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Game Thread: August 5, 2006

Cleveland at Detroit, 7:05 PM (STO)

Starting Pitchers:

Cleveland: Paul Byrd (7-6, 5.00 ERA)
Detroit: Kenny Rogers (11-5, 4.63 ERA)

Both Rogers and Byrd had poor months of July:

Rogers: 5 Starts, 21.1 IP, 9.28 ERA, 30 H, 6 HR
Byrd: 5 Starts, 22.0 IP, 9.00 ERA, 46 H, 7 HR

The two starters averaged less than 5 innings per start, which put more pressure on their bullpens. Good starters not only to be effective, but also go deep in a game. If a starter can go seven innings, it sets things up nicely for a club given today's bullpen configurations. If he can only go five innings, teams have to use the weak links of their pitching staff. Of course, the Indians' entire bullpen is a weak link, so a short outing only exasperates things.