Hey, look! Not a left-handed pitcher! Mind you, we shouldn't object, coming off two victories in this series, facing left-handed starters in each - though admittedly, we had to win both against the Brewers' bullpen. Be nice if we can perhaps put this one away early. Not least, because it would allow 'Skins to post a nice, timely recap. As in, today, sometime... :-)
Line-up and stuff after the jump.
- Chris Young CF
- Kelly Johnson 2B
- Justin Upton RF
- Adam LaRoche 1B
- Miguel Montero C
- Mark Reynolds 3B
- Stephen Drew SS
- Gerardo Parra LF
- Dan Hudson RHP
In case you missed it in SnakeBytes, the last time we went two weeks without losing a series was the July-August boundary in 2008 - so basically, two years ago. Of course, the cynic in me suggests that might also be the last time we had three series of four against teams with a losing record, but I am not going to dispel the current rosy-tinted lovefest by bothering to look into that.
This evening sees our other candidate for Rookie of the Year take the mound, Hudson having allowed two earned runs in 15.2 innings in beating the Mets and Padres. He's only the fourth player in franchise history to win both his first two starts for the team - Robert Ellis and Curt Schilling each won their first three, while Gerardo Guzman started with a pair of W's. If he pitches as well as he did in those outings, he should certainly have a chance, though it'd be helpful if the offense could score a bit more too. Bush has given us a bit of trouble, being 3-1 with a 3.77 ERA in his past five starts, but Chris Young, Mark Reynolds and Stephen Drew all own him, a collective 16-for-42 with five HR.
Won't be about, and am taking the night off. 'Skins on the recap. See you there.