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Gameday Thread, #79: 6/30 vs. Cardinals


Barry Enright
RHP, 0-0, N/A


Jeff Suppan
RHP, 0-3, 6.65

As noted in last night's GDT, today's game is a case of Futureback vs. Pastback. Though this led to a debate on whether Enright can be classed as a Futureback once he makes his debut, leading him to be dubbed "Schroedinger’s Diamondback," by kishi. Quantum mechanics jokes, only at your SnakePit... Anyway, Jeff Suppan pitched for the franchise in our debut season, going 1-7 in 14 starts with an overall ERA of 5.72. Suppan is pretty much the last dinosaur - believe he's the only player left from the inaugural AZ season who is currently playing in the major leagues [colleagues Alan Embree and Vladimir Nunez were driven to apparent extinction after 2009]

Line-up and more after the jump, including details on what's happening with Dontrelle Willis.

  1. Stephen Drew SS
  2. Rusty Ryal LF
  3. Justin Upton RF
  4. Adam LaRoche 1B
  5. Chris Young CF
  6. Mark Reynolds 3B
  7. Chris Snyder C
  8. Augie Ojeda 2B
  9. Barry Enright RHP

Carlos Rosa was optioned to Reno to make way for Enright. It looks like this is not going to be a spot-start, with the news that Dontrelle Willis is going to move to the bullpen. It probably makes sense to give him a shot as a LOOGY - we really haven't had a left-handed specialist since we moved Aaron Heilman to the closer's role. Here are Willis's splits for the year so far, which largely explain themselves. Note, in particular, those K:BB ratios...

vs RHB as LHP 228 174 56 5 48 17 .322 .471 .466 .937
vs LHB as LHP 80 69 13 1 8 28 .188 .278 .261 .539

If you want to learn a bit more about Enright, Zephon has knocked up a quick primer on the newest D-back. Here's to him having a good debut: it's an Azrecap today, so it should be "interesting". Let's leave it at that, as we bid a not-so fond farewell to Hell Month.