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New York Mets at Houston Astros, 7:05 PM CDT

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3 game series vs Mets @ Minute Maid Park

New York Mets Red-star
@ Houston Astros Red-star

Friday, Aug 1, 2008, 7:05 PM CDT
Minute Maid Park

Pedro Martinez vs Brandon Backe

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to center field at 5-15 m.p.h. Game Time temperature: Around 90.

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Sat 08/02

Johan Santana vs Roy Oswalt

Mostly clear. Winds blowing out to right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game Time temperature: Around 95.

6:05 PM CDT
Sun 08/03 1:05 PM CDT


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Pedro Martinez 3-2 9 9 0 0 0 0 44.2 55 32 31 8 18 34 6.25 1.63


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Brandon Backe 6-10 22 22 0 0 0 0 123.2 136 67 65 23 54 96 4.73 1.54

It's not too often that you could say in a game started by Pedro Martinez and Brandon Backe, that you could put the favor on Backe's side... but with the way they have pitched so far this season(and the fact that Pedro missed most of the season due ot injury), you could actually favor the Astros starting pitcher... at least by looking at the stats.

Pedro isn't exactly the pitcher he was when he signed with the Mets from the Red Sox. Due to injuries(and just age catching up with him), he doesn't have the good fastball that he used to have and he just can't pitch deep into games any more. So far this season, he's averaging just under 5 innings per game pitch. He still has the attitude and will probably still throw at you if you "upset" him... but he's not the threat to an offense he used to be.


Lineup

New York Mets @ Houston Astros

08/01/08 7:05 PM CDT

New York Mets Houston Astros
Jose Reyes - SS Kazuo Matsui - 2B
Endy Chavez - RF Miguel Tejada - SS
David Wright - 3B Lance Berkman - 1B
Carlos Delgado - 1B Carlos Lee - LF
Carlos Beltran - CF Hunter Pence - RF
Fernando Tatis - LF Ty Wigginton - 3B
Damion Easley - 2B Darin Erstad - CF
Brian Schneider - C Humberto Quintero - C
Pedro Martinez - P Brandon Backe - P

As speculated(after Blum's 2 straight 0-4 games), Ty Wigginton has found his way back in the lineup, batting 6th behind Pence... Bourn also returns to the lineup tonight... the last time we seen him he was pinch running(and limping) for the Astros. Hopefully the ankle is healed to where it doesn't bother him. A healthy Bourn hasn't been very productive for the Astros this season, so I fear what an unhealthy Bourn can do.

This is off topic and really has no point to it.. but I was just looking through stats and noticed that Darin Erstad played for the Angels when they were the California Angels, the Anaheim Angels, and the Los Angeles Angles of Anaheim...