Owings is no Pujols
Before today’s game an unnamed Braves player was asked to provide a scouting report on Red starter Micah Owings. In response, he simply replied, “he can hit.”
Well the big right-hander from Gainesville, Ga. has done more than just hit when he’s faced the Braves. In his two previous starts against them entering this afternoon, he had gone 2-0 with a 3.46 ERA.
Owings’ finest effort against his hometown team occurred on Aug. 18, 2007, when he allowed three runs in seven innings and tallied six RBIs during a four-hit performance that was highlighted with two home runs. <p>
In the 79 at-bats he’s compiled since putting on that one-man show at Turner Field, he has hit .342 with two homers and a .544 slugging percentage. But in the 30 subsequent starts that he’s made, he’s gone 8-13 with a 5.22 ERA.
Proving that Jo-Jo Reyes isn’t alone, Owings has gone 0-9 with an 8.54 ERA in the 14 appearances (10 starts) that he’s made since last winning on May 25, 2008.
If the Braves can prolong Owings miseries and miraculously notch their fifth win during this once-forgettable nine-game road trip, they’ll head back to Atlanta with optimism and the hope that Albert Pujols opts not to accompany the Cardinals for this week’s three-game series at Turner Field.
In 49 career games against the Braves, Pujols has hit .372 with a 1.211 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage). More impressive is the fact that in his past 30 games against them, he’s hit .419 with 13 homers and a 1.458 OPS.
“He’s more dangerous than Bonds was,” Chipper Jones said. “Pujols hits the ball all over the field. He hits strikes. He hits balls. It doesn’t matter. He’ll go out of the strike zone to hurt you.”