View Full Version : Astros @ Mets (8/22 - 8/25)

08-21-2008, 10:16 PM

Friday, August 22nd, 7:10 PM ET - - - Shea Stadium

Roy Oswalt, RHP (11-8, 4.28) - Houston Astros (64-63)

Johan Santana, LHP (11-7, 2.75) - New York Mets (71-57)

Scouting Report:

ASTROS: Astros manager Cecil Cooper called Oswalt's last start the second-best outing he has seen from the ace. In the start, Oswalt one-hit the Diamondbacks over eight innings. The right-hander struck out 10, tying his season high, and walked two. He gave up four runs on six hits in his previous start against New York, taking a no-decision over six innings.

METS: The overstated, unrealistic expectations the public developed when the Mets acquired Santana were met on Sunday, when the left-hander shut out the Pirates on three hits and no walks. Santana managed that partially because the young Pirates hitters weren't particularly selective about Santana's pitches and because plate umpire Ed Hickox had a strike zone that would have been the envy of Tom Glavine and other strike-zone stretchers. Santana threw 113 pitches, few of them stressful, in pitching his fifth big league shutout. Next, he faces the team he opposed on Aug. 2. That start produced a no-decision in a 10-inning Mets loss. Santana allowed one run on three hits and two walks in 6 1/3 innings in the outing.



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Saturday, August 23rd, 7:10 PM ET - - - Shea Stadium

Brandon Backe, RHP (7-12, 5.62) - Houston Astros (64-64)

John Maine, RHP (10-7, 3.82) - New York Mets (72-57)

Scouting Report:

ASTROS: Backe's rollercoaster season took another nose dive in his last start, when he gave up 11 runs on nine hits in 5 1/3 innings against the Diamondbacks. Backe has shown control at times and lacked command at others, so the Astros aren't quite sure what they will get from start to start. He got a no-decision in his last start against the Mets this season, giving up three runs on 10 hits in six innings, and he is 1-2 all time against the Mets.

METS: Maine's sore shoulder is likely to limit him to about 100 pitches per start. And pitching coach Dan Warthen says Maine's fastball likely will be compromised for the rest of the season. Maine has pitched five innings in each of his last two starts and has exceeded five once in six starts. He hasn't faced the Astros this season.



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Sunday, August 24th, 1:10 PM ET - - - Shea Stadium

Randy Wolf, LHP (8-11, 4.81) - Houston Astros (65-64)

Oliver Perez, LHP (9-7, 3.93) - New York Mets (72-58)

Scouting Report:

ASTROS: Wolf was ineffective in his last outing, allowing six earned runs over four innings in a loss to the Brewers. He yielded five runs in the fourth inning, including a two-run single to pitcher CC Sabathia. Wolf, a former Phillie, has extensive experience against the Mets. This year, he's 2-0 against them with a 0.75 ERA, having yielded one run over 13 innings. Lifetime versus the Mets, he's 11-5 with a 3.25 ERA over 27 games, all starts.

METS: Perez pitched through control problems on Tuesday but managed to hold the Mets within range, allowing three runs to the Braves in 6 1/3 innings. Five walks proved his lack of command in the no-decision, but manager Jerry Manuel could still say after the game that Perez is one of his most consistent starters. All of the damage came in the third inning after Perez loaded the bases with no outs. But he'd survive, handing off to Mexican countryman Luis Ayala in the seventh inning with two on. He'll next face the Astros, against whom he holds a 2-2 record with a 3.31 ERA in 35 1/3 innings.



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Monday, August 25th, 7:10 PM ET - - - Shea Stadium

Brian Moehler, RHP (9-4, 3.87) - Houston Astros (66-64)

Mike Pelfrey, RHP (12-8, 3.86) - New York Mets (72-59)

Scouting Report:

ASTROS: Despite feeling off mechanically, Moehler earned his ninth win of the season in his last start, holding the Brewers to two runs (one earned) over 5 1/3 innings to extend his winning streak to five. The right-hander hasn't lost since July 4 and since then has logged five wins and three no-decisions. Moehler last faced the Reds in Cincinnati on Aug. 9, when he allowed one run over seven innings in a winning effort.

METS: Pelfrey put aside manager Jerry Manuel's concerns that the 24-year-old would tire late in the season, surviving all nine innings Wednesday and holding the Braves to three runs on three hits. After loading the bases in the sixth, Pelfrey maturely utilized the hard sink on his pitches to induce a key double play ball, limiting the inning's run total to two. Pelfrey said after the game that he was more efficient because he was marking the catcher's glove at precise locations rather than firing it in toward the plate, throwing 62 of his 108 pitches for strikes Wednesday. While he didn't face the Astros during the two teams' last encounter, he has struggled against them with a 6.32 ERA in 15 2/3 career innings.





08-22-2008, 12:51 PM
I think they will split the series. The Astros have proven that they can win some big games against teams that are better than them so I think they will come away with two. The Mets on the other hand will be a little mad about losing so they will win two.

08-22-2008, 04:48 PM
I think they will split the series. The Astros have proven that they can win some big games against teams that are better than them so I think they will come away with two. The Mets on the other hand will be a little mad about losing so they will win two.

tonights gm should be interesting; cytana vs oswalt. oh, by the way, the mets r 1 lefty short of having an all lefty line up tonight.

08-22-2008, 06:47 PM
I'm thinking tonight's game should definitely be good. I'm so amped that Church is back.

King Wright
08-22-2008, 10:19 PM
Roy was great tonight. Got to him early.

08-23-2008, 11:10 AM
Man Oswalt can seriously pitch... I hope Astros fans really appreciate having one of the best in the business toeing the rubber every 5 days.. what a tremendous pitcher.