Gameday Thread, #41: 5/19 vs. Royals

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Ian Kennedy
RHP, 3-3, 3.81

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Bruce Chen
LHP, 2-4, 4.34

A victory today, and Arizona would be assured of a winning road-trip. Which wouldn't be much of a surprise, because going in to this contest, the Diamondbacks are the only team in the NL West in possession of a record above .500 away from home. It's been the dismal performances at Chase, where Arizona are 7-12, that has sunk us in the first quarter of the season. Still, another game in Kansas City, against the Royals and their 4-16 record at home, should hopefully keep things moving in the right direction.

Line-up after the jump, and good to see a familiar face back in his accustomed spot.

  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. Cody Ransom DH
  9. Ryan Roberts 3B
    + Ian Kennedy P

Yep, having made it back into the line-up as our designated hitter yesterday, Young returns to patrol center-field today, with Ransom taking over that spot. Interesting choice: I'd perhaps have used Kubel to DH, and put Parra in left, on the basis that (Parra's defense - Kubel's defense) > (Ransom's bat - Parra's bat), which is really how the math of that one works out. Offense hasn't been a problem that last couple of days for Arizona, and hopefully this will continue. That, and a good outing from Kennedy, should do the trick.

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