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Roy Oswalt Josh Fogg
6 - 4, 3.20 1 - 5, 4.53
First off some numbers, you tell me from whose statistical record they are culled:
W/L ERA BAA OPSa
2 - 3 5.91 .298 .819
Woody? Albers? The "old" Wandy?

Nope. It's Roy Oswalt on the road this year.

Astounding.

Good news is that reports of our demise in Colorado are exaggerated; yes, we were swept in Denver last year, but if Roy can get a win under his belt today, it will mark the second Astros series victory at Colorado in the last three years.

The other day, when I was feeling so grouchy from this team that I actually changed my signature, I and StrosBro had engaged in something of an argument regarding Ensberg.

Partially due the the fact that I already consider the season something of a lost cause, and partly because of the power upside, I feel that Ensberg should play just about every day.

StrosBro--a noted champion of Loretta's--had taken issue with this, and especially took issue with the fact that I called Ensberg above average defensively.

I fired back, even going so far as to say the defensive stats were for the end of the year, but little did I know then that Michael Lichtman would soon release his Ultimate Zone Ratings inseason for the first time.

I guess defensive stats ARE for the middle of the year.

The list is sorted by total runs saved, arrived at by summing runnings saved through superior range, runs saved through fielding errors (or lack thereof) and runs saved through throwing errors (yadda yadda yadda).

Ultimate Zone Rating, April and May
Name Pos Runs
Saved
(Range)
Runs Saved
(Fielding
Errors)
Runs Saved
(Other
Errors)
Total
Runs
Saved
G
Adam Everett 6 8 1 0 9 36
Jason Lane 9 1 1 0 2 17
Craig Biggio 4 1 1 0 2 31
Hunter Pence 8 1 0 0 1 31
Jason Lane 8 1 0 0 1 3
Lance Berkman 3 0 0 0 0 38
Chris Burke 4 0 0 0 0 1
Mark Loretta 3 0 0 0 0 1
Mark Loretta 5 -1 1 0 0 9
Mark Loretta 4 0 0 0 0 6
Orlando Palmeiro 9 -1 0 0 -1 3
Mike Lamb 3 -1 0 0 -1 4
Luke Scott 9 0 -1 0 -1 20
Lance Berkman 9 -1 0 0 -1 3
Brad Ausmus 3 0 -1 0 -1 1
Carlos Lee 7 -3 1 0 -2 33
Mark Loretta 6 -3 0 0 -3 4
Chris Burke 8 -3 0 0 -3 11
Mike Lamb 5 -2 -2 0 -4 15
Morgan Ensberg 5 -2 -3 0 -5 23

Gosh, Ensberg takes quite a hit. Not only has he rated out worse than Loretta at third, he's rated worse than Lamb.

He's the most harmful defensive player on the field!

This is quite a development; if I had said that Ensberg is above average defensively, I did so because he has been. But it's obviously not just his hitting that has fallen off.