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Game Preview: HOU @ MIL, 8:05pm, Friday, May 30, 2008 @Miller Park

Houston Astros, 30-25, 3rd, 3½ GB, 2 GB in WC

SP: Brandon Backe (30, RHP, 4-5, 4.19)

   2008 Gamelogs / 2008 Splits / vs. MIL Current Lineup
 Split         Opp Dec   IP   H   R   ER  BB  SO HR ERA/Pit GmSc
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 2008 (4-5)             62.1  64  31  29  30  48 11    4.19      
 2007 (3-1)             28.2  27  13  12  11  11  4    3.77      
 2006 (3-2)             43    43  18  18  18  19  4    3.77      
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 Last 7 GS         3-3  43.1  38  21  20  17  34  8    4.15   52 
 2008-05-23    PHI   W   7.1   6   1   1   1   6  1     105   67 
 2008-05-18   @TEX   W   6.1   5   3   3   0   5  2      91   56 
 2008-05-13   @SFG   L   6     7   4   3   1   3  1      86   46 
 2008-05-08    WSN   L   6     6   4   4   3   9  1      98   50 
 2008-05-03    MIL   W   5.2   5   2   2   5   3  1      92   49 
 2008-04-27   @STL   L   5     5   4   4   5   4  1      83   40 
 2008-04-22    SDP  ND   7     4   3   3   2   4  1      93   59 
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 Last 5 v.MIL      2-1  24.1  23   8   7  11  10  3    2.59   52 
 2008-05-03    MIL   W   5.2   5   2   2   5   3  1      92   49 
 2007-09-04   @MIL   L   5.2   8   4   3   3   0  1      91   36 
 2006-08-18   @MIL  ND   6.1   4   2   2   2   2  1      90   57 
 2005-09-17    MIL   W   6.2   6   0   0   1   5  0      98   66 
Lineups / Orders / Splits: Bat / Pitch / GL: Bat / Pitch
 Home:   15-9    Road:   15-16   ExtrInn: 1-0 
 vsRHP:  23-19   vsLHP:   7-6    1-Run:   9-8 
 vsEast:  7-6    vsCntrl:11-9    vsWest: 11-8  IL: 1-2 

Last 10 Games
Gm# Date & Box   Opp W/L Score      Record   Place/GB
 55 Thu, May 29  @STL  L   2-3       30-25  3rd  3.5 gb
 54 Wed, May 28  @STL  L   1-6       30-24  3rd  2.5 gb
 53 Tue, May 27  @STL  W   8-2       30-23  2nd  1.5 gb
 52 Sun, May 25   PHI  L   6-15      29-23  3rd  1.0 gb
 51 Sat, May 24   PHI  W   4-3       29-22  3rd  1.0 gb
 50 Fri, May 23   PHI  W   4-3       28-22  3rd  2.0 gb
 49 Thu, May 22   PHI  L   5-7       27-22  3rd  2.0 gb
 48 Wed, May 21   CHC  W   5-3       27-21  3rd  1.5 gb
 47 Tue, May 20   CHC  W   4-2       26-21  3rd  2.5 gb
 46 Mon, May 19   CHC  L   2-7       25-21  3rd  3.5 gb
 Last 10: 5-5    Last 20:12-8    Last 30:18-12
Milwaukee Brewers, 26-28, 4th, 7 GB, 5½ GB in WC

SP: Manny Parra (25, LHP, 2-2, 5.11)

   2008 Gamelogs / 2008 Splits / vs. HOU Current Lineup
 Split         Opp Dec   IP   H   R   ER  BB  SO HR ERA/Pit GmSc
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 2008 (2-2)             49.1  59  31  28  26  39  6    5.11      
 2007 (0-1)             26.1  25  13  11  12  26  1    3.76      
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 Last 7 GS         1-1  36    45  23  20  18  25  5    5.00   43 
 2008-05-25   @WSN  ND   4.1   7   6   6   3   3  1      86   25 
 2008-05-20   @PIT   W   5.2   4   0   0   1   6  0     116   66 
 2008-05-14    LAD  ND   6.2   7   3   1   2   4  1     103   54 
 2008-05-09    STL  ND   5     3   3   3   3   4  1      83   50 
 2008-05-03   @HOU   L   4     9   6   5   4   3  2      93   21 
 2008-04-27    FLA  ND   5.1   6   2   2   3   3  0      97   48 
 2008-04-22    STL  ND   5     9   3   3   2   2  0     106   37 
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 Last 5 v.HOU      0-1   4     9   6   5   4   3  2   11.25   21 
 2008-05-03   @HOU   L   4     9   6   5   4   3  2      93   21 
Lineups / Orders / Splits: Bat / Pitch / GL: Bat / Pitch
 Home:   13-10   Road:   13-18   ExtrInn: 6-4 
 vsRHP:  16-22   vsLHP:  10-6    1-Run:  11-6 
 vsEast:  8-10   vsCntrl:14-13   vsWest:  4-2  IL: 0-3 

