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Game 157: Six to go...

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Kansas City Royals
@ New York Yankees

Monday, Sep 28, 2009, 7:05 PM EDT
Yankee Stadium

Luke Hochevar vs Chad Gaudin

Partly cloudy, rain. Winds blowing out to left field at 15-20 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 70.

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I'm just going to sit back, relax, and enjoy what I can from this game. Absolutely no pressure tonight. It's our fifth starter going, with homefield advantage already clinched. We'll probably see a lot of rookies and September call-ups: Pena, Cervelli, Shelley, Miranda, Guzman, etc. It'll be a chance for them to show that they belong on next year's roster.

The pitching matchup actually has some interesting characteristics. Luke Hochevar was the first overall draft pick in 2006. Chad Gaudin was the 1009th overall pick in 2001. Both are 26 years old. Gaudin has had a significantly better career. His ERA+ is 93. Hochevar's is 78. Gaudin is also having a better 2009. Just goes to show how inexact the projection of future baseball players is.