Astros lead the series 2-0
|Fri 06/26|| WP: Chris Sampson ( - ) |
SV: LaTroy Hawkins
LP: Joel Zumaya ( - )
|5 - 4 win|
|Sat 06/27|| WP: Felipe Paulino ( - ) |
LP: Alfredo Figaro ( - )
|8 - 1 win|
#36 / Pitcher / Detroit Tigers
Sep 09, 1983
|2009 - Edwin Jackson||6-4||15||15||1||0||0||0||101.1||79||33||27||7||29||79||2.40||1.07|
#23 / Pitcher / Houston Astros
Jun 05, 1974
|2009 - Russ Ortiz||3-3||19||7||0||0||0||0||57.0||55||25||22||5||32||42||3.47||1.53|
Looking at the raw numbers, you have to imagine that the Rays front office wishes they could take a mulligan on their selection of Jackson in the Jackson/Sonnanstine debacle of 2008. Depending on how you split it, though, they might not feel too bad. Jackson carries a 4.26 xFIP and a 3.04 tRA coming into this afternoon's game (make of that staggering differential however you'd like, I don't know what to say).
Ortiz has been sterling since going to the bullpen, having lowered his ERA nearly three runs in that time. Coming into today, Russ Ortiz has a 4.71 xFIP, but I can't report his tRA because tRA splits starting and relief pitching as separate measures. The Astros look to pull within a game of the break even point, and could possibly vault themselves into the top of the NL Central with a win today and a Reds and Cubs loss. Oh yeah, and they could claim the series sweep too.