Matchup/Diary Game # 120 vs. Cubs

 

Carlos Zambrano   Roy Oswalt
9 - 5, 3.17    14 - 9, 2.57

You may not have noticed, but the pitching matchups have grown harder as the Cubs series has progressed. Rusch-Maddux-Zambrano would map a steep slope if graphed on the abcissa of hitter's difficulty. For example, Rusch would rank somewhere around 50th in the league if he qualified for batting average against; Maddux ranks 38th, and now Zambrano ranks fifth.

And unlike Roy Oswalt, Zambrano has actually been good two appearances out of his last three.

It feels like treason, almost, to suggest that Oswalt--badass, junkyard dog Oswalt--hasn't been pitching that well lately, but it's true:

Zambrano and Oswalt over the Last Three
Zambrano GAME ROLLING  
Zambrano IP H BB ER   WHIP   WHIP ERA
8/2 @PHI 8 4 1 0 0.63 0.63 0.00
8/7 @NYM 3 4 3 2 2.33 1.09 6.00
8/12 STL 6 6 1 0 1.17 1.12 0.00
Three-Game Totals 17 14 5 2 1.12 --- 1.06
 
Oswalt GAME ROLLING  
Oswalt IP H BB ER   WHIP   WHIP ERA
7/31 NYM 6 9 1 3 1.67 1.67 4.50
8/6 @SF 7 9 1 3 1.43 1.54 3.86
8/12 PIT 7 10 2 4 1.71 1.60 5.14
Three-Game Totals 20 28 4 10 1.60 --- 4.50

Jim Molony, over on the official site, broaches the subject, and I'll pipe in, too: Lance Berkman has four RBI in August, with two coming in one game. Need to step it up, Lance, stomachache or no.

A victory tonight and the Astros can more or less go on with business as usual; a loss, and we go to standby panic mode.

Go Astros.

Please.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join The Crawfish Boxes

You must be a member of The Crawfish Boxes to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Crawfish Boxes. You should read them.

Join The Crawfish Boxes

You must be a member of The Crawfish Boxes to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Crawfish Boxes. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker