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Gameday Thread, #132: 8/26 vs. Padres

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Wade LeBlanc
LHP, 2-2, 4.62

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Josh Collmenter
RHP, 7-8, 3.34

Back home to Arizona - 19 of our remaining 31 games are now at Chase. Meanwhile, the only team above .500 we'll see the rest of the way are likely to be the Giants, unless the Rockies [currently five below even] can pull something out of the hat. To have reached this point in the season with a three-game lead in the division still defies belief: I keep thinking that I'll wake up suddenly, to find out that I've been dozing on the couch, and Buster Posey has just hit a three-run homer off Edwin Jackson, to clinch the West for the Giants on August 9th. And then, the screaming starts...

  1. Willie Bloomquist SS
  2. Ryan Roberts 3B
  3. Justin Upton RF
  4. Chris Young CF
  5. Paul Goldschmidt 1B
  6. Aaron Hill 2B
  7. Gerardo Parra LF
  8. Henry Blanco C
  9. Josh Collmenter RHP

Bloomquist back in the lead-off spot, despite my fondly-expressed hope this was now a thing of the past. Hey, at least Parra is batting ahead of Blanco. I must confess, I haven't been paying much attention to the Padres since we last played them about a month ago. But turns out that they've had the second-best record in the West since then, going 14-11 [trailing only our 15-11[, so I am not expecting this to be a pushover. With the Giants facing the hap-less J.A. Happ, who is tied for the NL lead in losses (14), we should not expect San Francisco to do us any favors - very amenable though they have been of late. Win here, get one of our magic number and anything else is a bonus.