Gameday Thread, #36: 5/14 vs. Dodgers

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Ian Kennedy
RHP, 3-2, 3.91

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Clayton Kershaw
LHP, 2-1, 2.56

Nothing that happens in this game tonight will be noticed outside of the two cities involved. Because Bryce Harper hit the first home-run of his major-league career this evening. Expect in-depth analysis of this, as part of a two-hour special on ESPN, in which they'll interview Harper and get his thoughts, as well as those of his team-mates, the opposing pitcher, the fan who caught the ball, that fan's family, and the worker in the Honduran factory who sewed the seams on the ball. On the plus side, this does at least get it out of the way.

Meanwhile, as already noted, this was the date one year ago, when the Diamondbacks' season basically turned on. It happened in LA. Is that an omen for tonight, and what should be a good pitching match-up?

  1. Won't get on base SS
  2. Has done little lately 2B
  3. Slumping RF
  4. Range of a traffic cone LF
  5. Strikeout machine 1B
  6. Wild hacks C
  7. No longer a career year 3B
  8. N00b CF
  9. Pitcher

Call the above line-up reverse psychology, if you will. The good news is, there's no Kemp in the opposing line-up for the Dodgers; the bad news is, he hasn't been ruled out as a late-inning pinch-hitter, with the game on the line. My, I'm looking forward to that possibility... A nice late start too, so I'm probably trying to squeeze in a movie before first pitch - I watched Kurt and Courtney, the documentary about the death of Kurt Cobain, this afternoon, and it was interesting stuff, if not exactly complimentary about Cox....

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