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Game Preview: HOU @ LAD, 10:10pm, Friday, July 17, 2009 @Dodger Stadium

Astros, 45-44, 3rd, 3 GB, 4½ GB in WC

SP: Roy Oswalt (31, RHP, 5-4, 3.85)

2009 Gamelogs / 2009 Splits / vs. LAD Current Lineup
Split IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA/Pit GSc
2009 (5-4) 119.1 115 51 51 32 95 14 3.85
2008 (17-10) 208.2 199 89 82 47 165 23 3.54
2007 (14-7) 212.0 221 80 75 60 154 14 3.18
Last 7 GS 3-2 50.0 41 18 18 13 40 2 3.24 60
2009-07-10 WSN ND 6.0 5 3 3 1 6 0 86 55
2009-07-05 @SFG W 8.0 3 1 1 1 6 1 94 77
2009-06-29 @SDP W 9.0 2 1 1 2 8 0 110 85
2009-06-24 KCR ND 6.0 7 1 1 2 8 0 106 60
2009-06-19 @MIN L 8.0 10 5 5 4 4 0 126 42
2009-06-13 @ARI W 7.0 5 1 1 2 5 1 119 66
2009-06-06 PIT L 6.0 9 6 6 1 3 0 105 32
Last 5 v.LAD 3-1 30.1 38 15 14 7 27 3 4.15 49
2009-04-22 LAD ND 6.0 8 4 4 1 6 3 108 45
2008-06-30 LAD W 6.0 6 1 1 0 9 0 79 65
2007-08-13 @LAD W 8.0 6 1 1 2 3 0 109 67
2005-08-27 @LAD L 4.0 9 7 7 3 2 0 86 15
2005-07-09 LAD W 6.1 9 2 1 1 7 0 117 55
Lineups / Orders / Splits: Bat / Pitch / GL: Bat / Pitch
 Home:   24-23   Road:   21-21   ExtrInn: 3-5 
 vsRHP:  35-34   vsLHP:  10-10   1-Run:  13-12
 vsEast:  5-4    vsCntrl:17-24   vsWest: 17-7  IL: 6-9 

Last 10 Games
Gm# Date & Box   Opp W/L Score      Record   Place/GB
 89 Thu, Jul 16  @LAD  W   3-0       45-44  3rd  3.0 gb
 88 Sun, Jul 12   WSN  W   5-0       44-44  3rd  3.5 gb
 87 Sat, Jul 11   WSN  L   2-13      43-44  4th  4.0 gb
 86 Fri, Jul 10   WSN  W   6-5       43-43  3rd  4.0 gb
 85 Thu, Jul  9   WSN  W   9-4       42-43  4th  4.0 gb
 84 Wed, Jul  8   PIT  W   5-0       41-43  5th  4.0 gb
 83 Tue, Jul  7   PIT  L   3-6       40-43  5th  5.0 gb
 82 Mon, Jul  6   PIT  W   4-1       40-42  5th  4.0 gb
 81 Sun, Jul  5  @SFG  W   7-1       39-42  5th  4.5 gb
 80 Sat, Jul  4  @SFG  L   0-9       38-42  5th  4.5 gb
 Last 10: 7-3    Last 20:13-7    Last 30:18-12
Dodgers, 56-33, 1st, 6½ up

SP: Chad Billingsley (24, RHP, 9-4, 3.38)

2009 Gamelogs / 2009 Splits / vs. HOU Current Lineup
Split IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA/Pit GSc
2009 (9-4) 125.1 99 51 47 55 119 9 3.38
2008 (16-10) 200.2 188 76 70 80 201 14 3.14
2007 (12-5) 147.0 131 56 54 64 141 15 3.31
Last 7 GS 2-1 45.1 37 26 24 19 34 7 4.76 51
2009-07-10 @MIL ND 5.0 5 5 5 4 4 1 110 37
2009-07-05 @SDP ND 8.0 4 3 3 0 5 2 97 67
2009-06-30 COL L 7.2 5 3 3 3 11 1 118 65
2009-06-25 @CHW ND 6.0 4 5 5 4 3 2 107 43
2009-06-19 @LAA ND 6.0 6 4 3 5 3 0 112 44
2009-06-14 @TEX W 7.0 5 3 2 1 3 1 97 59
2009-06-09 SDP W 5.2 8 3 3 2 5 0 117 44
Last 5 v.HOU 3-2 34.1 26 13 10 12 27 2 2.62 60
2009-04-23 @HOU W 7.1 3 0 0 2 5 0 105 75
2008-07-03 @HOU W 8.0 6 2 0 1 5 0 92 70
2008-05-10 HOU L 5.0 6 5 4 2 4 0 96 39
2007-08-13 HOU L 5.0 6 4 4 4 7 1 116 42
2007-07-23 @HOU W 9.0 5 2 2 3 6 1 110 72
Lineups / Orders / Splits: Bat / Pitch / GL: Bat / Pitch
 Home:   28-14   Road:   28-19   ExtrInn: 9-2 
 vsRHP:  39-22   vsLHP:  17-11   1-Run:  18-9 
 vsEast: 12-6    vsCntrl: 5-6    vsWest: 30-12 IL: 9-9 

