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Roy O is taking on new meaning

Remember last year when Roy Oswalt‘s biggest problem was a club-record 16 no-decisions? Those were the good times.

The lack of run support for Oswalt this season has been nothing short of shocking. Oswalt has given the Astros nine quality starts out of the chute and is stuck with a 2-6 record despite a 2.66 ERA that’s among the best in the league. Sure, Oswalt has started games against Tim Lincecum (twice), Roy Halladay and Ubaldo Jimenez, but there was also a Bronson Arroyo and Ian Kennedy in the mix.

Considering the Astros are last in the NL in nearly every major offensive category, the abysmal run support shouldn’t be surprising. Still, it’s even more egregious when Oswalt is on the mound. The Astros have scored four runs in 39 innings this year in Oswalt’s six losses and have been shut out in two of his nine starts and held to two runs or fewer four other times.

Oswalt, who expressed some frustration last week in San Francisco after giving up two runs in seven innings in his second loss of the season to Lincecum, said all the right things after getting beat by Jimenez and the Rockies on Thursday. But no one summed up Oswalt’s plight better than teammate Michael Bourn.

“You feel for somebody like that, who’s going out there and throwing hard and has been putting in all the work and not saying anything about it, but you know it hurts,” Bourn said. “I would be hurt if I were the ace and we weren’t getting any runs behind him.

“He’s got all the right to be mad if he wants to. He deserves to win. He should be 5-1, 6-1, easily, just like Lincecum and Halladay. We’ve just got to put up some runs for him. You give him a comfortable lead, two or three runs, and he doesn’t have to be as fine. He doesn’t think he has to do this and do that and can just go out there and pitch.”

Oswalt’s next start should come Wednesday at Milwaukee against left-hander Chris Narveson, who’s got twice as many wins as Oswalt and double the ERA. Sometimes life — and baseball — isn’t fair.


Astros lineup Thursday vs. Rockies

The Astros begin the post-Kaz Matsui era tonight at Minute Maid Park in the finale of the two-game series against the Rockies. And it won’t be easy. The Rockies are throwing NL Cy Young contender Ubaldo Jimenez. The Astros will get Tampa Bay Rays, the team with the best record in the Majors, this weekend at Minute Maid Park, so the next four days will be challenging.

For Astros starter Roy Oswalt, it’s just another game against another ace. Oswalt has lost three consecutive decisions in his previous four starts despite pitching well. He held the Giants to six hits and two runs and struck out seven batters in eight innings Saturday in San Francisco but was outdueled by Tim Lincecum for the second time this year (he has also lost to Roy Halladay).

In Oswalt’s five losses this year, the Astros have scored four runs in the 33 innings he’s been on the mound. He’s dominated the Rockies in his career, going 7-1 with a 1.78 ERA in 10 starts. Oswalt faced the Rockies once last year and held them to six hits and one run and struck out eight batters in seven innings to get a win. He’s five wins away from tying Joe Niekro‘s club record of 144.

For some reason, the roof is open tonight despite temperatures around 90 degrees. Anyway, here’s the lineup for Astros manager Brad Mills:

CF Michael Bourn

2B Jeff Keppinger

1B Lance Berkman

LF Carlos Lee

RF Hunter Pence

3B Pedro Feliz

SS Tommy Manzella

C Humberto Quintero

RHP Roy Oswalt


Closer look at Ubaldo Jimenez

My colleague, Thomas Harding, has a great piece about Rockies pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez, an early NL Cy Young contender who will start tonight against the Astros.

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