Found May 02, 2012 on Fox Sports Houston:
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Astros lefty reliever Wesley Wright has evolved into the ultimate situational pitcher. The 27-year-old lefty rarely faces more than one or two hitters every time he hits the mound. While his season statistics are not impressive with his 4.76 earned run average, his effectiveness lately has been. Wright who was originally a Rule V draftee from the Dodgers in 2008 has been sent into the game in twelve of Houston's first 24 games. He has only pitched five and a third innings. Manager Brad Mills used Wright to get lefthanded hitters out, and lately, only one at a time. The fastballslider hurling Wright has been doing a great job of late. In his last nine appearances, which average less than a full inning each, he has not allowed a hit. He has walked the only hitter he faced three times, but former teammate and fellow lefty Tim Byrdak, now with the Mets, says that is not really so bad. "You would much rather walk a big hitter on a three and two pitch than groove him something...
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