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Gameday Thread, #135: 9/3 vs. Houston

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Brett Myers
RHP, 10-7, 2.97

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Dan Hudson
RHP, 4-1, 1.85

Ah, the perils of fantasy baseball. I'm currently locked in a 4-4 tie with The Fighting Amish, and tonight's contest sees a head-to-head match-up of starting pitchers. Unfortunately, it's my opponent who has Hudson, while I have Myers. Will this split my loyalty? No, not really - I'll still be cheering for the Diamondbacks, but if they should go down, and Hudson fall from grace with the baseball gods, I'll have a coping mechanism in place to handle the loss.

Hope you enjoyed the off-day. I know I certainly did, helped by a power outage at work sending me home four hours early yesterday. That was nice. So watched one of the Friday the 13th movies, a Christopher Lambert vampire flick, and The Fourth Kind. That's pretty much what the off-season will look like: catching up with all the movies we've Tivo'd, bought or illegally downloaded over the past few months. But, for now, it's back to baseball and another start by one of our young guns.

The Astros are definitely a better team than they were when we first faced them - we took three of four in Houston at the start of May, and dropped them to a record 9-19. Since the All-Star break, they have gone 26-18, a record surpassed in the NL by only the Reds and Phillies. That's been driven largely by their pitching, with the Astros sporting a 3.41 ERA in the second-half, second-best in the league. Tonight's starter, Myers, has a 2.12 ERA in nine starts after the All-Star Game - he got a no-decision when the Diamondbacks saw him earlier, but pitched well, allowing two runs in seven innings. It promises to be an interesting series, between two teams who are looking to finish the year strong.

  1. Stephen Drew SS
  2. Chris Young CF
  3. Adam LaRoche 1B
  4. Mark Reynolds 3B
  5. Miguel Montero C,
  6. Brandon Allen LF
  7. Tony Abreu 2B
  8. Gerardo Parra RF
  9. Dan Hudson P

Still no Upton? Interesting. Charmer on the recap tonight, I'll probably drift in a bit later, as we're making another attempt to get fish 'n' chips tonight - this time, at Rosie McCaffrey's. Fingers crossed this one will be karaoke-free...