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Gameday Thread, #130: 8/28 vs. Giants

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Dan Hudson
RHP, 3-1, 1.72











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Barry Zito
LHP, 8-9, 3.78




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Rk Tm W L W-L% GB
1 Pirates 43 85 .336 -
2 Orioles 46 83
.357 2.5
3 Mariners 50
78 .391 7
4 D-backs 51 78 .395 7.5
5 Indians 52 76 .406 9
6 NationalsCubs 54 75 .419 10.5

Almost four years - and $61.5 million - into Barry Zito's contract, he's on his way to his fourth straight losing season, and has had an ERA+ of exactly 100 over that time. To put that into context, Doug Davis and Joe Saunders both have ERA+ of 104 in the same period. With at least another $64.5 million due, this one certainly has to be in the discussion for "Worst Current Contract", especially since Zito will be 35 by the end of the guaranteed years in 2013. However, he is putting together his best year to date, with 2.7 WAR so far, and is being tough on lefties, holding them to a .212 average. Might Parra be sitting this one out?

We send out Hudson, who has thrown at least seven innings in each of his first five games for us. Ok, since he pitched for the White Sox, it wasn't technically his debut, but only one pitcher since 1984 has gone 7+ in more appearances at the beginning of his NL career - that was earlier this year, some n00b called "Roy Halladay". Wonder what happened to him? Anyway, after getting seven shutout innings from our starters the last couple of days - boosting hopes for 2011, certainly - if we don't get the same from Hudson, he'll have to answer to me. And here's today's line-up. Oh, look: no Parra...

  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. Miguel Montero c
  8. Ryan Roberts lf
  9. Dan Hudson rhp