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Game Preview: HOU @ LAD, 4:10pm, Sunday, July 19, 2009 @Dodger Stadium

Astros, 46-45, 4th, 3 GB, 3½ GB in WC

SP: Russ Ortiz (35, RHP, 3-4, 4.44)

2009 Gamelogs / 2009 Splits / vs. LAD Current Lineup
Split IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA/Pit GSc
2009 (3-4) 73.0 76 39 36 39 55 6 4.44
2007 (2-3) 49.0 57 32 30 20 27 4 5.51
2006 (0-8) 63.0 86 60 57 40 44 18 8.14
Last 7 GS 0-3 36.2 42 23 22 16 28 4 5.40 45
2009-07-09 WSN ND 3.0 6 4 4 2 1 0 68 30
2009-07-04 @SFG L 5.2 9 8 8 5 7 0 111 21
2009-06-28 DET ND 7.1 6 2 2 0 5 1 91 63
2009-06-23 KCR L 7.0 5 2 2 2 4 1 110 61
2009-06-17 @TEX ND 6.0 7 4 3 1 5 2 81 48
2009-06-11 CHC ND 5.1 3 0 0 3 5 0 92 64
2009-05-07 CHC L 2.1 6 3 3 3 1 0 57 31
Last 5 v.LAD 1-3 20.1 30 18 18 19 14 0 7.97 36
2009-04-21 LAD W 5.0 3 3 3 5 2 0 116 46
2007-04-26 @LAD ND 5.1 8 3 3 1 3 0 87 42
2007-04-07 LAD L 5.0 7 3 3 3 4 0 95 42
2006-04-23 @LAD L 1.2 4 4 4 5 2 0 63 28
2005-05-29 LAD L 3.1 8 5 5 5 3 0 76 22
Lineups / Orders / Splits: Bat / Pitch / GL: Bat / Pitch
 Home:   24-23   Road:   22-22   ExtrInn: 3-5 
 vsRHP:  36-34   vsLHP:  10-11   1-Run:  13-12
 vsEast:  5-4    vsCntrl:17-24   vsWest: 18-8  IL: 6-9 

Last 10 Games
Gm# Date & Box   Opp W/L Score      Record   Place/GB
 91 Sat, Jul 18  @LAD  L   2-5       46-45  4th  3.0 gb
 90 Fri, Jul 17  @LAD  W   8-1       46-44  2nd  3.0 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
 Last 10: 7-3    Last 20:13-7    Last 30:18-12
Dodgers, 57-34, 1st, 7½ up

SP: Hiroki Kuroda (34, RHP, 3-5, 4.67)

2009 Gamelogs / 2009 Splits / vs. HOU Current Lineup
Split IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA/Pit GSc
2009 (3-5) 54.0 50 30 28 12 38 5 4.67
2008 (9-10) 183.1 181 85 76 42 116 13 3.73
Last 7 GS 2-4 42.0 41 24 22 7 30 5 4.71 50
2009-07-08 @NYM L 4.1 8 5 4 2 1 0 91 28
2009-07-03 @SDP W 5.1 4 3 3 2 2 1 88 48
2009-06-28 SEA L 6.1 8 4 4 0 5 0 102 46
2009-06-23 @CHW W 8.2 4 2 2 0 9 1 103 77
2009-06-17 OAK L 6.0 7 5 5 0 2 2 91 40
2009-06-12 @TEX L 5.1 8 5 4 0 6 1 92 40
2009-06-06 PHI ND 6.0 2 0 0 3 5 0 94 70
Last 5 v.HOU 1-0 13.2 6 1 1 4 6 0 0.66 69
2008-07-02 @HOU W 7.0 5 0 0 1 1 0 83 67
2008-05-11 HOU ND 6.2 1 1 1 3 5 0 96 70
Lineups / Orders / Splits: Bat / Pitch / GL: Bat / Pitch
 Home:   29-15   Road:   28-19   ExtrInn: 9-2 
 vsRHP:  39-23   vsLHP:  18-11   1-Run:  18-9 
 vsEast: 12-6    vsCntrl: 6-7    vsWest: 30-12 IL: 9-9 

