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Gameday Thread, #96: 7/22 vs. Giants

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Matt Cain
RHP, 7-8, 3.30

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Rodrigo Lopez
RHP, 5-8, 4.62

A man of my word, the Tankapalooza standings have been duly retired for the moment. Gibson probably has his bullpen to thank for that, thanks to what was probably their most impressive performance of the year. The good news: last night's eight innings of one-hit, shutout ball dropped our bullpen's ERA for the season by 0.2 runs. The bad news: at 6.51, it's still almost a run and a half higher than the 29th-worst team in the majors (the Brewers, at 5.07).

Line-up and stuff after the jump.

  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. Rodrigo Lopez, P

Ok, so I lied about the line-up. I'm writing this on my lunch-break, and there's no line-up available at this point. I'm sure someone will fill in the gaps. Dunno who's actually going to be doing the recap: it was originally scheduled to be 'charmer, but I don't know if she ended up trading that off with 'Skins, after she subbed for him on Tuesday. I trust the two of them to work it out somehow, because Mrs. SnakePit and I are off to see Inception tonight. It'll be the first trip to the cinema in quite some time - I think the last one might have been Star Trek?

Anyway, the Giants come to town, and they were a blown umpiring call away from a sweep of the Mets too - they faced them this time last week, taking three of four and dropping the finale in extra innings. They also took two of three in Los Angeles, and are 12-4 over their last sixteen - so seem likely to present a bit of a tougher test than the rapidly fading Mets. Not least because we start off facing Cain, who was one Mark Reynolds double from no-hitting the Diamondbacks, last time we saw him on May 28th. In contrast, Lopez allowed ten hits and six runs in five when he faced San Francisco in May, though we won that game 8-7.

We'll see what happens. Beating the Mets was a light thrill - if we can do the same to the Giants between now and Sunday, it'll be a sign this team might have turned the corner.