April 24, 2007

Pre-Game Notes - On Their Mound


HOUSTON ASTROS (9-9) vs. PITTSBURGH PIRATES (7-10)
APRIL 24, 2007 AT PNC PARK --- GAME #18, HOME #5
RHP WOODY WILLIAMS (0-2, 6.55 ERA) vs. LHP PAUL MAHOLM (0-2, 6.19 ERA)


ABOUT WOODY WILLIAMS:

• 40-year-old right-hander makes his fifth start of the season tonight at Pittsburgh...in his 15th Major League season...making his fourth consecutive start on the road...has started three of four games away from Minute Maid Park this season...spent the past two seasons with the San Diego Padres, where he was 21-17 with a 4.28 ERA (145ER/3.05IP) in 53 games (52 starts)...the Padres went 17-7 in his 24 starts last season... Woody’s complete bio can be found on page 185 of the 2007 Astros Media Guide.

• is 0-2 with a 5.79 ERA (16ER/22IP) in four starts this season...the Astros are 2-2 in his three starts.

• Williams won his last five starts of 2006, including four games on the road...additionally, he won eight of his last nine decisions last year, dating to 8/13/06.

• next win will be the 125th of his career...his 124 victories rank tied for 21st among active Major League pitchers entering today’s contest... among current right-handers, he ranks tied for 14th in wins...recorded the 100th hit of his career with a single on 4/9 at CHI.

• has thrown at least 145 innings in each of his last four seasons...tossed a career-high 220.2 innings in 2003...finished that season 18-9 with a 3.87 ERA as a member of the Cardinals staff. vs. PIT: making his 15th regular season start against the Pirates and second this season...is 3-0 with a 1.89 ERA (4ER/19IP) in three career starts at PNC Park...received the loss in his first start as an Astros on 4/4/07 vs. PIT...recorded a four-game winning streak vs. the Bucs from 4/29/01- 5/25/02...has not allowed a home run to any players on the Pirates active roster. APRIL (0-2, 6.55 in 2007; 15-12, 4.06 career): did not receive a decision on 4/19 at CIN in Astros win...allowed six runs in 6.0 innings...received his second loss on 4/14 at PHI, allowing six runs (five earned) on eight hits (including two HR)...struck out two, allowing two runs on 4/9 at CHI...received the loss in his Astros debut on 4/4 vs. PIT...allowed five runs (three earned) in 4.2 innings...finished 1-1 with a with a 3.04 ERA (9ER/26.2IP) in five games in last year’s opening month. 2006: made 24 starts for the Padres in 2006, finishing 12-5 with a 3.65 ERA (59ER/145.1IP) in 25 games (24 starts)...13 of his 24 starts were quality starts...won at least three consecutive starts on two separate occasions in 2006, including a season-best five in a row from 9/4-10/1...won his final five starts, allowing only one run in each of the first three games during that span. CAREER: owns nine career wins at Minute Maid Park, the most for any visiting pitcher in the seven-year history of the ballpark.

• has made eight career postseason appearances, all starts, and owns a 3-3 record with a 5.66 ERA (26ER/41.1IP) in those contests.

• an All-Star in 2003, he won a career-high 18 games with STL...his 220.2 innings pitched that season ranked fifth in the NL.

• named the NL Pitcher of the Month for September of 2001 after going 4-0 with a 1.13 ERA in the month.

• Houston, Texas native owns a lifetime batting average of .206 (100x486), a figure that ranks 16th among active pitchers in the game (min. 50 at-bats)...owns 100 career hits...is a lifetime .204 hitter (100x490)...was an all-district shortstop at Cypress-Fairbanks High School, where he played football and basketball...also played shortstop at the University of Houston from 1987-88.

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