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Matchup/Game Thread Game # 49 at Pirates

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Taylor Buchholz Ian Snell
3 - 3, 4.35 3 - 3, 5.74

Tonight's game is a rematch of one played April 22nd as Buchholz and Snell square off once more. You probably recall Buchholz came within one one batter of throwing a complete game shutout, but had to leave after giving up a single to Jack Wilson in the ninth following the error by Bruntlett.

You may not recall that it was Lidge who relieved Taylor with two men on, nor that it was Jason Bay who Lidge then struck out.

Think about that for a second.

OK, now that you've done that. These are two young righthanded pitchers l who are each 3 - 3, but Taylor makes a difference for himself with better secondaries, as they say. Even with the two terrible outings, Buchholz' WHIP remains excellent: if he qualified, his 1.09 would be tied with Jake Peavy for fifth in the league. Snell, on the other hand, has a 1.72.

Snell appears to be more of a strikeout pitcher, with 37 in 47 innings to only 24 in 49-2/3 for Buchholz, but Taylor walks half as many, and therefore has the better K/BB.

Both have a slight tendency to the groundball:

Snell GroundBall/FlyBall
Game by Game
Date Opp Team Result GB FB Ratio Dec.
Apr. 6 @CIN L 6-5 5 5 1.00 -
Apr. 11 LAD W 7-6 11 11 1.00 -
Apr. 16 CHC L 7-3 8 6 1.33 Loss
Apr. 22 @HOU L 3-0 9 8 1.13 Loss
Apr. 28 PHI W 3-1 8 5 1.6 Win
May. 3 @NYM L 4-3 8 4 2.00 -
May. 9 ARI W 3-0 9 7 1.29 Win
May. 14 FLA L 8-2 3 4 0.75 Loss
May. 20 @CLE W 9-6 8 5 1.6 Win
Totals 69 55 1.25
Buchholz GroundBall/FlyBall
Game by Game
Date Opp Team Result GB FB Ratio Dec.
Apr. 7 WAS W 6-1 4 3 1.33 ---
Apr. 13 @SF L 5-3 2 7 0.29 Loss
Apr. 17 MIL W 8-7 8 8 1.00 ---
Apr. 22 PIT W 3-0 8 12 0.67 Win 
Apr. 30 @CIN W 3-2 8 9 0.89 Win 
May. 5 @COL L 5-4 16 8 2.00 ---
May. 10 @LAD L 9-6 11 6 1.83 Loss
May. 15 SF L 10-1 5 6 0.83 Loss
May. 21 TEX W 5-0 13 8 1.63 Win 
Totals 75 67 1.12
with Taylor I guess being a little less subject to categorization. He can be good when getting fly balls, or crappy when getting grounders.

Since Houston and Pittsburgh are 13th and 14th respectively in the league in May in runs scored, I figured it might be an interesting battle if we took a look at simple runs scored, or R + RBI - HR.

And it is interesting. Look at Preston. Even with yesterday, would you have guessed that he was the fourth most productive player this month? I know he keeps getting handed that sweet spot in the lineup but still. . . . Preston has had more than a couple sac flies that drove in runs, and you tend to dismiss those, 'cause he didn't double, but it's better than popping out to second, if you get the reference. . . .

And look at Everett. He's only hitting 70 points lower than Jack Wilson, with an OBP 40 points inferior, and in a less favorable spot in the lineup. Yet he dogs Jack Wilson in production.

Interesting that littlevisigoth noted that Ausmus is on pace for career lows in RBI and runs scored. Everyone--and I will include myself here--is so enamored of OPS, and so many people dismiss RBI, that it actually gets missed when production drops off if the currently more glamorous numbers go up.

Simple RC in May
Simple RC
in May
Astro Pos Pirate Simple RC
in May
10 Brad Ausmus C1 Ronny Paulino 14 x
x 6 Eric Munson C2 Humberto Cota 0
x 20 Lance Berkman 1B Craig Wilson 7
x 16 Craig Biggio 2B Jose Castillo 14
x 17 Adam Everett SS Jack Wilson 9
22 Morgan Ensberg 3B Freddy Sanchez 29 x
20 Willy Taveras OF1 Jason Bay 31 x
19 Preston Wilson OF2 Nate McLouth 19
9 Jason Lane OF3 Jeromy Burnitz 15 x
3 Orlando Palmeiro OF4 Jose Bautista 13 x
2 Chris Burke Util/PH Jose Hernandez 2