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Game Preview: TBR @ HOU, 7:05pm, Saturday, May 22, 2010 @Minute Maid Park

Rays, 30-12, 30-121st, 4 up

SP: Jeff Niemann (27, RHP, 3-0, 2.54)

2010 Gamelogs / 2010 Splits / vs. HOU Current Lineup
Split IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA/Pit GSc
2010 (3-0) 49.2 41 14 14 16 31 4 2.54
2009 (13-6) 180.2 185 84 79 59 125 17 3.94
2008 (2-2) 16.0 18 12 9 8 14 3 5.06
Last 7 GS 3-0 48.1 41 14 14 16 31 4 2.61 59
2010-05-17 CLE ND 6.0 10 3 3 3 3 0 94 40
2010-05-11 @LAA W 7.1 6 2 2 2 4 0 111 60
2010-05-06 @SEA W 7.0 4 0 0 2 6 0 99 73
2010-04-30 KCR ND 7.1 3 1 1 4 3 0 88 67
2010-04-24 TOR ND 6.2 5 3 3 1 8 2 95 59
2010-04-19 @BOS W 7.0 5 2 2 3 4 1 100 60
2010-04-13 @BAL ND 7.0 8 3 3 1 3 1 103 51
Has never faced HOU as starter.
Lineups / Orders / Splits: Bat / Pitch / GL: Bat / Pitch
 Home:   13-7    Road:   17-5    ExtrInn: 3-2 
 vsRHP:  16-7    vsLHP:  14-5    1-Run:   8-6 
 vsEast: 14-4    vsCntrl: 6-3    vsWest: 10-4  IL: 0-1 

Last 10 Games
Gm# Date & Box   Opp W/L Score      Record   Place/GB
 42 Fri, May 21  @HOU  L   1-2       30-12  1st  4.0 up
 41 Thu, May 20  @NYY  W   8-6       30-11  1st  5.0 up
 40 Wed, May 19  @NYY  W  10-6       29-11  1st  4.0 up
 39 Tue, May 18   CLE  W   6-2       28-11  1st  3.0 up
 38 Mon, May 17   CLE  W   4-3 (11)  27-11  1st  2.0 up
 37 Sun, May 16   SEA  W   2-1       26-11  1st  2.0 up
 36 Sat, May 15   SEA  W   3-2       25-11  1st  1.0 up
 35 Fri, May 14   SEA  L   3-4       24-11  1st  1.0 up
 34 Wed, May 12  @LAA  W   4-3       24-10  1st  1.5 up
 33 Tue, May 11  @LAA  W   7-2       23-10  1st  1.0 up
 Last 10: 8-2    Last 20:13-7    Last 30:21-9 
Astros, 15-27, 15-276th, 9½ GB, 9 GB in WC

SP: Wandy Rodriguez (31, LHP, 2-5, 4.30)

2010 Gamelogs / 2010 Splits / vs. TBR Current Lineup
Split IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA/Pit GSc
2010 (2-5) 46.0 56 30 22 14 27 3 4.30
2009 (14-12) 205.2 192 77 69 63 193 21 3.02
2008 (9-7) 137.1 136 65 54 44 131 14 3.54
Last 7 GS 2-4 40.0 49 27 19 10 23 3 4.28 45
2010-05-17 @LAD L 6.2 7 4 1 2 1 0 99 49
2010-05-12 @STL W 6.0 5 5 4 2 3 0 94 45
2010-05-06 ARI L 3.2 9 5 5 1 4 1 73 26
2010-05-01 @ATL L 5.0 10 5 2 1 5 0 86 37
2010-04-24 PIT W 7.1 5 2 1 1 7 1 96 68
2010-04-18 @CHC ND 7.0 6 2 2 1 3 0 105 59
2010-04-12 @STL L 4.1 7 4 4 2 0 1 65 31
Last 5 v.TBR 0-0 5.2 5 2 2 2 6 1 3.18 55
2008-06-21 @TBR ND 5.2 5 2 2 2 6 1 100 55
Lineups / Orders / Splits: Bat / Pitch / GL: Bat / Pitch
 Home:    9-16   Road:    6-11   ExtrInn: 2-0 
 vsRHP:  12-23   vsLHP:   3-4    1-Run:   6-6 
 vsEast:  2-7    vsCntrl: 9-6    vsWest:  3-14 IL: 1-0 

