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Gameday Thread, #12: 4/15 vs. Giants


Matt Cain
RHP, 1-0, 1.38


Daniel Hudson
RHP, 0-2, 3.46

Hey, at least it's not a member of our rotation going to the DL with tendinitis... Not that pitching has exactly been a strong suit of the Diamondbacks to date, As the Moustache pointed out, it's been the offense (OPS+ 119, best in the National League) that is responsible for the success enjoyed by the team to date. And that has been sporadic at best: two weeks in, we have yet to win two days in a row, Can we manage it against the reigning World Series champions? At least we don't have to face Lincecum.

That said, I can't claim to be any good in the prediction business, having called every game in the Cardinals' series the wrong way. Silly me, I inexplicably failed to foresee our Opening Day starter allowing nine runs, or us turning Chris Carpenter into a BP pitcher. I hope to be equally ineffectual this series, given that last weekend, I projected the Giants to take two out of three. The World Series champions haven't exactly set the league on fire, having gone 6-6, but beat both the Cardinals and Dodgers in their recent home stand. Here's to them going back to their road ways, where they are 2-4. Here's our line-up:

  1. Willie Bloomquist LF
  2. Kelly Johnson 2B
  3. Justin Upton RF
  4. Russell Branyan 1B
  5. Chris Young CF
  6. Stephen Drew SS
  7. Melvin Mora 3B
  8. Miguel Montero C
  9. Daniel Hudson RHP

Somewhat confused by the batting order. Miggy - who merely has the best OPS of any player on the roster - hitting #8, behind Melvin Mora? Is Montero getting paid by the RBI or something? Curious to hear the logic behind this one. 'charmer is on her first second recap of the year, so stick around for that. I'd better post this before she gets nervous .;-)