When I wrote my last series preview about the Astros, they were one of the hottest teams in baseball. They lost two of three at Miller Park, and their win total hasn't changed much since. I'm a little worried about our starters in the homerific Minute Maid Park, but the matchups look good for another two-out-of-three:
- Friday, 7:05 CT: Chris Capuano vs. Roy Oswalt
- Saturday, 6:05 CT: Dave Bush vs. Chris Sampson
- Sunday, 1:05 CT: Claudio Vargas vs. Woody Williams
Here's an interesting factoid about the Brewers offense: apart from Johnny Estrada (who doesn't walk), Bill Hall (who doesn't suck anymore), and the third base platoon (which doesn't count), the lowest OBP on the team is .347. Including bench players, which includes official BuntMaster Tony Gwynn Jr. Let Hall complete his recovery and call up Ryan Braun and we've got a team where just about everybody is in the .350 range. By contrast, the Astros have one starter (Berkman) above the .340 mark, and walking is all he's been doing--for all the Brewers announcers talk about his fearsomeness, his slugging percentage is lower than Craig Counsell's.
Should you care for some perspective, check out:
Plunk Biggio: still my favorite Astros site, noting that Capuano hit Craig Biggio once before. Could be a big night tonight!
- The Astros Dugout has a radical plan to fix their team. Warning: Miguel Cabrera is involved.