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Gameday Thread, #121: 8/18 vs. Reds

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Edinson Volquez
RHP, 3-1, 4.25

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Rodrigo Lopez
RHP, 5-11, 4.93

The dance continues for your 2010 Diamondbacks: two steps forward, 1.9995 steps back. After a spell where it looked like we might have turned a corner, the team has lost four of the past five, and looked particularly sluggish, by all accounts, in last night's defeat. So, they turn to Rodrigo Lopez to prevent the return, once again, of Tankapalooza 2010 - Arizona is currently locked in a tie for third spot there, with the Mariners. Ian Kennedy staved off its return on Saturday; can Rodrigo Lopez do so again, and keep intact my 100% record when taking part in FSAZ Chats? Click on the link there to find out...

No sign of a line-up yet, but I am writing this a little earlier than usual, so we'll see what appears between now and when I head off to the ballpark. Bit of an SB Nation takeover in the press-box, as Seth P is already there, and has posted some stuff from Cap'n Kirk's pre-game media chat; talks about the recent struggles of Upton, and also what Chris Young has done to turn things around from this time last year. We just have to get together and throw the old guard over the press-box balcony to complete our coup, and then the whole world will be ours! Bwah-hah-hah!

Oops. Did I say that out loud?

Anyway, not too optimistic about Lopez, as he hasn't won in his last six starts, going 0-4 with a 6.69 ERA. That's not promising. Volquez has only made six starts, but is 3-1 with a 4.25 ERA. Not much experience of him on the Arizona team with only 29 at-bats collectively, though that is a .310 clip. We'll see what happens, but I think victory tonight would be more a pleasant surprise than an expected outcome, though that may just be my natural pessimism kicking in. Oh, look - here's a line-up: looks like Gibson has shaken things up a bit! See you in the FSAZ chat - Azrecap tonight, so that'll be fun. Whether the game is or not, remains to be seen.

  1. Stephen Drew SS .261
  2. Justin Upton RF .265
  3. Kelly Johnson 2B .284
  4. Chris Young CF .271
  5. Adam LaRoche 1B .272
  6. Mark Reynolds 3B .215
  7. Miguel Montero C .301
  8. Gerardo Parra LF .244
  9. Rodrigo Lopez P .059