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Gameday Thread, #160: 9/26 vs. Rockies


Jason Hirsh
RHP, 0-0, 10.38


Dan Haren
RHP, 16-8, 3.27 preview [opens in new window]

Here we go again, facing the Rockies for what seems like the ten millionth time this year. When the schedule came out, it was looking like this would be a potentially post-season deciding series, but our abysmal failure in St. Louis meant that it is instead a near-meaningless contest. Each of these two teams will likely go from the playoffs one year, to not even having a winning record the next - the mantra for both might well be, "At least we're not the Padres."

There are some things to look forward to, notably Brandon Webb's attempt to become the first 23-game winner in the majors since 2002 tomorrow. However, it is all going to be entirely stress-free. There'll be no need to frantically refresh the scoreboard on your computer, hoping for the Dodgers to lose. We can simply kick back and enjoy some low-pressure baseball, that doesn't require me to consume industrial quantities of antacids.

Hirsh makes his first start of the year, having missed almost the entire season due to rotator cuff inflammation. His fastball can touch 98 mph, but is usually in the low-to-mid 90's. His slider is hard-breaking too, so I sense Reynolds might be adding to his all-time haul of K's tonight. However, I favor Haren to notch his seventeenth victory of the year, having got the win against the same Rockies last Sunday. It will be the only encounter of the season between starting pitchers who both have five-letter names starting with H.

Needless to say, we are immensely excited to be present at the ballpark for that. It'll be our last trip of the season, so I suspect we'll be seizing one last opportunity to pig out on the garlic fries from Gordon Biersch, and perhaps a seventh-inning stretch over to Coldstone Creamery for some chocolate - either celebratory or comfort, depending on the score. Therefore, no comments from me tonight, and the recap won't go up until Saturday. However, there is a new, mobile-friendly version of the site now apparently available, so I might get to try that out from Chase tonight. Though the deciding factor is likely to be my apathy, because...