An interesting trivia question for you today about longevity and consistency.
Q: – From 2000 to 2009, only one pitcher won 10 games in every year. Can you name him?
Remember, no searching on the internet for the answer. Just have fun and guess off the top of your head in the comment section.
Today’s Pitching Matchup
Ryan Dempster (8-7, 3.57 ERA) vs. Wesley Wright (0-0, 5.59 ERA)
Dempster opened the second half on strong note, striking out nine Phillies. He’s now five Ks away from reaching 1,500 in his career. But he’s also served up 17 home runs; he gave up 22 in 200 innings last year.
Wright will make the first start of his Major League career after Felipe Paulino suffered a recurrence of right shoulder tendinitis during his side session Friday. The 25-year-old has made six relief appearances for the Astros this season.
Strength – Can be deadly against left-handed hitters and owns the ability to strike batters out in key situations. Is effective on consecutive days.
Weakness – Does not have the ideal pitchers’ frame. Isn’t nearly as effective against right-handed hitters. Needs to curb his penchant for walks.