Last 10 Games
Gm# Date & Box   Opp W/L Score      Record   Place/GB
 42 Fri, May 21   TBR  W   2-1       15-27  6th  9.5 gb
 41 Thu, May 20   COL  L   0-4       14-27  6th  9.5 gb
 40 Wed, May 19   COL  W   7-3       14-26  6th  9.0 gb
 39 Tue, May 18  @LAD  L   3-7       13-26  6th 10.0 gb
 38 Mon, May 17  @LAD  L   2-6       13-25  6th  9.0 gb
 37 Sun, May 16  @SFG  L   3-4       13-24  6th  8.0 gb
 36 Sat, May 15  @SFG  L   1-2       13-23  6th  7.5 gb
 35 Fri, May 14  @SFG  L   2-8       13-22  6th  7.5 gb
 34 Thu, May 13  @STL  W   4-1       13-21  6th  6.5 gb
 33 Wed, May 12  @STL  W   9-6       12-21  6th  7.5 gb
 Last 10: 4-6    Last 20: 7-13   Last 30:12-18
Last 10 games for these teams head-to-head
Fri, May 21, 2010 HOU  2  TBR  1        W:Brett Myers (3-3), L: Matt Garza (5-2), S: Matt Lindstrom (10)

Sun, Jun 22, 2008 HOU  3 @TBR  2        W:Brandon Backe (5-8), L: Scott Kazmir (6-3), S: Jose Valverde (18)
Sat, Jun 21, 2008 TBR  4  HOU  3        W:Dan Wheeler (2-3), L: Doug Brocail (2-3), S: none
Fri, Jun 20, 2008 HOU  4 @TBR  3        W:Roy Oswalt (6-7), L: Matt Garza (5-4), S: Jose Valverde (17)
Sun, Jun 08, 2003 HOU  2  TBD  1        W:Tim Redding (4-4), L: Victor Zambrano (2-4), S: Billy Wagner (19)
Sat, Jun 07, 2003 HOU  5  TBD  4        W:Kirk Saarloos (2-0), L: Al Levine (2-3), S: Billy Wagner (18)
Fri, Jun 06, 2003 HOU 11  TBD  8        W:Octavio Dotel (5-1), L: Travis Harper (0-4), S: Billy Wagner (17)
Season Series: 2010 - HOU leads 1-0; 2009 -  0-0; 2008 - HOU won 2-1; All-Time - HOU leads 6-1

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 2010 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  5.69

CHC  4.49

HOU  2.95

RA/G

TBR  3.10

TEX  4.47

ARI  6.00

BA

J. Morneau  .370

  

C. Figgins  .192

OBP

J. Morneau  .480

  

J. Lopez  .240

SLG

J. Morneau  .685

  

C. Figgins  .252

OPS

J. Morneau  1.165

  

