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Gameday Thread, #115: 8/10 vs. Marlins

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Halsey (8-7, 3.70)
Vargas (2-0, 2.55)

  1. Craig Counsell, 2B
  2. Royce Clayton, SS
  3. Luis Gonzalez, LF
  4. Troy Glaus, 3B
  5. Shawn Green, RF
  6. Conor Jackson, 1B
  7. Luis Terrero, CF
  8. Kelly Stinnett, C
  9. Brad Halsey, P

Shame we didn't have Claudio pitching for us today, to make it Vargas vs. Vargas. [After yesterday's performance, we take our pleasures where we can find them1] Instead, we send up Halsey, who has been our best pitcher lately (3-0, 1.40 ERA since the All-Star break) - rather better than Vazquez, for example, and pretty damn good for a throw-in on the Big Unit trade.

On the Marlins, only Encarnacion has a hit off Halsey, and he's not playing. We did face Vargas last series against Florida, but that was our only experience of him, so that side is pretty much a wash. Vazquez did keep the Marlins #1-2 off base yesterday as suggested (they went 0-for-10 combined), but it didn't do him much good at all, so I'm going to refrain from any tactical hints today.

Several changes from yesterday's line-up. Stinnett will be catching Halsey, and Terrero is in center field. Green moves back to right, and with Vargas a leftie, Jackson also gets his second consecutive start at 1B, which is good to see. Should be around for most of this one, unless it gets too depressing...

And a quick shout out to Fish Stripes, who have again interviewed Baxter as a series intro. I would reciprocate, but due to an unfortunate mix-up over addresses, Billy the Marlin arrived instead at a local Japanese restaurant. The resulting scene rivalled Kill Bill, Volume 1 for blood-letting. :-)