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Gameday Thread, #122: 8/16 vs. Phillies

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Josh Collmenter
RHP, 7-7, 3.51

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Roy Halladay
RHP, 15-4, 2.51

"In some inland post feel the savagery, the utter savagery, had closed round him--all that mysterious life of the wilderness that stirs in the forest, in the jungles, in the hearts of wild men. There's no initiation either into such mysteries. He has to live in the midst of the incomprehensible, which is detestable. And it has a fascination, too, which goes to work upon him. The fascination of the abomination--you know. Imagine the growing regrets, the longing to escape, the powerless disgust, the surrender, the hate."
-- Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness.

Welcome to Philadelphia, folks... :-)

It just seemed like a semi-appropriate quote, as the Diamondbacks venture into what is perhaps the most threatening place on the baseball Earth: to face Roy Halladay in Citizen's Bank Park. The last team any visiting team won while facing Halladay there? April 19th. The Phillies are 10-0 in such games since then, with Halladay having nine quality starts and a 2.01 ERA over 76 innings in those contests. Yep: the Diamondbacks are going to need absolutely everything working at 110% this afternoon. Luckily, we have Sean Burroughs:

  1. Willie Bloomquist SS
  2. Ryan Roberts 2B
  3. Justin Upton RF
  4. Miguel Montero C
  5. Chris Young CF
  6. Lyle Overbay 1B
  7. Sean Burroughs 3B
  8. Gerardo Parra LF
  9. Josh Collmenter RHP

Yes. Kelly Johnson has been struggling badly, pretty much all year. But his OPS of .708 is still .144 points better than Burroughs, who comes into the line-up at third, thanks to RR covering second. Hard to see why this move makes sense, unless it's Gibby's version of waving the white flag for this afternoon's game. That might make sense, especially with Burroughs hitting ahead of Parra. Still, the team has won six games in a row, so at this point #InGibbyWeTrust. If we can make it seven, then I'll be referring to him as St. Kirk the rest of the road-trip.

Will be showing up a little late. Have a movie to finish watching, so hopefully Collmenter can keep the Phillies in check, and we can scratch out a run or two off Halladay.