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Game 92 Open Thread: July 17, 2006

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weaver ramirez
3-10, 6.29 4-3, 4.65

the braves have been pounding the ball in july -- averaging 8+ runs a game in 12 contests. they just got finished beating up the padres -- who entered the weekend with the majors' 2d-best era -- for 36 runs in three games. their runs for/against differential is +7, much better than their w-l record (43-49) would suggest. the braves' run of nl east titles is over, but they could still win the wild card -- they're only 5.5 games out with two and a half months to go. . . . .

which only goes to show what a joke the @#$!&%$ wild card is. look at the standings -- why should october audiences be forced to watch any of the teams on the nl side?

hey, check out the debut lines of stl's four most recent in-season rotation trade acquisitions:

date opp ip h r er w so dec
hitchcock 8/23/03 @ cin 6 3 0 0 1 4 w
finley 7/21/02 @ pit 6 7 4 3 2 8 w
wright 8/30/02 @ chi 6 6 2 2 3 3 w
williams 8/04/01 fla 6 7 0 0 0 5 w

so it's pretty obvious what's going to happen: weaver will pitch 3 2/3 innings, give up 9 runs, and lose.

you might get a kick out of the Random Game Callback over at baseball toaster's Griddle; harks back 39 years to a cardinals-mets contest at what was then the "new ballpark."