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Houston Astros
@ St. Louis Cardinals

Sunday, Apr 27, 2008, 1:15 PM CDT
Busch Stadium

Brandon Backe vs Kyle Lohse

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W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Brandon Backe 1-2 5 5 0 0 0 0 26.0 30 13 12 4 15 18 4.15 1.73


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Kyle Lohse 2-0 5 5 0 0 0 0 28.1 28 8 8 0 7 11 2.54 1.24

The Astros take on the Cardinals for the final game of this 3 games series. A win today means the Astros have successfully won their 3rd straight series in a row. The Astros send Brandon Backe to the hill to face Kyle Lohse. The main question for me today is... which Backe will we see? Will wee the Backe who went 7 innings against San Diego on Tuesday allowing just 3 runs? Or will we see the Brandon Back who pitched just 3 innings against the Phillies, giving up 6 earned runs? This season Backe's made 5 starts, and 4 of them have been pretty good. If he can continue to pitch well 4 out of 5 starts, then the Astros will have to be happy with those results. Backe has only allowed more than 3 runs in 1 game this season.

Kyle Lohse for the Cardinals has been pretty good this season as well, but is coming off his worst start of the season in which he only went 4 innings and gave up 4 runs.


Lineup

Houston Astros @ St. Louis Cardinals

04/27/08 1:15 PM CDT

Houston Astros St. Louis Cardinals
Kazuo Matsui - 2B Skip Schumaker - LF
Michael Bourn - CF Rick Ankiel - CF
Miguel Tejada - SS Albert Pujols - 1B
Lance Berkman - 1B Ryan Ludwick - RF
Carlos Lee - LF Troy Glaus - 3B
Hunter Pence - RF Aaron Miles - 2B
Mark Loretta - 3B Yadier Molina - C
J.R. Towles - C Kyle Lohse - P
Brandon Backe - P Brendan Ryan - SS