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Gameday Thread, #90: 7/16 vs. Padres

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Dan Haren
RHP, 7-7, 4.36

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Jon Garland
RHP, 8-6, 3.56

Well, reports have it that some group called the "Arizona Diamondbacks" will be taking part in a game of "baseball" this evening. Not sure what all that's about. It rings vague bells, but it's not something I recall as having happened in the current geological epoch.

Yeah, been a while, hasn't it? In fact, this is the only Diamondbacks GDT present on the home page - even including the "More Posts from AZ Snakepit" bit way at the bottom of the page. I hope we all had a nice break: I have to admit, not having to find another synonym for "disheartening loss" over the past few days was a bit of a pleasure. But we can't put it off any longer: time to see whether the second-half performance will be any better than the first-half one.

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

If it seems like a while since we faced the Padres, that'll be because it was - we saw then six times in the first dozen games, but not at all in almost three months, since April 18th. Better get used to them, as tonight is the first of twelve meetings with San Diego, between now and September 1st. Tonight is a rematch of Opening Day, when Haren beat Garland at Chase. Dan three-hit the Padres over seven innings, while his former team-mate was tagged for six runs - but only two earned - in four innings. We also faced Garland on April 16th, and he got a no-decision there, giving up three runs (again, all unearned) in five.

His overall number has been slipping. After exiting May with a 2.15 ERA, he had a 5.28 ERA in June, and his two July outings before the break were even worse (nine earned runs in 11 IP). Conversely, Haren has been getting better: a 5.35 ERA at the end of May, became a 3.19 ERA in June, and four earned runs in 13.2 IP over his pair of pre-ASG outings. Could this be the season that Haren doesn't go in the tank over the second half of the season? Tonight, we'll start to find out.

Should be rattling about for most of this one. I could really do with an early night, but the 7:05pm first pitch makes that unlikely. Maybe I could just save time and write the recap now.