Preview: Game #158, Diamondbacks @ Padres

Justin K. Aller

Randall Delgado and Ian Kennedy give up a lot of dingers. A lot of dingers do not happen in Petco Park. ONE OF THESE THINGS MUST NOT BE TRUE TODAY.

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Randall Delgado
RHP, 5-6, 3.96
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Ian Kennedy
RHP, 6-10 5.01

Diamondbacks Starting Lineup:

1. Adam Eaton, CF
2. Aaron Hill, 2B
3. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B
4. Martin Prado, LF
5. Miguel Montero, C
6. Matt Davidson, 3B
7. Gerardo Parra, RF
8. Chris Owings, SS
9. Randall Delgado, P

With the win last night, the Diamondbacks clinched both an 80 win season, and sole possession of second place in the NL West. One more win in the last five games means that they will finish at or above .500 for the third straight year. But sure, complain about that while some Mets or Cubs fans starts a tumblr account telling D'Backs fans to "CHECK UR FAN PRIVILEGE." (Yes, they can spell "Privilege" correctly, but cannot be bothered to type out "your".)

Tonight's lineup has the feeling of one that we may see at more than a few points next season, depending on how the offseason shakes out. I'm sure there is some really clever response in the comments coming in soon that postulates "YEAH BUT KT GONNA TRADE MATT DAVIDSON FOR NICK PUNTO. I KNOW THIS BECAUSE I KEEP A STOCK OF GUM IN MY MOUTH SO THE GOVERNMENT AND NICK SABAN CAN'T HEAR MY THOUGHTS. WAR DAMN D'BACKS."

Matching Ian Kennedy and Randall Delgado up in Petco Park might feel like the Baseball equivalent of slamming matter and anti-matter together (The matter in this metaphor being dingers.) However, since we sent Kennedy to the Padres, his prolific homer-giving-up rate has increased. In nine starts with San Diego he has already given up nine home runs (that accounts to a homer a game, duh.), which is already half of what he gave up while with the Diamondbacks in 21 starts. And while only three of those nine homers given up have come in his new home park, adjusting for Petco that's still a lot. What I'm saying is: Delgado's got some work to do to catch up.

Also: CONTROVERSY

I don't know what to believe anymore. It should be noted that the 1918 Future-Twins played only a 128 game season. So on one hand you say "They did it in fewer games, that's the record, put an asterisk on everything!", on the other hand, 128 games plus those extra innings comes out to 1,234 innings played, while the D'Backs in 157 games with 78 extra innings comes out to 1,491 innings played. So, suck it, old time team.

Also: Jim and Charmer are both out of town, so the Marginacolypse can begin post-haste .

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