Hayden Penn, RH Cory Lidle, RH (0-3, 15.43) (11-10, 4.86)
Lidle's working with a sore right index finger right now, and has last two starts have been pretty bad, including one against us on September 8 where we tattooed Hollywood Cory Lidle for six earned in an inning and two-thirds. Johnny Damon has missed two straight games, too, and Randy Johnson won't make his scheduled start on Thursday due to back spasms. Sheffield's back and playing first base with Giambi out.
Hayden Penn looked good last time out, but he was overdue and it was the Devil Rays. With that start, Hayden got his ERA down to 15.43, his WHIP down to 2.57, and his BAA down to a mere .408. Still, I'd rather see him than Rodrigo.