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Gameday Thread, #131: 8/30 vs. Astros


Wandy Rodriguez
LHP, 12-8, 2.82


Dan Haren
RHP, 12-8, 2.73

The morning after the SnakePitFest before, and I have absolutely no voice left. Fortunately, I will not be required to yell "DROOOOOOO!" or anything similar at the TV set this afternoon, so we should be okay. Here's to the offensive surge continuing - the best four-game streak in franchise history was back in May 2000, when the Diamondbacks scored 10, 8, 15 and 11 runs in consecutive games, so we'd need another ten-spot this afternoon to tie that mark.

Might be unlikely, given we're facing a left-handed starter. We've only given one of those a loss eight times this season in 37 attempts, and in 25 of those games they have held us to two earned runs or less. It's an inevitable result of our struggles against southpaws: the Diamondbacks' BA against them is only .236, compared to .260 versus orthodox pitchers. I'm therefore rather glad that SnakePitFest was scheduled for yesterday rather than today!

Dan Haren has struggled after the break, with an ERA of 4.59 eight starts and a 3-3 record. After reeling off nine straight quality outings to end the first-half, he hasn't managed consecutive ones since, so we'll be hoping that strea ends today. He was solid enough last time, against the Giants, allowing two runs in seven innings, but the lack of run support denied him a decision. That continues the ongoing theme - in Haren's eight losses this season, his team-mates have scored a total of just nine runs.


  1. Ryan Roberts LF

  2. Stephen Drew SS

  3. Justin Upton RF

  4. Mark Reynolds 3B

  5. Rusty Ryal 2B

  6. Chris Young CF

  7. Brandon Allen 1B

  8. John Hester C

  9. Dan Haren P

Hester gets his first ever start, giving Montero a break in this day-game after a night one, and left-masher Roberts leads off instead of Drew - he also plays LF, with Gerardo Parra wisely consigned to the bench. Maybe Special K can get into one and tie up Pujols for the league-lead. If it hadn't been SnakePitFest last night, the headline would probably have been 'Forty Towers'... I'm pinch-hitting for 'Skins in the recap [which perhaps makes sense since I bat right-handed, despite doing everything else lefty], but our Doctor Who season two marathon may mean a late arrival in the thread.