Tuesday, May 03, 2005
Cards at Reds, Marquis vs. Harang
Game two tonight. Marquis has some good numbers against the Reds; he beat them in a 5-1 game at Busch on 4/12. Pitched against Harang in that game too. Career numbers pitching against the Reds aren't bad either, 2-1 with a 3.82 ERA in four games started through 2004 and 2005. However, not to be a negative nilly, as Flanders might say, but in his last two outings Marquis has been a little shaky. He gave up 5 earned runs in 5 2/3 innings against the Astros on 4/22, striking out 8 and walking 3, but he did manage to get the win as the Cards' bats came to the rescue in the bottom frame of that 5th inning. He lost to the Brewers on 4/28, surrendering 4 earned runs in 7 innings, with 2 BB and 2 K. Last year he didn't have back to back games where he gave up more than 4 earned runs until September. My bold prediction is that he heeds Duncan's sage advice, getting the win tonight surrendering less than 4 runs. Hopefully the bats stay hot from last night (on through October would be really nice).