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Game Preview: HOU @ CHC, 1:05pm, Saturday, April 5, 2008 @Wrigley Field

Houston Astros, 2-3, 6th, 1 GB, ½ GB in WC

SP: Roy Oswalt (30, RHP, 0-1, 5.06)

   2008 Gamelogs / 2008 Splits / vs. CHC Current Lineup
 Split         Opp Dec   IP   H   R   ER  BB  SO HR ERA/Pit GmSc
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 2008 (0-1)              5.1  11   3   3   1   6  0    5.06      
 2007 (14-7)           212   221  80  75  60 154 14    3.18      
 2006 (15-8)           220.2 220  76  73  38 166 18    2.98      
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 Last 7 GS         1-2  43.2  54  16  14   7  34  1    2.89   53 
 2008-03-31    SDP   L   5.1  11   3   3   1   6  0     114   39 
 2007-09-23    STL  ND   7     8   1   0   1   2  0     101   60 
 2007-09-14    PIT  ND   7     7   1   0   1   6  0     110   66 
 2007-09-09    NYM   L   7     9   4   4   1   4  1     106   46 
 2007-09-03    MIL  ND   5.2  10   5   5   2   3  0     113   30 
 2007-08-29    STL   W   7     4   0   0   0   9  0      99   78 
 2007-08-18    SDP  ND   4.2   5   2   2   1   4  0      67   49 
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 Last 5 v.CHC      1-4  32.1  38  16  15   8  22  3    4.18   49 
 2007-08-08    CHC   W   6     6   0   0   4   4  0     108   60 
 2007-07-14    CHC   L   5.1  10   9   8   2   6  1     106   18 
 2006-08-14    CHC   L   7     7   2   2   0   4  1      82   59 
 2006-07-18    CHC   L   5     7   4   4   0   2  1      74   39 
 2006-07-05    CHC   L   9     8   1   1   2   6  0     113   71 
Lineups / Orders / Splits: Bat / Pitch / GL: Bat / Pitch
 Home:    0-0    Road:    2-3    ExtrInn: 0-0 
 vsRHP:   1-2    vsLHP:   1-1    1-Run:   1-2 
 vsEast:  0-0    vsCntrl: 1-0    vsWest:  1-3  IL: 0-0 

Last 10 Games
Gm# Date & Box   Opp W/L Score      Record   Place/GB
  5 Fri, Apr  4  @CHC  W   4-3        2-3   6th  1.0 gb
  4 Thu, Apr  3  @SDP  L   2-3        1-3   3rd  0.5 gb
  3 Wed, Apr  2  @SDP  W   9-6        1-2   2nd  1.0 gb
  2 Tue, Apr  1  @SDP  L   1-2        0-2   3rd  0.5 gb
  1 Mon, Mar 31  @SDP  L   0-4        0-1   3rd  0.5 gb
 Last 10: 2-3    Last 20: 2-3    Last 30: 2-3 
Chicago Cubs, 1-3, 2nd, ½ GB, tied for WC

SP: Jason Marquis (29, RHP, 0-0, undef)

   2008 Gamelogs / 2008 Splits / vs. HOU Current Lineup
 Split         Opp Dec   IP   H   R   ER  BB  SO HR ERA/Pit GmSc
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 2007 (12-9)           191.2 190 111  98  76 109 22    4.60      
 2006 (14-16)          194.1 221 136 130  75  96 35    6.02      
 2005 (13-14)          207   206 110  95  69 100 29    4.13      
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 Last 7 GS         2-2  38    45  26  24  11  22  4    5.68   44 
 2007-09-26    FLA   L   5     9   5   4   2   4  0      77   33 
 2007-09-21    PIT  ND   2.2   8   7   7   2   1  0      54   13 
 2007-09-16    STL   W   6.1   5   1   1   2   4  0      88   61 
 2007-09-11    HOU  ND   5     8   4   3   0   1  0      62   38 
 2007-09-06    LAD  ND   7     4   2   2   1   4  1      91   64 
 2007-09-01    HOU   W   6.2   5   2   2   1   5  1      81   60 
 2007-08-26    ARI   L   5.1   6   5   5   3   3  2      94   36 
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 Last 5 v.HOU      1-1  26    34  19  17  11  12  3    5.88   40 
 2007-09-11    HOU  ND   5     8   4   3   0   1  0      62   38 
 2007-09-01    HOU   W   6.2   5   2   2   1   5  1      81   60 
 2007-07-15    HOU  ND   4     8   6   6   3   2  1      82   21 
 2007-04-10    HOU   L   5     4   4   3   4   3  0      91   44 
 2006-09-23    HOU  ND   5.1   9   3   3   3   1  1     106   36 
Lineups / Orders / Splits: Bat / Pitch / GL: Bat / Pitch
 Home:    1-3    Road:    0-0    ExtrInn: 0-1 
 vsRHP:   1-3    vsLHP:   0-0    1-Run:   0-2 
 vsEast:  0-0    vsCntrl: 1-3    vsWest:  0-0  IL: 0-0 

