|Pedro Martinez||Ezequiel Astacio|
|12 - 3, 2.79||1 - 4, 8.24|
Stranger things have happened than an Astacio win tonight, or a Wandy victory tomorrow, but methinks the Astros may be facing a two - nothing series deficit before we get that Two Best Lefties of Their Era showdown on Saturday.
The Mets did lose two of three at Colorado on their way into Houston, and the Astros do hold slight advantages in most offensive and most pitching categories since the All Star break, but quite simply, the pitching matchups are skewed greatly in their favor over the first two games.
Interesting and gratifying to note that the Astros lead the NL in ERA, OPS against, and Batting Average against since July 12th. But it is for games like these that you build a cushion. Although a win if it should by any great stretch of the imagination occur WOULD tie us with Washington.
The Mets and 'Stros are even in ribbies since the American League triumph in the Motor City, so I figured I'd break it down some. Looks like they got a pretty good outfield:
|RBI Post A/S||Met||Pos||Astro||RBI Post A/S|
|x||9||Mike Piazza||C1||Brad Ausmus||2|
|x||6||Ramon Castro||C2||Humberto Quintero||4|
|4||Doug Mientkiewicz||1B||Mike Lamb||12||x|
|2||Miguel Cairo||2B||Craig Biggio||5||x|
|x||8||Jose Reyes||SS||Adam Everett||1|
|x||10||David Wright||3B||Morgan Ensberg||9|
|10||Carlos Beltran||OF1||Lance Berkman||11||x|
|x||6||Cliff Floyd||OF2||Jason Lane||5|
|x||6||Mike Cameron||OF3||Willy Taveras||4|
|x||4||Marlon Anderson||OF4||Orlando Palmeiro||1|
|2||Chris Woodward||Util/PH||Eric Bruntlett||6||x|
|.0||Pedro Martinez||P1||Ezequiel Astacio||.0|
|0||Kris Benson||P2||Wandy Rodriguez||0|
|0||Tom Glavine||P3||Andy Pettitte||1||x|
|0||Kaz Ishii||P4||Roy Oswalt||1||x|