Gameday Thread, #4: 4/10 vs. Padres

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Trevor Cahill
RHP, 0-0, N/A

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Edinson Volquez
RHP, 0-1, 3.36

On the road go the Diamondbacks, hoping to continue their excellent start which sees them and the Mets as the only undefeated teams in the National League [and the Mets are losing at time of writing, to the Nationals]. It's the first major-league appearance for Cahill, who came over from Oakland in the trade for Jarrod Parker, but had a spring best described as "forgettable." And we'll be hoping to do just that as a result of his performance this evening: San Diego should provide a similar environment to Oakland, so maybe he will find similar success.

Line-up, including an absence, is after the jump, and it'll also be the official SnakePit debut of Clefo, who'll be posting his first recap after this one.

  1. Willie Bloomquist SS
  2. Gerardo Parra RF
  3. Chris Young CF
  4. Miguel Montero C
  5. Paul Goldschmidt 1B
  6. Jason Kubel LF
  7. Ryan Roberts 3B
  8. Aaron Hill 2B
  9. Trevor Cahill P

The obvious thing to notice is not who is in there, but who isn't: no Justin Upton. Reports suggest that he tweaked his left thumb on that aggressive (and, in the end, totally unnecessary, thank you Brandon Crawford) slide into second, trying to break up a double-play in the seventh inning on Sunday against the Giants. Nick Piecoro Tweeted Upton as saying "It's not too bad" and hoping to be able to play tomorrow, but that he didn't want to push things to hard this early. Which is sensible. Good job we have four outfielders, eh?

CY moves into the #3 hole, and we'll see how Parra does in the #2 hole and playing right, having not exactly had his finest day in his last start on Sunday. Otherwise, pretty much as we'd expect. Be nice if Cahill could improve on the current 6.61 ERA posted by our starters in the Giants series, though that was countered by the 0.84 managed out of the bullpen over the same time. Keep the victories rolling, and I'm thinking we could come back to Phoenix with a 7-2 record or thereabout. The journey toward that starts tonight at Petco.

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