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Gameday Thread, #113: 8/6 vs. Dodgers

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Nathan Eovaldi
RHP, 0-0, N/A

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Joe Saunders
LHP, 8-8, 3.56

Win today, and it's back to first. For the Giants have already lost [yeah, I know - that's a shocker!], so our fate is in our own hands. And no better opportunity to win will likely present itself this weekend, than facing a 21-year old making his major-league debut, who has never pitched above Double-A. Or, in other words, exactly the sort of pitcher who will probably drop the hammer on the D-backs for seven innings - Johnny Cueto says "Hi!"

Actually, he's the exception rather than the rule. 13 pitchers have made their major-league debut by starting against Arizona. They've thrown 70.1 innings, allowing 35 earned runs, a 4.48 ERA. However, that is skewed by Wade Miller's awful debut where he gave up seven runs in three frames - the other dozen have a much more credible 3.74 ERA. The median Game Score is 50, resulting from a five inning, two-run performance, on four hits and two walks, with one strikeout. That's a little higher than the NL average for debuting starters (48), which is decent - but if you're being called up from the minors, it's generally not because you suck. [Offer not valid for AZ bench players]

  1. Willie Bloomquist SS
  2. Kelly Johnson 2B
  3. Justin Upton RF
  4. Chris Young CF
  5. Miguel Montero C
  6. Ryan Roberts 3B
  7. Paul Goldschmidt 1B
  8. Gerardo Parra LF
  9. Joe Saunders LHP

Win = First place, all to ourselves. That is all.