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April 28/August 25, Orioles at White Sox


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Luke gets a gift from Carlos Quentin, or if you believe the Chicago announcers, the stadium lights which blind the left field on balls hit to a certain part of the field. How many bazillion dollars did they just spend on a modern ballpark and the lighting engineers couldn't figure out how to light the field properly?

Ugh. Poor Guillermo. We seriously jinxed him. He's having a brutal day.

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What is impressing me about D Cab this start is that he isn't getting discouraged. He has three walks but no inning did he have more than one. Also hes averaging less than 15 pitches per inning which is about what you want from a pitcher.

Lets hope that holds true here this 1/2 inning...come on DCAB, you've seen lead off walks kill you SO many times in the past!

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Still only 58 pitches by Daniel to this point. He stands a decent chance of getting us through 7 innings, which would be nice considering the heavy use of the pen over the weekend.

I think today's game could say a lot about the season. Adverse circumstances, we need this game to split the series and have a winning road trip, and we need Daniel to go deep. He's by far the most talented pitcher on our staff, if he could step up and become a stopper for us (which he has looked a bit like so far) it would be huge in terms of our progress both for this year and for the next several. Everyone feel free to kill me for it if he falls apart now. :o

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