It is time to grab the NL West lead. And never give it back. Ever. Again.
Jim Tracy will run out the 75th lineup in 88 games today, as Tracy will counter the southpaw Richard with four right-handed hitters and two switch-hitters. Note that only one lineup has been used more than twice this season. That's what playing the matchups and dealing with injuries will do. Even though Richard has much more success against lefties (naturally), he lives on his fastball and supplements with average breaking stuff. So don't be too concerned with Ian Stewart.
Don't forget to check out the Futures Game, which starts at 2pm MT. Don Baylor will be managing the US Team and Christian Friedrich, and Wilin Rosario will start at catcher for the World team. You can follow via GameDay or at MLBLive or on Twitter. Oh yeah. Here are the lineups for the game.
#33 / Pitcher / San Diego Padres
Sep 12, 1983
|2010 - Clayton Richard||6-4||17||17||0||0||0||0||108.0||101||37||36||8||42||87||3.00||1.32|
#26 / Pitcher / Colorado Rockies
Jan 08, 1981
|2010 - Jeff Francis||2-3||10||10||0||0||0||0||58.0||65||35||33||3||14||28||5.12||1.36|