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Gameday Thread, #136: 8/31 vs. Rockies

Ubaldo Jimenez (23, RHP, 3-2, 4.03)
Livan Hernandez (32, RHP, 9-9, 4.86) preview [opens in new window]

And we place our icon carefully on a shelf in the cupboard, ready for the next time we need St. Penelope to wield her divine powers. All being well, that shouldn't be this weekend. The Rockies are on course for their best season since 1995...but that just means anything better than a handful of wins above .500. They're also pretty mediocre when you take them out of Coors, going 29-39 on the road.

Here's an interesting quote, something I wrote back on July 21st when things looked grim: "This is, basically, the same team who went 16-11 in April - and then, 16-12 in May. No reason they can't turn it around and go 16-12 in August and 16-11 in September." And now, we find ourself on the last day of August with our record this month so far of...16-11. It's almost enough to make me wish they'd lose tonight. Almost. :-) [Meanwhile, amused by Diamondhacks' expections in the same thread, to wit: "I think it's unlikely they'll make the playoffs. Your personal expectation of wins in the mid eighties is, IMO, in considerable jeopardy." That is - surprise, surprise - looking wildly inaccurate, unless we go 7-20 the rest of the way...]

Status uncertain for this one. I'm still at work, waiting for Mrs. SnakePit to get out of her employment [she swapped shifts, so is there till 9:30pm or so]. Doing a spot of overtime in the meantime, but should at least have a small, Yahoo scorebox window open in one corner. However, not sure if I'll be doing much reporting tomorrow (depends if the hotel has wifi) so I hereby put snakecharmer on notice for starting tomorrow's Gameday Thread!