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Gameday Thread, #157: 9/30 vs. Giants

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Kevin Mulvey
RHP, 0-2, 7.41


Brad Penny
RHP, 3-1, 3.31

Games until the blessed, merciful end of the season: 5.

Well, folks. You'll be delighted to hear I won't be about for this Gameday Thread. So you can go nuts, post as many bear pictures as you want - see if I care. Have fun. I just don't seem to have any enthusiasm for it, and since it's Azreous on the recap tonight, there's no need for me even to watch the game. This is probably for the best, since a Kevin Mulvey start is hardly the kind of thing that gets the heart of Diamondbacks fans' racing. An 0-2 record and an 8.36 ERA in three starts? Pass, even though his last start was significantly better, against these same Giants last Wednesday. Still resulted in an L, however.

Outside of one start where the Dodgers royally slapped him about, Penny has been pretty good. 12 runs in 32.2 innings, and most of those came in 2.2 innings against the Dodgers on September 19th. His other four starts have all been at least seven innings and resulted in no more than two earned runs. Certainly beats the 5.61 ERA he posted for Boston: I wonder how much of that is the change of leagues - not just the loss of the DH, but no longer facing the high-powered offenses of the AL East.

Remember a couple of weeks ago when I compared Mark Reynolds' stats to Mike Schmidt? Interestingly, we now have Schmidr discussing Reynolds. It's generally a good piece, where Schmidt discusses the relevance of the strikeout, and whether it is an issue or not. However, he also comes out with complete nonsense like "Mark Reynolds and any other high K guy could choke up, spread out and just center the ball, and they'd hit 50 home runs and around .300 in today's game." Apparently in complete defiance of the laws of physics this one: how would choking up lead to more home-runs? It leads to increased contact, but is countered by reduced power. Sigh. Don't break what isn't fixed. Or however it goes...


  1. Stephen Drew SS
  2. Ryan Roberts 2B
  3. Justin Upton RF
  4. Miguel Montero C
  5. Mark Reynolds 3B
  6. Gerardo Parra CF
  7. Eric Byrnes LF
  8. Brandon Allen 1B
  9. Kevin Mulvey RHP

No Chris Young in the line-up, so things get shaken up a bit. Drew back at lead-off, with Roberts following him. Eric Byrnes gets what might be his final start in an Arizona jersey tonight, though it's a little premature to be anything like certain of this. And with that, I'm off. See you all tomorrow.