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Gameday Thread, #31: 5/8 vs. Brewers

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Randy Wolf
LHP, 3-2, 3.00

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Cesar Valdez
RHP, 1-0, 1.80

Hey, looks like I'll get to draw from my encyclopedic range of Cesar/Caesar puns again this evening. Let's see if Mr. Valdez can do as well as he did in his major-league debut - and, ideally, the last three innings, when he threw strikes, rather than the first two, during which he walked three batters and hit another. Wolf has pretty much owned us of late: he was unbeaten against the D-backs in four outings last year, when with LA, posting a 3.71 ERA in 26.2 innings. However, we now have LaRoche, who is 6-for-16 lifetime off Wolf.

Lineups, and probably not much more, given the time, after the jump.

  1. Kelly Johnson 2B
  2. Conor Jackson LF
  3. Justin Upton RF
  4. Adam LaRoche 1B
  5. Mark Reynolds 3B
  6. Chris Young CF
  7. Tony Abreu SS
  8. Chris Snyder C
  9. Cesar Valdez RHP

The big news is obviously the return of Jackson from the DL, after a "rehab" stint which probably consisted of the team doctor counting CoJack's functioning limbs after the game and getting past three, while a taxi revved its engine loudly in the parking-lot. Thanks to Gerardo Parra for his .623 OPS, though he certainly made some spectacular dives in left-field. Let's hope Conor catches the offensive bug, as his OPS+ of 67 is the lowest in the line-up, with only Upton within 40 points of him.

Should be about for much of this, and if I don't see marriage proposals tonight, I'll be disappointed. [Note: not for me, Mrs. SnakePit would likely disapprove of me adopting a polygamous lifestyle. And besides, one mother-in-law is enough].