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Game Preview: HOU @ MIL, 7:05pm, Saturday, July 26, 2008 @Miller Park

Houston Astros, 47-55, 6th, 12½ GB, 11½ GB in WC

SP: Brandon Backe (30, RHP, 6-10, 4.79)

   2008 Gamelogs / 2008 Splits / vs. MIL Current Lineup
 Split         Opp Dec   IP   H   R   ER  BB  SO HR ERA/Pit GmSc
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 2008 (6-10)           118.1 132  65  63  50  91 23    4.79      
 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         2-2  41    46  20  20  15  35  5    4.39   49 
 2008-07-20    CHC   L   6.2   8   4   4   0   8  1      93   50 
 2008-07-13   @WSN   W   7     5   0   0   4   5  0     107   68 
 2008-07-08   @PIT  ND   3     3   0   0   0   3  0      48   56 
 2008-07-03    LAD   L   6.2   7   5   5   2   8  2     102   46 
 2008-06-28    BOS  ND   5.1   9   6   6   3   5  0     108   28 
 2008-06-22   @TBR   W   6.2   6   2   2   4   5  1      82   55 
 2008-06-17   @BAL  ND   5.2   8   3   3   2   1  1      97   40 
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 Last 5 v.MIL      1-3  26.2  30  18  17  13  11  9    5.74   42 
 2008-06-11    MIL   L   4     7   5   5   2   2  3      76   28 
 2008-05-30   @MIL   L   5     6   5   5   1   4  3      96   38 
 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 
Lineups / Orders / Splits: Bat / Pitch / GL: Bat / Pitch
 Home:   24-25   Road:   23-30   ExtrInn: 1-3 
 vsRHP:  32-40   vsLHP:  15-15   1-Run:  15-19
 vsEast: 10-9    vsCntrl:18-24   vsWest: 12-11 IL: 7-11

Last 10 Games
Gm# Date & Box   Opp W/L Score      Record   Place/GB
102 Fri, Jul 25  @MIL  W   3-1       47-55  6th 12.5 gb
101 Wed, Jul 23   PIT  L   7-8       46-55  6th 13.0 gb
100 Tue, Jul 22   PIT  L   2-8       46-54  5th 12.0 gb
 99 Mon, Jul 21   PIT  L   3-9       46-53  5th 12.0 gb
 98 Sun, Jul 20   CHC  L   0-9       46-52  5th 12.0 gb
 97 Sat, Jul 19   CHC  W   4-1       46-51  5th 11.0 gb
 96 Fri, Jul 18   CHC  W   2-1       45-51  5th 12.0 gb
 95 Sun, Jul 13  @WSN  W   5-0       44-51  6th 13.0 gb
 94 Sat, Jul 12  @WSN  W   6-4       43-51  6th 14.0 gb
 93 Fri, Jul 11  @WSN  L   0-10      42-51  6th 14.0 gb
 Last 10: 5-5    Last 20: 8-12   Last 30:14-16
Milwaukee Brewers, 59-44, 2nd, 1 GB, 5 up in WC

SP: David Bush (28, RHP, 5-8, 4.39)

   2008 Gamelogs / 2008 Splits / vs. HOU Current Lineup
 Split         Opp Dec   IP   H   R   ER  BB  SO HR ERA/Pit GmSc
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 2008 (5-8)            106.2  97  57  52  26  66 15    4.39      
 2007 (12-10)          186.1 217 110 106  44 134 27    5.12      
 2006 (12-11)          210   201 111 103  38 166 26    4.41      
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 Last 7 GS         3-3  46    37  18  15   7  34  2    2.93   59 
 2008-07-10    COL   W   8     3   1   0   0  13  0     124   87 
 2008-07-05    PIT  ND   8     4   1   1   0   7  0     100   77 
 2008-06-30   @ARI   L   5     9   5   4   2   1  0      75   30 
 2008-06-24   @ATL   W   7     4   1   1   1   5  0      98   69 
 2008-06-19    TOR   W   8     2   1   1   1   2  0     106   75 
 2008-06-13    MIN   L   6    10   4   3   1   3  0      88   40 
 2008-06-07   @COL   L   4     5   5   5   2   3  2      69   33 
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 Last 5 v.HOU      2-1  32.1  34  17  16   4  22  3    4.45   51 
 2008-06-01    HOU   W   7     4   1   1   0   5  1     103   70 
 2007-09-19   @HOU  ND   6     4   1   1   0   3  1      78   63 
 2007-08-10   @HOU  ND   6    11   4   4   1   3  1     110   36 
 2007-04-28   @HOU   L   5.1  10   8   7   2   4  0      98   20 
 2007-04-22    HOU   W   8     5   3   3   1   7  0     108   66 
Lineups / Orders / Splits: Bat / Pitch / GL: Bat / Pitch
 Home:   31-18   Road:   28-26   ExtrInn: 7-5 
 vsRHP:  37-34   vsLHP:  22-10   1-Run:  22-10
 vsEast: 10-11   vsCntrl:27-17   vsWest: 15-8  IL: 7-8 

