3 game series vs Reds @ Minute Maid Park
|Tue 08/26||WP: Bronson Arroyo (12 - 10) |
LP: Geoff Geary (2 - 3)
|1 - 2 loss|
|Thu 08/28|| |
Aaron Harang vs Brandon Backe
Mostly sunny. Winds blowing out to right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game Time temperature: Around 90.
|1:05 PM CDT|
|2008 -Josh Fogg||2-6||20||12||0||0||0||0||69.1||87||62||59||15||25||42||7.66||1.62|
|2008 - Roy Oswalt||11-9||25||25||1||0||0||0||157.1||170||81||74||21||39||132||4.23||1.33|
08/27/08 7:05 PM CDT
|Cincinnati Reds||Houston Astros|
|Chris Dickerson - LF||Darin Erstad - LF|
|Jeff Keppinger - SS||Ty Wigginton - 3B|
|Brandon Phillips - 2B||Miguel Tejada - SS|
|Joey Votto - 1B||Lance Berkman - 1B|
|Jay Bruce - RF||Geoff Blum - 2B|
|Edwin Encarnacion - 3B||Hunter Pence - RF|
|Corey Patterson - CF||Michael Bourn - CF|
|Paul Bako - C||Brad Ausmus - C|
|Josh Fogg - P||Roy Oswalt - P|
National League Wild Card Standings
Roy takes the mound to see if he can make his career record against the Reds 22-1 (currently 21-1, 26 starts). He leads all MLB pitchers, in the last 50 years (min. 20 starts), for winning percentage against a single team. Fogg, however, has been the definition of struggle. This should be a cake-walk...I hope.
Here's an interesting (read: jaded) insight from BPro's "Games to Watch" column from today:
Fortunately for Fogg, he will be facing an Astros lineup that has turned into a repository for past-peak former stars and fading role players. The Astros have only two players under 30 in their regular lineup—Hunter Pence in right field, and the platoon of Michael Bourn and Reggie Abercrombie in center. By the team-age calculations of Baseball-Reference, the Astros' batch of hitters are a collective 31.1 years old, almost a full year older than any other NL unit—an especially disconcerting thought when considering that Houston ranks just 11th in the circuit in scoring. Houston is not much younger on the pitching side either, averaging 30.7 years, tied with Philadelphia for the circuit's oldest group. Combine that with the worst farm system in the NL, and it's hard to fault the Astros for making their quixotic charge toward the postseason.
That's all I've got. School is already beating me down. Look for the transcript of my Zach Levine, the Chronicle's "Unofficial Scorer", to come in the next few days (click the link for a very interesting take on Michael Bourn). I think everyone will really get a kick out of it. My thanks to Zach for taking the time to do the interview.
HAVE YOU TAKEN THE TANGO TIGER DEFENSE SURVEY YET?!?!