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Gameday Thread, #125: 8/25 vs. Astros

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Jon Garland
RHP, 6-11, 4.42











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Bud Norris
RHP, 3-1, 4.05




Road trip! We're off down to Tucson to watch the game, see the Toros and hang out with 'Skins, Zephon, emily and whoever else wants to show up [details below]. The SnakePit will therefore be left in the care of 'charmer for the next 24 hours. She'll be bringing you tonight's recap and has also kindly agreed to do the fantasy recap tomorrow morning. I fully expect her to rule the 'Pit with the same rod of iron and semi-benevolent dictatorship I bring to the task.


I must admit, when I first saw the match-up today was Garland vs. Norris, I was ready to throw in the towel, and I still keep wanting to refer to the Astros starter as Chuck, rather than Bud. Hopefully the Diamondbacks will not be at such a psychological disadvantage or else we might as well go home now. The losses have kind of taken on a numbing quality at this point, blurring into each other with an anaesthetic quality, to the point where even the 2-0 lead we took yesterday was more of an appetizer for destruction than anything else.


The run, disturbingly, has left us only 2.5 games ahead of the Padres in the cellar, so it's about time for this team - and the offense in particular, though the starters don't entirely escape this - officially to pull their finger out and do what they're supposed to do. The team has hit a collecting .190 over the past seven days, with a .486 OPS: Chad Tracy and Ryan Roberts are the only ones hitting acceptably in that time, above the .250 line. Trent Oeltjen and Rusty Ryal are a combined 2-for-25, so need to do better if they want to stick around.


Line-up


  1. Trent Oeltjen CF

  2. Ryan Roberts 2B

  3. Chad Tracy 3B

  4. Miguel Montero C

  5. Brandon Allen 1B

  6. Gerardo Parra LF

  7. Alex Romero RF

  8. Augie Ojeda SS

  9. Jon Garland P


You know a player's new when I have to pause and go "Allen? What's his first-name again...?" Hopefully I won't still be saying that by the end of the season. Will be watching this one from Risky Business in Tucson on Broadway, so - unless they have wi-fi, which I doubt - won't be about to comment. If anyone else wants to pop in, look for the loud group and the white #17 D-backs shirt. However, if we win, I will be adding a PayPal button to the site, so that you can contribute towards keeping me and Mrs. SnakePit down there for the duration...