/.388/.747 .808/.739 .717 46/.698 0/0 5/0
17.Fontenot* G/S/vP 3/.000 2/.000 ··· ··· ··· 1/.000 1/.000 1/.000 226/171 .284/.342/.422/.764 .593/.817 .882 53/.575 5/4 3/8
11.Jones* G/S/vP 3/.666 7/.929 8/2.000 5/.000 ··· 10/.956 15/1.038 7/.453 406/337 .276/.330/.397/.727 .720/.729 .744 101/.953 6/2 5/4
18.Kendall G/S/vP 3/.333 3/1.000 ··· 10/.425 ··· 3/.666 9/1.667 4/1.750 444/315 .251/.304/.320/.624 .539/.659 .560 91/.921 3/3 3/7
25.Lee G/S/vP 19/1.786 3/.000 1/.000 10/.200 ··· 2/1.500 1/5.000 10/1.100 530/420 .309/.396/.486/.882 .926/.871 1.041 107/.703 6/4 15/3
27.Monroe G/S/vP 3/.000 1/2.000 2/.500 1/.000 ··· 2/.500 ··· ··· 385/276 .223/.266/.375/.640 .844/.559 .596 34/.555 0/3 11/3
19.Murton G/S/vP 15/1.186 4/1.750 ··· 6/1.834 ··· ··· 3/.000 3/.000 207/132 .267/.338/.401/.739 .767/.723 .552 63/.859 1/0 5/4
20.Pie* G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· 174/140 .214/.272/.340/.611 .268/.699 .590 22/.573 6/1 2/0
16.Ramirez G/S/vP 15/.266 7/1.000 1/.000 11/.586 ··· 2/1.000 11/.964 10/.100 441/344 .312/.363/.536/.899 1.097/.843 .972 78/.849 0/0 18/6
12.Soriano G/S/vP 8/.250 6/.167 8/.393 3/1.000 ··· 1/.000 7/1.547 6/.833 487/381 .293/.333/.508/.840 .857/.836 .678 24/.428 18/5 19/5
2.Theriot G/S/vP 7/1.857 3/1.334 ··· 3/.000 ··· ··· ··· 5/.000 483/366 .282/.343/.367/.710 .813/.678 .739 113/.668 23/4 3/10
32.Ward* G/S/vP 3/.000 ··· ··· 8/1.875 ··· 1/3.000 15/1.110 3/.333 104/94 .322/.423/.506/.929 .775/.945 1.012 25/.987 0/0 2/1
IP 154.1 59.0 6.0 56.2 25.2 39.2 47.2 70.2 TOTAL .269/.329/.409/.738 .721/.743 .756 76/28 106/79
ERA-K/9 4.67/7.9 5.19/7.9 4.50/6.0 3.02/12.1 3.16/9.5 4.99/9.3 4.53/5.7 2.93/8.9 4.67/6.9

 Catcher Def.
 (SB-CS-PB)
 Blanco (6-1-2)
 Kendall (99-18-9)

OF G: LF / CF / RF - A

BF/BA 659/.256 273/.286 29/.370 237/.215 117/.288 187/.270 210/.301 292/.275 .275  Soriano
 Monroe
 Jones
 Murton
 DeRosa
 Floyd
 Pie
 Kendall
 Theriot
 Ward
94/12/0/11
99/0/4/6
2/60/53/6
25/1/28/2
1/0/21/1
17/0/49/1
2/58/0/1
2/0/0/0
4/0/2/0
1/0/7/0
OPS .743 .832 .972 .702 .801 .810 .791 .732 .787
vs LHB (BF-OPS) 124/.717 119/.914 13/.974 102/.700 36/1.139 94/.720 82/.904 119/.641 .794
vs RHB (BF-OPS) 535/.749 154/.769 16/.971 135/.702 81/.647 93/.905 128/.722 173/.797 .782
Road 298/.912 109/.887 / 98/.664 45/.646 81/.840 98/.712 123/.689 .817
Last 28d days 131/.712 52/.881 29/.972 41/.712 62/.584 43/.911 41/.659 60/.611
HR/SB/CS 18/13/8 7/1/0 1/1/0 8/3/0 3/0/0 4/3/0 6/3/0 8/6/5 167/72/22
Usage ····X··· ····oo·o ··X···X· o···X·o· ··o·X··X ·o···oo· ··o···XX oo···Xo·

Usage -- each character represents the number of pitches thrown by the pitcher for yesterday, two days ago, three days ago, ...., up to eight days ago:
· - did not pitch; o - less than 16 pitches; X - at least 16 pitches (the median relief outing)
An Example ( ·X···o·X ): Yesterday off, 16 or more pitches, three days off, less than 16 pitches, day off, 16 or more pitches (8 days ago). Yesterday is in bold for improved scanning.

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