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Gameday Thread, #106: 8/2 vs. Nationals

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Livan Hernandez
RHP, 7-7, 3.22











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Rodrigo Lopez
RHP, 5-9, 4.68




Tankapalooza 2010 Standings


























































Rk Tm W L W-L% GB
1 Orioles 32 73
.305 -
2 Pirates 36 68 .346 4.5
3 Mariners 39 67 .368 6.5
4
D-backs 39 66 .371 7
5
Indians 44 61 .419 12
6
Royals 45 60 .429 13


No sign of a line-up at this point, so random chit-chat instead. The victory over the Mets dropped Arizona to fourth-place in Tankapalooza 2010, but I'm still waiting for another three-game winning streak before I retire it altogether. Maybe we can do it against the Nationals, who are without the Second Coming, are 12-25 in non-Strasburg starts since his debut - remember when they were one behind in the NL East, after 35 games? Now, it's looking almost certain that the franchise will be without a winning season, for the seventh straight time since moving to the nation's capital.

The prodigal son, Livan Hernandez, returns to Chase for the second time since leaving Arizona at the end of 2007 - he faced us here last August, when with the Mets, and took the loss. I'll always have fond, if somewhat nervous, memories of his time here in the desert: probably none better than him frustrating the Cubs at Wrigley in the NLDS that season. Amazing to think, this is his fifteenth season and he has now earned more than $50m in the game, according to baseball-reference.com.

Should be about for most of this. I've had a busy, but pretty productive day - headlined by, oh, buying a house - yep, staring at those words on the screen, it still hasn't quite sunk in. I've got to finish off a movie review (The Invention of Lying), but the decks should be cleared on that between now and first-pitch. And, oh look - here's a line-up

  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. Gerardo Parra lf
  9. Rodrigo Lopez p