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Gameday Thread, #126: 8/20 vs. Braves

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Wade Miley
RHP, 0-0, N/A

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Brandon Beachy
RHP, 5-2, 3.43

Last night's defeat for the Giants means that Arizona will now leave Atlanta in first-place, regardless of what happens today and tomorrow. However, it'd sure be nice if the team could apply pressure to the Giants by the frickin' offense showing up. In total, over the past three games, we have scored five runs and hit .135 (12-for-89), with an OPS of .447. No wonder we've lost them all. Hopefully, Arizona can get back on the right track today, but much will depend on the arrival of Wade Miley, who will become the fifth pitcher - tying Houston for the NL lead - and seventh player overall to make their major-league debut for the 2011 Diamondbacks.

How many of the seven can you name? Answers at the end of the preview:

  1. Willie Bloomquist SS
  2. Gerardo Parra LF
  3. Justin Upton RF
  4. Miguel Montero C
  5. Paul Goldschmidt 1B
  6. Sean Burroughs 3B
  7. Kelly Johnson 2B
  8. Collin Cowgill CF
  9. Wade Miley LHP

Chris Young, who has been struggling monumentally for quite some time, gets the day off, and is replaced by Cowgill. Ryan Roberts, who has been struggling on this road-trip, also sits in favor of Burroughs at third. I am happier with one of these moves, than the other, let's say. Mad scoreboard watching will be ongoing, as the Giants get started five minutes in advance of our game, and will be looking to get their offense back into gear too, even more than us. Over the past month, they have scored 67 runs in 28 games (that's 2.4 per contest), hitting .221 with a .600 OPS. Seven of the past 15, they've got just one or zero runs. No matter how you pitch, that ain't good.

Debuting pitchers: Miley, Ryan Cook, Bryan Shaw, Josh Collmenter, Joe Paterson.
Hitters: Goldschmidt, Cowgill.