Gameday Thread, #5: 4/11 vs. Padres

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Joe Saunders
LHP, 0-0, N/A

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Cory Luebke
LHP, 0-1, 9.64

Sunday, we make five errors and our starter is gone after three innings: we win. Last night, the Arizona walks eight Padres: we win, largely because none of those eight bonus baserunners score. Over the two games, the D-backs have gone 3-for-23 with runners in scoring position, and are hitting .162 in such situations thus far in 2012. Y'know, if the Diamondbacks had actually played well, our record after four games would probably be something like six to minus two. Oh, well. I guess we'll settle for simply being the only undefeated team in the major-leagues at the time of writing, the Tigers having gone down to the Rays already today. Thank you, Daniel Schlereth and Jose Valverde.

Line-up and stuff, some of which is weather-related, after the jump.

  1. Willie Bloomquist SS
  2. Aaron Hill 2B,
  3. Justin Upton RF
  4. Miguel Montero C
  5. Chris Young CF
  6. Jason Kubel LF
  7. Paul Goldschmidt 1B
  8. Ryan Roberts 3B
  9. Joe Saunders P

Joe makes his first start of the 2012 season, and it's going to be a challenge, with the back of our rotation facing almost the front of the Padres' one. Saunders didn't have a great spring, but it certainly wasn't the worst of the D-backs starters, and we saw last year that he is capable of rebounding after a poor pre-season. As much a concern might be the weather, with Steve Gilbert tweeting a picture of a tarp-covered Petco Park at about 1:30pm. However, the forecast is calling for only a 10% chance of rain this afternoon, so we should be good. Upton is back in the line-up too, so that's also a positive.

I'm probably not too optimistic about this one, for the reasons stated above, but as also noted earlier, we've won the last couple of games, despite playing far from our best. If we can actually perform competently, maybe we can reach 5-0 and keep this thing rolling a little longer....

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