Can Cardinals stay hot against Astros?

by on August 2, 2010 · 0 comments

Well that was quite the interesting weekend, wasn’t it?

Regardless of how you feel about the Ryan Ludwick / Jake Westbrook trade or how feeble the Pittsburgh Pirates are, three wins were a welcome sight for this Cardinal fan.

Can the Redbirds keep up the offensive explosion that was ignited when the Pirates rolled into St. Louis?

Recent history with Houston says “maybe.”  The Cards have won four from the Astros this season (winning two series 2-1), but also dropped five (including a three-game sweep lost at home).

One big reason for the Cards’ struggles with a seemingly lesser Houston club this season has been the inability of the Cardinal hitters to solve Houston’s starting pitching – and they didn’t face Roy Oswalt before his trade either.  No, it’s been Bud Norris and Brett Myers that have stymied the Redbird bats – Norris is 2-1 against the Cards this year, while Myers is 2-1 and pitched well enough to win the game he lost.

Rk Player Date Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO Pit Str GSc WPA
1 Bud Norris 2010-05-13 W 4-1 GS-8 ,W 8.0 6 1 1 0 8 99 65 74 0.300
2 Brett Myers 2010-07-10 W 4-1 GS-8 ,W 8.0 5 1 1 0 5 94 61 73 0.298
3 Brett Myers 2010-04-14 L 1-2 GS-7 ,L 7.0 4 2 1 2 7 111 68 68 0.108
4 Bud Norris 2010-04-15 W 5-1 GS-5 ,W 5.0 4 1 0 3 9 106 67 63 0.174
5 Wandy Rodriguez 2010-07-11 L 2-4 GS-6 ,L 6.0 4 3 3 2 6 95 64 56 -0.057
6 Brett Myers 2010-05-11 W 6-3 GS-6 ,W 6.0 8 2 2 2 3 103 57 49 0.015
7 Bud Norris 2010-07-09 L 0-8 GS-8 ,L 7.2 7 5 5 1 4 113 72 48 -0.042
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Generated 8/2/2010.

As you can see, the Cards were able to finally get to Norris in their last series – but history, albeit a short one, is on Bud’s side.  Myers’ last start against the Cards was brilliant.

Thrown into this three game series instead of Wandy Rodriguez (each SLN-HOU series so far this season has seen the Cardinals face Norris/Myers/Rodriguez) is newly acquired J.A. Happ.  Happ made two starts in each of 2008 and 2009 against the Cardinals as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, with varying success, going 0-1 with the Phillies winning the 2008 start.

What have Cardinal hitters done against these pitchers?

vs. Brett Myers

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Ryan Ludwick 15 13 8 3 0 2 4 1 0 .615 .667 1.308 1.974
Jon Jay 3 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .667 .667 .667 1.333
Matt Holliday 20 19 7 2 0 2 6 1 1 .368 .400 .789 1.189
Skip Schumaker 23 21 7 1 0 2 2 2 4 .333 .391 .667 1.058
Albert Pujols 40 38 14 1 1 2 5 2 4 .368 .400 .605 1.005
Jason LaRue 8 8 2 0 0 1 2 0 2 .250 .250 .625 .875
Tyler Greene 6 6 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 .333 .333 .500 .833
Aaron Miles 13 13 5 0 0 0 1 0 1 .385 .385 .385 .769
Felipe Lopez 37 34 10 4 0 0 0 2 5 .294 .333 .412 .745
Adam Wainwright 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .667
Yadier Molina 23 23 5 0 0 1 4 0 4 .217 .217 .348 .565
Nick Stavinoha 4 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .250 .250 .250 .500
Randy Winn 11 11 2 0 0 0 1 0 4 .182 .182 .182 .364
Colby Rasmus 9 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .111 .000 .111
Mitchell Boggs 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000
Chris Carpenter 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Brendan Ryan 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Jeff Suppan 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000
Total 229 217 66 12 1 10 25 8 36 .304 .335 .507 .842
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Generated 8/2/2010.

Conspicuous name at the top of that list, no?  The middle of the lineup has punished Myers, but the inability of those around the big bats to get on base has limited the damage.

vs. Bud Norris

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Ryan Ludwick 9 9 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 .444 .444 .444 .889
Tyler Greene 6 6 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 .333 .333 .500 .833
Yadier Molina 13 11 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 .364 .462 .364 .825
Matt Holliday 16 16 4 1 0 1 4 0 2 .250 .250 .500 .750
Albert Pujols 16 14 3 2 0 0 1 2 2 .214 .313 .357 .670
Jon Jay 4 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .667
Colby Rasmus 15 13 2 2 0 0 0 2 5 .154 .267 .308 .574
Adam Wainwright 5 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .200 .200 .200 .400
Skip Schumaker 16 14 2 0 0 0 1 2 2 .143 .250 .143 .393
Felipe Lopez 12 8 0 0 0 0 0 4 2 .000 .333 .000 .333
Chris Carpenter 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Total 114 101 23 6 0 1 6 11 22 .228 .310 .317 .627
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Generated 8/2/2010.

There’s that conspicuous name again. As you can see, though, no one’s really fared that well against Norris.

vs. J.A. Happ

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Jason LaRue 3 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .667 .667 1.000 1.667
Matt Holliday 3 3 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .667 .667 .667 1.333
Skip Schumaker 4 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 .333 .500 .667 1.167
Albert Pujols 6 5 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .400 .500 .400 .900
Felipe Lopez 3 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .667
Ryan Ludwick 6 6 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 .333 .333 .333 .667
Yadier Molina 3 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 .333 .333 .333 .667
Brendan Ryan 4 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .500
Aaron Miles 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Jeff Suppan 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Total 36 34 12 2 0 0 4 2 4 .353 .389 .412 .801
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Generated 8/2/2010.

Limited experience up and down the lineup versus Happ. Colby Rasmus has yet to face Happ.

What can we expect to see out of the Cardinal hitters versus these Houston pitchers?  Hopefully more of the same that came from a shaken-up lineup and clubhouse over the weekend.

For their part, the Cardinals send newcomer Jake Westbrook to the mound.  The Houston lineup has, uh, some scouting to do.

HOU hitters vs. Jake Westbrook

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Carlos Lee 31 30 12 3 0 1 4 1 1 .400 .419 .600 1.019
Total 31 30 12 3 0 1 4 1 1 .400 .419 .600 1.019
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Generated 8/2/2010.

…including:

Has not faced: Jason BourgeoisMichael BournJason CastroPedro FelizAnderson HernandezChris JohnsonJeff Keppinger,Jason MichaelsOswaldo NavarroHunter PenceHumberto QuinteroAngel Sanchez and Brett Wallace

Westbrook will have to have his stuff working to get out the Houston batters, but needless to say, no one is really familiar with the other.

Game time tonight is 7:15 CT – go Cards!

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