Last 10 Games
Gm# Date & Box   Opp W/L Score      Record   Place/GB
  4 Fri, Apr  4   HOU  L   3-4        1-3   2nd  0.5 gb
  3 Thu, Apr  3   MIL  W   6-3        1-2   3rd  0.5 gb
  2 Wed, Apr  2   MIL  L   2-8        0-2   2nd  1.0 gb
  1 Mon, Mar 31   MIL  L   3-4 (10)   0-1   3rd  0.5 gb
 Last 10: 1-3    Last 20: 1-3    Last 30: 1-3 
Last 10 games for these teams head-to-head
Fri, Apr 04, 2008 HOU  4 @CHC  3        W:Wesley Wright (1-0), L: Jon Lieber (0-1), S: Jose Valverde (1)

Thu, Sep 13, 2007 CHC  6 @HOU  2        W:Steve Trachsel , L: Woody Williams , S: none
Wed, Sep 12, 2007 CHC  3 @HOU  2        W:Rich Hill , L: Matt Albers , S: Ryan Dempster 
Tue, Sep 11, 2007 HOU  5  CHC  4 (11)   W:Brad Lidge , L: Ryan Dempster , S: none
Sun, Sep 02, 2007 CHC  6  HOU  5        W:Carlos Marmol , L: Chad Qualls , S: Ryan Dempster 
Sat, Sep 01, 2007 CHC  4  HOU  3        W:Jason Marquis , L: Troy Patton , S: Ryan Dempster 
Fri, Aug 31, 2007 HOU  6 @CHC  1        W:Wandy Rodriguez , L: Sean Marshall , S: none
Wed, Aug 08, 2007 HOU  8  CHC  2        W:Roy Oswalt , L: Carlos Zambrano , S: none
Tue, Aug 07, 2007 HOU  5  CHC  2        W:Woody Williams , L: Sean Marshall , S: Brad Lidge 
Mon, Aug 06, 2007 HOU  2  CHC  1 (10)   W:Brad Lidge , L: Michael Wuertz , S: none
Season Series: 2008 - HOU leads 1-0; 2007 - CHC won 8-7; 2006 - HOU won 8-7; All-Time - HOU leads 337-287

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 2008 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

For the 2007 season

Stat

Best

Middle

Worst

RS/G

NYY  5.98

BAL  4.67

WSN  4.15

RA/G

BOS  4.06

KCR  4.80

TBD  5.83

BA

M. Ordonez  .363

J. Pierre  .293

J. LaRue  .148

OBP

B. Bonds  .480

G. Atkins  .367

J. LaRue  .240

SLG

C. Ross  .653

R. Ludwick  .479

A. Gonzalez  .249

OPS

A. Rodriguez  1.067

T. Glaus  .839

J. LaRue  .512

ERA

J. Peavy  2.54

A. Pettitte  4.05

S. Olsen  5.81

K/9IP

E. Bedard  10.93

G. Meche  6.50

A. Cook  3.31

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NOTE: Team stats shown are for the 2008 season. Player Stats for the 2007 season. We will switch to 2008 stats on May 1st.

