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Gameday Thread, #100: 7/27 vs. Phillies


Rodrigo Lopez
RHP, 5-9, 4.58


Cole Hamels
LHP, 7-7, 3.40

Tankapalooza 2010 Standings

Rk Tm W L W-L% GB
1 Orioles 31 68 .313 -
2 Pirates 34 64 .347 3.5
3 D-backs 37 62 .374 6
4 Mariners 39 61 .390 7.5
5 Astros 40 59 .404 9
6 Indians 41 58 .414 10

Four straight losses against the Giants means the return of the Tankapalooza standings, where Arizona remains in third-place, 2.5 games behind the Pirates - however, their 3-7 record over the past ten games is the worst of any team in the bottom six. The Diamondbacks will be banking on their awful 13-33 road record to see them through this trip, but the Pirates (13-35) and Orioles (11-38) also start the week on the road, so there's no room for slackage, even though the trading of Dan Haren will certainly give Arizona a boost down the stretch.

  1. Chris Young cf
  2. Kelly Johnson 2b
  3. Justin Upton rf
  4. Adam LaRoche 1b
  5. Miguel Montero c
  6. Mark Reynolds 3b
  7. Stephen Drew ss
  8. Rusty Ryal lf
  9. Rodrigo Lopez rhp

Jack Magruder Tweets that the team are "getting most play now on 2B Johnson, looking at career year and available. "Have to be overwhelmed" to move RHP Jackson, source says." And, incidentally, bonus points to Jack for Tweets that are grammatically sound and properly-capitalized - looking like they are by a professional writer, rather than text messages sent from a hyperactive and distracted teenager. I saw enough of those over the weekend, thank you very much </grumpyoldman>

The hundredth game of the season. My, how time flies when you're enjoying yourself barely paying attention. At least the east-coast start times mean the next few contests will (hopefully) not drag too long into the night, and I'll be able to get the recaps up early enough, that the evening won't seem wasted. Yeah: it's pretty terrible when D-backs games now seem more an irritating chore than anything else, but it's an inevitable result of a season that has gone more or less relentlessly downhill since the first week, and doesn't look likely to get better anytime soon. Still, we keep showing up, because that's what we do. This isn't a bad season. Now, 2004: that was a bad season...

That whole pesky wage-slavery thing means I won't be about until later on in this game. Have fun without me!