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Gameday Thread, #102: 7/28 vs. Astros

Enrique Gonzalez, RHP (3-2, 4.85)
Brandon Backe, RHP (1-1, 4.50)

With Roy Oswalt and Roger Clemens waiting for Arizona on Saturday and Sunday, it becomes almost essential for Arizona to win the series opener against Brandon Backe. He has made just one start since April 13, and lasted only four innings against the Mets on July 22nd. He allowed four walks: something our hitters would do wise to note, given we've managed one base on balls over the past eighteen innings. This guy is very, very fragile, and we should take advantage because, as noted, it isn't going to get any easier.

EnGon takes the mound for Arizona, and his last outing, while not stellar, did give cause for optimism, with a season-high 110 pitch appearance. He allowed three runs over seven innings, on four hits and a walk, while fanning seven. The long-ball hurt him, with two homers, and if he can avoid that today, while still maintaining the same level of performance everywhere else, it should be sufficient to get him the victory.