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Gameday Thread, #98: 7/24 vs. Giants

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Madison Bumgarner
RHP, 3-2, 2.41

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Ian Kennedy
RHP, 5-7, 4.02

The Haren rumors continue to circulate, but meanwhile, there is still business to be done here in Arizona, with the team still having a role to play in the NL West battle. Well, when I say "role" I mean more, providing wins to the other team - our record against the others is a dreadful 10-27, far and away the worst of any team in the National League against their divisional rivals. Mind you, the Giants aren't a lot better: they came into this series, 11-21, though the past couple of wins have certainly helped a bit.

Line-up and details after the jump.

  1. Chris Young CF
  2. Kelly Johnson 2B
  3. Justin Upton RF
  4. Mark Reynolds 3B
  5. Adam LaRoche 1B
  6. Chris Snyder C
  7. Stephen Drew SS
  8. Cole Gillespie LF
  9. Ian Kennedy RHP

The Diamondbacks offense has struggled of late, scoring a total of eleven runs in the past four games, and only batting .228 over that time, with a total of 44 strikeouts. We've never seen Bumgarner, which tends to suggest trouble for us. However, Kennedy had done well in his two outings this season against San Francisco, going undefeated with three runs allowed in 14 innings of work, striking out 15. Since Enright is facing Timmeh tomorrow, this probably counts as our best shot of avoiding the sweep, and the return of Tankapalooza 2010.

No plans to do much else tonight, but let's hope for a crisper game than last night's. The three hours, 45 minutes that took had only been surpassed once at Chase this year for a regulation game. If we're going to lose, let's get it over quickly, so I can get something entertaining done, and Mrs. SnakePit doesn't look at me with that "Why must you insist on putting us through this?" face, which she does so well...