Last 10 Games
Gm# Date & Box   Opp W/L Score      Record   Place/GB
 89 Thu, Jul 16   HOU  L   0-3       56-33  1st  6.5 up
 88 Sun, Jul 12  @MIL  W   7-4       56-32  1st  7.0 up
 87 Sat, Jul 11  @MIL  L   3-6       55-32  1st  6.0 up
 86 Fri, Jul 10  @MIL  W  12-8 (10)  55-31  1st  7.0 up
 85 Thu, Jul  9  @NYM  W  11-2       54-31  1st  7.0 up
 84 Wed, Jul  8  @NYM  L   4-5       53-31  1st  7.0 up
 83 Tue, Jul  7  @NYM  W   8-0       53-30  1st  7.0 up
 82 Sun, Jul  5  @SDP  W   7-6 (13)  52-30  1st  7.5 up
 81 Sat, Jul  4  @SDP  L   4-7       51-30  1st  6.5 up
 80 Fri, Jul  3  @SDP  W   6-3       51-29  1st  7.5 up
 Last 10: 6-4    Last 20:11-9    Last 30:17-13
Last 10 games for these teams head-to-head
Thu, Apr 23, 2009 LAD  2 @HOU  0        W:Chad Billingsley (4-0), L: Wandy Rodriguez (1-2), S: Jonathan Broxton (5)
Wed, Apr 22, 2009 HOU  6  LAD  5        W:Chris Sampson (1-0), L: Ronald Belisario (0-1), S: LaTroy Hawkins (2)
Tue, Apr 21, 2009 HOU  8  LAD  5        W:Russ Ortiz (1-0), L: Clayton Kershaw (0-1), S: Jose Valverde (1)

Thu, Jul 03, 2008 LAD  5 @HOU  2        W:Chad Billingsley (8-7), L: Brandon Backe (5-9), S: Takashi Saito (14)
Wed, Jul 02, 2008 LAD  4 @HOU  1        W:Hiroki Kuroda (4-6), L: Runelvys Hernandez (0-2), S: none
Tue, Jul 01, 2008 LAD  7 @HOU  6 (11)   W:Chan Ho Park (4-2), L: Wesley Wright (3-3), S: Takashi Saito (13)
Mon, Jun 30, 2008 HOU  4  LAD  1        W:Roy Oswalt (7-8), L: Eric Stults (2-1), S: Jose Valverde (22)
Sun, May 11, 2008 HOU  8 @LAD  5        W:Geoff Geary (1-1), L: Jonathan Broxton (1-1), S: Jose Valverde (8)
Sat, May 10, 2008 HOU  5 @LAD  0        W:Chris Sampson (2-3), L: Chad Billingsley (2-5), S: none
Fri, May 09, 2008 HOU  7 @LAD  1        W:Brian Moehler (1-0), L: Derek Lowe (2-3), S: none
Season Series: 2009 - HOU leads 3-1; 2008 - HOU won 4-3; 2007 - HOU won 4-3; All-Time - LAD leads 373-311

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 2009 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  5.63

