1st Pitch: Oswalt on wrong side of the tracks

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It’s odd to see a record like 6-13 next to Roy Oswalt’s name this season, especially since it’s paired with a 3.53 ERA. But there’s a reason that Oswalt has that unsightly mark despite pitching numbers that are generally strong otherwise – he leads the league in tough losses. Let’s check out your MLB leaders in tough losses (losses in quality starts) and cheap wins (wins in non-quality starts) this season and the run support they’ve received.

Most Tough Losses This Season

Now for those living right in 2010:

Most Cheap Wins This Season

Key Matchups:

•Roy Oswalt faces possibly his biggest nemesis in the league tonight when he’ll pitch against Hanley Ramirez. Of the 97 players who have at least 20 career at-bats against Oswalt, Ramirez has the highest BA (.455, 10 hits in 22 AB) and OPS (1.342) against him.

•Looking for a sign that Jair Jurrjens could win tonight’s pitching matchup with Tim Lincecum? Jurrjens hasn’t allowed a home run to any of the Giants batters he’ll face tonight, and those batters are a combined 9-41 (.220 BA) against Jurrjens in his career. Pat Burrell is the worst offender, 2-12 against Jurrjens.

•If anyone can solve Felix Hernandez, it’s Michael Young. Young’s 67 career PA against Hernandez are the most of any batter and 12 more than second place Vladimir Guerrero. That means that if Young and Guerrero are in the lineup tonight, Hernandez will face his two most frequent foes. Combined, Young and Guerrero are batting .302 (35-116) against Hernandez, and in Vlad’s last AB against King Felix (on June 8), he took him deep for a two-run bomb.