Gameday Thread, #143: 9/12 vs. Rockies

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Ian Kennedy
RHP, 9-9, 4.01

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Jhoulys Chacin
RHP, 8-9, 3.65

Tankapalooza 2010 standings

Rk Tm W L W-L% GB
1 Pirates 47 94 .333 -
2 Orioles 55 87 .387 7.5
Mariners 55 87 .387 7.5
4 D-backs 57 85 .401 9.5
5 Indians 58 84 .408 10.5
6 Royals 58 83 .411 11

Not hearing quite so much from the "Gibson has really turned this team around" crowd of late, are we? Not with the D-backs having won only two of the last eight and dropped three consecutive series, even before today's season finale in Coors. Of late, it has been the offense which has been the problem. Remember that spell where we had so many free tacos, they were coming out our ears? Seems like when the calendar page for August was torn off, our offense went with it - we haven't scored more than five in September, have averaged only three runs per game, and have a team line this month of .229/.288/.377, for a .665 OPS.

On the other hand, the pitching has been pretty good, with the Diamondbacks posting a September ERA of 3.89 - and that's including the 13-run blowout inflicted on Saunders and the 'pen on Friday. Can't say I was too surprised by the results in the series to date: now, we see how another fly-ball pitcher in Kennedy can survive at Coors. He has only one career start there, back in May this year, and it was his control which seemed to be the issue: Kennedy walked four in five innings, allowed three runs and took a 3-2 loss. He actually faced Chacin that day too, who got the W for six frames of two-run ball.

  1. Stephen Drew ss
  2. Chris Young cf
  3. Kelly Johnson 2b
  4. Adam LaRoche 1b
  5. Miguel Montero c
  6. Mark Reynolds 3B
  7. Brandon Allen lf
  8. Gerardo Parra rf
  9. Ian Kennedy rhp

'Skins on the recap for this one, but I should actually get to see this game, which will make a nice change, having entirely missed the first two contests. So I'll see you in the comments for this one. Let's try and avoid the sweep, shall we?

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