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Astros Comparisons: One Year Ago to Today

Nothing remarkable about this story.  It's interesting to see how the Astros compare to this time last year.  So, here we are, May 30, 2009, as the Astros prepare to play the Pirates.  Last year at this time, the Astros had lost two games in a row, and played the Brewers, to whom they lost, 5-1.

Astros Record

May 30, 2009: 18-27, 8 GB

May 30, 2008, 30-26, 4.5 GB

Batters

(BA, OPS)

Bourn 2008: .209, .571 2009: .289, .741

Matsui 2008: .260, .684; 2009: .219, .583

Tejada 2008: .323, .843 2009: .344, .844

Berkman 2008: .386, 1.228; 2009: .234, .844

Lee 2008: .269, .813; 2009: .359, .876

Pence 2008: .303, .838; 2009 .351, .940

Erstad 2008: .304, .788; 2009: .146, .414

Blum 2008: .235, .619; 2009: .266, .664

Starting Rotation

Rotation on May 30, 2008

Backe 4.54 ERA

Oswalt 5.45 ERA

W. Rodriguez  2.89 ERA

 Chacon 3.59 ERA

 Sampson 6.94 ERA

6th Starter Moehler, 4.40 ERA

Rotation on May 30, 2009

Oswalt 4.62 ERA

W. Rodriguez 1.71 ERA

Hampton 5.62 ERA

Moehler 6.43 ERA

Paulino 6.75 ERA

6th starter Ortiz 4.88 ERA

 

Key Relief Pitchers on May 30

Closer

2008 Valverde 4.00 ERA; 2009 Hawkins 2.75 ERA

Set Up Pitchers

2008 Brocail 2.79 ERA; 2009 Sampson 2.17 ERA

Middle Relievers

2008: Borkowski 6.86 ERA  ; Villareal 4.94 ERA

; 2009: Fulchino 4.08 ERA; Arias 4.35 ERA

Lefthanded Specialist

2008: Wright 4.66 ERA; 2009: Byrdak 3.71 ERA

 

We could mine the comparative data above for many comments.  However, some thoughts: (1) We tend to blame the bullpen for the current Astros problems, but the bullpen appears to be better now than it was on May 30, 2008; (2) Berkman...wow, a different start to the season, eh? (3) Generally, the starting rotation was performing better in 2008, although Oswalt was a real problem at this time last year; (4) Until I typed this up, I didn't notice that Ortiz's ERA has dropped significantly below Hampton's. 

Any thoughts or comments?