Houston Astros Batters (3.20 RS/G) vs. Chicago Cubs Pitchers (4.75 RA/G) -- OPS ranges: bad - ≤.650; avg: .750; good: ≥.850
PA/OPS 21.Marquis
G/S/vB
22.Hart
G/S/vB
62.Howry
G/S/vB
32.Lieber
G/S/vB
49.Marmol
G/S/vB
63.Pignatiello*
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 32/.522 ··· 10/.985 34/.648 5/1.100 ··· 28/.706 8/1.571 397/296 .235/.318/.324/.642 .666/.633 .581 / 6/1 3/4
17.Berkman# G/S/vP 48/1.409 ··· 6/.900 32/1.054 10/1.600 ··· 36/1.030 11/.697 668/510 .278/.386/.510/.896 .800/.926 .970 / 7/3 34/12
27.Blum# G/S/vP 16/.913 ··· 3/.666 14/.077 ··· ··· 26/.863 1/.000 370/280 .252/.319/.367/.685 .616/.708 .616 / 0/0 5/5
14.Bourn* G/S/vP ··· ··· 1/.000 1/.000 ··· ··· ··· 1/.000 133/103 .277/.348/.378/.727 .434/.809 .664 / 18/1 1/0
22.Cruz# G/S/vP 9/.777 ··· 3/.666 18/.706 ··· ··· 4/2.500 4/2.417 293/193 .234/.316/.375/.691 .695/.689 .730 / 6/1 6/1
2.Erstad* G/S/vP 3/.000 ··· 7/.619 4/.000 2/.000 ··· ··· 1/.000 347/254 .248/.310/.335/.645 .433/.721 .600 / 7/2 4/2
45.Lee G/S/vP 30/.977 ··· 8/.250 26/.346 8/.804 ··· 27/1.161 11/.717 697/528 .303/.354/.528/.882 .956/.859 .789 / 10/5 32/4
8.Loretta G/S/vP 17/.411 ··· 6/.400 31/.400 3/.666 ··· 32/.652 4/1.500 511/391 .287/.352/.372/.724 .818/.696 .700 / 1/2 4/7
9.Pence G/S/vP 9/1.413 ··· 2/1.000 1/.000 3/.000 ··· 2/.000 3/1.666 484/376 .322/.360/.539/.899 .993/.872 .886 / 11/5 17/6
13.Perez# G/S/vP 4/1.250 ··· 1/.000 1/.000 ··· ··· 2/.500 1/no AB / /// / / / /
10.Tejada G/S/vP ··· ··· 12/.432 9/.666 ··· ··· ··· ··· 569/428 .296/.357/.442/.799 .912/.762 .734 / 2/1 18/15
46.Towles G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· 1/.000 44/34 .375/.432/.575/1.007 .733/1.086 1.310 / 0/1 1/0
21.Wigginton G/S/vP 16/.938 ··· 1/.000 1/no AB 1/2.000 ··· 11/.473 4/.250 604/438 .278/.333/.459/.792 .935/.741 .753 / 3/4 22/11
IP 191.2 11.0 81.1 78.0 69.1 2.0 24.1 72.1 TOTAL /// / / /0
ERA-K/9 4.60/5.1 0.82/10.6 3.32/8.0 4.73/6.2 1.43/12.5 4.50/13.5 3.33/8.9 3.48/9.8 0.00/0.0

 Catcher Def.
 (SB-CS-PB)
 Ausmus (47-17-2)
 Towles (3-3-1)

OF G: LF / CF / RF - A

BF/BA 846/.256 42/.189 336/.245 342/.293 285/.169 8/.375 101/.207 312/.234  Lee
 Pence
 Cruz
 Erstad
 Berkman
 Wigginton
 Blum
 Bourn
157/0/0/8
0/95/14/6
49/3/23/5
12/45/9/2
0/1/31/1
1/0/1/0
9/0/0/0
79/12/6/0
OPS .744 .566 .670 .785 .508 1.125 .609 .712
vs LHB (BF-OPS) 373/.828 14/.071 144/.566 161/.836 106/.616 6/1.500 32/.443 93/.707
vs RHB (BF-OPS) 473/.679 28/.829 192/.746 181/.741 179/.445 2/.000 69/.683 219/.714
Home 442/.713 21/.460 180/.706 177/.866 143/.503 6/1.167 47/.410 187/.742
Last 28d days / / / / / / / /
HR/SB/CS 22/20/2 0/1/0 8/2/0 7/2/0 3/9/0 1/0/1 0/0/1 8/7/1 //
Usage ··X····· ··X·o··· X······· ·X··o··· ··X····· ·X··X··· o·X·····

NOTE: Team stats shown are for the 2008 season. Player Stats for the 2007 season. We will switch to 2008 stats on May 1st.