Last 10 Games
Gm# Date & Box   Opp W/L Score      Record   Place/GB
103 Fri, Jul 25   HOU  L   1-3       59-44  2nd  1.0 gb
102 Thu, Jul 24  @STL  W   4-3       59-43  2nd  1.0 gb
101 Wed, Jul 23  @STL  W   3-0       58-43  2nd  1.0 gb
100 Tue, Jul 22  @STL  W   4-3       57-43  2nd  1.0 gb
 99 Mon, Jul 21  @STL  W   6-3 (10)  56-43  2nd  2.0 gb
 98 Sun, Jul 20  @SFG  W   7-4       55-43  3rd  3.0 gb
 97 Sat, Jul 19  @SFG  W   8-5       54-43  3rd  3.0 gb
 96 Fri, Jul 18  @SFG  W   9-1       53-43  3rd  4.0 gb
 95 Sun, Jul 13   CIN  W   3-2       52-43  3rd  5.0 gb
 94 Sat, Jul 12   CIN  L   2-8       51-43  3rd  6.0 gb
 Last 10: 8-2    Last 20:14-6    Last 30:20-10
Last 10 games for these teams head-to-head
Fri, Jul 25, 2008 HOU  3 @MIL  1        W:Wandy Rodriguez (6-3), L: Manny Parra (9-3), S: Jose Valverde (26)
Thu, Jun 12, 2008 MIL  9 @HOU  6        W:Ben Sheets (7-1), L: Brian Moehler (3-3), S: none
Wed, Jun 11, 2008 MIL 10 @HOU  6        W:Manny Parra (5-2), L: Brandon Backe (4-8), S: none
Tue, Jun 10, 2008 HOU  6  MIL  1        W:Roy Oswalt (5-6), L: Seth McClung (3-3), S: none
Sun, Jun 01, 2008 MIL 10  HOU  1        W:David Bush (2-5), L: Shawn Chacon (2-1), S: none
Sat, May 31, 2008 MIL  4  HOU  1        W:Ben Sheets (6-1), L: Brian Moehler (2-2), S: Salomon Torres (5)
Fri, May 30, 2008 MIL  5  HOU  1        W:Manny Parra (3-2), L: Brandon Backe (4-6), S: none
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)
Season Series: 2008 - Tied 5-5; 2007 - MIL won 13-5; 2006 - HOU won 10-5; All-Time - HOU leads 99-70

