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Gameday Thread #104, 8/7 vs. Dodgers

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Clayton Kershaw
LHP, 13-4, 2.68

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Ian Kennedy
RHP, 13-3, 3.17

The Diamondbacks have failed to take advantage of two Giant losses. Not only could they be a half game up right now, they could be a game and a half up. It's Ace vs Ace here in the desert for Arizona and Los Angeles. Kershaw is good, no doubt about that, and he's good against us: 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA (but 4 unearned runs given up) and 19 strikeouts this season. But look at that number of wins for Kennedy: 13, the same number as Kershaw. Kennedy's a bona fide staff ace, having handled the Giants nicely last Monday in San Francisco. He's got a 5-game win streak to extend. It's time to be the clotter here, Ian, and stop the bleeding...

  1. Ryan Roberts 3B
  2. Kelly Johnson 2B
  3. Justin Upton RF
  4. Xavier Nady 1B
  5. Chris Young CF
  6. Miguel Montero C
  7. Collin Cowgill LF
  8. Cody Ransom SS
  9. Ian Kennedy RHP

Well, it's not quite the A lineup, but it's not the C lineup. At first glance, I'd give it a B+. Willie surely does need a day off, and at least Roberts stays at the hot corner with Ransom at short. I guess Gibby is pulling Parra for Cowgill because of the left handed pitcher. And Goldschmidt gets a day off for Nady to be back at first.

The Giants send Tim Lincecum to face the Roy Oswalt, returning from a stint on the DL. Their game starts at the same time as ours, so it's okay if some of you (aka me) are channel-flipping.