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Gameday Thread, #22: 4/30 vs. Cubs


Rodrigo Lopez
RHP, 1-0, 4.88


Randy Wells
RHP, 2-0, 2.49

Wonder if Taco Bell are re-thinking their "three free tacos each time the D-backs score 6 runs" promotion? Yesterday was already the ninth time that kicked in - last season we had nine taco giveaways after 36 games.The team now has an OPS of .819. At almost the end of April, that's a collective figure beaten for a month only once since we won the World Series in 2001 (July 2006, when we hit ..843).

Line-up and stuff after the jump.

  1. Kelly Johnson 2B
  2. Stephen Drew SS
  3. Justin Upton RF
  4. Mark Reynolds 3B
  5. Adam LaRoche 1B
  6. Gerardo Parra LF
  7. Cole Gillespie CF
  8. Chris Snyder C
  9. Rodrigo Lopez RHP

Chris Young gets a day off, with Gillespie joining Parra in the outfield. Amusingly, Gillespie will be the "veteran" there, at least in terms of age, since at 25, he's considerably older than his colleague, who are 22. Of course, in terms of major-league experience, Gillespie's eight games puts him well behind both Upton (311) and Parra (138).

Wells has been solid for the Cubs so far, only once allowing more than two runs, and always going at least six innings. He's only faced Arizona once before, in the final series of last season, when he pitched seven shutout, allowing three hits and a walk. Needless to say, not much history to go on, but what there is, isn't good: collectively, the D-backs are 2-for-22 against Wells. Still, nothing like a challenge to end the month, and be nice to get into positive territory for the win-record.

'charmer on recap duty this afternoon, kishi will be bringing us a platter of SnakeBytes later on too,