|Brian Lawrence||Roy Oswalt|
|3 - 3, 6.86||10 - 7, 2.54|
For the first time since they were swept by the Baltimore Orioles, the Astros face off against a division-leading team starting this afternoon, and like the Texas series that turned out so well, you can treat this one as a benchmark. I suppose a split would be acceptable, but anything worse puts a severe damper on the progress that the team has made over the last month.
Fortunately, San Diego comes in more than a little banged up: their nmber one catcher, Ramon Hernandez is out, and their number one first baseman, Phil Nevin, too.
Went out of my way to find a stat where the AStros as a team lead the Padres as a team, and found it in isolated power. See? our power numbers aren't that bad, at least not compared to our hitting numbers . . . .
|x||.161||Robert Fick||C1||Brad Ausmus||.058|
|.070||Miguel Ojeda||C2||Raul Chavez||.076||x|
|x||.221||Mark Sweeney||1B||Lance Berkman||.165|
|x||.286||Eric Young||2B||Craig Biggio||.193|
|.043||Sean Burroughs||3B||Morgan Ensberg||.301||x|
|.151||Khalil Greene||SS||Adam Everett||.150|
|.213||Brian Giles||OF1||Jason Lane||.241||x|
|x||.199||Ryan Klesko||OF2||Chris Burke||.081|
|x||.189||Dave Roberts||OF3||Willy Taveras||.078|
|x||.239||Xavier Nady||OF4||Orlando Palmeiro||.176|
|x||.117||Damian Jackson||UTIL/PH||Jose Vizcaino||.086|
|.000||Brian Lawrence||P1||Roy Oswalt||.000|
|.000||Dennys Reyes||P2||Brandon Backe||.107||x|
|.000||Jake Peavy||P3||Andy Pettitte||.000|
|.000||Woody Williams||P4||Wandy Rodriguez||.000|