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Gameday Thread, #96: 7/21 vs. Rockies

Aaron Cook, RHP (6-7, 3.59)
Claudio Vargas, RHP (7-6, 5.30)

Gonzo has called a press conference for 6pm, at which he will announce his full support for Melvin, putting him in the lineup tonight. All media are expected to be in attendance. Or, perhaps it just seems that way, and last night's spat was simply a result of the press stuffing a microphone in his face, and Gonzalez being honest. It's probably somewhere between the two, but I hope that this does not generate into the sort of circus freakshow currently playing out in Toronto. Mind you, it doesn't seem to be hurting the Blue Jays immediately, going by yesterday's walk-off home run against Rivera.

So, the Rockies come to town, and we'll be looking to continue the sinking of their season - since we swept them just before the All-Star break, they've slumped, and are 1-9 including that series. Even the Pirates took two of three from Colorado, so it looks like their July (4-11 so far) is going to be just like our June. But we can help make it so by sweeping them again, this time at Chase.

The opener might be the toughest one of all, as Aaron Cook has been close to their ace. However, we've faced him three times this season already, and the results have been moderate but consistent. Those games have resulted in a win, a loss and a no-decision for Cook, with him going between six and seven innings, and conceding three or four earned runs each time. We counter with Vargas, who had a very poor outing last time, being yanked before the end of the fourth inning, allowing six runs on eight hits, including two bombs. He hasn't got past the fourth this month, thus we are certainly hoping for better today.

It just struck me I didn't hand out the awards for the series just past, so let's go with a special, All-Rotation edition of...

Heroes and Zeroes
Series 30: vs. Dodgers, at home

Batista: 9 IP, 6 H, 2 BB, 0 ER
Gonzalez: 6.2 IP, 3 ER + 3-for-3, 2 RBI
Webb: 8 IP, 7 H, 2 BB, 2 ER
Cruz: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 BB, 3 ER

Pretty simple, really. :-) Winners = Heroes, Losers = Zeroes...