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Houston Astros @ LA Dodgers, 9:10PM CST

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Astros @ Dodgers
Roy Oswalt VS Chad Billingsley
Roy Oswalt Chad Billingsley
12 - 6, 3.42 7 - 3, 3.34

Last time out Roy Oswalt went 6 innings earning his 4th consecutive win. In these last 4 starts, Roy has given up a total of 2 Earned runs and recorded 23 strike outs. It looks like Roy's July 14th outing against the Cubs lit a fire under his ass... on that dreary day, long long ago, Roy gave up 8 earned runs in 5 1/3 innings for his worst outing of the year.

Tonight Roy faces the slumping LA Dodgers who have lost 8 of their last 10 and only scored 19 runs. During these past 10 games, the Dodgers have been shut out 4 times(including a stretch of 3 straight games). Billingsley who has pitched really well lately(giving up just 6 runs in his last 3 outings) has endured 3 straight losses. His last win was on July 23rd against... yep, you guessed it... the Houston Astros, in which he went 9 full innings and gave up 2 runs.

Rant time... I really hate these late games. I can deal with an 8:00 PM start, but anything after 8:00 is just too freaking late. There's no reason they can't start the game at 6:10 PM to take some consideration for those who live in the Central(and even worse, Eastern) time zone. If Rastro was actually home right now, he'd have to wait up until 10:10 PM to see the opening pitch... MLB really needs to take into consideration those in other markets... /end rant.

Lineups
Astros Dodgers
Burke, 2B
Lamb, 3B
Berkman, 1B
Lee, LF
Scott, RF
Lane, CF
Bruntlett, SS
Ausmus, C
Oswalt, P
Furcal, SS
Martin, C
Loney, 1B
Kent, 2B
Gonzalez, LF
Garciaparra, 3B
Pierre, CF
Ethier, RF
Billingsley, P


I have a good feeling about tonight... I don't know why, I just do.