Last 10 Games
Gm# Date & Box   Opp W/L Score      Record   Place/GB
 54 Thu, May 29   ATL  L   1-8       26-28  4th  7.0 gb
 53 Wed, May 28   ATL  W   1-0       26-27  4th  6.0 gb
 52 Tue, May 27   ATL  W   3-2       25-27  4th  6.0 gb
 51 Mon, May 26  @WSN  W   4-3 (11)  24-27  5th  6.0 gb
 50 Sun, May 25  @WSN  L   6-7       23-27  5th  6.0 gb
 49 Sat, May 24  @WSN  W   5-2       23-26  4th  6.0 gb
 48 Fri, May 23  @WSN  L   1-5       22-26  4th  7.0 gb
 47 Thu, May 22  @PIT  L   4-8       22-25  4th  6.0 gb
 46 Wed, May 21  @PIT  W   4-1       22-24  4th  5.5 gb
 45 Tue, May 20  @PIT  W   7-2       21-24  4th  6.5 gb
 Last 10: 6-4    Last 20:10-10   Last 30:12-18
Last 10 games for these teams head-to-head
Sun, May 04, 2008 HOU  8  MIL  6 (12)   W:Tim Byrdak (1-0), L: Mitch Stetter (1-1), S: none
Sat, May 03, 2008 HOU  6  MIL  2        W:Brandon Backe (2-3), L: Manny Parra (1-2), S: none
Fri, May 02, 2008 HOU  7  MIL  4        W:Roy Oswalt (3-3), L: Carlos Villanueva (1-3), S: Jose Valverde (6)

Wed, Sep 19, 2007 HOU  5  MIL  4 (10)   W:Brad Lidge (5-2), L: Matt Wise (3-2), S: none
Tue, Sep 18, 2007 MIL  9 @HOU  1        W:Claudio Vargas (11-4), L: Felipe Paulino  (0-1), S: none
Mon, Sep 17, 2007 MIL  6 @HOU  0        W:Yovani Gallardo (9-4), L: Matt Albers (4-9), S: none
Wed, Sep 05, 2007 MIL 14  HOU  2        W:Yovani Gallardo (7-4), L: Matt Albers (4-7), S: none
Tue, Sep 04, 2007 MIL  5  HOU  3        W:Carlos Villanueva (7-3), L: Brandon Backe (0-1), S: Francisco Cordero (40)
Mon, Sep 03, 2007 HOU  9 @MIL  7        W:Dave Borkowski (4-3), L: Greg Aquino (0-1), S: Chad Qualls (4)
Sun, Aug 12, 2007 HOU  6  MIL  4        W:Mark McLemore (2-0), L: Carlos Villanueva (6-3), S: Brad Lidge (8)
Season Series: 2008 - HOU leads 3-0; 2007 - MIL won 13-5; 2006 - HOU won 10-5; All-Time - HOU leads 97-65

