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Gameday Thread, #58: 6/8 vs. Padres

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Jon Garland
RHP, 4-5, 5.34

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Jake Peavy
RHP, 5-6, 4.10

I wonder if Hallmark have a "Don't Get Well Soon" section of cards? Because that's what we want to give Jake Peavy, as he comes back from a respiratory infection which meant he had to be pulled from his last start after one inning. Even though Arizona has largely had Peavy's number during his career, with a 4.74 ERA - the highest for any team he has faced three or more times - it's never a comfortable experience, not when he strikes out about ten per nine innings.

However, Jon Garland has also pretty much owned the Padres in his time, albeit much more limited - in three starts, he has a 0.82 ERA, and blanked them for seven scoreless innings the last time they faced him, at Petco on May 6. The same again would be very welcome, not least from the bullpen. As noted previously, Daniel Schlereth is the only man who didn't pitch in the 18-inning marathon Sunday, though Tony Pena (17 pitches) and Chad Qualls (12) would perhaps also be available, neither having pitched on Saturday.

Lineup

  1. Felipe Lopez 2B
  2. Chris Young CF
  3. Gerardo Parra RF
  4. Stephen Drew SS
  5. Chris Snyder C
  6. Eric Byrnes LF
  7. Josh Whitesell 1B
  8. Augie Ojeda 3B
  9. Jon Garland P

No Upton. His "aggravated left shoulder" that saw him forced out of the game in the tenth inning yesterday has also seen him out of the line-up today. I wouldn't be surprised if it's a couple more days before he's back, though I don't expect a DL stint at this point. So Parra takes over in right, with Byrnes starting in left, Ojeda will be at third; have to say, I don't look at the lineup, particularly the bottom half, and think "runs," especially in Petco. We'd better take advantage of whatever chances we get, and hope that Good Garland turns up.