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Here's my look at Houston's game two starter and prediction. You can check out my preview of the series here for breakdowns on their hitters and bullpen.
On the Mound
Roy Oswalt: He's one of the great pitchers of our time. In his best years, he's had outstanding command, a mid-90s fastball, and a filthy slow curve. His strikeout rates have never been overpowering, but he gets a ton of groundballs, doesn't walk anybody, and strikes out his share.
But although he's just 31, he's got a lot of mileage on him, has had some nagging injuries the last few years, and his ERA has risen every year since Houston won the NL in 2005. He's still a wonderful pitcher, and he finished last season with a 93.1-inning, 2.22 ERA flourish. But I tend to think that Oswalt will fade fast, and if not this year, then probably next.
Season record: 15-9
Olsen will get his ERA below 6 facing the worst offense in the league, but the Astros come away with the split, 4-3.