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This will be our first 2008 encounter with the National League East - it proved a fruitful source of wins for the Diamondbacks last year, as we went 24-9 there. However, the Mets took the season series against us by the odd game in seven: be nice to reverse that, and I'd be happy with two of three. I think we have the definite pitching edge tomorrow, with Webb going for us; I'd give it to the Mets on Sunday [though Haren vs. Santana is a great matchup], leaving today as the swing game.
Maine has been steady, posting Game Scores of 57, 58, 56 and 54 in his past four outings. Not much experience against him for the D-backs: we can muster only 46 at-bats in total, with just one walk and 14 K's. Only Hudson [2-for-10] has more than half a dozen AB's, though Jackson is 4-for-6. Elsewhere, we'll be keeping an eye on the Dodgers, who have suddenly got hot, winning six in a rowm though Andruw Jones is still batting .159. They're facing the Rockies in Colorado this weekend, so we are pulling for the purple peeps. Azreous will be opening any overflow Gameday Thread needed.
Pwnings had his worst outing last time out in San Diego, dodging the loss despite giving up five runs on five hits in five innings with five strikeouts. On the other hand, he went 3-for-3 - since the end of July last year, four pitchers have had three-hit games. Micah Owings is three of them. [The fourth is Carlos Zambrano] Add his pinch-hit homer earlier in the week, and you'll see why we're looking forward to going to the game tonight, and hoping that we don't have to wait until after it's over to see fireworks.
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