Chicago Cubs Batters (3.50 RS/G) vs. Houston Astros Pitchers (3.60 RA/G) -- OPS ranges: bad - ≤.650; avg: .750; good: ≥.850
PA/OPS 44.Oswalt
G/S/vB
58.Borkowski
G/S/vB
26.Brocail
G/S/vB
29.Geary
G/S/vB
38.Moehler
G/S/vB
47.Valverde
G/S/vB
56.Villarreal
G/S/vB
53.Wright*
G/S/vB
PA/vRHBA/OBP/SLG/OPSvLH/RHHmLast 28dSB/CSHR/E
24.Blanco G/S/vP 5/.000 1/.000 1/.000 1/.000 4/.750 ··· 1/2.000 ··· 58/36 .167/.193/.222/.415 .145/.574 .422 / 0/0 0/0
5.Cedeno G/S/vP 8/1.000 5/.000 1/.000 1/.000 4/.500 2/.000 1/no AB ··· 80/46 .203/.231/.392/.623 .382/.823 .622 / 2/1 4/2
7.DeRosa G/S/vP 18/1.265 4/.000 1/.000 6/.750 2/.000 4/1.833 4/.583 ··· 574/410 .293/.371/.420/.792 .745/.810 .815 / 1/2 10/11
17.Fontenot* G/S/vP 6/.334 2/.000 ··· 1/no AB 1/.000 2/1.000 ··· ··· 260/201 .278/.336/.402/.738 .586/.781 .861 / 5/4 3/8
1.Fukudome* G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· 1/.000 ··· ··· / /// / / / /
9.Johnson G/S/vP ··· 1/.000 2/1.000 1/.000 ··· ··· ··· ··· 307/222 .236/.305/.320/.625 .913/.513 .618 / 4/2 2/0
25.Lee G/S/vP 47/.816 6/.000 2/1.000 4/.833 2/2.500 4/.000 5/2.000 ··· 650/509 .317/.400/.513/.913 1.015/.885 1.081 / 6/5 22/7
20.Pie* G/S/vP ··· 1/.000 2/.000 ··· ··· 1/.000 3/.333 1/.000 194/156 .215/.271/.333/.604 .269/.689 .556 / 8/1 2/0
16.Ramirez G/S/vP 56/.768 10/.900 1/.000 6/.833 12/.878 5/.200 9/.666 ··· 558/431 .310/.366/.549/.915 1.220/.826 1.046 / 0/0 26/10
12.Soriano G/S/vP 24/.666 8/.125 3/1.167 13/.641 8/1.339 ··· 9/1.301 ··· 617/481 .299/.337/.560/.897 .825/.917 .794 / 19/6 33/6
18.Soto G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· 1/.000 ··· ··· 60/30 .389/.433/.667/1.100 1.096/1.104 .962 / 0/0 3/0
2.Theriot G/S/vP 3/.666 6/1.267 3/1.334 3/.666 1/.000 2/2.000 4/.000 ··· 597/456 .266/.326/.346/.672 .797/.634 .729 / 28/4 3/11
33.Ward* G/S/vP 9/.000 2/1.000 1/.000 3/.666 15/1.110 3/1.167 5/.900 ··· 133/123 .327/.436/.527/.963 .775/.978 1.026 / 0/0 3/1
IP 212.0 71.2 76.2 67.1 59.2 64.1 76.1 TOTAL /// / / /4
ERA-K/9 3.18/6.5 5.15/7.9 3.05/5.0 4.41/5.1 4.07/5.4 2.66/10.9 4.24/6.8 /0.0 0.00/0.0

 Catcher Def.
 (SB-CS-PB)
 Blanco (8-3-2)
 Soto (10-4-0)

OF G: LF / CF / RF - A

BF/BA 910/.265 325/.273 319/.228 296/.283 257/.282 265/.196 336/.260 /  Soriano
 Johnson
 DeRosa
 Ward
 Pie
 Theriot
122/12/0/19
70/1/8/3
1/0/22/1
1/0/10/1
2/80/0/1
4/0/2/0
OPS .708 .796 .652 .797 .757 .611 .722
vs LHB (BF-OPS) 469/.716 134/.885 155/.561 127/.684 101/.871 140/.624 148/.896 /
vs RHB (BF-OPS) 441/.698 191/.735 164/.735 169/.878 156/.686 125/.595 188/.589 /
Road 426/.807 141/.886 179/.527 151/.638 116/.715 119/.582 166/.724 /
Last 28d days / / / / / / / /
HR/SB/CS 14/5/1 8/2/0 8/3/0 8/2/2 8/3/0 7/4/2 6/3/0 // //
Usage ····X··· ··X·X··· X··X···· ··o·o··· ····X··· o·X····· ·X·X···· o···o···

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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