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Gameday Thread, #36: 5/14 vs. Braves

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Ian Kennedy
RHP, 2-2, 3.48

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Kenshin Kawakami
RHP, 0-6, 5.73

I trust we all enjoyed our Diamondbacks-free day? I know I did. However, it's back to the grind in Atlanta, and we'll see if we can overcome the offensectomy that apparently took place when the team was last on the road, in Houston. We didn't score more than three runs in any game on the homestand, and haven't had a longer streak of such games since we went seven straight in July 2005. Our collective line against the Brewers and Dodgers? .195/.284/.279. Sorting that out is likely as big a priority as the bullpen: we can't expect them to preserve a lead, if we don't have one to give them.

Tonight's line-up after the jump.

  1. Kelly Johnson 2B
  2. Conor Jackson LF
  3. Justin Upton RF
  4. Adam LaRoche 1B
  5. Mark Reynolds 3B
  6. Stephen Drew SS
  7. Chris Young CF
  8. Chris Snyder C
  9. Ian Kennedy RHP

Turner Field has been a bit of a happy hunting ground for the D-backs of late - since 2006, we're 9-5 in Atlanta. And, really, you can't ask for much more than an opposing starter who has lost every single time he has taken the mound this season. However, there's not much of a track-record for the Arizona hitters: collectively, they have only nine at-bats against Kawakami. Those are mostly from a start he made against us last May: we won 12-0, giving Max Scherzer his first W, though only three of those runs were of Kawakami.

It's a 'charmerecap this evening. I'll be at work for the first hour, and then heading home in the shiny new(ish) SnakePitMobile [no longer in Dodger/Cubbie Blue, you'll be pleased to here!], so hopefully, we'll have posted a few runs by the time I arrive.