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Gameday Thread, #120: 8/18 vs. Phillies


Jon Garland
RHP, 6-10, 4.28


Pedro Martinez
RHP, 1-0, 5.40

After yesterday's nightmare stopover in Atlanta, Hell Week continues for the Diamondbacks with a road series against the reigning World Series champions. Oh, and we face the man who has been the best starter in the majors since 1997 [his ERA+ over that time is 166 - next best is the Big Unit, all the way down at 145]. That would be Pedro Martinez, eight-time All-Star and three-time Cy Young winner, with a career 1.36 ERA against the Diamondbacks.

Of course, this might not be the same Martinez who terrorized the American League with Boston, or was even an All-Star in his first year with the Mets. The last time he faced Arizona was back in 2006 [only three of the current roster have ever seen him - including Doug Davis] and since that season, his ERA in 49 games is a mediocre 4.75 . He's only made one start this year, and got the win, though that was mostly due to his team-mates scoring him a dozen runs of support by the middle of the fourth inning. Martinez allowed three in five innings, on seven hits and a walk, striking out five.

Garland took the loss in a July 27th game against the Phillies at Chase, allowing six runs on five innings - it was the third time through the order that the visitors did most of their damage, scoring four times, though a walk and error and a hit by pitch didn't help Garland's cause. We could do with some offensive support for Garland - since the start of July, in his nine starts the Diamondbacks have scored a total of 32 runs. The bandbox known as Citizens' Bank Park should hopefully help in this matter, but sound fundamental baseball would be nice too.


  1. Stephen Drew SS

  2. Ryan Roberts LF

  3. Gerardo Parra CF

  4. Mark Reynolds 3B

  5. Miguel Montero C

  6. Rusty Ryal 2B

  7. Alex Romero RF

  8. Josh Whitesell 1B

  9. Jon Garland P