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Gameday Thread, #128: 8/22 vs. Marlins


Anibal Sanchez
RHP, 2-2, 3.52


Randy Johnson
LHP, 10-9, 4.16 preview [opens in new window]

If the name Anibal Sanchez rings a bell, it's because he no-hit the Diamondbacks as a rookie, back in September 2006. [Only three rookies have had no-hitters in the NL since 1972. Two of them - Sanchez and Jose Jimenez - did it against Arizona...] Life since then has not been kind to him- he was shut down in June last year due to a torn labrum that required surgery, and only came back three weeks ago. He's produced one quality start in four outings since, and control appears to be an issue, with twelve walks in 23 innings.

The Marlins are growing increasingly desperate, having lost four series in a row, and eight of the past twelve games, a spell that has seen them slide six back in the NL East. Still, they have beaten us five of the six times we've faced them this season, including a convincing three-game sweep at Chase, back in May. We have scored only thirteen runs in those six contests, hitting .209 against the Marlins: that will need to improve this weekend, needless to say,

The Big Unit takes the mound for Arizona, continuing his quest for 300 - though it seems increasingly possible that he'll be back next year, all things being equal. He has shown no sign of flagging, going 6-for-6 in quality starts since the All-Star break, with a 1.56 ERA, and a stunning K:BB ratio of 31:3 in those 40.1 innings. If he has a weakness, it's the long-ball, with homers responsible for five of the seven earned runs allowed in the second-half.

Scheduling this one for an early post, so we can monitor the Dodgers-Phillies game, which is due to start in a few minutes. As for most of this week, I'll be kinda about for our own game, but in a somewhat sporadic fashion.