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Game 42 Open Thread: May 22, 2007

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duke

wagonmaker

1-4, 5.19

3-3, 6.34

after a couple of disastrous starts in mid-april, zach duke appears to have turned things around: he's got a 2.87 era over his last 5 starts. but maybe he's only been lucky; during that supposedly good stretch, opponents are hitting .301 off him and slugging .455. the cardinals faced him 4 times last season and batted a cumulative .340 against him, but they only hit one homer and split the 4 games.

they'd best win tonight, because in the next two games they'll face the national league's third- and eighth-best pitchers in era --- tom gorzelanny and ian snell. here's the lineup, per bernie:

eckstein ss
duncan lf
pujols 1b
encarnacion rf
rolen 3b
molina c
edmonds cf
miles 2b
wagonmaker p

encarnacion is a career 7 for 13 against duke, and rolen is 4 for 6. nobody in tonight's starting lineup has ever homered against duke.