So we turn to Yusmeiro Petit to try and do what Jon Garland and Dan Haren have both failed to do - beat the Phillies. Petit, winless in his past eleven starts, going back to August 23rd last season - approaching an entire year). Petit, who has allowed nine home-runs in only 29.1 innings of work at Chase this season. Where opponents are batting .336 off him. And he'll be facing the most potent offense in the National League.
Yes, you have fun with this recap, Azreous.
I'm not sure I want to watch this one, but I doubt I'll be able to restrain myself from peeking in, hating myself for it, much as we hate ourselves for slowing-down as we go past a car-accident. There's just no way in which I can see this ending well, even if he weren't pitching against a man with a sub-three ERA like Happ, who at the moment would likely get my vote for NL Rookie of the Year. It took him eleven starts before he suffered his first loss this year, though that was last time against the Cardinals. Hopefully, we swapped notes with them or something.
However, this series has mostly been about sound fundamental baseball - and only one team has been playing it. Without that, your chances of beating a solid opponent like the Phillies grow a great deal smaller, because when you give them four outs and unearned runs, it's an advantage they scarcely need. It'll take us avoiding that again, and something miraculous out of the Petit Unit, for us to beat the sweep.
- Stephen Drew SS
- Ryan Roberts LF
- Justin Upton RF
- Mark Reynolds 3B
- Chris Young CF
- Chris Snyder C
- Josh Whitesell 1B
- Augie Ojeda 2B
- Yusmeiro Petit P
Intriguing concept - Twitter reports the D-backs season-ticket holders will get a screening of a movie on the MegaSuperJumbotron at Chase on Friday night. Doesn't say what the movie is, however. I'm sure I can rely upon readers here to supply some suitable choices of titles...