Woo-woo! Everyone aboard the D-Train! This afternoon sees the arrival of Willis on the mound, having apparently brought the team some good luck yesterday - they were saying on the broadcast last night that the energy in the dugout was notably higher with him present there. Of course, it may have helped that he hadn't gone through a ten-game losing streak, but the net result was a walk-off win for the Diamondbacks. Can we make it two in a row, in front of the massed hordes of the SnakePit millions? [well, about thirty, actually]
Line-up and stuff after the jump
Well, line-up will follow eventually. At the time of writing I haven't seen it yet, and by the time this appears, I will be outside Sliders, digging into my Nth bottle of overpriced, watered-down, mass-produced American slop, served from a tub by some floozy who looks like she's fresh off the day shift at BandAids. And that's just how it should be, dammit. Anything else would be positively un-American. So says the Brit...
- Kelly Johnson 2B
- Justin Upton RF
- Stephen Drew SS
- Adam LaRoche 1B
- Mark Reynolds 3B
- Chris Young CF
- Conor Jackson LF
- Chris Snyder C
- Dontrelle Willis P
The key for Willis is simple: lay off the walks. Since going to Detroit after the 2007 season, Dontrelle's ERA as a starter is as follows: two or less walks = 4.22 ERA; three or four = 5.45 ERA; five or more = 10.69. No prizes for guessing which end of the spectrum we want his performance to occupy this afternoon. Chacin faced us on May 25th, getting the victory for his performance, allowing two runs in six innings on. Some of the veterans on the Rockies do have a track record from his Florida days, Toff Helton (3-for-16) the most familiar.
I'm hoping for a boost from last night's dramatic victory, and back to back victories for the first time since the Toronto series. I've got a good feeling that our presence will once again be a good-luck charm. Will see you on the other side, though for obvious reasons (such as getting home from the game, uploading pics, etc), the recap might be a tad late.