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A sense of deja-vu strikes me here. If I remember correctly, the last time Davis pitched, we needed him to pull out a win after our #1 and #2 were defeated. And here we are again, in exactly the same state, because the front of our rotation has been decidedly wobbly once more. Hopefully Davis can be as brilliant as last time out, where he shut down a potent Braves offense, allowing only one run over seven innings.
A somewhat easier task for our hitters, following yesterday, where Lincecum chewed u our hitters, spat them out, and used their bats as toothpicks. Sanchez walks too many people and also can be hit: Pittsburgh scored seven runs off him in 4.1 innings less than a month ago, so if they can do that... It's another left-handed pitcher, but I'm not convinced that the best approach is to throw every southpaw we have on the roster out there. The best hitters of LHP we have this season - both with an OPS of over 1.000 - are Chris Young and Conor Jackson. However, this may be more successful against lower-class lefties like Sanchez - an ace is an ace, and you may need your very best hitters out there, regardless of handedness.
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Smack around a left-handed starter like we used to.