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Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to what we all hope is the first- well, second in a long string of Gameday Threads started by yours truly.
Backing me up in my campaign to carry my win streak to an unprecedented three games is the pitcher we've all been grumbling about missing starts, Yusmiero Petit. Petit hasn't pitched a lot of innings this season, but the guy deserves credit for going wherever the team needs him to be- in the starting rotation, out to the bullpen, bounced down to Tucson for a couple of months, and then back again. And in the meantime, what's he done on the field? A 2.83 ERA and a WHIP of 0.80. Thanks to the shuffling of the rotation, this is his first start since SnakePitFest, and he's riding a two game winning stream of his own. Of course, the Cardinals do have more offense than the Marlins or Astros, though Petit did earn a win against Saint Louis last year.
On the other side, the Cardinals will be sending out Adam Wainwright to end their four game slide. Wainwright spent about two and a half months on the DL with a sprained middle finger, an uncommon injury outside of New York. Despite that, he's put up some pretty good numbers, a 7-3 record and a 3.04 ERA. He's been pretty solid in his two starts back from rehab, putting up quality starts both times. Adam Dunn may be looking forward to seeing Waintwright on the mound though- he's 4 for 10 with a home run and two walks against Wainwright in his career. He's the only Diamondback who's got double digits in plate appearances against Wainwright, though.
In the glorious afterglow of yesterday's game, it's easy to feel shades of optimism about our offense here, particularly with the AP reports trumpeting the fact that Stephen Drew's been hitting .364 in our last 25 home games. Lately, of course, the bats have been- well, I'm not sure sporadic is a strong enough word here. In the last ten games, we've scored seven or more runs in three games, and two or fewer runs in five games. Guess what our record looks like in those games.
But now is not the day for such worries- now is the day for baseless, absolutely unbridled optimism! Let's go, Diamondbacks!