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Sunday Evening Game Thread: Mets at Braves 7/29/09

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ESPN's Sunday Night Evening Game of the Week is actually at 6pm EDT this week, as it looks like they've decided to ditch an American League matchup featuring two competitive teams in favor of a National League matchup featuring two somewhat competitive teams (although the Braves are my darkhorse pick in the NL East.) While I'd like to see Francisco Liriano pitch against the Rangers lineup, Javier Vazquez and his ginormous whiff rates should also be entertaining. All the creative speculation as to why the Mets are underperforming? Not so entertaining. I am hoping Jeff Francoeur hits a walk-off home run, though. Your starting pitchers:


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ZiPS
RoS
FIP
tERA
2009 - Fernando Nieve Nieve's starting games and yet David Wright gets blamed for the Mets' poor record?
7 6 0 0 0 0 35.2 36 13 12 4 18 23 4.85* 5.57*


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ZiPS
RoS
FIP
tERA
2009 - Javier Vazquez 6-7 (why he's on the trading block?)
19 18 1 0 0 0 119.0 102 42 39 10 23 136 2.88 2.62


* - Please note that while Nieve has a 3.03 ERA, his K/BB ratio is 1.3. Vazquez's K/BB ratio is 5.9. Day-um.

Pre-game discussion suggestions:

  • Holes that should be addressed on teams in contention but that probably won't be.
  • Players deemed off limits in deadline deals but who probably shouldn't be.
  • Trade targets who aren't getting enough attention.
  • A trade rumor you'd like to get started.