HOUSTON -- Astros pitcher Roy Oswalt, who ranks 15th in the National League in ERA (2.78), is tied for sixth in strikeouts (72), tied for 16th in innings pitched (71 1/3) and is 12th in opponents' batting average against (.217), doesn't expect to get much All-Star consideration.
Oswalt will enter Saturday's start with a 3-7 record, thanks to the second-lowest run support in the NL at 2.52 runs. He's thrown seven innings or more in seven of his past nine starts.
"It's going to be hard unless you get the numbers up there, as far as wins and losses," Oswalt said. "The one thing that's different between pitching and hitting is you can start out slow hitting and make up ground before the All-Star Game, and when you're a pitcher and have six or seven losses, it' hard to make that up before the All-Star break."
Oswalt is a three-time All-Star (2005-07) and has certainly pitched well enough to put himself in consideration. He started the year with 10 consecutive quality starts before getting ejected in the third inning in his previous start Monday against Washington.
"You try not to look at the wins and losses and you try to put your team in a position to win," Oswalt said. "That's why in Spring Training I say you never try to win 20 games. You never know what you're going to get when you get out there, as far as you could pitch a good game and lose and pitch a bad game and win."