Last 10 Games
Gm# Date & Box   Opp W/L Score      Record   Place/GB
 91 Sat, Jul 18   HOU  W   5-2       57-34  1st  7.5 up
 90 Fri, Jul 17   HOU  L   1-8       56-34  1st  6.5 up
 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
 Last 10: 6-4    Last 20:10-10   Last 30:17-13
Last 10 games for these teams head-to-head
Fri, Jul 17, 2009 HOU  8 @LAD  1        W:Roy Oswalt (6-4), L: Chad Billingsley (9-5), S: none
Thu, Jul 16, 2009 HOU  3 @LAD  0        W:Wandy Rodriguez (9-6), L: Randy Wolf (4-4), S: Jose Valverde (9)
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)
Season Series: 2009 - HOU leads 4-2; 2008 - HOU won 4-3; 2007 - HOU won 4-3; All-Time - LAD leads 374-312

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  5.62

FLA  4.57

SDP  3.76

RA/G

SFG  3.66

CHW  4.64

WSN  5.60

BA

J. Mauer  .371

K. Morales  .288

R. Cedeno  .180

OBP

A. Pujols  .458

M. Young  .362

R. Cedeno  .236

SLG

A. Pujols  .740

M. Lowell  .470

N. Punto  .223

OPS

A. Pujols  1.197

R. Zimmerman  .823

N. Punto  .543

ERA

D. Haren  2.01

U. Jimenez  3.82

J. Geer  6.02

K/9IP

J. Verlander  10.96

R. Wolf  6.79

J. Pineiro  3.75

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

Astros Batters (4.19 RS/G) vs. Dodgers Pitchers (3.86 RA/G) -- OPS ranges: bad - ≤.650; avg: .750; good: ≥.850
PA/OPS 18.Kuroda
G/S/vB
58.Billingsley
G/S/vB
51.Broxton
G/S/vB
57.Elbert*
G/S/vB
22.Kershaw*
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
36.Weaver
G/S/vB
43.Wolf*
G/S/vB
PA/vRHBA/OBP/SLG/OPSvLH/RHRdLast 28dSB/CSHR/E
17.Berkman# G/S/vP 6/.167 17/.502 4/.833 ··· 6/.533 1/.000 ··· 11/.788 1/.000 22/.776 22/.662 30/.508 366/271 .269/.402/.520/.922 .609/1.043 .938 88/1.106 6/2 18/6
27.Blum# G/S/vP 3/.000 22/.581 10/.933 ··· ··· ··· ··· 7/.286 ··· 13/.077 14/.665 11/1.245 232/211 .283/.349/.366/.715 1.029/.682 .574 59/.845 0/1 2/2
21.Bourn* G/S/vP 6/.000 12/.606 1/.000 1/.000 3/1.000 1/.000 ··· 5/.400 ··· ··· 2/1.500 3/.000 385/306 .284/.357/.405/.762 .747/.765 .787 100/.655 33/8 3/1
41.Coste G/S/vP 2/.000 3/.000 1/.000 ··· 5/.650 ··· ··· 2/.000 2/.000 ··· ··· ··· 120/82 .240/.336/.375/.711 .757/.689 .558 21/.496 0/0 2/0
2.Erstad* G/S/vP 1/3.000 7/1.000 1/.000 2/1.000 ··· ··· ··· 9/.666 ··· 1/.000 33/.321 1/.000 101/92 .176/.240/.286/.526 .222/.558 .382 23/.991 0/2 1/0
28.Keppinger G/S/vP ··· ··· 1/.000 ··· 2/1.000 1/no AB ··· 5/.200 ··· 4/.833 ··· 13/.539 193/125 .268/.351/.409/.760 .907/.673 .971 51/.790 0/2 3/4
45.Lee G/S/vP 6/.334 18/.516 4/2.500 ··· 5/2.200 ··· ··· 9/.555 1/.000 21/1.159 24/.555 18/.856 365/284 .307/.353/.481/.834 1.088/.763 .728 92/.741 2/2 13/2
3.Matsui# G/S/vP 3/.333 14/.802 6/.334 1/2.000 3/1.167 ··· ··· 9/.819 ··· 12/1.400 6/.167 24/.791 261/206 .260/.318/.346/.664 .986/.586 .566 81/.798 9/3 3/2
4.Michaels G/S/vP ··· 1/no AB 1/.000 1/.000 4/.833 ··· ··· 8/.875 1/.000 5/1.000 ··· 6/1.000 83/43 .173/.253/.320/.573 .707/.443 .565 17/.443 1/1 1/0
9.Pence G/S/vP 6/.533 4/1.250 3/.666 1/.000 5/.400 ··· ··· 9/.555 1/.000 8/.661 2/.000 9/.778 367/291 .299/.365/.473/.838 1.024/.787 .802 90/.566 9/6 11/1
55.Quintero G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· 4/.000 ··· 3/1.167 3/.000 7/2.047 83/67 .247/.265/.346/.611 .846/.557 .524 32/.478 0/0 1/5
12.Rodriguez G/S/vP ··· 4/.833 ··· 1/.000 2/1.000 ··· ··· 4/1.167 ··· 5/1.400 12/1.167 15/.764 265/211 .256/.288/.412/.700 .806/.672 .772 59/.734 0/2 8/3
10.Tejada G/S/vP 6/.167 11/1.064 3/1.334 1/.000 6/1.167 ··· ··· 3/2.000 1/.000 1/.000 34/1.048 16/.688 384/297 .329/.357/.478/.835 .869/.825 .754 97/.817 2/2 8/12
IP 54.0 127.0 41.2 11.1 106.2 20.0 28.2 42.0 57.1 4.0 48.1 120.2 TOTAL .268/.330/.407/.737 .813/.715 .715 .727 61/31 74/48
ERA-K/9 4.67/6.3 3.76/8.4 3.02/14.7 3.97/9.6 2.95/8.8 4.05/8.6 5.34/6.0 3.43/4.9 1.73/5.3 0.00/2.2 3.54/6.7 3.51/6.8 3.62/7.5

