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Gameday Thread, #151: 9/17 vs. Giants


Jonathan Sanchez
LHP, 9-10, 4.47


Brandon Webb
RHP, 20-7, 3.28 preview [opens in new window]

Last night was the first time the Diamondbacks had won consecutive games since August 20-21. Y'know - back when we were in first-place. How long ago that seems now, doesn't it? Tonight, however, we try to get on some kind of a roll, as we strive towards...well, let's just say .500 baseball for the moment. I refuse to even contemplate any more than that just yet [even as I sneak a peak over and see the Dodgers losing 7-6 to the Pirates in the sixth inning].

Tonight Webb aims to become the first National League pitcher with 21 wins since Dontrelle Willis and Chris Carpenter reached the mark in 2005. He needs that to keep the pressure on Lincecum [who starts tomorrow in the series finale] for the Cy Young chase, though he now largely has to rely on Tim dropping the ball. Oddly, looks at the moment that the award in both leagues will go to players on losing teams, since Cliff Lee's 22-2 record for Cleveland seems sure to get him the prize.

Of course, it will still require the offense to score runs, something they have proven largely incapable of doing of late, except with the long-ball. Home-runs have been responsible for all our scoring during the previous three games, even if we're only talking six runs. It's time for us to go something like 9-for-11 with runners in scoring position tonight: I'm beginning to fear we'll never get a clutch hit again this year.

And here's a picture of a narwhal for luck. It seemed to work last night, so who am I to buck the trend?