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Gameday Thread, NLDS #5: 10/7 vs. Brewers

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Ian Kennedy
RHP, 0-1, 5.40

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Yovani Gallardo
RHP, 1-0, 1.12

Is it game-time yet? Is it game-time yet?

What about now?

Yeah, it's definitely one of those occasions, like Christmas Eve, where the hands of the clock seem to be crawling, as if they were Wily Mo Pena legging out an inside-the-park homer. I'm pretty sure productivity in the Phoenix area will be significantly lower this afternoon, as the workforce's attention quietly slide to Milwaukee, by whatever means necessary. Arizona has already staved off elimination twice, but now face the most difficult leg: doing so in Milwaukee, against the pitcher who almost blanked them in Game 1.But, for the third time, I want to say this:

If there's one thing I know, it's that these Diamondbacks will not quit until the very last out of the very last game. Whatever happens, it has still been a fabulous season for the team, and a privilege to be a fan.

  1. Willie Bloomquist SS
  2. Aaron Hill 2B
  3. Justin Upton RF
  4. Miguel Montero C
  5. Paul Goldschmidt 1B
  6. Chris Young CF
  7. Ryan Roberts 3B
  8. Gerardo Parra LF
  9. Ian Kennedy RHP

In other words, the same eight position players who started Games 2-4, and the Brewers appear to be sticking with their same line-up as well. Despite it being a lovely day in Milwaukee, the roof will be remaining closed at Miller Park, allegedly because MLB wants "conditions consistent with 1st 4 games." Hmm. May be the first time MLB has ever been concerned about that.. But I'm sure the team will have learned from the earlier games, and will adjust their communication processes appropriately.

Whatever happens, it has been a heck of a series, the teams slugging it out like heavyweight boxers, toe-to-toe, and win or lose, both sides deserve enormous credit for their roles in providing us with four games of memorable baseball. I've little doubt the fifth will be more of the same, and there are few things more dramatic in any sport than an elimination contest for both sides as their 167th game of the season.

Now, is it game time yet?