The Suns took Game 2 by a score of 1-0 in a terribly umpired game to level the series. Now the Jaxx are back home, where they'll stay until this series is over and the Championship decided. Tonight Ricky Nolasco takes the ball in an absolutely pivotal game, and the teams lineup so...
|Ricky Nolasco, RHP
14-3, 2.89 ERA
173/46 K/BB, 13 HR in 161.2 IP
|William Juarez, RHP|
11-3, 2.63 ERA
129/59 K/BB, 3 HR in 136.2 IP
|CF Todd Donovan||LF #Dwaine Bacon|
|2B Tony Abreu||2B *Eric Patterson|
|RF *Jon Weber||3B Casey McGehee|
|3B Andy LaRoche||1B #Matt Craig|
|1B *James Loney||RF Brandon Sing|
|C Russ Martin||CF *Buck Coats|
|SS Joel Guzman||SS Carlos Rojas|
|LF Justin Ruggiano||C Casey Kopitze|
|P William Juarez||P Ricky Nolasco|
Here are the ERAs for the last five starting pitchers:
At what point does the manager note it's not the "other pitcher"?
And why does he start Montero in the middle of a downturn?
McNutt / Archer didn't work out well for us.
Chapman shouldn't be reserved anymore on 40 man.
If Travis' back-to-back-to-back walks cost Hendricks the ERA title, that would really suck.
Edit: "A lifeless loss to a lousy Sox team."
This place is a real downer after a loss to the Sox.
I expect they will go 5-9 games above .500 the rest of the year. 96-98 wins will win the Division.
They should have one more 2-3 week hot streak in them.
However, several players are just "average" for the last month: Zobrist, Ross, Russell, Ceasar. Montero is terrible, plus he cannot throw anyone out. -WAR. Heyward is abysmal at the plate, but a plus in the OF. Still with RISP he has been terrible. KB has not been driving in runs as of late. But Apparently the team is still above average with RISP according to S Sahadev.
I came to that realization tonight. I kept expecting them to play better, but now I realize they aren't going to. They are a .500 team now.
- They have one reliable starting pitcher. Jake's magic is gone, and it doesn't look like it's coming back. Lester has been lousy recently. Lackey's ERA goes up every time he pitches.
- Heyward has been dead weight all year. I can't remember a single series where he was a significant offensive contributor. Not one. Great defense, but but if he were hitting .270 with 10 HR and played average defense, the Cubs would be better off.
new rule...no one's allowed to throw k.bryant a changeup
Team is .500 since early May and is playing like a .500 team. Lack of offense seems to be putting a lot of pressure on the pitchers...and they aren't handling it terribly well.
.500 the rest of the way still may win the division though.