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

TEX  5.54

COL  4.61

SDP  3.76

RA/G

OAK  3.74

CLE  4.52

TEX  5.88

BA

C. Jones  .369

D. Mientkiewicz  .285

T. Pena  .152

OBP

C. Jones  .466

D. Uggla  .358

T. Pena  .174

SLG

L. Berkman  .626

R. Vazquez  .470

T. Pena  .201

OPS

L. Berkman  1.066

C. Hart  .821

T. Pena  .375

ERA

J. Duchscherer  1.87

R. Nolasco  3.99

I. Snell  6.10

K/9IP

E. Volquez  9.52

T. Wellemeyer  6.13

K. Rogers  3.48

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Houston Astros Batters (4.26 RS/G) vs. Milwaukee Brewers Pitchers (4.36 RA/G) -- OPS ranges: bad - ≤.650; avg: .750; good: ≥.850
PA/OPS 31.Bush
G/S/vB
38.Gagne
G/S/vB
58.Mota
G/S/vB
54.Riske
G/S/vB
51.Shouse*
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/.733 3/.333 11/.282 4/.500 1/no AB 23/.225 3/1.000 174/128 .229/.296/.301/.597 .786/.529 .563 47/.756 0/1 1/
17.Berkman# G/S/vP 30/.815 10/.400 9/.583 2/1.000 5/.933 19/1.240 12/1.250 427/310 .341/.440/.626/1.066 .899/1.133 1.026 94/.757 15/2 22/
27.Blum# G/S/vP 10/1.278 8/.500 4/.500 2/.000 2/1.000 6/.334 2/.500 177/150 .217/.260/.349/.609 .354/.646 .489 41/.654 1/0 6/
14.Bourn* G/S/vP 3/.666 1/no AB 4/.000 1/no AB 2/.000 3/1.167 5/.200 374/271 .227/.285/.301/.586 .598/.582 .487 62/.512 33/7 4/
2.Erstad* G/S/vP 7/.286 5/.800 8/.750 2/.500 14/.286 4/1.000 1/.000 167/140 .276/.319/.391/.710 .589/.733 .717 51/.531 1/2 2/
45.Lee G/S/vP 15/.600 4/.750 8/.625 15/.762 ··· 9/.236 13/.923 422/316 .306/.355/.543/.898 .975/.872 .863 99/1.083 4/1 22/
8.Loretta G/S/vP 15/1.159 8/.946 10/1.300 3/.333 1/2.000 11/1.000 6/.000 202/139 .264/.327/.374/.700 .957/.591 .640 56/.725 0/0 3/
3.Matsui# G/S/vP 3/.000 2/1.000 6/.666 2/.000 2/1.000 2/1.000 7/.286 305/214 .280/.349/.377/.726 .798/.695 .740 51/.970 17/4 2/
31.Newhan* G/S/vP 16/.813 ··· ··· ··· 3/.000 ··· 2/.000 29/26 .250/.276/.393/.669 .000/.748 .422 20/.618 0/0 0/
9.Pence G/S/vP 10/.944 2/1.500 6/.000 1/5.000 1/.000 3/.000 10/.900 411/304 .264/.302/.420/.721 .730/.718 .717 97/.633 7/8 12/
55.Quintero G/S/vP 3/.666 ··· 2/.000 ··· ··· 2/.000 2/.000 49/35 .229/.229/.271/.500 .308/.571 .611 15/.286 0/0 0/
10.Tejada G/S/vP 19/.498 7/1.771 2/2.000 11/1.364 3/.000 3/.333 6/1.500 422/311 .272/.310/.413/.724 .745/.716 .646 85/.506 7/4 10/
21.Wigginton G/S/vP 9/.777 2/.000 3/.000 3/.000 1/2.000 7/.714 8/.500 254/174 .267/.358/.443/.802 .991/.719 .761 73/.829 4/4 8/
IP 106.2 25.1 35.1 32.0 34.2 54.2 79.2 TOTAL .259/.322/.404/.725 .779/.706 .676 .696 89/34 98/49
ERA-K/9 4.39/5.6 6.75/8.2 5.60/7.9 4.22/6.2 2.34/5.7 2.63/6.1 4.74/6.9 3.96/6.9

 Catcher Def.
 (SB-CS-PB)
 Ausmus (14-4-3)
 Quintero (8-2-0)