J. Lopez  .503

ERA

U. Jimenez  .99

S. Olsen  3.77

J. Beckett  7.29

K/9IP

B. Morrow  11.80

M. Cain  6.67

N. Blackburn  2.50

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

Rays Batters (5.38 RS/G) vs. Astros Pitchers (4.55 RA/G) -- OPS ranges: bad - ≤.650; avg: .750; good: ≥.850
PA/OPS 51.Rodriguez*
G/S/vB
73.Chacin*
G/S/vB
47.Fulchino
G/S/vB
22.Lindstrom
G/S/vB
37.Lyon
G/S/vB
39.Myers
G/S/vB
43.Sampson
G/S/vB
PA/vRHBA/OBP/SLG/OPSvLH/RHRdLast 28dSB/CSHR/E
16.Aybar# G/S/vP 3/1.667 ··· ··· ··· 3/.666 6/.666 ··· 73/27 .232/.260/.449/.710 .617/.875 .503 49/.678 0/0 4/0
8.Bartlett G/S/vP 5/.650 ··· ··· 1/2.000 2/.000 4/.250 ··· 184/112 .248/.331/.354/.686 .646/.712 .706 102/.742 3/2 1/5
9.Blalock* G/S/vP 3/.333 9/.666 2/2.000 1/.000 5/.200 ··· ··· 12/9 .250/.250/.250/.500 .000/.667 .500 12/.500 1/0 0/0
15.Brignac* G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· 1/.000 1/.000 3/2.667 ··· 88/81 .288/.352/.450/.802 .452/.831 .758 59/.779 0/1 2/4
13.Crawford* G/S/vP 3/2.000 13/.000 ··· 2/.500 10/.600 4/.000 ··· 181/106 .306/.365/.494/.859 .787/.907 .855 101/.822 11/4 3/0
28.Jaso* G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· ··· 1/2.000 3/.667 ··· 75/61 .339/.467/.458/.924 .812/.950 1.058 59/.816 0/0 1/3
19.Kapler G/S/vP 3/1.667 4/.833 ··· 1/2.000 5/.666 ··· 1/.000 68/14 .250/.324/.317/.640 .662/.539 .580 39/.585 1/1 1/0
3.Longoria G/S/vP 3/.333 ··· ··· 1/no AB 3/.666 3/.333 1/no AB 184/113 .323/.391/.584/.975 .925/1.004 .837 106/1.014 7/2 9/7
30.Navarro# G/S/vP 4/.833 2/1.000 ··· 1/.000 3/1.666 3/.000 ··· 87/45 .184/.271/.224/.494 .463/.523 .434 38/.664 0/0 0/2
23.Pena* G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· 4/.500 2/.000 6/.167 ··· 168/107 .190/.304/.373/.677 .691/.668 .725 95/.568 2/1 7/3
1.Rodriguez G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· 3/.000 ··· 71/47 .215/.268/.338/.606 .897/.451 .747 38/.551 0/1 1/0
2.Upton G/S/vP 3/.333 5/1.400 ··· 2/1.500 1/.000 ··· ··· 162/104 .224/.296/.401/.698 .855/.613 .805 88/.591 13/3 5/2
18.Zobrist# G/S/vP ··· 6/.167 ··· 2/1.500 ··· 4/2.000 ··· 179/112 .299/.369/.416/.785 .631/.878 .846 101/.817 9/1 1/0
IP 46.0 4.1 14.2 19.1 18.1 61.0 17.0 TOTAL .258/.334/.411/.745 .701/.772 .744 .729 47/16 37/33
ERA-K/9 4.30/5.3 2.08/6.3 4.91/11.0 1.40/7.0 3.93/5.9 3.25/6.8 1.59/4.8 4.04/7.4

 Catcher Def.
 (SB-CS-PB)
 Jaso (11-3-1)
 Navarro (8-4-0)

