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Gameday Thread, #77: 6/28 vs. Cardinals

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Dan Haren
RHP, 7-6, 4.65

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Chris Carpenter
RHP, 9-1, 2.63

Events over the weekend meant that Haren now has the worst ERA of any Diamondbacks pitcher with five or more games started - his number was undercut both by Edwin Jackson and Rodrigo Lopez, as a result of their work in the victories over Tampa. At least we are no longer in the land of the Designated Hitter, so we'll get to see if Haren can keep handling the bat as well as he has been, even a scout FoxSports' Ken Rosenthal that Haren "is not at the top of anyone's list, he's just another name." What, no-one needs a hitter?

Line-up and more stuff after the jump.

  1. Kelly Johnson 2B
  2. Tony Abreu SS
  3. Justin Upton RF
  4. Miguel Montero C
  5. Chris Young CF
  6. Adam LaRoche 1B
  7. Mark Reynolds 3B
  8. Gerardo Parra LF
  9. Dan Haren RHP

Not quite a rematch - the two starters today each faced the other side when the teams met in Arizona a couple of weeks back, but pitched a day apart. Haren got the W, pitching eight innings and allowing two earned runs, while Carpenter had one of his more wobbly outings, allowing three earned runs in six and getting a no-decision, in a game we won 7-5. However, he did beat Arizona back in April, and has now allowed four earned runs or less in fourteen consecutive starts, so don't expect it to be easy.

Should be about for most of this one: at the time of this appearing, I'll be watching a movie, but it'll be over in time for first pitch. Watched Gran Torino last night, and have decided I want to grow old like Clint Eastwood, and yell lines at the neighborhood kids like, "Ever notice how you come across somebody once in a while you shouldn't have f____d with? That's me..." Marvelous.