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Houston Astros at Milwaukee Brewers, 7:05 PM CDT

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3 game series vs Brewers @ Miller Park

Houston Astros Red-star
@ Milwaukee Brewers Red-star

Friday, Jul 25, 2008, 7:05 PM CDT
Miller Park

Wandy Rodriguez vs Manny Parra

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game Time temperature: Around 80.

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Anyways, Wandy Rodriguez vs. Manny Parra tonight... this should actually be a pretty good pitching matchup. Parra has had a great season going 9-2 with a 3.68 ERA while Wandy is 5-3 with a 3.31 ERA. Wandy (hands down) has been our best starting pitcher this season(when healthy) and hopes to continue on last outing against the Reds in which he went 6 2/3 innings allowing just 1 earned run with 7 strike outs and no walks. Parra is coming off an equally impressive performance in which he went 7 2/3 innings, allowing just 2 earned runs with 9 strike outs and 2 walks.

The Astros are catching the Brewers at a bad time... the Brewers have won 8 games in a row and sit just 1 game behind the 1st place Cubs in the NL Central. Since the Brewers signing of CC Sabathia, they have been wrecking shop in the NL Central. Since 7/7/08(the day they signed Sabathia) they are 10 - 3(including the current 8 game winning streak). Sabathia has been a catalyst for the team and looks to give them a great shot at either winning the NL Central or competing heavily with the Cubs/Cardinals for a playoff berth. Sabathia since joining the Crew (4 games) is 4-0 with a 1.36 ERA striking out 31 while walking just 8. That's good and all... but you want to know the most impressive stat? 3 straight complete game wins... Amazing. Sabathia started out the season rocky carrying a 7.76 ERA into May, but has really turned his season around.

The Astros lucked out during this series... no Sabathia or Sheets.


Lineup

Houston Astros @ Milwaukee Brewers

07/25/08 7:05 PM CDT

Houston Astros Milwaukee Brewers
Kazuo Matsui - 2B Rickie Weeks - 2B
Michael Bourn - CF J.J. Hardy - SS
Lance Berkman - 1B Ryan Braun - LF
Carlos Lee - LF Prince Fielder - 1B
Miguel Tejada - SS Corey Hart - RF
Ty Wigginton - 3B Bill Hall - 3B
Hunter Pence - RF Mike Cameron - CF
Humberto Quintero - C Jason Kendall - C
Wandy Rodriguez - P Manny Parra - P

Ugh... Bourn batting 2nd... again