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Gameday Thread, #55: 5/30 vs. Nationals


Tim Redding
RHP, 6-3, 3.59


Micah Owings
RHP, 6-2, 3.73 preview [opens in new window]

Any chance of a win here? Really, that's all I got. From being a team that had difficulty beating good opponents, we are now a team that has difficulty beating anyone: we have won two series this month, against the Tigers and Rockies. Over the last ten games, we're tied with Colorado for the worst record in the National League. It's definitely the offense that has been the issue. During the current 2-8 streak, we're hitting .217, but the pitching staff has a credible ERA of 4.22 [basically identical to the NL average for the year, which is 4.21].

At least we should be able to hit up and down the order tonight, thanks to the presence of Pwnings in the line-up. Though May has been no kinder to him than a number of our other hitters: he is 2-for-16 with eight strikeouts and no RBIs this month - so Brandon Webb has still driven in more runs this season! It'd be nice to see him get back on track with the bat as well as the ball. Over the past four games, he's given us a quality start every time, throwing 26 innings with an ERA of 2.77 and a K:BB ratio of 25:8. Hopefully, he can keep us in the game, and the hitters can not stop scoring when they reach three runs. Remember: 22-3 when we score five or more.