OF G: LF / CF / RF - A

BF/BA 443/.238 120/.297 158/.277 137/.246 138/.217 227/.237 346/.274 .255  Pence
 Bourn
 Lee
 Erstad
0/0/98/8
0/90/0/7
96/0/0/4
30/16/4/2
OPS .723 .938 .824 .734 .610 .635 .796 .733
vs LHB (BF-OPS) 205/.724 60/.820 70/1.035 61/.888 67/.448 102/.668 161/.633 .734
vs RHB (BF-OPS) 238/.722 60/1.059 88/.654 76/.614 71/.771 125/.608 185/.936 .732
Home 240/.618 61/.909 77/.972 66/.943 71/.413 96/.510 199/.654 .693
Last 28d days 81/.551 24/.942 23/1.288 40/.675 29/.621 40/.581 53/.512
HR/SB/CS 15/11/4 7/0/0 6/4/0 4/1/1 4/1/1 3/1/2 15/4/2 110/46/30
Usage ········ ·o··o··· ····X··· X···o·o· ···o·o·· ·o·oXoo· X····oo·
Milwaukee Brewers Batters (4.68 RS/G) vs. Houston Astros Pitchers (4.85 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
29.Geary
G/S/vB
54.Paronto
G/S/vB
43.Sampson
G/S/vB
47.Valverde
G/S/vB
53.Wright*
G/S/vB
PA/vRHBA/OBP/SLG/OPSvLH/RHHmLast 28dSB/CSHR/E
14.Branyan* G/S/vP 7/1.571 ··· 3/.000 2/.000 2/.000 1/.000 5/.000 2/.000 134/120 .246/.328/.593/.922 .000/1.040 1.164 41/.406 1/0 11/
8.Braun G/S/vP 12/1.591 6/1.333 2/.500 2/.000 ··· 7/.715 1/2.000 1/.000 440/326 .299/.339/.580/.919 .875/.934 1.057 101/1.011 9/3 26/
25.Cameron G/S/vP 22/1.206 7/.286 1/no AB 11/1.150 2/.000 5/1.400 11/.773 1/.000 283/214 .231/.322/.478/.799 .950/.752 .657 91/.902 8/4 15/
30.Counsell* G/S/vP 3/.000 1/no AB 3/.333 5/.000 1/.000 8/.393 5/.600 2/1.000 157/140 .244/.344/.333/.677 .494/.700 .692 19/.635 2/1 1/
5.Durham# G/S/vP 10/.733 12/.878 2/.000 3/2.000 5/.200 6/.334 13/.581 1/no AB 310/228 .286/.377/.405/.783 .677/.819 .786 63/.838 6/2 3/
28.Fielder* G/S/vP 14/.599 3/.333 4/.000 3/1.334 ··· 8/1.125 4/.500 5/.000 439/300 .277/.371/.497/.869 .757/.922 1.034 101/.906 2/0 20/
2.Hall G/S/vP 12/.705 1/.000 1/no AB 12/.555 1/2.000 8/1.071 6/.500 1/.000 322/215 .228/.290/.429/.718 1.043/.561 .919 74/.847 4/5 14/
7.Hardy G/S/vP 11/1.170 3/1.666 1/.000 6/1.000 ··· 5/1.250 5/.400 1/3.000 383/281 .299/.363/.491/.854 .937/.826 .787 110/1.173 2/1 14/
1.Hart G/S/vP 15/1.200 2/.000 3/1.000 4/.000 1/.000 9/1.431 6/1.166 2/.000 416/304 .283/.322/.499/.821 .784/.835 .709 94/.705 15/3 16/
33.Kapler G/S/vP 1/.000 1/no AB 1/.000 1/.000 3/.666 ··· 1/5.000 2/.500 165/99 .305/.341/.500/.841 .968/.754 .877 33/.796 3/0 5/
18.Kendall G/S/vP 12/.878 5/.650 2/2.500 3/.666 ··· 8/1.911 4/.000 2/.000 367/270 .252/.335/.330/.665 .671/.663 .611 93/.557 6/2 1/
11.Rivera G/S/vP 3/.666 1/.000 1/.000 1/.000 1/.000 2/2.500 ··· ··· 50/40 .319/.360/.447/.807 .522/.875 .753 8/.804 1/0 1/
23.Weeks G/S/vP 14/.757 5/1.000 ··· 7/.858 1/.000 8/.393 7/.000 ··· 385/279 .227/.333/.383/.717 .809/.682 .603 90/.760 14/4 9/
IP 118.1 47.1 34.1 44.0 8.1 84.0 47.1 36.2 TOTAL .255/.326/.441/.767 .805/.753 .786 .802 72/24 135/67
ERA-K/9 4.79/6.9 3.61/7.8 2.88/6.0 2.45/7.6 3.24/2.2 4.50/4.4 4.75/10.5 4.66/7.8 4.56/6.6

 Catcher Def.
 (SB-CS-PB)
 Kendall (30-26-4)
 Rivera (16-4-1)

OF G: LF / CF / RF - A

BF/BA 527/.280 195/.236 152/.226 182/.204 32/.276 343/.268 211/.258 163/.213 .272  Braun
 Hart
 Cameron
 Kapler
98/0/0/7
0/0/99/4
0/66/0/1
6/28/11/0
OPS .854 .637 .779 .561 .805 .707 .812 .751 .802
vs LHB (BF-OPS) 241/.881 85/.850 65/.632 77/.684 13/.481 144/.666 92/.727 66/.549 .818
vs RHB (BF-OPS) 286/.831 110/.474 87/.897 105/.471 19/1.036 199/.736 119/.872 97/.898 .791
Road 292/.864 94/.664 74/.810 80/.439 26/.925 190/.547 99/.814 76/.731 .789
Last 28d days 125/.777 37/.637 52/.826 65/.501 32/.805 68/.449 43/.802 41/.636
HR/SB/CS 23/3/3 4/1/1 5/3/1 1/0/0 1/0/0 6/2/1 10/6/0 5/5/0 141/35/13
Usage ·····X·· ··X·X·o· ···Xoo·· ··X·X··X ···o·o·· X·X··Xo· X···X·X· o·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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