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Game Preview: TBR @ HOU, 2:05pm, Sunday, June 26, 2011 @Minute Maid Park

Rays, 43-34, 43-34 3rd, 2 GB

SP: Jeff Niemann (28, RHP, 2-4, 4.82)

2011 Gamelogs / 2011 Splits / vs. HOU Current Lineup
Split IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA/Pit GSc
2011 (2-4) 37.1 40 23 20 10 22 5 4.82
2010 (12-8) 174.1 159 86 85 61 131 25 4.39
2009 (13-6) 180.2 185 84 79 59 125 17 3.94
Last 7 GS 2-4 37.1 40 23 20 10 22 5 4.82 47
2011-06-20 @MIL W 6.0 4 0 0 3 5 0 85 66
2011-05-04 TOR L 4.0 6 3 3 0 0 1 62 38
2011-04-28 @MIN W 7.0 2 1 1 1 2 0 84 70
2011-04-21 CHW L 4.2 6 6 5 2 4 0 89 32
2011-04-16 MIN ND 7.0 8 3 3 1 6 1 108 54
2011-04-10 @CHW L 2.2 5 5 3 2 1 2 46 31
2011-04-05 LAA L 6.0 9 5 5 1 4 1 91 37
Last 5 v.HOU 1-0 7.0 4 2 2 1 5 1 2.57 65
2010-05-22 @HOU W 7.0 4 2 2 1 5 1 97 65
Lineups / Orders / Splits: Bat / Pitch / GL: Bat / Pitch
 Home:   18-18   Road:   25-16   ExtrInn: 4-2 
 vsRHP:  31-25   vsLHP:  12-9    1-Run:  12-6 
 vsEast: 15-12   vsCntrl:14-10   vsWest:  6-9  IL: 8-3 

Last 10 Games
Gm# Date & Box   Opp W/L Score      Record   Place/GB
 77 Sat, Jun 25  @HOU  W   7-2       43-34  3rd  2.0 gb
 76 Fri, Jun 24  @HOU  W   5-1       42-34  3rd  2.5 gb
 75 Wed, Jun 22  @MIL  W   6-3       41-34  3rd  3.5 gb
 74 Tue, Jun 21  @MIL  L   1-5       40-34  3rd  4.5 gb
 73 Mon, Jun 20  @MIL  W   8-4       40-33  3rd  4.5 gb
 72 Sun, Jun 19   FLA  W   2-1       39-33  3rd  4.5 gb
 71 Sat, Jun 18   FLA  W   7-4       38-33  3rd  4.5 gb
 70 Fri, Jun 17   FLA  W   5-1       37-33  3rd  5.5 gb
 69 Thu, Jun 16   BOS  L   2-4       36-33  3rd  5.5 gb
 68 Wed, Jun 15   BOS  L   0-3       36-32  3rd  4.5 gb
 Last 10: 7-3    Last 20:14-6    Last 30:17-13
Astros, 28-50, 28-50 6th, 15 GB, 16 GB in WC

SP: J.A. Happ (28, LHP, 3-9, 5.33)

2011 Gamelogs / 2011 Splits / vs. TBR Current Lineup
Split IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA/Pit GSc
2011 (3-9) 82.2 83 55 49 40 69 10 5.33
2010 (6-4) 87.1 73 37 33 47 70 8 3.40
2009 (12-4) 166.0 149 55 54 56 119 20 2.93
Last 7 GS 0-5 36.0 35 27 21 18 37 4 5.25 47
2011-06-20 @TEX L 2.2 8 7 5 1 3 0 84 20
2011-06-15 PIT ND 5.0 6 2 2 4 7 0 108 50
2011-06-09 STL L 5.1 6 6 6 2 5 0 93 35
2011-06-03 @SDP L 6.0 6 3 3 2 2 1 104 48
2011-05-29 ARI ND 6.0 2 1 1 4 8 0 112 68
2011-05-24 LAD L 5.0 3 5 1 2 4 2 93 51
2011-05-19 @STL L 6.0 4 3 3 3 8 1 119 57
Has never faced TBR as starter.
Lineups / Orders / Splits: Bat / Pitch / GL: Bat / Pitch
 Home:   13-27   Road:   15-23   ExtrInn: 1-3 
 vsRHP:  16-39   vsLHP:  12-11   1-Run:  10-13
 vsEast:  5-13   vsCntrl:13-22   vsWest:  7-10 IL: 3-5 

