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Gameday Thread, #98: 7/25 vs. Pirates

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Ross Ohlendorf
RHP, 8-7, 4.59

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Doug Davis
LHP, 4-10, 3.95

If the name of the Pirates' starter is somewhat familiar, that's because Ohlendorf used to be a prospect in the Diamondbacks' farm system. He was our fourth-round pick in 2004, but was traded to the Yankees before he reached the big leagues, as part of the deal for Randy Johnson. They used him our of their bullpen, but after being dealt to Pittsburgh, as part of the Nady/Marte deal at the deadline last season, the Pirates switched him back to being a starter. The results have been mediocre - an ERA+ of 83 over 24 games.

However, he has two-hit and four-hit the Cubs and Marlins respective over seven shutout innings earlier this season, so he can be good on his day. Just don't expect Ohlendorf to help himself at the plate - he's 1-for-44 in his career. That's tied with Aaron Heilman for the lowest lifetime batting average among active pitchers with 40+ PAs. However, he does at least have a walk, which puts his OBP ahead of, say, Yusmeiro Petit - though he makes Doug Davis's career number of .081 look like Ted Williams.

Davis on the mound, however... Well, you know how it has gone. His last couple of starts, however, he has fully deserved the losses - it's almost as if he figured he's going to get the L regardless, so why bother? The result: thirteen earned runs in 6.1 innings. It's the seven walks which have perhaps been the root cause of the problem, and we need a return to the DD we saw before. Of course, he hasn't walked less than a three in a game since May, but three walks in eight is a lot better than four in 2.1 innings.

Line-up

  1. Stephen Drew SS
  2. Gerardo Parra CF
  3. Justin Upton RF
  4. Mark Reynolds 3B
  5. Miguel Montero C
  6. Chad Tracy 1B
  7. Alex Romero LF
  8. Augie Ojeda 2B
  9. Doug Davis P

Debating whether to take advantage of the two dinners for $20 offer at Chili's tonight. If we do, I probably won't be doing much commenting. Otherwise, I'll be home and should be about.