I don’t know what to do with this team. I get excited and then get kicked in the gut. Harden going seven strong innings had me jacked up only to see Samardzija give up a 3-run bomb in the 13th. I just sick and tired of being sick and tired with this team. Today becomes very important to salvage the series. If we can win this one, though I thought it would be the Rodrigo Lopez game, we end the trip 5-2. I know “good teams” beat “good teams” as well as “bad teams”, but at this point we have a team that just needs wins, regardless of where they come from.

Today I want to see Sam Fuld in CF…oh wait, we demoted him and kept Hoffpauir for some reason. In all seriousness, I want to see Fukudome back in the leadoff spot today and Fox behind the plate. Hill needs a day off and Fox plays well when he gets in there. We need to jump on Moyer early and give Z something to work with. All is not lost, but I’m a little disappointed with our showing against Philly.

Scouting Today’s Starters

Carlos Zambrano is coming off a win against the Nationals in which he lasted only five innings — but that was because the right-hander ran up his pitch count early in the game. Zambrano struggled through a 40-pitch first inning but gave up only one run, and it was unearned. In his past four starts, Big Z has posted a 2.25 ERA. His start against the Nationals was only the second time in 17 outings this year in which Zambrano did not go past five innings. He also helped himself by hitting a two-run double. Since 2005, Zambrano leads all Major League pitchers with 16 homers and 43 RBIs.

Jamie Moyer continued his mastery of the Marlins in brilliant fashion during Thursday’s win. The 46-year-old retired the first 12 and last eight hitters he faced through seven shutout innings, giving up just one hit and one walk while striking out four and throwing 94 pitches — 67 for strikes. The only inning he even put runners on was the fifth, when Jorge Cantu broke up his perfect game with a leadoff single and Ronny Paulino walked two batters later. Moyer is now 13-2 in 15 career games against Florida. Against the Cubs, with whom he debuted in 1987, he’s 3-0 with a 4.19 ERA in six career starts. Moyer was pushed back a day so Joe Blanton — whose start was rained out after 1 1/3 innings on Saturday — wouldn’t completely lose a turn in the rotation. (MLB.com)

Still a wily veteran, he gets hitters out with great location, late-breaking movement and overall deception. He has seen it all and doesn’t get rattled. When his stuff isn’t working, things get messy in a hurry. At this stage of his career, he is more prone to surrendering the long ball than ever before. A steady mid-rotation starter. (TSN.ca)

Jamie Moyer’s Pitch Usage

Farm Report

  • Esmailin Caridad struck out 7 batters and only allowed 2 earned runs over 6.0 innings pitched
  • Andrew Cashner pitched 6.0 scoreless innings
  • Brett Jackson was 3-for-5
  • Jose Valdez was 3-for-4

Andrew Cashner lowered his ERA to 1.37 over four games at the Double-A level. (Jerry Hale/MiLB.com)

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