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Gameday Thread, #149: 9/13 vs. Dodgers


Ian Kennedy
RHP, 19-4, 2.90


Chad Billingsley
RHP, 10-10, 4.30

Kennedy going for his twentieth win this evening. If he gets it, he'll be the youngest pitcher in the majors to reach the mark since Dontrelle Wills notched 22 victories as a 23-year old for the 2005 Marlins. A good few have comes close - last year, Ubaldo Jimenez, Jon Lester and David Price all reached nineteen wins. However, the magic two-oh has remained elusive for a few years. I wonder if this is in part perhaps because teams are tending to be more conservative with young arms these days.

  1. Gerardo Parra LF
  2. Aaron Hill 2B
  3. Justin Upton RF
  4. Miguel Montero C
  5. Paul Goldschmidt 1B
  6. Chris Young CF
  7. Ryan Roberts 3B
  8. John McDonald SS
  9. Ian Kennedy RHP

I think I've said it before, but I like this line-up. The need for Willie Bloomquist, when he plays, to bat lead-off, remains a mystery to me. So I'm much more comfortable with our short-stop in the #8 hole, and Parra on top of the order. Seems like Gibson thinks Parra is more patient at the bottom of the order, and I can see that, but he's a bigger on-base threat than the Bloomquist (OBP of .357 compared to .326), and a much better base-runner (11:1 SB:CS, as opposed to 17:10). Be nice to get Parra more games playing there down the stretch, so he can be comfortable come the playoffs. I'm not expecting it.

'charmer on the recap tonight, replacing 'skins. Given the 7:10pm start, and that the likely running time for this one is around Gone With the Wind magnitude, this is probably for the best. Not expecting to be about much myself, but might dip in as the opportunity presents itself.