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Gameday Thread, #134: 9/1 vs. Padres

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Mat Latos
RHP, 13-5, 2.29

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Barry Enright
RHP, 5-2, 2.44

Another weird little start time today: 3.10pm? At least this one is on TV, I think - not that I'll be able to watch any of it, unless it goes into extra innings. That might not be a bad thing for Arizona, as it'd mean Enright has been able to hang tough against yet another staff ace. [I believe the Giants are looking into resurrecting Christy Mathewson for Barry's next scheduled outing] Latos would likely be the front-runner for NL Rookie of the Year - except for one extra inning last year, in a meaningless (for the Padres) September game, which disqualifies him. Looks like their RotY-less streak will continue: almost as long as their World Series-less streak now...

We've already won the series - surprised to realize it is our fifth such victory in a row over the Padres at Chase, with the Diamondbacks having a record of 11-3 in that time. It'd be nice to sent the Padres home on the receiving end of a sweep, and to their seventh loss. I wrote about San Diego's struggles on SBNation.com earlier today; Latos has, however, not been part of them. He shut Arizona out for six innings when we faced him on August 8th, and in his last four outings, has allowed four runs in 26 innings of work. Our streak of free tacos, currently at six games, would appear to be under threat. Who else but Enright to face him?

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make K's your aim;
If you can meet with Lincecum and Strasburg
And treat those two impostors just the same;
....
If you can fill the unforgiving match-up
With ninety pitches worth of fly-ball fun,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man key component of the Diamondbacks starting rotation for the foreseeable future, my son!

[That whirring sound you hear, is Rudyard Kipling, turning in his grave]

No line-up at time of going to press, but I'm sure Kelly Johnson is hoping Adam LaRoche is back in the line-up, to keep his mind off plotting further revenge on KJ... It being Wednesday, it will be an Azreca... Oh, hang on: not quite the case any more, is it? :-( I'll be doing this one, probably as soon as I get home. I wonder if the baseball gods will notice, or if they'll still serve up an interesting contest for us? [Edit: now with lineup!]

  1. Stephen Drew ss .275
  2. Kelly Johnson 2b .274
  3. Chris Young cf .268
  4. Adam LaRoche 1b .271
  5. Mark Reynolds 3b .216
  6. Miguel Montero c .283
  7. Gerardo Parra rf .245
  8. Brandon Allen lf .000
  9. Barry Enright p .304