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Gameday Thread, #2: 4/2 vs. Reds.

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Dan Haren
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Bronson Arroyo
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After a somewhat unwarranted and unnecessary day off, we return to action, hoping to continue after the winning start to the season. There might not be quite the heady air of excitement as for Opening Day, but there's still a good degree of anticipation, as we will get to see Dan Haren make his Diamondbacks debut. He will have the advantage of unfamiliarity over the Reds, thanks to his move from the AL: Corey Patterson [3-for-8] has the most experience against Haren.


In contrast, three D-backs [Hudson, Byrnes and Burke] have seen Arroyo ten or more times, led by O-Dawg's 31 PA's, though they haven't had much success. Conor Jackson [4-for-7 with two walks] has the best line, and the roster as a whole hits only at a .243 clip. We'll certainly be hoping for a bit more output than the five hits managed during all of Monday's game, though if we hit three homers every day, I won't be complaining much.


The good news is, the weather forecast is looking much better for today's game, with only a 10% chance of precipitation. First pitch is at 4:10 pm, AZ time, which is one of those awkward starts. I'll be at work for the first hour and twenty, then heading to The Sets, but I hope to be there in time to throw a couple of comments into the Gameday Thread. I'm also testing the 'auto post' facility on the new platform, that lets me schedule a thread for publication at a future time. This should appear automatically at 2pm Arizona time; if it doesn't show up, please let me know...