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You'll Never Meet No Decent Girls at Dallas Honky-Tonks - Game 11, April 12, 2008 - Toronto Blue Jays at Texas Rangers

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Today's post comes from Dallas band the Old 97s' hilarious song "Coahuila." Anytime you can rhyme 'ravioli' with 'lonely', you've pleased this Italian.

Tonight's game will feature Roy Halladay for the Jays opposing rookie northpaw Luis Mendoza. Doc had his problems with the Rangers last season, but what's past is past.

In addition to introducing the game, I wanted to highlight an interesting post in which Jon Hale of Mockingbird takes some issue with a story by Jays mlb.com writer Jordan Bastian. Bastian (not a bad writer by any stretch of the imagination) has an article tying Accardo's struggle to a reluctance to use his splitter . Using f/x pitch and raw data, Mockingbird takes a much closer look at Accardo's difficulties and concludes that Accardo has actually fared much better with his fastball than his splitter this season thusfar.

Lineups!
Toronto Blue Jays
SS David Eckstein
2B Aaron Hill
RF Alexis Rios
CF Vernon Wells
DH Frank Thomas
LF Matt Stairs
1B Lyle Overbay
C Greg Zaun
3B Joe Inglett

P Doc Halladay

Texas Rangers
2B Ian Kinsler
SS Michael Young
RF Josh Hamilton
3B Hank Blalock
CF Marlon Byrd
LF David Murphy
DH Frank Catalanotto
C Gerald Laird
1B Ben Broussard

P Luis Mendoza


It's a little weird to end the lineup with 4 straight lefties while putting Eckstein and Hill 1-2, but that doesn't mean it won't work.