Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Who Should Start V Big Z?

We'll see how long I keep this up, but here goes:

Hall v Branyan
it's kind of a wash. Branyan has been atrocious but Hall has been almost as bad. However, in two games against Zambrano this year Hall has hit him well.

Weeks v Durham
There is no real contest. In 30 PA Weeks has an OPS of .729, and Durham has done nothing to suggest he'll be better than that in his 16 times facing Zambrano, getting just 3 singles and a walk.

Cameron v. Kapler
Cameron is 0-8 with 3 strikeouts. Kapler has never faced him.

Braun, Fielder, Hart and Hardy all have had excellent to marginal success against Zambrano and will obviously be starting. Rivera and Cameron are 0-fer while Branyan and Durham have been dominated.

Looks like Yost should go with the standard lineup today, and use Counsell as the first option off the bench if Z is in the game.

What do I expect? I sort of think Durham will get the start at second to punish Weeks, but if Yost really wants to do that he should start Counsell there and lead him off (.375 OPB v. Zambrano).

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