Games until the blessed, merciful end of the season: 13.
Woo-hoo! Soco-Fest 2009 is upon us. Everyone who is anyone will be enjoying the good company, fun and delectable mini-schauzers on offer at the best event since...Well, probably the last one, and that included rock-star like antics involving televisions. However, we have been sternly-warned by soco that there is to be NO RIOTING. this time. It'll make for an interesting Gameday Thread, since a lot of the heavy-hitters will be in the same room. However, there is wifi at Chez Soco, so this means we'll probably say something amusing, then all scurry to our laptops to post it in the thread. So, for the rest of you, it'll be just like being there. Without the mini-schnauzers, of course. Pictures will likely be posted in-game.
Rubber game of the series, and again, I want to stress it is the Diamondbacks' duty to win this afternoon, and make the wild-card race all the more interesting. Got to feel optimistic with Dan Haren on the mound; though if he can avoid giving the Rockies a two-run start before we get to bat, that would be appreciated. He's undefeated in his last five starts, with a 3.06 ERA in that time - only two wins, though the Arizona offense has been amazingly consistent, if sucky, scoring exactly four runs in support of Haren each time.
Jimenez had been pitching as the Rockies' ace up until his last outing, posting a run of 12 straight quality starts over two months. However, he was slapped around badly - and by the Giants - on Tuesday, getting tagged for seven runs in only 2.2 innings. A momentary lapse, or fatigue setting in? He'll most likely hit 200 innings in a season this afternoo, for the first time in his career, so he will be entering uncharted territory. He has faced the Diamondbacks three times this season, with a 1-1 record and 3.26 ERA. However, the current roster hits only .187 off him, with Stephen Drew (5-for-17) having the best numbers
- Chris Young CF
- Stephen Drew SS
- Justin Upton RF
- Miguel Montero C
- Mark Reynolds 3B
- Gerardo Parra LF
- Ryan Roberts 2B
- Brandon Allen 1B
- Dan Haren P
'charmer on the recap - as seems to be the case whenever we have a get-together! Posting this early, as preparations must be made for Soco-Fest. ETA there is probably about 12:15-12:30, but it all depends on the queue at the barbers. Yeah, I was serious about the haircut thing... See you there, or here.