It's convenient that Jim goes AWL (no, not a typo) right as I get back from the Power Soccer National Championships. So, this won't be a terribly good preview since I know very little of what's been going on these past 5 days! Everybody please be sure to chip in your thoughts in the thread.
Max Scherzer's on the hill for the Diamondbacks as they try to recover from a sweep at the hands of the Seattle Mariners. Two 12-run games against the Royals and then three consecutive days with 3 or fewer runs scored is, well, it's the very picture of how the team has performed all season long. Scherzer has won his last two starts to improve his record to 4-4 and lower his ERA. It's quite possible that 3 runs could get the win - as long as the bullpen holds up...
What do we know about Rangers' starter Matt Harrison? Well at first glance, he has the same record as and a higher ERA than Scherzer. He seems to only be able to go 5 innings per game (though he had two consecutive complete games in May) and allows plenty of baserunners, if Arizona can take advantage. Texas is riding a losing streak with poor offense as well, but they are still six games over .500 and one game over Anaheim to lead the AL West.
Texas has won 7 of the last 8 matchups against Arizona, but for both teams, this feels like a must-win game. Who will come out on top? Tune in to find out...
As a follow-up to dahlian's point about Miguel Montero's playing time, catcher Chris Snyder has been placed on the disabled list. Luke Carlin was called up, and Conor Jackson was moved to the 60-day DL. Chris Young was a last-minute scratch from the lineup, and might also be headed to the disabled list. Is DbacksSkins on the recap tonight, or would anybody else like to take a crack at it?
- Felipe Lopez - 2B
- Stephen Drew - SS
- Justin Upton - RF
- Mark Reynolds - 1B
- Gerardo Parra - CF
- Miguel Montero - C
- Eric Byrnes - LF
- Ryan Roberts - 3B
- Max Scherzer - P