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.
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