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

Stat

Best

Middle

Worst

RS/G

CHC  5.63

LAD  4.47

SDP  3.55

RA/G

TOR  3.55

FLA  4.65

TEX  5.51

BA

C. Jones  .420

J. Hermida  .266

R. Weeks  .204

OBP

C. Jones  .500

K. Millar  .330

K. Greene  .262

SLG

L. Berkman  .758

E. Encarnacion  .422

J. Bartlett  .286

OPS

L. Berkman  1.228

J. Loney  .756

F. Sanchez  .574

ERA

E. Volquez  1.31

J. Suppan  3.93

B. Bonser  6.16

K/9IP

E. Volquez  11.03

N. Robertson  6.33

J. Garland  2.38

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Houston Astros Batters (4.80 RS/G) vs. Milwaukee Brewers Pitchers (4.80 RA/G) -- OPS ranges: bad - ≤.650; avg: .750; good: ≥.850
PA/OPS 43.Parra*
G/S/vB
45.DiFelice
G/S/vB
48.Dillard
G/S/vB
58.Mota
G/S/vB
51.Shouse*
G/S/vB
50.Tavarez
G/S/vB
16.Torres
G/S/vB
12.Villanueva
G/S/vB
PA/vRHBA/OBP/SLG/OPSvLH/RHRdLast 28dSB/CSHR/E
11.Ausmus G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· 10/.311 ··· 22/.714 23/.225 2/.000 73/54 .188/.197/.275/.473 .722/.385 .531 44/.489 0/1 1/
17.Berkman# G/S/vP 3/1.334 ··· ··· 9/.583 5/.933 14/.900 18/1.325 10/1.300 234/184 .384/.470/.758/1.228 1.169/1.245 1.119 115/1.433 10/1 17/
27.Blum# G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· 3/.000 1/.000 9/.444 6/.334 2/.500 102/88 .227/.255/.351/.605 .305/.645 .393 27/.662 0/0 3/
14.Bourn* G/S/vP 3/1.666 ··· ··· 1/.000 1/.000 ··· 3/1.167 4/.250 217/166 .214/.279/.306/.585 .490/.613 .526 117/.580 24/3 3/
22.Cruz# G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· 9/.904 ··· 5/.600 3/.333 1/.000 53/32 .119/.302/.143/.445 .521/.397 .339 15/.833 0/0 0/
2.Erstad* G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· 7/.858 13/.308 2/2.000 3/.666 ··· 70/65 .309/.329/.471/.799 1.000/.783 .905 26/.946 1/1 1/
45.Lee G/S/vP 3/2.000 ··· ··· 7/.714 ··· 10/1.067 7/.310 10/1.000 226/182 .269/.310/.510/.819 .734/.840 .844 112/.827 3/0 12/
8.Loretta G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· 9/.888 1/2.000 12/.788 11/1.000 6/.000 108/78 .255/.343/.319/.662 1.142/.495 .593 23/.978 0/0 0/
3.Matsui# G/S/vP 4/1.250 ··· ··· 4/1.000 2/1.000 4/.000 1/.000 4/.500 172/128 .262/.351/.342/.693 .813/.654 .737 116/.704 11/1 1/
9.Pence G/S/vP 2/.000 ··· ··· 5/.000 ··· ··· 3/.000 7/1.286 214/166 .305/.350/.482/.833 .776/.849 .738 108/1.015 5/4 7/
10.Tejada G/S/vP 3/1.667 ··· ··· 2/2.000 3/.000 18/.889 2/.500 3/2.334 235/186 .329/.357/.500/.857 .835/.863 .798 114/.765 4/3 6/
46.Towles G/S/vP 2/.000 ··· ··· 1/.000 ··· ··· ··· ··· 132/112 .143/.267/.286/.553 .954/.488 .452 57/.273 0/0 4/
21.Wigginton G/S/vP 2/1.000 ··· ··· 1/.000 1/2.000 12/.962 7/.714 6/.666 104/78 .269/.337/.430/.767 .945/.708 .600 81/.784 3/0 2/
IP 49.1 2.2 4.2 21.2 19.0 14.2 33.0 52.0 TOTAL .263/.324/.423/.747 .806/.731 .691 .792 61/14 58/31
ERA-K/9 5.11/7.1 10.13/6.7 0.00/3.8 3.32/10.4 2.37/5.7 6.75/4.3 2.73/6.8 6.06/6.4 4.48/6.5

 Catcher Def.
 (SB-CS-PB)
 Ausmus (6-1-2)
 Towles (10-5-1)

