Gameday Thread, #160: 10/1 vs. Dodgers.

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Zach Kroeneke
RHP, 0-0, 21.60

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John Ely
RHP, 4-9, 5.10

It's Baaaaaa-ack! Tankapalooza 2010 Standings

Rk Tm W L W% GB
1 Pirates 56 103 .352 -
2 Mariners 61 98 .384 5
3 Orioles 64 95 .403 8
D-backs 64 95 .403 8
5 Royals 66 93 .415 10
6 Indians
Nationals
68 91 .428 12

The sweep in San Francisco means that Tankapalooza is back for the rest of the season, with Arizona currently tied for 3rd, after the Orioles won the first game of today's double-header. They're guaranteed to finish no lower than fifth, and it looks like a straight up battle with the Orioles for third- and fourth-place over the weekend. We would appear to be going for the jugular, sending out a pitcher with a career 21.60 ERA in the majors. Admittedly, we're talking small sample size - 1.2 innings - but Kroenke has retired only five of the 14 batters faced, which doesn't augur well for his chances tonight in LA.

That said, he had some decent outings in Triple-A. A 3.51 ERA over almost a hundred innings is not to be discarded lightly, especially in Reno- that was the lowest number posted by anyone there with more than forty IP. We'll be hoping for more of that, rather than the poor form showed in his two relief appearances with the Diamondbacks earlier in the year. He's getting the chance due to Daniel Hudson being shut down with a finger injury, so Zach has some pretty large shoes to fill.

  1. Stephen Drew ss
  2. Chris Young cf
  3. Kelly Johnson 2b
  4. Adam LaRoche 1b
  5. Mark Reynolds 3b
  6. Brandon Allen lf
  7. Gerardo Parra rf
  8. Konrad Schmidt c
  9. Zach Kroenke lhp

'charmer gets her final recap of the season, so we'll see if she has any better luck than myself and Sprankton in this area.

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