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Thursday, September 25, 2003
I Don't Know What Happened, But I Like It!
Other than laying claim to some sort of higher understanding because of my "prediction" (which I didn't really make) using "science" (which I know nothing about) that Estes would have a great outing, thus following the highly statistically relevant two game trend when his ERA was truly awful, but still better than his opponent, I have no explanation for last night's complete game four hit shutout. If anything, I think we were privy to a combination of Dusty Baker's motivational acumen, a Reds lineup that was quadruple-A at best, and a skosh of luck for good measure. Doesn't matter really, I'll take what I can get.
More Than a Feeling?
I have a good feeling about tonight's Astros/Brewers tilt. Doug Davis is not a great pitcher, but during his current tour of the National League, he has bewildered anyone seeing him for the first time. He's had seven starts for the Brewers, six of which against opponents who were getting their first look at him in a Brewers uniform, and in those six starts, he's had an ERA of 1.70, giving up more than two runs only once, that being a 3 run outing against the Giants. Davis may not be a world beater, but he is facing the Astros for the first time, while Houston is sending Tim Redding to the mound with his not completely healed blister. With our rival's matchup, and the Big Z heading to the mound, despite my natural incination to stifle any positive feelings, I don't feel half bad about the prospects for this evening's contests.