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Gameday Thread, #39: 5/20 vs. Marlins [#1]

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Doug Davis
LHP, 2-5, 3.22











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Chris Volstad
RHP, 2-3, 3.35




Good morning, folks. Must say I am really not used to writing a Gameday Thread before I have to go to work, but such is the joy of the double-header, tthat I need to get a jump on things! I gave some serious thought to calling in sick today, but unfortunately, I've never been able to enjoy unscheduled absences, I always feel too guilty to appreciate them. Must be my Scottish Presbyterian work ethic kicking in.


Anyway, first up, we have Davis versus Volstad. Davis - and who better to open a double-header then Double-D? - really deserves a much better fate than 2-5. On the other hand, with a BABIP of .246, he probably also deserves a much higher ERA than 3.22. However, as paqs noted in the series preview, the same could be said of Volstad, and to an even greater extent, since his BABIP is .230. League average being .296 to date, it seems today will be a battle to see who avoids regressing to the mean, hardest and fastest.


The Diamondbacks took back-to-back games [ok, I am stretching the definition of "back-to-back" a bit here, since they were on Saturday and Tuesday!] for only the third time this season. As a result, they now have a chance here to stretch that winning streak to a mighty three, for the first time since sweeping the Rockies at the tail-end of last season. I am optimistic we will be able to take at least one of these games, but it's probably a crap-shoot which one. Be nice to open with a victory, and then go for the whole thing in the night-cap.


Lineup


  1. Lopez 2B

  2. Parra LF

  3. Upton RF

  4. Drew SS

  5. Reynolds 3B

  6. Young CF

  7. Tracy 1B

  8. Snyder C

  9. Davis P