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Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Hair Of The Dog, Wednesday, September 24, 2008
The Brewers came out on top of an intense back and forth affair when the red hot Prince Fielder crushed a 2-0 slider out of Miller Park for a walk-off 7-5 win to remain one back of the Mets, who had earlier dispatched an uninterested Cubs team.
The game was filled with clutch hit after clutch hit, a de facto inside the park Hr, and many blown leads. It was in many respects a great game, but had Prince failed to come through in the 9th, it would have just been another depressing missed opportunity. And while the pitching matchups favored the Mets last night, on this day they will face Carlos Zambrano, who will be looking to prove that he is post-season ready after following up his no-hitter with a clunker. Lefty Oliver Perez will take the hill for the Mets. The Cubs have generally pounded left-handed pitching (.291/.368/.445), but that’s if Lou Piniella goes with a credible lineup.
For the Brewers, CC Sabathia will take his turn on short rest against Pirates’ ace Paul Maholm. I like the move both to improve the Brewers’ chances against Pitt’s one credible starter, and to work an extra start out of the big man. Against lefties the Pirates are an unimpressive .251/.322/.395. Moreover, these Pirates as a group have had a terrible go of it against Sabathia, managing only a .194/.282/.281 line. The Brewers have actually tagged Maholm pretty well (.337/.392/.556)
Things are shaping up. Let’s take this one and square this race.
In Football Land…
I mean, I just don’t care about football right now, but if you’re interested, Plaxico Burress has been suspended by the Giants for missing practice.
Willie Parker will miss next Monday’s game with a knee injury, while Marc Bulger has been benched for Trent Green, until his inevitable concussion.
The Bears really suck at drafting offensive players.
Back to Baseball…
PECOTA rules again.
Today’s HOTD is brought to you by Nyquil. The good stuff, with Pseudophedrine.
Oh, and the Woot-Off continues.