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Gameday Thread, #122: 8/19 vs. Reds

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Travis Wood
LHP, 3-1, 2.65

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Joe Saunders
LHP, 1-2, 3.86

Tankapalooza 2010

Rk Tm W L W-L% GB
1 Pirates 40 80 .333 -
2 Orioles 42 79 .347 1.5
3 D-backs 47 74 .388 6.5
4 Mariners 48 73 .397 7.5
5 Indians 49 71 .408 9
6 Cubs 50 71 .413 9.5

As promised, three losses in a row means the return of Tankapalooza. Look forward to a more detailed, and expanded, analysis of the top ten tomorrow morning, but for now, what matters is that we are all alone in third place, and facing a rather good rookie pitcher for the Reds tonight. Can we avoid the sweep?

Not seen a line-up as such, but I'll be rattling around the house this evening, so should be able to plug one in before first-pitch. Quite keen to see Wood, who I am keen to see. He has had eight appearances this year, made six quality starts and took a no-hitter into the ninth against the Phillies earlier this season - in his fourth major-league start. Opponents are batting .175 off him this year (admittedly a seriously-BABIP affected rate). Still, one wonders whether last night's debacle - surely one of the five worst losses of a bad season - will affect the team, possibly for good or bad.

Hey! I'm on the recap! My first one since Saturday.Which was also the last time the team pulled out a W. Coincidence? Or something more significant? We'll find out tonight, I guess.

[Update] Seth checks in from Chase with the pre-game notes and this quote from Cap'n Kirk: "It's been frustrating around here. I will continue, along with my coaching staff, to make sure they understand. We're not going to assume they understand that. We'll continue to push the baseball acumen, we'll continue to push fundamental stuff." Was just chatting to Seth, who said Gibson also talked a lot about Bryan Price: he tried to talk Price out of leaving, and there is apparently more about that story he can't talk about. Hmm... Anyway, line-up time!

  1. Stephen Drew ss
  2. Justin Upton rf
  3. Kelly Johnson 2b
  4. Chris Young cf
  5. Adam LaRoche 1b
  6. Mark Reynolds 3b
  7. Rusty Ryal lf
  8. John Hester c
  9. Joe Saunders p