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Woody Williams | Starting Pitcher

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (51) / 8/19/1966
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Houston
Drafted: 1988 / Rd. 28 (0) / TOR

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Woody Williams said he'd retire after being released by the Astros on Saturday.
It's time. For a guy who never made more than 10 starts in a year until his age-30 season, Williams accompished quite a bit. He finishes his career 132-116 with a 4.19 ERA in 15 seasons. He led the NL with seven shutouts in 2001 and won 18 games for the Cardinals in his All-Star season in 2003. 2002 could have been his best year of all, but muscle strains limited him to 17 starts and he finished 9-4 with a 2.53 ERA. Sat, Mar 29, 2008 04:43:00 PM

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Astros released RHP Woody Williams.

Saturday's ugly outing was the final straw. Williams, 41, had an 11.32 ERA in six appearances this spring. The move allowed the Astros to officially set their rotation as Roy Oswalt, Brandon Backe, Wandy Rodriguez, Shawn Chacon and Chris Sampson.
Sat, Mar 29, 2008 12:31:00 PM

Woody Williams surrendered five runs in three innings of relief Friday versus the Tigers.

Williams versus the Tigers is about as big of a mismatch as one can find in baseball these days. Perhaps Williams will be able to survive as a fifth starter in the NL Central, but he hasn't had AL-caliber stuff in about five years.
Fri, Mar 28, 2008 11:16:00 PM

Woody Williams bounced back from a three-run first to shut out the Braves over the next five innings on Sunday.

He still couldn't manage even one strikeout. Williams is 0-3 with a 10.70 ERA this spring. He's allowed 32 hits, walked five and struck out seven in 16 2/3 innings. His solid effort today makes it more likely that he'll keep his rotation spot, but he's certainly not going to be an option in fantasy leagues.
Sun, Mar 23, 2008 03:48:00 PM

Astros manager Cecil Cooper has set four of the five rotation spots.

Roy Oswalt is the obvious ace, Brandon Backe is No. 2, No. 3 is Wandy Rodriguez, and Shawn Chacon locked up the No. 4 spot with a great start on Wednesday. Woody Williams, Jack Cassel and Chris Sampson are currently competing for the final spot. Williams still has to be considered the favorite, given his $6 million salary, but he should be on a very short leash.
Thu, Mar 20, 2008 07:44:00 PM

Woody Williams struggled again Monday, surrendering six runs -- five earned -- and nine hits in four innings versus the Dodgers.

The wind was blowing out, but Williams allowed only one homer and it was a solo shot. He has a 13.89 ERA and has given up 26 hits in 11 2/3 innings over four starts. If the alternative is putting both Shawn Chacon and Chris Sampson in the rotation, then the Astros might as well stick with Williams at the beginning of the season. They have no quality depth as a result of Ed Wade's offseason moves.
Mon, Mar 17, 2008 05:55:00 PM

The Houston Chronicle reports that Woody Williams could be losing his grip on a spot in the Astros' rotation following a rough outing Wednesday.

Williams came into camp as the likely No. 4 starter, but may now be fighting just to remain in the rotation after going 0-2 with a 15.26 ERA through three spring outings. "The clock is ticking," manager Cecil Cooper said. "He's got to earn a spot. That's the way it is. We've got some other options. We don't want to go in that direction necessarily. We want to give him every opportunity."
Thu, Mar 13, 2008 10:17:00 AM

Woody Williams was torched for eight runs in three innings by the Tigers on Wednesday.

He gave up four homers, three doubles and three singles to the 19 hitters he faced. There was a slight breeze blowing out, but four homers still isn't acceptable. He's allowed 13 runs in 5 2/3 innings in his last two starts. The Astros would seem to have little choice but to go forward with him in their rotation, but he's going to be a hard pitcher to count on this year. Fantasy leaguers will surely want to stay away.
Wed, Mar 12, 2008 04:03:00 PM

Woody Williams couldn't make it through the third on Thursday, giving up five runs in 2 2/3 innings against the Indians.

As far as we could tell, Williams struggled because he's no longer very good. The Astros will stick him in the middle of their rotation anyway, and that's just one more reason to believe they're set to disappoint again this year.
Thu, Mar 6, 2008 05:15:00 PM

Woody Williams volunteered to spend the rest of the year in the bullpen so the Astros can get a look at some of their kids.

If only Craig Biggio would join him. Felipe Paulino is scheduled to start in Williams' place Tuesday.
Sun, Sep 16, 2007 11:33:00 PM

Woody Williams surrendered two runs over 6 1/3 innings and struck out eight in a win over the Nationals on Wednesday.

Williams has been a solid starter for two months now, lowering his ERA from 5.75 to 4.84. There hasn't been any indication whether or not he's cleared waivers, but there could be some trade interest in him if the Astros make him available. He's in the first year of a two-year, $12.5 million contract.
Wed, Aug 22, 2007 11:13:00 PM

Woody Williams limited the Padres to one run in seven innings of work to pick up a win on Friday.

Williams walked one and struck out four while lowering his ERA to 4.92. The outing was the third straight quality start for Williams, who is now 7-12. He's still not a very good option in NL-only leagues, but he can be used with the Nationals due up next week.
Sat, Aug 18, 2007 12:50:00 AM

Woody Williams loaded the bases to start tonight's outing against the Cubs, but the right-hander ended up yielding just one run in six innings to pick up a win.

Williams walked in a run before retiring a single batter, then retired 18 batters without allowing a run. The right-hander struck out seven batters and walked four in the outing, allowing him to pick up his sixth win of the season. He'll get the Dodgers next time out.
Wed, Aug 8, 2007 12:10:00 AM

Woody Williams shut out the Pirates for eight innings on Sunday to pick up a win in a 1-0 game

Williams struck out three and didn't walk a batter in the contest while allowing four singles and a double. The veteran right-hander is just 5-11 with a 5.03 ERA, but he has thrown quality starts in five straight outings. He's not a bad choice when he faces the Padres next time out.
Sun, Jul 22, 2007 04:13:00 PM

Woody Williams gave up seven hits and five runs in four innings Friday to lose for the 10th time this season.

He struck out two but walked four and gave up two homers as his ERA soared to 5.75. Williams had pitched respectably in his last two starts, but was back to his typically awful self tonight.
Sat, Jun 23, 2007 12:20:00 AM

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