Saturday, May 22, 2010

Oswalt wants out & Pitchers numbers for Saturday

Another day, another Oswalt trade request.  The Astros, now 15-27, last in the National League Central Division, won Friday night, but lost in the fight to keep All-Star pitcher Roy Oswalt.  Upset with how things are shaping up with the team, Oswalt requested a trade out of Houston, but he has a no-trade clause, and the Astros have responded by stating just that.

Management heard about the request days ago, but it has been made public now.  Oswalt has enjoyed a great season to date with a 2.66 ERA, which, if the season ended today would be his lowest ERA ever, but has only 2 wins to show for his efforts.  The 2-6 record is due to the teams lack of offense, and lack of power.

A move is on the way, it will be interesting to see where this 139-76 career pitcher will end up.  Yankees?  Wait and see.

Notes for Saturday's probable pitchers and more

In Arizona, the Blue Jays Dana Eveland will be pitching against the D'Backs on the road where he has had all his success this season: On Road, 2-1, 2.95 ERA, 10 BB, 7 K.

In Pittsburgh, the Braves Derek Lowe looks to go 8-0 vs the Pirates: Lowe in his career is 7-0, 2.89 ERA vs the Pirates and is 5-0 all-time at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

In Cleveland, Fausto Carmona will face the Reds where in his career has gone 9.1 innings pitched, allowing 1 earned run and 5 strikeouts.

In Philadelphia, the Red Sox Daisuke Matsuzaka will pitch vs the Phillies: Raul Ibanez is the only Philadelphia Phillies player to ever hit a home run off Dice-K.  Ibanez in his career vs Matsuzaka: 3-13, HR.

In Oakland, the Giants Matt Cain will look to continue his success in Oakland where is numbers are: 1-1, 15.1 innings pitched, 3 earned runs, 7 walks and 14 strikeouts (1.76 ERA)

The Padres have been on a roll, and much of their success is a tribute to their pitching staff, but then they ran into the Mariners, yes, the Mariners.  Wade LeBlanc went into Friday's start with a 2-1 record and a 1.54 ERA, but the Mariners broke out the bats and scored 8 runs against him.  His line of 3 IP, 6 H, 8 ER turned his ERA into 3.32.

The Blue Jays hit another 6 home runs Friday night vs the D'Backs, extending their league-leading total to 72.  It was the first time the team had hit 6 home runs since 1999.

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