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Matchup/Game Thread Houston Astros at Florida Marlins 6:05 CDT

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Jason Jennings Sergio Mitre
2 - 7, 6.03 5 - 5, 3.55

The main site's comeon says that "Jason Jennings endured the worst start of his career in his last outing," and man, you couldn't soft-peddle it more than that. It wasn't just the worst start of his career, it was one of the ten worst outings of the last 50 years.

I'll spare you the chart because it's over and done with, but during the week I realized that Jennings finished up last Sunday with a -11 Game Score.

Negative 11. I didn't even know Game Scores came negative. Turns out that going back to 1957, only 9 pitchers (including Jennings, now) have posted a -11 Game Score or worse.

So with JJ having subjected Astrofans to a horrifying exhibition of historically significant pitching incompetence in his last start, the only question I have tonight is, what does he do for an encore?

I know we'd all be a lot happier if the performance that he reprises tonight is the clutch RBI single in Atlanta. Maybe if JJ drives in a couple or three tonight, we'll stand a chance to beat the Fish, and notch another rare road series win.

You probably won't be surprised to find that Mitre has had success against Houston. Only Craig Biggio has an extra base hit against the guy, so Bidge brings home the bacon with a whopping Mitre-high .715 OPS. Berkman and Wiggy both have a single, while Bruntlett Munson Burke and Scott have never faced him.

Overall, Mitre is 1 - 0 with a 1.35 in 3 starts and 13 or so innings vs. Houston.

On the other hand, only two starts ago, Mitre got knocked out of the box after 3 innings, having given up 7 runs to the Giants.

It's not Jason Jennings territory, but it does give us a glimmer of hope.

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I will once again be attending, and unfortunately Stros Bro had to punch a timeclock this evening, so the forum will be unmoderated for a while. But maybe Stros Bro will drop by later, and I will certainly check in after I make the short drive home from the park; I won't be lingering for the postgame salsa concert from Oscar D'Leon.