Last 10 Games
Gm# Date & Box   Opp W/L Score      Record   Place/GB
 78 Sat, Jun 25   TBR  L   2-7       28-50  6th 15.0 gb
 77 Fri, Jun 24   TBR  L   1-5       28-49  6th 14.0 gb
 76 Wed, Jun 22  @TEX  W   5-3       28-48  6th 13.0 gb
 75 Tue, Jun 21  @TEX  L   4-5 (11)  27-48  6th 14.0 gb
 74 Mon, Jun 20  @TEX  L   3-8       27-47  6th 13.5 gb
 73 Sun, Jun 19  @LAD  L   0-1       27-46  6th 13.0 gb
 72 Sat, Jun 18  @LAD  W   7-0       27-45  6th 13.0 gb
 71 Fri, Jun 17  @LAD  W   7-3       26-45  6th 13.0 gb
 70 Thu, Jun 16   PIT  L   4-5       25-45  6th 14.0 gb
 69 Wed, Jun 15   PIT  L   3-7       25-44  6th 14.0 gb
 Last 10: 3-7    Last 20: 5-15   Last 30:10-20
Last 10 games for these teams head-to-head
Sat, Jun 25, 2011 TBR  7 @HOU  2        W:Wade Davis (7-5), L: Bud Norris (4-6), S: Kyle Farnsworth (16)
Fri, Jun 24, 2011 TBR  5 @HOU  1        W:James Shields (8-4), L: Wandy Rodriguez (5-4), S: none

Sun, May 23, 2010 TBR 10 @HOU  6        W:David Price (7-1), L: Brian Moehler (0-1), S: Rafael Soriano (13)
Sat, May 22, 2010 TBR  4 @HOU  2        W:Jeff Niemann (4-0), L: Wandy Rodriguez (2-6), S: Rafael Soriano (12)
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)
Season Series: 2011 - TBR over 2-0; 2010 - TBR won 2-1; 2009 -  0-0; All-Time - HOU leads 6-5

