Berkman dropped to fifth in order
The Astros will try to break a six-game road losing streak by sending ace Roy Oswalt (2-6, 2.66 ERA) to the mound tonight against the Brewers, who start left-hander Chris Narveson (4-1, 5.17 ERA). Lance Berkman is hitting fifth in the order for the first time since June 27, 2009. He’s hit third 19 times and fourth 12 times this year.
It’s Oswalt’s first start since it became public he wants the Astros try to trade him, but the 32-year-old right-hander said Tuesday it will be business as usual.
Oswalt has produced a quality start in each of his previous nine outings this season, the
most to start a season since Roger Clemens began the 2005 season with nine consecutive. The last Astros pitcher to produce 10 consecutive quality starts to begin a season was Bob Knepper in 1988, and the franchise record is 11 in a row to start the year.
The Astros are hitting .218 on the road this year.
Here are the lineups:
CF Michael Bourn — Went 0-for-4 on Tuesday to snap eight-game hitting streak
2B Jeff Keppinger — This will be his 28th start at 2B, which sets a career high
RF Hunter Pence — Hitting .317 with 5 HRs, 13 RBIs, last 15 games
LF Carlos Lee — Hitting .159 in last 12 games
1B Lance Berkman — Needs two walks to be 17th switch-hitter to reach 1,000 in career
3B Pedro Feliz — His .171 batting average in May is a career low for the month
C Humberto Quintero — Has hit safely in 12 of last 14 games with a plate appearance
SS Tommy Manzella — Has reached base safely with hit or walk in 10 of last 11 games
P Roy Oswalt — His 15-20 record in May is the only month in which he has losing record
2B Rickie Weeks
CF Carlos Gomez
LF Ryan Braun
1B Prince Fielder
3B Casey McGehee
RF Corey Hart
C George Kottaras
SS Alcides Escobar
P Chris Narveson