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Game Thread #18: Roy Oswalt is a Loser

Ok, I don't really believe that Roy Oswalt is a loser.  But he has lost 47 games in his career, and gotten 33 no-decisions.  (Those were games in which Brad Lidge blew the save, mostly.)  Last year Oswalt was 2-0 against the crew, but he had a rather pedestrian 4.35 ERA.  He must've been starting against Ben Hendrickson or something.

In his career, Oswalt is 5-5 with a 4.95 ERA at Miller Park--hardly $75M/5 years material, methinks.   I say this one is winnable.  I won't make the argument that Bush is a better pitcher than Houston's ace, but his 3.81 ERA in Milwaukee suggests he just might be the better pitcher today.  Throw in the difference in offensive punch, and there's plenty of reason to be optimistic.

Ned goes with a very respectable Sunday lineup today; the handedness of the Houston pitchers forced him to save some of the good players for today.  Here's how it looks:

  • Weeks, 2B
  • Hardy, SS
  • Fielder, 1B
  • Hall, CF
  • Estrada, C
  • Jenkins, LF
  • Gross, RF
  • Counsell, 3B
  • Bush, P
I'm a bit surprised he stacked all those lefties when he could've just moved Jenkins up to the five spot, but I doubt it makes much difference, especially if he's willing to pinch hit for Jenks/Gross/Counsell when Phil Garner starts making moves.

Go Brewers!