OF G: LF / CF / RF - A

BF/BA 227/.301 13/.385 15/.071 94/.231 75/.206 74/.333 138/.240 234/.305 .266  Bourn
 Lee
 Pence
 Erstad
 Cruz
0/51/0/5
53/0/0/4
0/0/52/4
13/5/3/1
10/4/3/0
OPS .833 1.000 .205 .628 .620 .805 .643 .900 .774
vs LHB (BF-OPS) 40/.721 3/2.333 6/.167 39/.951 36/.389 32/.981 64/.648 114/.668 .757
vs RHB (BF-OPS) 187/.858 10/.600 9/.222 55/.393 39/.853 42/.663 74/.636 120/1.121 .787
Home 122/.709 / 5/.400 44/.825 39/.464 31/.907 56/.566 132/.724 .734
Last 28d days 115/.886 13/1.000 15/.205 34/.491 36/.553 25/.858 61/.556 105/1.028
HR/SB/CS 6/7/3 1/0/0 0/0/1 1/3/0 3/1/1 0/3/0 2/1/2 12/3/2 69/30/21
Usage ····X··· ····o··o X··oX·o· ····XX·· X··X··X· X·o····· ·ooo·X·· ···X·o··
Milwaukee Brewers Batters (4.24 RS/G) vs. Houston Astros Pitchers (4.73 RA/G) -- OPS ranges: bad - ≤.650; avg: .750; good: ≥.850
PA/OPS 41.Backe
G/S/vB
26.Brocail
G/S/vB
48.Byrdak*
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
14.Branyan* G/S/vP 3/.666 ··· ··· 3/.000 ··· ··· 17/16 .308/.471/.692/1.163 .000/1.250 1.825 17/1.163 0/0 1/
8.Braun G/S/vP 6/1.133 4/2.000 1/no AB ··· 2/.500 ··· 231/173 .286/.316/.555/.871 .743/.911 1.091 111/.962 1/3 13/
25.Cameron G/S/vP 17/.862 6/.333 ··· 9/.958 3/.666 ··· 124/98 .230/.290/.451/.742 .724/.746 .303 109/.754 3/1 6/
30.Counsell* G/S/vP 1/.000 1/no AB 1/.000 4/.000 1/.000 1/.000 74/67 .219/.324/.297/.621 .000/.692 .287 30/.508 1/0 0/
27.Dillon G/S/vP ··· ··· 1/no AB ··· ··· ··· 35/25 .276/.382/.310/.693 1.414/.432 .311 23/.751 0/0 0/
28.Fielder* G/S/vP 9/.347 3/.333 1/.000 2/.500 2/4.000 1/.000 232/161 .273/.362/.423/.785 .715/.816 .809 110/.782 0/0 6/
2.Hall G/S/vP 12/.705 1/.000 1/no AB 5/.600 4/.000 1/.000 200/146 .227/.296/.420/.716 1.162/.556 .876 86/.647 3/4 9/
7.Hardy G/S/vP 6/.500 2/2.500 1/.000 4/.500 3/.333 ··· 201/149 .249/.330/.316/.646 .635/.647 .636 95/.695 1/0 2/
1.Hart G/S/vP 9/1.445 1/.000 1/.000 3/.000 2/.000 1/.000 219/166 .302/.352/.472/.824 .838/.819 .753 104/.864 9/3 6/
33.Kapler G/S/vP 1/.000 1/no AB ··· ··· ··· 1/.000 85/43 .296/.318/.494/.811 .920/.699 .801 28/.618 3/0 4/
18.Kendall G/S/vP 8/.946 5/.650 1/.000 3/.000 3/.666 1/.000 190/145 .259/.340/.343/.684 .762/.659 .725 89/.593 2/2 0/
11.Rivera G/S/vP 3/.666 1/.000 ··· ··· ··· ··· 29/25 .321/.345/.464/.809 .500/.860 .844 13/.615 1/0 1/
23.Weeks G/S/vP 11/.864 4/1.250 ··· 7/.000 2/.000 ··· 246/182 .204/.327/.359/.686 .831/.637 .580 116/.680 8/3 7/
IP 62.1 29.0 14.0 27.0 26.1 18.0 TOTAL .249/.321/.400/.721 .772/.704 .723 .727 36/17 55/35
ERA-K/9 4.19/6.9 2.79/7.8 0.00/3.9 4.00/11.0 5.13/5.5 5.00/7.0 4.46/6.5

 Catcher Def.
 (SB-CS-PB)
 Kendall (20-17-3)
 Rivera (10-4-1)

OF G: LF / CF / RF - A

BF/BA 274/.264 114/.241 58/.204 120/.259 114/.279 81/.221 .275  Braun
 Hart
 Cameron
 Kapler
 Dillon
51/0/0/3
0/0/53/3
0/27/0/0
4/16/6/0
1/0/0/0
OPS .813 .624 .642 .770 .957 .764 .802
vs LHB (BF-OPS) 124/.924 49/.858 25/.501 56/.626 48/.869 31/.683 .837
vs RHB (BF-OPS) 150/.719 65/.445 33/.760 64/.885 66/1.023 50/.817 .776
Road 145/.899 55/.575 32/.693 56/.944 60/1.018 41/.762 .787
Last 28d days 128/.769 53/.591 42/.626 55/.506 44/1.044 44/.817
HR/SB/CS 11/1/0 2/1/1 0/2/1 4/3/0 10/0/1 2/1/0 76/16/6
Usage ······X· o····Xo· ··X··X·o ·o····X· ··o·Xo·X ····oo·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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