Monday, April 30, 2007

Tonight's pitching matchup - Doc vs. The Enigma

There's always a bit of a sigh of relief when we look at the probable pitchers, and see Roy Halladay's name there. It seriously stunts the growth of our ulcers, if only temporarily.

Toeing the rubber for the Rangers is Vincente Padilla, an enigmatic Nicaraguan fireballer who was of some interest to the Jays late last year. Though his numbers this year leave something to be desired (0-3, 5.79 ERA, 10 Ks/16 BBs and a 1.57 WHIP), his last visit to the Centre Formerly Known as SkyDome was an impressive 7 innings of 2 hit, 2 run ball in a 5-2 Rangers win last July 18. He also struck out 10 Jays in a 9-3 win on July 5.

Halladay's lone start against Texas last year was 7 2/3 innings of scorless ball in a 3-2 victory on July 4 (a win that was almost coughed up by B.J. Ryan...remember that guy?)

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