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Gameday Thread, #60: 6/9 vs. Braves

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Kenshin Kawakami
RHP, 0-8, 4.91

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Ian Kennedy
RHP, 3-3, 3.46

If we can stop Kawakami from getting the victory tonight, he'll have gone winless for a dozen starts at the beginning of the season - that's a streak which hasn't been surpassed in the NL since Matt Beech went without a W over his first fifteen starts for the '97 Phillies. Needless to say, I am hoping this proves to be the case, rather than the Diamondbacks being the first team in 2010 to provide the taste of victory to Kawakami.

Details and line-up after the jump. Though as noted previously, I'll be seeing this one from Chase, where I'll be taking part in a web-chat session with Jack Magruder of FoxSportsArizona.com - please feel free to join us there during the game as well.

  1. Kelly Johnson 2B
  2. Justin Upton RF
  3. Stephen Drew SS
  4. Mark Reynolds 3B
  5. Chris Young CF
  6. Gerardo Parra LF
  7. Rusty Ryal 1B
  8. Chris Snyder C
  9. Ian Kennedy RHP

We were one of Kawakami's no-decisions when we last faced him, on May 14. He only went 4.1 innings that day, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks. He has been a bit unlucky of late: the Braves have won all three of his no-decisions, and Kawakami has had a 3.60 ERA in his four winless starts since we saw him last. Interesting to see Rusty Ryal get the start at 1B, his fourth of the season: one wonders if this (a position he didn't play in the minors) is in preparation for a trade of Adam LaRoche?

See you in the comments...