FLA  4.61

SDP  3.80

RA/G

SFG  3.68

COL  4.60

WSN  5.62

BA

J. Mauer  .373

M. Byrd  .286

B. Giles  .191

OBP

A. Pujols  .456

D. Fowler  .358

D. Navarro  .254

SLG

A. Pujols  .723

M. Cameron  .470

N. Punto  .223

OPS

A. Pujols  1.179

W. Aybar  .822

N. Punto  .543

ERA

D. Haren  2.01

C. Sabathia  3.86

J. Moyer  5.99

K/9IP

J. Verlander  10.96

B. Zito  6.79

J. Garland  3.62

Baseball-Reference.com-- Baseball's History: 1871-Now

Astros Batters (4.17 RS/G) vs. Dodgers Pitchers (3.83 RA/G) -- OPS ranges: bad - ≤.650; avg: .750; good: ≥.850
PA/OPS 58.Billingsley
G/S/vB
51.Broxton
G/S/vB
57.Elbert*
G/S/vB
45.Leach*
G/S/vB
52.McDonald
G/S/vB
59.Mota
G/S/vB
38.Troncoso
G/S/vB
49.Vargas
G/S/vB
47.Wade
G/S/vB
PA/vRHBA/OBP/SLG/OPSvLH/RHRdLast 28dSB/CSHR/E
17.Berkman# G/S/vP 17/.502 4/.833 ··· ··· ··· 11/.788 1/.000 22/.776 2/.000 362/271 .271/.403/.526/.929 .622/1.043 .953 92/1.136 6/2 18/6
27.Blum# G/S/vP 20/.368 10/.933 ··· ··· ··· 6/.334 ··· 12/.083 1/.000 226/205 .281/.350/.362/.711 1.029/.677 .556 53/.845 0/1 2/2
21.Bourn* G/S/vP 10/.522 1/.000 ··· ··· ··· 5/.400 ··· ··· 2/.000 376/302 .286/.360/.407/.767 .800/.758 .800 99/.742 32/8 3/1
41.Coste G/S/vP 3/.000 1/.000 ··· ··· ··· 2/.000 2/.000 ··· 1/.000 120/82 .240/.336/.375/.711 .757/.689 .558 23/.451 0/0 2/0
2.Erstad* G/S/vP 6/.833 1/.000 ··· ··· ··· 9/.666 ··· ··· ··· 95/88 .165/.234/.282/.516 .000/.561 .340 21/1.095 0/2 1/0
28.Keppinger G/S/vP ··· 1/.000 ··· ··· ··· 5/.200 ··· 4/.833 ··· 189/125 .273/.353/.416/.769 .942/.673 1.002 55/.881 0/2 3/4
45.Lee G/S/vP 16/.455 4/2.500 ··· ··· ··· 9/.555 1/.000 20/1.128 2/2.500 357/279 .308/.353/.485/.838 1.106/.764 .731 92/.682 2/2 13/2
3.Matsui# G/S/vP 12/.764 6/.334 ··· ··· ··· 8/.661 ··· 11/1.545 1/2.000 252/200 .252/.313/.338/.651 .940/.584 .531 75/.765 9/3 3/2
4.Michaels G/S/vP 1/no AB 1/.000 ··· ··· ··· 8/.875 1/.000 5/1.000 1/.000 82/43 .176/.256/.324/.580 .726/.443 .578 19/.563 1/1 1/0
9.Pence G/S/vP 3/.666 3/.666 ··· ··· ··· 9/.555 1/.000 6/.533 1/.000 358/286 .298/.366/.473/.839 1.056/.783 .804 89/.550 9/6 11/1
55.Quintero G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· 3/.000 ··· 2/2.000 ··· 79/65 .247/.266/.312/.578 .593/.574 .447 28/.364 0/0 1/5
12.Rodriguez G/S/vP 3/.333 ··· ··· ··· ··· 4/1.167 ··· 4/1.250 1/2.000 260/207 .245/.278/.392/.670 .821/.629 .709 61/.641 0/2 7/3
10.Tejada G/S/vP 9/.708 3/1.334 ··· ··· ··· 3/2.000 1/.000 ··· 3/1.000 375/292 .329/.357/.473/.830 .887/.814 .740 96/.727 2/2 7/12
IP 125.1 40.2 9.1 19.2 28.2 42.0 56.2 3.0 27.2 TOTAL .267/.330/.405/.735 .826/.710 .709 .718 61/31 71/48
ERA-K/9 3.38/8.5 3.10/14.4 4.82/8.7 4.12/8.2 4.71/6.0 3.43/4.9 1.75/5.4 0.00/3.0 5.53/5.8 3.58/7.5

 Catcher Def.
 (SB-CS-PB)

