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Oswalt put on a show Wednesday

Roy Oswalt contends he’s not thinking at all about his recent trade request, and there’s no reason to believe otherwise. He made his first start Wednesday since news of the trade request became public and he pitched like a man trying to impress potential suitors.

Oswalt ran his string of quality starts to begin the season to 10, putting him one shy of the club record. He held the Brewers to four hits — three doubles and a single — and struck out nine batters. Oswalt fanned each spot in the Brewers’ batting order once.

The Astros might be more reluctant to trade Oswalt than his desire to be dealt, and the price will be steep. With each quality start Oswalt piles up, he becomes a hotter commodity, if that’s even possible. He’s pitching some of the best ball of his career at this point and he’s healthy, so there’s plenty of reasons teams will want him.

Plus, he’s Roy Oswalt. The track record speaks for itself.

Finding a team that can afford him and would be suitable enough for Oswalt to waive his no-trade clause will be a challenge, and frankly the thought of him not pitching in this rotation is a little scary. That being said, the way Oswalt is pitching and considering he wants out, Astros fans need to enjoy each and every one of his upcoming outings, especially if they are anywhere as good as he was against the Brewers.

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:

ASTROS

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

BREWERS

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

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