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Gameday Thread, #15: 4/21 vs. Cardinals

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Chris Carpenter
RHP, 2-0, 3.50

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Edwin Jackson
RHP, 1-1, 3.50

So: last place in the division, or just two games out of first? It's all the same in the continually interesting NL West, where teams can pitch a one-hitter and still lose, or see their starter cough up seven runs and still win. So who's to say what might happen tonight, as we face the man with the second-best ERA+ in the NL since 2005 [min. 400 IP]. If the last couple of games are anything to go by, it should be interesting.

Line-up, etc. after the jump.

  1. Kelly Johnson 2B
  2. Tony Abreu 3B
  3. Stephen Drew SS
  4. Justin Upton RF
  5. Adam LaRoche 1B
  6. Chris Young CF
  7. Gerardo Parra LF
  8. Chris Snyder C
  9. Edwin Jackson RHP

Mark Reynolds sits this one out, giving his legs a better chance to rest, with the off-day tomorrow. Abreu replaces him, getting his first start at third for the Diamondbacks. He goes into the #2 spot, with Drew, Upton and LaRoche each dropping down a slot behind him. Johnson has good numbers in his career against Carpenter - 4-for-7 with two walks and a home-run - but LaRoche (2-for-11) and Drew (0-for-7) are the only others with more than five PAs against him. The Cardinals have hit Jackson well, albeit in small samples, collectively batting .394 against him: Molina is a perfect 3-for-3, while Pujols and Holliday are each 3-for-7.

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