 Catcher Def.
 (SB-CS-PB)

OF G: LF / CF / RF - A

BF/BA 223/.242 528/.239 161/.149 46/.279 412/.199 80/.159 126/.235 173/.230 232/.249 16/.214 215/.283 492/.236 .234
OPS .668 .684 .448 .869 .617 .637 .711 .671 .616 .527 .821 .697 .683
vs LHB (BF-OPS) 111/.646 298/.712 84/.353 17/.779 96/.484 46/.754 55/.704 67/.609 103/.613 7/.452 101/.938 99/.316 .666
vs RHB (BF-OPS) 112/.690 230/.646 77/.550 29/.917 316/.658 34/.477 71/.718 106/.707 129/.619 9/.583 114/.714 393/.793 .694
Home 93/.631 258/.705 73/.194 20/.800 199/.567 45/.689 59/.710 93/.593 110/.703 9/.583 121/.664 254/.714
Last 28d days 111/.651 122/.824 32/.752 16/.321 116/.466 28/.720 37/.573 43/.268 53/.578 16/.527 66/.874 117/.755
HR/SB/CS 5/5/0 10/3/6 1/3/0 3/0/1 5/5/4 2/0/1 3/1/1 3/4/1 2/3/2 0/0/0 5/7/2 16/4/2 70/48/25
Usage ······X· ·X······ X······· ·Xo····X X·····X· o·o····o o·····oX ··o····o o·····X· ·XX····· ·X·····X ··X·····
Dodgers Batters (4.93 RS/G) vs. Astros Pitchers (4.44 RA/G) -- OPS ranges: bad - ≤.650; avg: .750; good: ≥.850
PA/OPS 23.Ortiz
G/S/vB
50.Arias
G/S/vB
48.Byrdak*
G/S/vB
39.Fulchino
G/S/vB
11.Hampton*
G/S/vB
22.Hawkins
G/S/vB
38.Moehler
G/S/vB
44.Oswalt
G/S/vB
Paronto
G/S/vB
51.Rodriguez*
G/S/vB
47.Valverde
G/S/vB
53.Wright*
G/S/vB
PA/vRHBA/OBP/SLG/OPSvLH/RHHmLast 28dSB/CSHR/E
12.Ausmus G/S/vP 22/.627 ··· 1/no AB ··· 16/.679 21/.449 5/.000 ··· 2/.000 ··· 2/.000 ··· 64/54 .286/.355/.375/.730 1.000/.681 .478 18/.650 1/0 1/0
23.Blake G/S/vP 5/.650 ··· 6/.750 ··· 3/1.666 6/.000 ··· 7/1.286 1/.000 5/.650 ··· 2/.000 343/259 .285/.364/.481/.846 1.081/.771 .853 93/.745 2/2 12/7
14.Castro G/S/vP 14/.357 ··· ··· ··· 6/.666 4/.750 2/.000 8/.000 2/.500 4/.000 1/.000 ··· 80/65 .347/.392/.431/.823 1.043/.770 .772 24/.739 0/0 1/1
33.DeWitt* G/S/vP ··· ··· 2/.000 ··· ··· ··· 2/2.000 5/.600 ··· ··· ··· 3/1.667 27/27 .160/.222/.280/.502 /.502 .311 6/.833 0/0 1/0
16.Ethier* G/S/vP 7/1.371 1/.000 2/.500 1/no AB ··· 2/1.500 3/2.333 12/1.060 1/.000 11/.364 5/.400 1/.000 380/271 .248/.334/.468/.802 .637/.870 .952 95/.728 4/3 18/3
15.Furcal# G/S/vP 25/.900 1/.000 ··· 1/.000 15/.864 4/.250 12/1.235 19/.839 1/.000 12/1.056 6/.334 ··· 363/272 .254/.331/.347/.677 .714/.666 .645 94/.733 5/4 4/11
13.Hudson# G/S/vP 7/1.404 1/2.000 3/.333 2/1.000 ··· 6/1.083 4/1.000 18/.555 2/.000 13/1.356 2/2.000 ··· 398/289 .289/.358/.438/.796 .899/.759 .862 83/.599 6/0 7/4
27.Kemp G/S/vP 2/2.000 1/.000 ··· ··· ··· 4/1.250 5/.000 4/.000 1/2.000 11/.606 ··· 3/1.167 366/273 .316/.380/.489/.869 1.081/.800 .780 85/.889 19/4 11/2
7.Loney* G/S/vP 3/.000 ··· 4/1.750 1/.000 ··· 2/1.000 6/1.833 13/.321 1/.000 11/.364 4/.000 2/1.000 378/285 .279/.349/.398/.747 .849/.712 .601 82/.852 6/1 7/3
5.Loretta G/S/vP 20/1.088 ··· 2/.000 1/.000 51/.860 15/1.104 7/.143 18/1.132 ··· 1/2.000 6/.834 ··· 124/96 .241/.339/.287/.626 .792/.580 .426 28/.593 0/0 0/0
55.Martin G/S/vP 5/1.350 ··· 1/.000 ··· ··· 4/.833 6/.666 13/.231 3/.000 14/1.065 8/.250 2/.000 342/251 .256/.371/.311/.683 .719/.669 .660 83/.748 8/4 2/2
9.Pierre* G/S/vP 66/.626 2/.000 ··· ··· 37/.721 4/.250 7/.333 39/.701 1/.000 9/.730 5/.400 1/.000 294/210 .322/.381/.409/.790 .914/.743 .693 69/.735 23/8 0/1
99.Ramirez G/S/vP 4/.833 ··· 6/.500 1/5.000 11/.546 30/.796 23/1.474 7/.714 2/1.000 6/.666 3/.333 ··· 162/132 .341/.469/.636/1.105 .880/1.158 1.081 42/1.026 0/0 9/1
IP 73.0 30.2 31.1 41.2 89.1 38.2 79.2 128.1 118.2 22.0 18.2 TOTAL .274/.352/.409/.761 .817/.742 .733 .748 74/26 76/46
ERA-K/9 4.44/6.8 1.47/9.1 3.45/8.1 3.67/6.0 4.63/5.7 2.33/6.7 5.08/5.8 3.65/7.0 /0.0 2.81/8.5 3.27/10.6 5.30/11.6 4.13/7.1

