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Open Thread 8/11: Braves at Astros

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The Braves are putting out a Sunday lineup on Wednesday, as Chipper Jones, Jason Heyward, Martin Prado, and Brian McCann are all out of the lineup against lefty Wandy Rodriguez. Opposing Rodriguez will be Tommy Hanson, who is fifth in the National League in FIP at 3.13, seventh in strikeouts per nine with 8.73, and seventh in WAR at 3.3. The Braves defense needs to play better, especially behind Hanson. Another good game from Glaus would go a long way in assuring Braves fans that he is the first base option for the rest of the season, and they can certainly use his production with the Braves missing so many starters. For all we hear about the Phillies' injuries, the Braves have been hit pretty hard this season as well in the rotation, bullpen, and lineup.

Braves lineup vs. Astros: First pitch scheduled for 2:05 pm EST.

  1. Omar Infante 2B
  2. Melky Cabrera RF
  3. Alex Gonzalez SS
  4. Matt Diaz LF
  5. Troy Glaus 1B
  6. David Ross C
  7. Brooks Conrad 3B
  8. Rick Ankiel CF
  9. Tommy Hanson P