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9/9 Game Thread: The Good News Is, We're Done Facing The Nationals
Back to baseball tonight. After the NFL's opening weekend and the US Open finals, it might almost be easy to forget that we're in the middle of the stretch run, the most exciting part of the regular season, when everyone with half a hope hunkers down and everyone without a prayer tries to drag the rest down with them. Tonight, we'll face the Rockies, who are only 6 games out in an extraordinarily weak division, but who have little hope of passing both the Dodgers and the Diamondbacks, and who don't have enough games left in the season to rattle off another 20-game winning streak.
But they're not a bad team, and they ARE the reigning NL champions, so it would be awfully nice if we could let them feel a little of our pain. It'll be hard to do it tonight, though, as they're pitching Aaron Cook, a good sinkerballer who really killed the Braves last time, giving up only 2 hits and 1 run in 7 innings back in April. He hasn't been so lucky on previous occasions, though. Even with that stellar start, he's got a 4.89 ERA against us in 38 2/3 innings, having given up 4 homers and 10 walks against only 12 strikeouts. He's having a very nice year, 16-9 with a 4.10 ERA; on the road this year, he's 10-3 with a 3.57 ERA.
We've got Campillo going tonight, and he's just been awful the past month, an ERA of 7.39 in his last 6 starts. He's never faced the Rockies, which may help, as his stuff has seemed to be more effective when he's facing a team for the first time. But he's pretty much pitching like he's gassed. We might want to think about shutting him down too, if it could help Parr, Morton and Reyes get their licks as they audition for the rotation.