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 2011 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
Rays Batters (4.16 RS/G) vs. Astros Pitchers (4.96 RA/G) -- OPS ranges: bad - ≤.650; avg: .750; good: ≥.850
PA/OPS 30.Happ*
G/S/vB
58.Abad*
G/S/vB
66.Del Rosario
G/S/vB
52.Escalona*
G/S/vB
59.Lopez
G/S/vB
54.Melancon
G/S/vB
PA/vRHBA/OBP/SLG/OPSvLH/RHRdLast 28dSB/CSHR/E
15.Brignac* G/S/vP ··· 1/2.000 1/.000 1/.000 2/1.000 ··· 164/135 .184/.235/.217/.452 .368/.469 .382 54/.575 2/0 1/6
22.Damon* G/S/vP 3/.000 1/.000 ··· ··· ··· ··· 309/222 .266/.316/.409/.725 .636/.760 .830 104/.679 7/4 8/0
5.Fuld* G/S/vP 3/.666 1/.000 1/3.000 ··· 1/.000 ··· 240/182 .242/.298/.365/.664 .498/.714 .699 39/.851 16/7 3/3
28.Jaso* G/S/vP ··· 1/.000 1/3.000 1/.000 ··· 1/2.000 173/152 .223/.295/.338/.632 .569/.639 .683 59/.555 1/1 3/2
9.Johnson# G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· 102/57 .202/.265/.348/.614 .667/.578 .537 27/.328 4/5 3/0
20.Joyce* G/S/vP ··· 1/.000 ··· 1/.000 ··· ··· 258/214 .308/.372/.529/.901 .770/.928 .866 79/.562 4/0 10/0
11.Kotchman* G/S/vP 8/1.500 1/3.000 ··· 2/1.000 ··· ··· 216/172 .342/.398/.464/.862 .636/.924 .817 84/.811 1/2 3/0
3.Longoria G/S/vP ··· 1/.000 1/3.000 ··· 1/.000 2/1.000 200/155 .238/.335/.430/.765 .618/.807 .878 89/.745 1/1 7/5
1.Rodriguez G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· ··· 1/.000 1/.000 170/104 .227/.310/.413/.723 .980/.559 .645 55/.632 5/2 3/6
16.Ruggiano G/S/vP ··· ··· 1/.000 ··· ··· ··· 63/40 .310/.339/.517/.856 .872/.847 .878 57/.895 1/1 3/0
10.Shoppach G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· 123/57 .187/.285/.318/.602 .717/.471 .577 40/.860 0/0 4/1
2.Upton G/S/vP ··· 1/5.000 1/.000 2/.500 2/.000 1/3.000 299/223 .224/.311/.384/.695 .811/.658 .783 100/.585 20/4 10/2
18.Zobrist# G/S/vP ··· 1/.000 1/no AB ··· 2/.500 2/1.000 327/235 .262/.344/.469/.812 .837/.810 .844 111/.812 7/1 9/4
IP 82.2 17.2 34.1 12.2 31.2 36.1 TOTAL .243/.311/.392/.703 .704/.702 .727 .683 70/29 71/37
ERA-K/9 5.33/7.5 6.11/7.1 5.24/5.5 2.13/7.8 2.27/7.4 1.98/7.7 4.53/7.4

 Catcher Def.
 (SB-CS-PB)
 Jaso (35-7-4)
 Shoppach (9-9-0)

