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Jason Jennings VS Tim Stauffer
Jason Jennings Tim Stauffer
2 - 6, 4.74 0 - 0, -.--



Well if there was any question about what was going to happen at 3rd base with the Astros acquisition of Ty Wiggington, we got our answer today with the Astros designating 3B Morgan Ensberg for assignment today. What does this mean? It means that Morgan has played his last days in an Astros uniform.

"As we just told Morgan, it's not our intention to send him to the Minor Leagues at this stage," Astros general manager Tim Purpura said. "It's not an option I think for him or us. So we'll try to see if we can make a trade for him and give him another opportunity elsewhere."

For me, it's kind of sad to see Morgan go. Morgan who just 2 seasons ago blasted 36 home runs and gave all of the Houston fans a blaze of excitement, has done nothing since. I like Morgan as a person and wish him the best of luck in the future, but as a player for the Astros, I'm a little tired of seeing him be the .230's hitter he's been over the last 2 seasons. Farewell old friend.

Today's match up takes Jason Jennings vs new-comer Tim Stauffer. Stauffer has 15 games started in the bigs between 2005 and 2006 posting a 5.07 ERA over his 87 innings pitched. Stauffer hasn't pitched in the majors since 8/21/06 where in his only game up that year, went 6 innings giving up 1 run.
Lineups
Astros Padres
Burke, 2B
Loretta, SS
Berkman, 1B
Lee, LF
Wigginton, 3B
Scott, RF
Lane, CF
Munson, C
Jennings, P
Giles, B, RF
Cameron, M, CF
Bradley, LF
Gonzalez, 1B
Greene, SS
Bard, C
Kouzmanoff, 3B
Blum, 2B
Stauffer, P


Well, we're going to get our first look at Wiggington, today's starting 3-bagger for the Astros. Hope his numbers improve batting in the National League now. Wiggington has been respectable for the D-Rays batting .275 with 16 HR's and 49 RBI's. What bothers me is his pathetically low .329 OBP and walk to K ratio of 28-73. Wiggington just made him self #3 on the list of most K's on the Astros behind Berkman and Biggio... but at least Berkman walks alot. Not sure if I can call Wiggington a free swinger since I can't honestly say I've ever watched him play, but his stats seem to back it up... so that's what I'll call em.