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Cincinnati Reds at Houston Astros, Aug 27, 2008 7:05 PM CDT

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CURRENT SERIES

3 game series vs Reds @ Minute Maid Park

Tue 08/26 WP: Bronson Arroyo (12 - 10)
LP: Geoff Geary (2 - 3)
1 - 2 loss

Cincinnati Reds
@ Houston Astros

Wednesday, Aug 27, 2008, 7:05 PM CDT
Minute Maid Park

Josh Fogg vs Roy Oswalt

Clear. Winds blowing out to right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game Time temperature: Around 85.

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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


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 -Josh Fogg 2-6 20 12 0 0 0 0 69.1 87 62 59 15 25 42 7.66 1.62


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Roy Oswalt 11-9 25 25 1 0 0 0 157.1 170 81 74 21 39 132 4.23 1.33


Lineup

Cincinnati Reds @ Houston Astros

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

W L PCT GB STRK
Milwaukee 77 55 .583 0 Won 5
St. Louis 73 60 .548 4.5 Lost 1
New York 73 60 .548 4.5 Lost 1
Florida 67 65 .507 10 Lost 1
Houston 66 66 .500 11 Lost 2
Los Angeles 65 67 .492 12 Lost 5

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?!?!