Houston Astros : Streaking

No, not that type of streaking.  The Astros are actually starting to come around offensively and have scored no less than 5 runs in any of their last 5 games; ultimately winning all of them.  The Astros now sit just 1 game behind .500 and in sole possession of 4th place in the NL Central.

After Saturdays loss to the Colorado Rockies, Hunter Pence was hitting just over .200 at .206 and was finally starting to look like a decent big league hitter.  After today's 5-3 win over the Reds(in which Hunter Pence hit 1st), Hunter is sitting at .268.  Not where he was last season, but definitely a positive number after his pathetic start to the season.  Over the last 5 games, Hunter has went 9 for 19 with 5 RBI's, a home run and 3 doubles.  Pence had just 13 hits and 2 RBI's through the 1st 16 games of the season.  Pence has been a great addition to the team for the last week or so and has played a big part in the Astros success over this win streak.  I'm not going to go as far as saying he's the reason the Astros are doing so well... but obviously his additions aren't hurting the team any more.

    Some Notable Stats 
  • Lance Berkman, last game went 3-3 with a home run and 3 RBI's.  Batting .325 on the season with an OPS of 1.102
  • Miguel Tejada, hit .469 last week with 2 home runs and 9 RBI's with an OPS of 1.219.  On the season is batting .348 with 19 RBI's and an OPS of .970
  • Astros averaging 8.2 runs per game during this 5 game win streak and have outscored opponents 41 to 20

Tomorrow the Astros take on the St. Louis Cardinals at 7:05 PM in St. Louis and with a win will sit at .500 for the 1st time this season.  The Cardinals started off the season hot, but have since cooled down, losing 4 of the last 5 games(although, they are leading in Pittsburgh 5-1 at this time).  The Astros could move ahead of the Cardinals in the division with a 3 game series sweep of the Red Birds.  I know it's kind of dumb to even mention it, but the Astros pitching has been pretty good as of late and the Cardinals are having a tough time keeping opposing teams off the scoreboard.  Hopefully the Astros surging offense can do some damage at Busch Stadium.


Batting

G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
Tim Byrdak 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000
Humberto Quintero 1 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .750
Jack Cassel 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500
Miguel Tejada 23 89 18 31 7 1 4 19 5 11 2 1 .348 .385 .584
Lance Berkman 22 80 20 26 9 1 6 20 13 10 4 0 .325 .415 .688
Kazuo Matsui 7 27 8 8 1 0 0 6 3 4 2 0 .296 .367 .333
Darin Erstad 19 35 8 10 3 0 0 4 0 8 1 1 .286 .286 .371
Carlos Lee 22 86 10 24 7 0 4 11 4 11 0 0 .279 .311 .500
Hunter Pence 21 82 11 22 7 1 1 8 4 20 1 3 .268 .299 .415
Ty Wigginton 6 20 1 5 0 0 1 2 2 5 1 0 .250 .304 .400
Mark Loretta 20 60 5 14 4 0 0 6 9 10 0 0 .233 .338 .300
J.R. Towles 18 49 7 11 2 0 4 9 8 8 0 0 .224 .377 .510
Geoff Blum 21 64 4 14 2 0 3 9 1 11 0 0 .219 .227 .391
Michael Bourn 19 74 10 16 1 1 2 4 10 16 13 0 .216 .310 .338
Tomas Perez 8 10 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .200 .200 .200
Roy Oswalt 5 10 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .200 .200 .200
Shawn Chacon 4 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 .125 .222 .125
Brandon Backe 5 8 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 .125 .125 .250
Jose Cruz 18 22 4 2 1 0 0 0 6 3 0 0 .091 .286 .136
Brad Ausmus 9 22 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 3 0 1 .091 .091 .136
Wandy Rodriguez 4 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Chris Sampson 4 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Brian Moehler 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Jose Valverde 10 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Oscar Villarreal 10 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000
David Newhan 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Doug Brocail 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Dave Borkowski 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Geoff Geary 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Wesley Wright 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

Pitching

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
Tim Byrdak 0-0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3.0 2 0 0 0 1 2 0.00 1.00
Wandy Rodriguez 1-0 4 4 0 0 0 0 23.1 21 7 6 3 5 24 2.31 1.11
Shawn Chacon 0-0 4 4 0 0 0 0 26.0 20 8 8 2 11 14 2.77 1.19
Dave Borkowski 0-0 8 0 0 0 0 0 9.1 12 3 3 1 5 6 2.89 1.82
Geoff Geary 0-1 9 0 0 0 0 0 9.1 7 3 3 1 3 10 2.89 1.07
Doug Brocail 0-0 12 0 0 0 1 0 12.0 14 5 5 1 2 12 3.75 1.33
Brandon Backe 1-2 5 5 0 0 0 0 26.0 30 13 12 4 15 18 4.15 1.73
Wesley Wright 2-0 9 0 0 0 0 0 6.1 4 3 3 1 4 7 4.26 1.26
Jack Cassel 1-0 1 1 0 0 0 0 5.0 7 3 3 0 0 1 5.40 1.40
Oscar Villarreal 0-3 10 0 0 0 0 0 14.0 17 9 9 6 2 7 5.79 1.36
Roy Oswalt 2-3 5 5 0 0 0 0 30.0 41 21 20 7 6 22 6.00 1.57
Chris Sampson 1-2 4 4 0 0 0 0 18.1 26 13 13 1 4 9 6.38 1.64
Brian Moehler 0-0 4 0 0 0 0 0 6.2 10 5 5 0 3 2 6.75 1.95
Jose Valverde 3-1 10 0 0 0 3 3 11.0 16 11 10 4 5 14 8.18 1.91



Next Game

Houston Astros
@ St. Louis Cardinals

Friday, Apr 25, 2008, 7:15 PM CDT
Busch Stadium

Shawn Chacon vs Braden Looper

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