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Gameday Thread, #8: 4/8 vs.Dodgers


Chad Billingsley
RHP, 0-0, 3.86


Doug Davis
LHP, 0-1, 4.91 preview [opens in new window]

Okay, the bunting is put away, the fighter jets landed, the fireworks safely stowed, and - from what I've heard - the queues at the concessions stands might be a little less horrific tonight, as we return to normal practice at Chase Field after the heady delights of last night. The scoreboard will be greeted with yawns, rather than oohs, and no homer from Reynolds that does not actually enter Earth orbit will merit much comment.

That's perhaps a bit of an exaggeration, but I can't say I am looking forward to this one with much anticipation. Davis got tagged for the only loss suffered by an Arizona starter thus far, walking six and not even lasting four innings against the Reds. It is Davis's last appearance before his surgery, and so a warm welcome from the Chase crowd is assured. However, part of me thinks we should just save time and send Yusmeiro Petit outthere to start with, since he's likely going to end up on the moundsooner, rather than later. I hope I'm wrong there, but...

Still, as long as the hitters continue to smack the ball out of the park at this rate, there'll be no complaints from me. We've homered in every game so far, but have some way to go to reach the franchise record of twenty-two consecutive games with a homer. [from 09/23/00 to 04/15/01] Still, last year, we didn't reach sixteen homers until April 26, and managed only twenty the whole month. I wouldn't object to another four-blast game tonight. As it's wrestling tonight, I'm leaving the post-game recap in the capable hands of Azreous [I hope he has remembered!], but will perhaps be able to pop in for the odd comment as time and the opportunity permits.