#44 / Pitcher / Houston Astros
Aug 29, 1977
|2009 - Roy Oswalt||2-3||13||13||0||0||0||0||75.1||83||39||39||12||20||58||4.66||1.37|
#52 / Pitcher / Arizona Diamondbacks
Sep 27, 1979
|2009 - Jon Garland||4-6||13||12||0||0||0||0||69.0||82||46||43||8||32||28||5.61||1.65|
Roy O, Roy O.
What's wrong with you?
I don't know.
Well, I sorta know. He allows almost 1.5 HR every nine innings. His walk rate is the second highest of his sterling career. Lots of line drives, too many fly balls and not enough ground balls. It's a deadly combination for a starting pitcher.
He has been injured though. A right wrist injury has made it difficult for Roy to feel comfortable throwing his breaking pitches. His especially good curveball has been off thus far in 2009, which has led him to throw his slider much more frequently.
Would it bother you if the Astros traded Roy? Or maybe I should phrase it this way: how MUCH would it bother you if the Astros traded Roy. He has amassed the greatest career of any Astros starter in team history. For the most part, he shuts up, pitches through injury and takes the ball every fifth day. At season's end though, he cleans out his locker and heads back home to Mississippi. No problem with that. It's his home. He's a grown man, and can do what he wants. It doesn't exactly make the hometown fans fall in love with the guy, the way Houston has with Lance Berkman, Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell. Even Hunter Pence has built himself a house here in town. Again, Roy can do what he wants, but this does factor into the equation, as far as I'm concerned.