9/30/06: Must Win Game – Sampson Vs Cormier At Atlanta

“And everyone of us must win at last
Like in the future, like in the past”

- Mansun

Truth be told, it really IS our very very last chance – we HAFTA win and if the Cards win, honestly, it really is OVAH.

Chris Sampson, RHP vs Lance Cormier, RHP

this year: 2-0 in 2 GS and 9 in relief: 2 HR, 3 BB, 12 K over 30 IP – 2.10 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and a .215 BAA
In AAA, he was a top notch starter, going 11-2 with a 2.70 ERA

He had handled a spot start June 7 against the Cubs, going 7 innings, 3 hits, no runs and this earned him a seat on the bench then a trip back to AAA, while Taylor Buchholz, Fernando Nieve and Wandy continued to stink it up. He was called back up, and essentially spent his days on his butt. Then after he returned to AAA, he was stripped of his starter status and put in the bullpen. He was called back up to the bigs in August, after the Express lost the championship and was given a few unimportant innings.

Matt Albers, an AA pitcher for most of the year, had originally been preferred as a starter, but he, um, hadn’t done very well, and so
- he started the 25th in Philly – went 3.2 scoreless innings, giving up 3 hits and no runs with 45 pitches.

When Jason Hirsh was knocked out of his start 2 days later, Sampson came right in, pitched 2.2 scoreless 1 hit innings – only 27 pitches needed.

Sampson had said that since he hadn’t started in several months, his arm wasn’t as strong as it might could be, so he could only go a few innings. Hopefully, he can go 5 today. And hopefully, his outstanding outings will help convince the Organization that he would be wasted in the bullpen.

Lance Cormier, RHP
- a righty relief pitcher the Braves got from the Dbax for Jorge Sosa
well, he was SUPPOSED to be a relief pitcher, but since all the Braves scheduled starters except Smoltz were hurt, SOMEone had to start and that someone is this here guy…

this year: 4-5 in 8 GS, 20 in relief: 6 HR, 37 BB, 42 K over 68.1 IP – 5.00 ERA, 1.74 WHIP and a .309 BAA
- has 4 QS, lasted at least 5 innings in 5 GS and he has a 4.53 ERA as a starter
@ the Ted: 2-3 in 3 GS, 12 in relief: 5 HR, 13 BB, 21 K over 31.1 IP – 5.46 ERA, 1.79 WHIP and a .344 BAA
vs Hou: 1-0 in 1 GS, 4 in relief: 0 HR, 1 BB, 6 K over 9.2 IP – 3.72 ERA, 1.76 WHIP and a .381 BAA

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One Response to “9/30/06: Must Win Game – Sampson Vs Cormier At Atlanta”

  1. Steve Schramm says:

    Not quite correct, Lisa. If the Astros lose, then they can still win Sunday and if the Cardinals lose all three, we’d be tied. Also, If the Astros win and the Cardinals win, we’re still in it — we would need to win Sunday and the Cards lose Sunday and Monday to force a Tuesday playoff in MMP.
    I realize it’s unlikely that the Cards will lose two to the Brewers, and it’s even more unlkiely they’ll lose to the Brewers and Giants. But it’s baseball and y’nevahknow.

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