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It's nice to see the team put together a good run, even though it likely counts as too late to have any effect on the outcome of the division. "Where was this starting pitching - a sub-one ERA during the seven-game homestand - when we faced the Dodgers?", we may be forgiven for wondering. Still, a win tonight would take us above .500 and give us five in a row - we haven't done that since way back on April 12. It would be nice to finish the season showing the same form we did in April, or at least posting a winning record in September.
Scherzer makes his fifth start and is still looking for his first win in the majors. Since returning to the rotation, he has allowed four runs in 11 innings, but struck out twenty batters. His overall K-rate of 10.8/9 IP trails only Smoltz and Harden among MLB pitchers with five or more starts. He'll have the benefit of unfamiliarity with the Rockies batters, as none of them have ever faced him. Admittedly, only Snyder and Dunn have more than a handful of PA's against De La Rosa, but he used to be in our farm system so we should have more of a clue. We did well enough against him in May, getting four runs in 4.2 innings, on seven hits and three walks.
A plea: please remember to try and keep the off-topic stuff either for the end of the thread and after the game or in the chatroom. There was a lot of stuff in the middle and as a result anyone trying to read about the game would have had to filter past, literally, hundreds of posts on spiders, Twilight books, dating ball players and Harry Potter, continuing even after the right-hand margin was hit. We appreciate your co-operation in this matter. Azreous is on the recap tonight - I think for the last time this season - so let's hope has something pleasant to write about. And with that - narwhal time!
What is the TOP priority for the off-season?
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Fix the bullpen
Get Hudson back at second