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Gameday Thread, #118: 8/16 vs. Dodgers

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Randy Wolf
RHP, 6-6, 3.43











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Yusmeiro Petit
RHP, 2-6, 5.87




So we arrive on Sunday staring at the possibility of a sweep. That's not the surprise. But that it's the Diamondbacks on the potential winning end of it - now, did anyone see that coming, because I know I didn't. However, we have the toughest leg of the series to get through, as recent evidence suggests that the talent transplant from Dan Haren to Petit was rejected by the recipient last week. Judging by the most recent performances by each man, the pitching skills have now returned to their rightful owner, which makes Petit an underdog for this afternoon.


That said, we smacked Wolf around pretty well at the start of June in LA, getting him for five runs in six innings - that was the game which was the epitome of the eighth-inning meltdown, as Tony Pena and Daniel Schlereth blew a 5-1 lead for Arizona. However, our bullpen has improved since, and in both July and August was better than league average. It goes to show exactly how sucky our relievers were early on, that overall this year, their ERA is still 15th in the NL. I'd say the issue today is more likely to be getting a lead to our bullpen, than them hanging on to it.


Line-up


  1. Stephen Drew SS

  2. Ryan Roberts LF

  3. Gerardo Parra CF

  4. Mark Reynolds 3B

  5. Rusty Ryal 2B

  6. Trent Oeltjen RF

  7. Chris Snyder C

  8. Josh Whitesell 1B

  9. Yusmeiro Petit P


Spent most of the morning entranced by a marathon of Ninja Warrior, debating how far I'd get on the course. Think I'd probably have a better shot at the women's one, though the way they whizz through that is still highly impressive. I might just try and get the laptop set up in the living-room this afternoon: not done that since we moved in, in part because if I crane my neck forward from the office, I can see the TV set. Wireless? It's vastly over-rated...


We may already have the series in the bag, but why stop there? Even if the Rockies seem intend on squandering the chances we have provided [already 7-1 down in the third, a re-run of yesterday's rain-out], let's get this thing done and sweep the Dodgers. Sprankton on the recap, but expect it a little later in the day than usual.