OF G: LF / CF / RF - A

BF/BA 366/.264 87/.303 158/.295 52/.227 134/.248 149/.235 .267  Joyce
 Upton
 Fuld
 Ruggiano
 Rodriguez
 Johnson
 Damon
 Zobrist
9/0/61/5
0/73/0/3
54/4/3/3
14/2/2/1
2/0/0/0
1/1/0/0
13/0/0/0
0/0/21/0
OPS .785 .898 .783 .652 .667 .621 .769
vs LHB (BF-OPS) 62/.998 39/.572 60/.887 31/.563 50/.877 60/.621 .820
vs RHB (BF-OPS) 304/.743 48/1.205 98/.720 21/.782 84/.539 89/.621 .739
Home 199/.716 45/1.053 83/.841 31/.540 74/.786 62/.542
Last 28d days 93/.876 18/.824 60/.865 35/.668 43/.747 51/.683
HR/SB/CS 10/6/4 4/1/0 3/5/1 1/3/0 1/1/1 2/3/1 91/70/17
Usage ·····X·· X···o··o X···X··· X···o·o· ···o··oo ···X·X··
Astros Batters (3.92 RS/G) vs. Rays Pitchers (3.77 RA/G) -- OPS ranges: bad - ≤.650; avg: .750; good: ≥.850
PA/OPS 34.Niemann
G/S/vB
37.Cruz
G/S/vB
43.Farnsworth
G/S/vB
74.Howell*
G/S/vB
62.Peralta
G/S/vB
27.Ramos*
G/S/vB
36.Russell
G/S/vB
21.Sonnanstine
G/S/vB
PA/vRHBA/OBP/SLG/OPSvLH/RHHmLast 28dSB/CSHR/E
12.Barmes G/S/vP 3/1.334 12/1.545 ··· ··· ··· 1/2.000 ··· ··· 199/147 .211/.298/.320/.618 .547/.643 .439 95/.589 0/0 3/3
11.Bourgeois G/S/vP ··· ··· 1/2.000 ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· 100/59 .361/.380/.433/.813 .976/.701 .971 43/.651 17/3 0/0
21.Bourn* G/S/vP 3/.000 1/.000 3/.000 1/.000 1/.000 ··· ··· ··· 338/252 .284/.353/.393/.746 .623/.788 .753 108/.858 32/3 1/2
22.Corporan# G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· 41/28 .105/.146/.105/.252 .490/.146 .195 41/.252 0/0 0/2
16.Downs G/S/vP ··· ··· 1/.000 ··· ··· 1/3.000 ··· ··· 97/79 .272/.381/.556/.937 .347/1.079 1.062 33/1.165 0/0 5/3
68.Esposito G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· / /// / / / /
23.Johnson G/S/vP ··· ··· 1/2.000 ··· 1/.000 ··· ··· ··· 275/205 .244/.284/.403/.687 .574/.725 .598 96/.838 2/2 6/8
8.Keppinger G/S/vP 3/.666 3/.000 5/.650 ··· 1/2.000 ··· ··· ··· 112/88 .318/.342/.393/.735 1.125/.624 .648 103/.717 0/1 1/2
45.Lee G/S/vP 3/.666 7/1.429 9/.111 1/no AB 1/.000 ··· ··· ··· 315/241 .265/.311/.395/.706 .922/.640 .724 109/.803 3/1 5/3
4.Michaels G/S/vP ··· ··· 4/.000 6/.533 5/.650 ··· 2/.000 ··· 77/40 .205/.247/.274/.521 .714/.335 .584 41/.593 0/0 1/0
9.Pence G/S/vP 3/.000 1/2.000 1/no AB 1/.000 2/1.500 ··· ··· ··· 318/241 .316/.358/.492/.850 .707/.895 .905 84/.931 4/0 9/4
36.Sanchez G/S/vP ··· ··· 1/no AB ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· 190/146 .251/.310/.311/.621 .622/.619 .598 25/.477 2/0 1/6
46.Towles G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· 134/90 .195/.278/.322/.600 .561/.620 .640 46/.544 0/0 3/4
29.Wallace* G/S/vP ··· ··· 1/.000 ··· 1/.000 ··· ··· ··· 282/224 .292/.381/.416/.796 .540/.866 .930 91/.716 1/1 4/5
IP 37.1 26.2 30.2 8.2 36.0 23.0 26.1 33.2 TOTAL .258/.315/.374/.689 .683/.692 .705 .701 64/12 42/61
ERA-K/9 4.82/5.3 3.38/8.4 2.05/5.9 9.35/7.2 3.50/7.0 3.91/6.3 2.73/3.8 5.88/2.7 3.56/6.5

 Catcher Def.
 (SB-CS-PB)
 Corporan (12-3-1)
 Towles (31-4-2)

OF G: LF / CF / RF - A

BF/BA 163/.270 109/.157 118/.223 43/.351 141/.198 98/.207 118/.252 144/.287 .234  Pence
 Lee
 Bourn
 Michaels
 Bourgeois
0/0/72/6
59/0/0/6
0/74/0/3
15/0/3/1
18/8/6/1
OPS .760 .503 .561 .861 .621 .656 .707 .916 .681
vs LHB (BF-OPS) 76/.795 46/.509 48/.681 18/.627 64/.582 50/.701 37/.558 73/1.062 .674
vs RHB (BF-OPS) 87/.724 63/.497 70/.486 25/1.050 77/.655 48/.608 81/.765 71/.771 .687
Road 63/.586 58/.610 74/.627 27/.794 89/.860 52/.691 47/.695 94/.952
Last 28d days 25/.462 33/.553 53/.560 30/.915 43/.704 35/.636 41/.647 40/1.082
HR/SB/CS 5/9/2 0/5/1 1/1/0 1/0/0 3/3/0 3/2/0 1/5/1 10/1/2 70/44/16
Usage ·····X·· ·······X X··o·X·· ····oX·· o····X·o ····oX·o ····o··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.