Ricky Nolasco hasn't started a game this year, but has pitched well in his 5.2 innings of work in relief this year, giving up 3 hits and no runs with a walk and a strike out. Unfortunately for him, he drew Roy Oswalt as his first mound opponent of the year. If there is one piece of good news for Ricky, it's that Roy-O hasn't been the typical Roy-O this season and could possibly be beatable tonight. Roy has pitched just 12 innings over his 2 starts this season and given up 8 earned runs. Last time out, Roy went 6.2 innings and failed to strike out a batter. Roy has mentioned multiple times this year that his stuff just hasn't been good. He hasn't had a very good breaking ball which made him rely almost completely on his fastball. If Roy expects to get out of this mini-slump tonight, he better have his curve ball back and he better strike some batters out. I'm not asking for a 20 strike out game... but 4-5 batters at least will do him a lot of good.
Unlike the Astros, the Marlins have started off the season hot, going 6-3 over their 9 games played and come into this series with the Astros on a 3 game win streak. The Astros sit dead last in the NL Central with a pathetic 3-7 record. Is tonight the night we turn this ship around? Hopefully...
Astros received bad news today... After announcing that Ty Wigginton was going to avoid going to the DL, they pulled that back and announced that he was going to go on the 15 day DL and be available on April 21st. To replace him the Astros have called up David Newhan from Triple-A Round Rock. Also, Kaz Matsui was scratched from his rehab start today with back spasms.
|1.||Ramirez, SS||1.||Bourn, CF|
|2.||Amezaga, CF||2.||Loretta, 2B|
|3.||Hermida, RF||3.||Berkman, 1B|
|4.||Jacobs, 1B||4.||Lee, LF|
|5.||Cantu, 3B||5.||Tejada, SS|
|6.||Gonzalez, LF||6.||Blum, 3B|
|7.||Rabelo, C||7.||Pence, RF|
|8.||Andino, 2B||8.||Towles, C|
|9.||Nolasco, P||9.||Oswalt, P|
Wow, Pence demoted to 7th... I didn't expect to see that anytime this year, although how he is hitting right now... it fits. Hopefully this demotion in the lineup will light a fire in his butt and get him moving.