ROY OSWALT AND LANCE BERKMAN HAVE DOMINATED THE REDS IN THE PAST.
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ASTROS ROY OSWALT AND
LANCE BERKMAN HAVE DOMINATED THE REDS IN THE PAST.
The Reds will begin a three game series against the Houston Astros on
Tuesday before traveling to St. Louis for another three games. Throughout
the rest of April and all of May, the Reds' next 33 games will include 25
against NL Central opponents. They will face every team in their division at
least once. The Cardinals are currently in first place and the only NL
Central team with a winning record (12-7) while the Cubs are 2.5 games
behind them with an even season thus far (10-10). The month of May could be
momentous for the Reds if they decide to turn things around.
The Reds will be up against a Houston team that contains two notorious Red
killers. Astros' pitcher Roy Oswalt owns the all-time highest winning
percentage against an opponent. Oswalt is 23-1 with a 2.58 ERA in 32 games
against the Reds during his career. Bronson Arroyo will face Oswalt during
the series finale against the Astros on Thursday. Oswalt's sole loss to the
Reds was on April 28, 2006. Last season the Reds handed Oswalt four
no-decisions while defeating the Astros eight times in twelve attempts.
Lance Berkman also fancies facing the Reds. In 143 career games against
Cincinnati, Berkman is batting .327 with 48 homeruns and 133 RBI. Jeff
Bagwell is the only Astro to hit more homeruns against the Reds (49), but
that may change this week. Berkman said this about facing the Reds:
a lot of it has to do with the pitching over the years. They've always had a
lot of right-handed pitching and not a lot of left-handed pitching, and I'm
a much better left-handed hitter than I am a right-handed hitter. I think
it's a combination of factors. Statistical anomalies abound in the game.
Everybody has one team they do well against and a couple they don't hit very
well. I can't explain it more than that.
There's a comfort level when you know you've had success against a team in
the past, and it gives you more
into a game and a series. So much of this game is mental, and this could
give you a little boost."
Aaron Harang (0-3, 8.31) will face Bud Norris (1-1, 4.26) at 7:05pm on
Reds announcer Marty Brennaman almost pulled a "Jay Bruce" during Saturday's
5-0 loss to San Diego. As Dick Enberg was commending Brennaman's
broadcasting career on Padres television, Marty simulated a middle finger
towards someone within his vicinity. Unlike his son, Brennaman held back the
matchups from The
April 28: @Houston – Leake (1-0, 3.92 ERA) vs. Paulino (0-2,
April 29: @Houston – Arroyo (0-2, 7.44 ERA) vs. Oswalt (2-2, 2.42 ERA)
April 30: @St. Louis – Cueto (0-1, 5.73 ERA) vs. Penny (3-0, 0.94 ERA)
May 1: @St. Louis – Bailey (0-1, 7.06 ERA) vs. Lohse (0-1, 7.31 ERA)
May 2: @St. Louis – Harang (0-3, 8.31 ERA) vs. Carpenter (2-0, 3.60 ERA)
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