 Catcher Def.
 (SB-CS-PB)

OF G: LF / CF / RF - A

BF/BA 323/.275 127/.187 136/.200 166/.238 357/.274 159/.246 352/.292 526/.248 / 488/.249 91/.217 84/.316 .266
OPS .780 .539 .690 .696 .770 .665 .859 .708 .700 .676 .828 .764
vs LHB (BF-OPS) 155/.777 50/.532 64/.793 78/.666 94/.784 78/.543 199/.649 255/.742 / 105/.609 42/.817 33/.913 .770
vs RHB (BF-OPS) 168/.783 77/.541 72/.600 88/.719 263/.764 81/.778 153/1.125 271/.675 / 383/.725 49/.550 51/.772 .761
Road 97/.881 54/.530 72/.672 72/.714 167/.714 69/.630 173/.825 285/.632 / 247/.743 36/.622 46/.957
Last 28d days 99/.817 49/.524 34/.716 52/.923 68/.702 26/.308 101/.648 140/.476 / 135/.608 41/.593 8/.250
HR/SB/CS 6/5/3 1/3/0 5/1/2 4/2/0 8/5/1 4/5/3 14/4/0 14/2/1 // 12/1/1 4/2/0 3/2/0 100/36/11
Usage ········ X·X···X· ··o····X o······X X······X ··X····· ······X· ·X······ ··X····· ··X···X· 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.