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Gameday Thread, #53: 6/1 vs. Dodgers

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Dan Haren
RHP, 5-4, 5.35

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John Ely
RHP, 3-2, 3.00

The rest of the season starts here. Having acquired a former Rookie of the Year in Dontrelle Willis to bolster the rotation, nothing can surely stop the team from cantering away with the NL West title now. Hello? Hello? Is this thing on? Hey, where are you going? Well, things can hardly go much worse, can they? Er, except for the ongoing losing streak, which needs to end tonight, or it'll begin to rank among the team's all-time longest. Let's get a quality start out of Haren, something that has been notable by its absence of late.

Line-up and stuff after the jump.

  1. Kelly Johnson 2b
  2. Stephen Drew ss
  3. Justin Upton rf
  4. Adam LaRoche 1b
  5. Chris Young cf
  6. Rusty Ryal 3b
  7. Conor Jackson lf
  8. Chris Snyder c
  9. Dan Haren rhp

Ely got the win when we faced him on May 11, allowing two runs in six innings of work. Haren gets his monthly start against the Dodgers out of the way early - he has already seen them twice this year, going 6.1 innings each time, with a 4.26 ERA over those two starts. Conor Jackson gets back into the line-up - less perhaps on his own merits, than because Gerardo Parra went 1-for-7 with no walks and a GIDP during his two starts.

Mark Reynolds' various niggling injuries gets him the night off, with Rusty Ryal starting at third instead. I think it'll be Ryal's first appearance there in the majors, though it was actually his most common position coming up through the minors (255 games), so he is not inexperienced at the position.

Sprankton on the recap tonight, I believe [I'd appreciate a quick comment of confirmation on this]. I'll be in and out, hoping for a win.