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St. Louis vs. Pittsburgh, 22 August 2005

Mark Mulder (14-6, 3.87) vs. Josh Fogg (6-8, 5.07). Fogg's VORP is down to -1.4 for the year. I'm playing word association now: VORP... Value Over Replacement Player... Replacement... Replace... Replace...

Despite those fourteen wins, Mulder is developing into a generic starter, an okay #3 rather than one of the Big Three. He's walking lots of batters now and isn't really striking anyone out anymore or preventing homers. Daric Barton, who is hitting .335/.434/.525 at Class AA Midland despite only turning 20 a week ago, could make the Mulder trade a very nice one for the A's.