|Glendon Rusch||Wandy Rodriguez|
|8 - 8, 4.62||10 - 9, 5.62|
"It's really cool to have a magic number, for goodness sake"
--- Morgan Ensberg
And we think it's peachy keen ourselves, Morgan.
119/128 or 92.96% are the current odds of the Astros getting in, slightly lower than yesterday, but hey, the Phillies won.
A simple way of looking at it might be that the Phils need a sweep--either of the Astros in Houston by the Cubs, or of the Nationals by themselves in Washington. If one or the other doesn't occur, the 'Stros are in.
And of course, Houston clinches the tie, and a worst-case scenario of the one-game playoff in Philly Monday with a win tonight.
Wandy vs. Glendon Rusch again tonight, and while Wandy's last start against Rusch in Chicago wasn't his worst start of the year, it was close. Wandy is now 1 - 2 with a 7.02 against the Cubs for the year, with 13 runs allowed vs. 12 strikeouts. He's given up four homers to Chicago and has a WHIP of 1.58.
But I do have good news. Most of the damage has been done at Wrigley. Wandy vs. the Cubs in Houston is slightly better: 1 - 0 with a 5.14 in seven innings, still two homers, four walks and 2 K's. Not great, but a little more reason for optimism, anyway.
The main thing here is that the 'Stros found Rusch hittable last time out, and that shouldn't change tonight, with the electricity of the crowd sure to be added into the mix. It could get seriously rocking if the Astros take a two run lead or so.
Wandy Power! ™
|.546||Michael Barrett||C1||Brad Ausmus||.634||x|
|.250||Hanry Blanco||C2||Raul Chavez||.571||x|
|x||1.037||Derrek Lee||1B||Lance Berkman||.862|
|x||.917||Todd Walker||2B||Craig Biggio||.778|
|.522||Neifi Perez||SS||Adam Everett||.698||x|
|x||1.155||Nomar Garciaparra||3B||Morgan Ensberg||.957|
|x||.856||Matt Murton||OF1||Willy Taveras||.689|
|x||.749||Jeromy Burnitz||OF2||Jason Lane||.661|
|.558||Jerry Harston Jr.||OF3||Chris Burke||1.167||x|
|x||.635||Corey Patterson||OF4||Orlando Palmeiro||.429|
|.423||Jose Macias||Util/PH||Mike Lamb||.663||x|
|.000||Glendon Rusch||P1||Wandy Rodriguez||.762||x|
|x||1.000||Carlos Zambrano||P2||Andy Pettitte||.000|
|x||.000||Jerome Williams||P3||Roger Clemens||1.000|
|x||.333||Greg Maddux||P4||Roy Oswalt||.000|