OF G: LF / CF / RF - A

BF/BA 203/.311 23/.364 64/.268 78/.260 77/.247 259/.283 68/.213 .265  Crawford
 Zobrist
 Upton
 Brignac
 Rodriguez
 Kapler
41/0/0/5
0/2/35/3
0/41/0/1
0/0/1/0
1/4/0/0
4/0/20/0
OPS .777 .800 .833 .641 .669 .772 .628 .732
vs LHB (BF-OPS) 39/.783 7/1.286 30/.880 36/.473 33/.703 112/.943 28/.347 .748
vs RHB (BF-OPS) 164/.775 16/.579 34/.789 42/.781 44/.645 147/.641 40/.811 .722
Home 75/.825 17/.849 39/.623 56/.712 51/.485 145/.857 34/.703
Last 28d days 100/.873 23/.800 41/.707 40/.641 39/.588 174/.777 38/.661
HR/SB/CS 3/2/2 0/0/0 3/1/1 1/2/1 1/1/0 6/5/4 1/0/0 30/29/12
Usage ····X··· ·X·····X ·X·X···X o·o····· X·X·X··· X····X·· ··X·o·o·
Astros Batters (2.95 RS/G) vs. Rays Pitchers (3.10 RA/G) -- OPS ranges: bad - ≤.650; avg: .750; good: ≥.850
PA/OPS 34.Niemann
G/S/vB
50.Balfour
G/S/vB
53.Benoit
G/S/vB
36.Choate*
G/S/vB
31.Cormier
G/S/vB
21.Sonnanstine
G/S/vB
29.Soriano
G/S/vB
35.Wheeler
G/S/vB
PA/vRHBA/OBP/SLG/OPSvLH/RHHmLast 28dSB/CSHR/E
17.Berkman# G/S/vP ··· 1/.000 14/1.731 1/3.000 8/.875 ··· 5/1.350 1/2.000 117/102 .220/.333/.400/.733 .481/.773 .624 97/.760 0/1 4/0
27.Blum# G/S/vP ··· 1/.000 8/.500 2/.000 4/.500 ··· 6/.733 2/.000 68/60 .308/.338/.369/.707 .393/.747 .745 33/.686 0/0 0/2
21.Bourn* G/S/vP ··· 1/.000 1/.000 ··· ··· ··· 2/.000 2/1.000 169/142 .289/.365/.349/.714 .573/.739 .693 104/.662 15/4 0/1
36.Cash G/S/vP ··· ··· 1/.000 ··· 1/2.000 2/1.000 ··· 1/2.000 21/15 .100/.100/.150/.250 .600/.133 .167 21/.250 0/0 0/0
77.Feliz G/S/vP ··· 1/2.000 2/.000 ··· 4/1.833 2/1.000 7/.143 8/1.250 149/122 .209/.235/.281/.515 .736/.467 .608 86/.423 1/1 1/5
8.Keppinger G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· ··· 3/1.666 ··· 4/.000 ··· 140/107 .281/.333/.375/.708 .960/.635 .648 84/.643 1/0 0/4
45.Lee G/S/vP ··· 4/2.250 11/1.364 ··· 3/.667 ··· 3/1.167 7/.453 166/136 .199/.241/.333/.574 .682/.550 .645 101/.728 1/2 5/2
12.Manzella G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· 112/89 .192/.257/.242/.499 .714/.445 .583 65/.509 0/1 1/6
4.Michaels G/S/vP ··· 1/.000 1/.000 ··· 1/no AB ··· 3/.000 3/.667 34/15 .182/.206/.394/.600 .526/.695 .700 19/.269 0/0 2/0
26.Navarro G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· 1/1 .000/.000/.000/.000 /.000 .000 1/.000 0/0 0/
9.Pence G/S/vP ··· 1/.000 3/.666 ··· ··· ··· 1/2.000 1/.000 155/129 .250/.265/.401/.666 .826/.634 .676 91/.802 2/3 6/2
55.Quintero G/S/vP ··· 1/.000 2/.000 ··· ··· ··· ··· 1/2.000 76/68 .243/.263/.297/.560 .000/.627 .694 46/.528 0/0 1/0
18.Sullivan* G/S/vP ··· ··· 1/.000 2/3.000 3/.666 ··· 1/.000 1/no AB 41/39 .205/.244/.256/.500 .000/.527 .467 22/.604 0/0 0/0
IP 49.2 17.1 7.0 11.1 17.0 17.0 18.0 13.2 TOTAL .228/.274/.320/.594 .652/.582 .618 .597 21/13 21/34
ERA-K/9 2.54/5.6 2.60/9.4 0.00/12.9 7.15/9.6 3.18/3.7 4.24/4.2 1.50/7.5 1.98/10.5 2.81/7.5

 Catcher Def.
 (SB-CS-PB)
 Cash (8-1-1)
 Quintero (13-8-1)

OF G: LF / CF / RF - A

BF/BA 201/.229 67/.206 23/.091 52/.255 77/.275 72/.224 69/.194 53/.146 .227  Bourn
 Lee
 Pence
 Sullivan
 Michaels
0/39/0/7
41/0/0/3
0/0/39/3
7/1/2/0
7/4/1/0
OPS .644 .576 .221 .733 .719 .726 .567 .518 .654
vs LHB (BF-OPS) 103/.711 27/.788 13/.397 39/.462 53/.791 37/.776 29/.516 10/.550 .662
vs RHB (BF-OPS) 98/.574 40/.438 10/.000 13/1.532 24/.564 35/.671 40/.601 43/.509 .646
Road 115/.597 34/.445 10/.200 13/.808 37/.536 32/.626 29/.469 25/.513
Last 28d days 110/.614 33/.617 23/.221 29/.252 43/.915 33/.797 40/.450 27/.425
HR/SB/CS 4/3/0 1/0/0 0/0/0 2/1/0 0/3/0 4/1/0 1/1/0 2/0/0 36/22/8
Usage ····X··· ···X···o ··o·X··o ·o·ooo·o ··X·oo·X ··XXo··· ·o··ooX· ·o·ooo·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.