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Gameday Thread, #32: 5/9 vs. Brewers


Chris Narveson
LHP, 2-0, 6.00


Ian Kennedy
RHP, 2-1,3.65

Continuing the Shakesperean tone set in last night's recap, I present you this, from Act 2, Scene 1 of The Life and Death of King John:

And if thou hast the mettle of a king,
Being wronged as we are by this peevish town,
Turn thou the mouth of thy artillery,
As we will ours, against these saucy walls;
And when that we have dash'd them to the ground,
Why then defy each other and pell-mell
Make work upon ourselves, for heaven or hell.

So, looks like our artillery - the offense - needs to step it up this afternoon, as I consume meatballs 'n' stuff over at edbigghead's. Line-ups and thoughts 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. Stephen Drew SS
  8. Chris Snyder C
  9. Ian Kennedy RHP

Much though the apocalyptic scale of last night's defeat will stick in our memory, it still only counts as one loss, and to be honest, coming in to this series, I looked at the pitching match-ups and didn't really expect us to have much chance in the first two games. And so, arriving on Sunday and looking at Ian Kennedy to stave off the sweep is not too much of a surprise. After six starts, he has the best ERA of any Diamondbacks starter, and so one feels he has the best shot of restraining the Brewers offense.

Speaking of which, where has Arizona's gone? We have got past five runs only once in the past nine games, and over the past five contests (covering 182 PAs) have posted a line of .225/.306/.381. Getting back on the six runs per game track is just as important as keeping Milwaukee subdued [like, by about 15 runs less than last night]. And if we can avoid the sloppy play, errors and walks, which made yesterday's contest such an aggravating experience, that'll be fine. Failing that, I'll just get drunk and pick fights with people in the GDT. Seemed to work last night.

Anyway, my presence therein will depend on Internet connectivity at Matt's, but at the very least, I'll be taking notes and will be back with the recap after the game.