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3 game series vs Reds @ Minute Maid Park

Tue 08/26 WP: Bronson Arroyo (12 - 10)
LP: Geoff Geary (2 - 3)
1 - 2 loss
Wed 08/27 WP: Roy Oswalt (12 - 9)
SV: Jose Valverde
LP: Josh Fogg (2 - 7)
4 - 1 win

Cincinnati Reds
@ Houston Astros

Thursday, Aug 28, 2008, 1:05 PM CDT
Minute Maid Park

Aaron Harang vs Brandon Backe

Mostly sunny. Winds blowing out to right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game Time temperature: Around 90.

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W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Aaron Harang 4-13 23 22 0 0 0 0 136.1 160 84 81 26 41 119 5.35 1.47


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Brandon Backe 8-12 27 27 0 0 0 0 152.2 173 96 94 29 71 116 5.54 1.60

If pitching match ups mean anything, then this game should be a pretty high scoring game. You're putting together 2 pitchers with 5+ ERA's, high WHIP and allow quite a few home runs... but, both pitchers pitched pretty well in their last outings.

Aaron Harang pitched 6 innings of shut out ball against the Rockies on 8/22/08 earning his 4th win of the season. Backe pitched 7 innings on 8/23/08 allowing 3 runs against the Mets, earning his 8th win of the season.

Another similarity between the two is that they were both totally destroyed in their outings before that. In Harang's 2nd to last outing, he last just 3 1/3 innings while allowing 8 earned runs. Backe in his 2nd to last outing went 5 2/3 innings while giving up 11 earned runs.

Which pitchers will we see?

This is the final game in a 3 game series between the Reds and the Astros and will determine the winner of the series as the Reds won the 1st game 2-1 and the Astros took the 2nd 4-1.

The Astros sit 16 games back in the NL Central and 10 games back in the Wild Card. If the Wild Card leading Brewers play just .517(29 games, therefore impossible to play .500) ball for the rest of the season, they will end up with 92 wins on the season. The Astros will have to go 25-4 to match that record.


Lineup

Cincinnati Reds @ Houston Astros

08/28/08 1:05 PM CDT

Cincinnati Reds Houston Astros
Chris Dickerson - LF Darin Erstad - CF
Jeff Keppinger - SS Ty Wigginton - LF
Joey Votto - 1B Miguel Tejada - SS
Brandon Phillips - 2B Lance Berkman - 1B
Jay Bruce - RF Geoff Blum - 3B
Adam Rosales - 3B Hunter Pence - RF
Corey Patterson - CF David Newhan - 2B
Ryan Hanigan - C Humberto Quintero - C
Aaron Harang - P Brandon Backe - P