Gameday Thread, #34: 5/12 vs. Giants

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Matt Cain
RHP, 1-2, 2.38

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Trevor Cahill
RHP, 2-3, 3.26

Matt Cain has made six starts this season, but has only one win. What a waste of roster space: at this rate, each W will cost the Giants about three million dollars this year, which is almost down to Barry Zito levels. Still, that's what happens when you give a $127 million deal to a pitcher with a losing career record. And what's this?

  1. Willie Bloomquist SS
  2. Gerardo Parra CF
  3. Justin Upton RF
  4. Miguel Montero C
  5. Ryan Roberts 3B
  6. Lyle Overbay 1B
  7. Jason Kubel LF
  8. Aaron Hill 2B
  9. Trevor Cahill P

Can Arizona make it ten wins in a row over San Francisco? Certainly be nice to do so, as that would leap-frog us over the Giants into second place in the division. Last night's thread, was discussing with shoewizard whether it counted as a "must win" scenario for the D-backs, given the lead the Dodgers have. I wasn't quite as convinced, and dug through the numbers today.

Turn out three of the teams to make the post-season last year, were eight or more back of the division leaders at some point in the season - the Tigers, Rays and Cardinals. The wild-card is obviously a huge factor, but with the addition of an extra one this year, Arizona only really has to worry about catching the second-best non-division winner - at the moment, the Mets, four ahead of them. Sure, they'd prefer to catch the Dodgers, but even if Los Angeles are 20 games ahead, it's not the end of the D-backs season. And I wonder if any enraged Giants fans will complain about the opening paragraph, without reading all the way to the end? #trolling

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