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Gameday Thread, #127: 8/21 vs. Braves

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Josh Collmenter
RHP, 7-7, 3.47

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Tim Hudson
RHP, 12-7, 3.13

S'funny how it works. If you'd told me before the road-trip, that we'd come in to Sunday's game with our lead over San Francisco at 2 1/2, I'd have been delighted by that. But the apparent evaporation of the Arizona offense on the road-trip - nine runs over the five contests, with a line of .160/.225/.224 - hardly fills me with confidence. Even if the standings were the same, I'd rather we and the Giants had both won our last three games. Still, the bottom line is, it's an awful lot better to be in first, and I wouldn't swap places with San Francisco for anything. But let's win this. Please?

  1. Kelly Johnson 2B
  2. Willie Bloomquist SS
  3. Chris Young CF
  4. Miguel Montero C
  5. Paul Goldschmidt 1B
  6. Sean Burroughs 3B
  7. Collin Cowgill LF
  8. Gerardo Parra RF
  9. Josh Collmenter RHP

No Justin Upton, no Ryan Roberts - they have been our two best hitters in the past month. But then, Miguel Montero is the only regular position player with an OPS better than .500 over the past 7 days, so a day off here or there might be for the best. Man, there are some ugly numbers on that chart. That batting order... Well, I know I said I wouldn't criticize St. Kirk, but two of the worst three hitters on the team of late, batting #1 and #3? Love to hear the explanation for this one. I have to say, I think the best hope of this team scoring two runs is for Miggy to draw a walk, then Goldy hit a homer. It's a million-to-one chance, but it just might work...

Scotyyyy on the guest recap, so hopefully the Diamondbacks will win one for him...