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Houston Astros at Milwaukee Brewers, Aug 18, 2008 7:05 CDT

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3 game series vs Brewers @ Miller Park

Houston Astros Red-star
@ Milwaukee Brewers Red-star

Monday, Aug 18, 2008, 7:05 PM CDT
Miller Park

Randy Wolf vs CC Sabathia

Clear. Winds blowing from right to left field at 10-15 m.p.h. Game Time temperature: Near 85.

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Tue 08/19 7:05 PM CDT
Wed 08/20 1:05 PM CDT


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Randy Wolf 2-0 4 4 0 0 0 0 22.1 26 10 9 2 10 19 3.63 1.61


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - CC Sabathia 7-0 8 8 4 2 0 0 64.0 49 13 11 2 13 60 1.55 .97


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National League Wild Card Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Milwaukee 71 54 .568 0 Lost 1
St. Louis 70 57 .551 2 Lost 1
Philadelphia 66 58 .532 4.5 Won 1
Los Angeles 64 60 .516 6.5 Won 1
Florida 64 61 .512 7 Lost 1
Houston 63 61 .508 7.5 Won 1
Colorado 57 69 .452 14.5 Won 3
Atlanta 56 68 .451 14.5 Lost 1
Pittsburgh 55 69 .443 15.5 Lost 4
Cincinnati 55 70 .440 16 Won 1
San Francisco 52 71 .422 18 Won 1
San Diego 48 76 .387 22.5 Lost 1
Washington 44 81 .352 27 Lost 10

(updated 8.18.2008 at 11:13 AM CDT)



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Well, this is it, ladies and gentlemen. For all of our opinions one way or another, this is the series that will make or break the Astros' 2008 season. Three games that could push the club within 4.5 of the Wild Card, or essentially end their chances at seeing postseason baseball this year. The Astros just came off a series where they lost 2/3 to Arizona. Milwaukee faced the other NL West Contender, Los Angeles, and saw the Dodgers win 2/3, as well.

CC Sabathia and Ben Sheets will throw for the Beermakers in the first two games of the series. Both have been stellar down the stretch for this Milwaukee team, but especially Sabathia. Trading for the big lefty weeks before the trade deadline looks more and more like a shrewd move from Brewer GM, Doug Melvin. It seems like the combination of Sabathia's arrival and the Manny Parra-Prince Fielder bout in Cincinnati has come at the perfect time. They were a club that was slipping towards the end of July. Their defense (which is still bad) was horrendous, they had a questionable bullpen, and their lineup relied very heavily on the home-run. It's funny how a little starting pitching goes a long way towards solving some team issues. With Ryan Braun back, Prince Fielder on a nice little roll and some of the bullpen problems resolving themselves, this will be the truest test of how far the Astros have come since losing 22 out of 31 games in June and July.


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