Astros trying to get something Brew-ing

Astros trying to get something Brew-ing

The Houston Astros will receive a much-needed off-day on Thursday before opening a three-game set on Friday at Miller Park. The stop in Milwaukee is the third of a three-legged trip that began in Arlington and continued through Chicago.

Roy Oswalt will open the series with the Brewers on Friday. The right-hander became the first Astros pitcher to record a complete game this season when he held Milwaukee to one run on four hits on April 20. Oswalt has won five of his last six starts against Milwaukee, including his last two.

In his most recent outing, on May 17, Oswalt pitched eight scoreless frames in a 3-0 win over Arizona. He walked one and struck out eight.

Oswalt ranks 10th all-time among pitchers with at least 95 decisions with a .680 winning percentage (68-32). Since joining the big leagues in 2001, the right-hander ranks fourth in winning percentage. He is Houston's all-time leader in that category.

Pitching matchup
HOU: RHP Roy Oswalt
• 5-5, 3.38 ERA in 2005
• 1-0, 1.00 ERA vs. MIL in 2005

MIL: LHP Doug Davis
• 5-5, 4.31 ERA in 2005
• 0-1, 8.44 ERA vs. HOU in 2005

Players to watch
Against Oswalt, Russ Branyan is 0-for-5, Jeff Cirillo is 1-for-8, Brady Clark is 2-for-12, Bill Hall is 5-for-15, Wes Helms is 3-for-13, Geoff Jenkins is 9-for-27, Carlos Lee is 0-for-4, Damian Miller is 1-for-3, Chad Moeller is 1-for-13, Lyle Overbay is 2-for-16 and Junior Spivey is 4-for-15.

Against Davis, Brad Ausmus is 5-for-16, Lance Berkman is 9-for-20, Craig Biggio is 8-for-30, Raul Chavez is 0-for-8, Morgan Ensberg is 5-for-17, Adam Everett is 6-for-17, Mike Lamb is 2-for-5, Jason Lane is 2-for-4, Orlando Palmeiro is 1-for-4, Willy Taveras is 2-for-3 and Jose Vizcaino is 0-for-2.

"We dug ourselves in a hole. The big thing is to start winning series. You can't try to win 20 in a row because it's not going to happen. You try to win the series. I just think a lot of the younger guys are kind of glassy-eyed. I'm sort of the same because we're seeing stuff I didn't believe could have happened. I never would have dreamed that we would be 2-21 on the road. If you told me that at the beginning of the season, I would have bet everything I have [that it wouldn't happen.]" -- Andy Pettitte, on how a young team can get past its early-season woes

On the Internet
Gameday Audio
• Gameday
• Official game notes

On television
• HOU: FSN Houston

On radio
• HOU: KTRH 740, KLAT (Español)
• MIL: WTMJ 620

Quick hits
Biggio hit career double No. 579 on Tuesday, moving into sole possession of 14th place on the Major League career doubles list. Biggio had been tied with with Wade Boggs and Rafael Palmeiro with 578. Biggio's next target is Robin Yount, who ranks 13th all-time with 583 doubles.

On deck
• Saturday: at Milwaukee, 6:05 p.m. CT
• Sunday: at Milwaukee, 1:05 p.m. CT
• Monday: vs. Cincinnati, 1:05 p.m. CT

Alyson Footer is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.