OF G: LF / CF / RF - A

BF/BA 514/.227 161/.149 37/.294 77/.164 126/.235 170/.228 232/.249 7/.167 121/.257 .232
OPS .654 .448 .980 .646 .711 .671 .616 .452 .735 .680
vs LHB (BF-OPS) 291/.689 84/.353 14/.808 45/.773 55/.704 65/.596 103/.613 4/.833 52/.716 .666
vs RHB (BF-OPS) 223/.608 77/.550 23/1.075 32/.469 71/.718 105/.714 129/.619 3/.000 69/.749 .689
Home 244/.645 73/.194 11/1.091 42/.707 59/.710 90/.591 110/.703 / 73/.644
Last 28d days 135/.726 37/.839 7/.143 27/.751 37/.573 46/.366 57/.556 7/.452 13/1.231
HR/SB/CS 9/3/6 1/3/0 3/0/1 2/0/1 3/1/1 3/4/1 2/3/2 0/0/0 3/1/0 67/48/25
Usage ······X· ······X· o····X·· o····oo· ····oX·X o····oo· ····X·X· X······X
Dodgers Batters (4.98 RS/G) vs. Astros Pitchers (4.47 RA/G) -- OPS ranges: bad - ≤.650; avg: .750; good: ≥.850
PA/OPS 44.Oswalt
G/S/vB
48.Byrdak*
G/S/vB
39.Fulchino
G/S/vB
22.Hawkins
G/S/vB
43.Sampson
G/S/vB
47.Valverde
G/S/vB
PA/vRHBA/OBP/SLG/OPSvLH/RHHmLast 28dSB/CSHR/E
12.Ausmus G/S/vP ··· 1/no AB ··· 21/.449 ··· 2/.000 64/54 .286/.355/.375/.730 1.000/.681 .478 18/.650 1/0 1/0
23.Blake G/S/vP 3/2.334 6/.750 ··· 5/.000 1/.000 ··· 335/254 .285/.364/.486/.850 1.077/.779 .863 95/.704 2/1 12/7
14.Castro G/S/vP 7/.000 ··· ··· 4/.750 ··· 1/.000 79/64 .352/.397/.437/.834 1.043/.783 .795 23/.773 0/0 1/1
16.Ethier* G/S/vP 9/1.444 2/.500 1/no AB 2/1.500 5/.400 5/.400 373/267 .250/.338/.475/.813 .636/.884 .982 97/.751 4/3 18/3
15.Furcal# G/S/vP 16/.875 ··· 1/.000 4/.250 4/1.000 6/.334 356/268 .256/.331/.350/.682 .724/.668 .653 97/.813 5/4 4/11
13.Hudson# G/S/vP 16/.376 3/.333 2/1.000 6/1.083 11/.606 1/2.000 392/285 .283/.353/.426/.779 .886/.739 .826 87/.569 6/0 7/4
27.Kemp G/S/vP 4/.000 ··· ··· 3/1.667 5/.400 ··· 362/272 .320/.384/.495/.879 1.120/.803 .799 90/.942 19/4 11/2
7.Loney* G/S/vP 10/.422 3/1.667 1/.000 2/1.000 7/1.714 3/.000 371/281 .281/.350/.402/.752 .838/.723 .607 84/.877 6/1 7/3
5.Loretta G/S/vP 17/1.204 2/.000 1/.000 15/1.104 ··· 5/1.000 122/94 .245/.344/.292/.637 .792/.593 .443 31/.644 0/0 0/0
55.Martin G/S/vP 10/.200 1/.000 ··· 4/.833 8/.250 7/.286 335/247 .258/.373/.314/.688 .720/.676 .670 84/.861 8/4 2/2
9.Pierre* G/S/vP 35/.783 ··· ··· 4/.250 9/.250 5/.400 289/205 .328/.387/.417/.804 .914/.762 .719 74/.792 23/8 0/0
99.Ramirez G/S/vP 3/1.666 6/.500 1/5.000 29/.752 1/.000 3/.333 154/127 .355/.487/.669/1.156 .990/1.193 1.234 34/1.229 0/0 9/1
IP 119.1 31.1 40.1 38.2 47.2 22.0 TOTAL .275/.354/.413/.766 .824/.748 .744 .784 74/26 76/46
ERA-K/9 3.85/7.2 3.45/8.1 3.79/6.3 2.33/6.7 3.02/5.1 3.27/10.6 4.22/7.2

 Catcher Def.
 (SB-CS-PB)

OF G: LF / CF / RF - A

BF/BA 495/.256 135/.200 166/.238 156/.245 200/.259 87/.215 .268
OPS .731 .685 .696 .665 .685 .685 .770
vs LHB (BF-OPS) 238/.771 63/.783 78/.666 78/.543 98/.707 40/.808 .776
vs RHB (BF-OPS) 257/.693 72/.600 88/.719 78/.783 102/.664 47/.576 .766
Road 254/.667 71/.663 72/.714 66/.628 89/.863 32/.638
Last 28d days 144/.607 33/.696 52/.923 28/.464 40/.769 41/.620
HR/SB/CS 14/2/1 5/1/2 4/2/0 4/5/3 1/0/0 4/2/0 100/36/11
Usage ······X· o····Xoo ·····Xoo X······· ······Xo X···X··X

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.