Over the past three weeks, the Diamondbacks have been among the hottest teams in baseball. Since May 25, they've gone 12-6, which is half a game behind the Giants for the best record in the National League, and their projected Pythagorean record of .670 over that time is #1 in the league. That has helped pull Arizona back into the middle of the pack, with a record dead on .500, but it needs to continue. Yesterday's win was big: a loss would have put our record on this road-trip to 1-3, and likely meant a losing one. But now, a split is likely, and if we can beat Santana today - and his numbers aren't great - we can go for the sweep tomorrow.
Wailord on his regularly-scheduled recap tonight. :)
- Chris Young CF
- Willie Bloomquist SS
- Justin Upton RF
- Paul Goldschmidt 1B
- Jason Kubel DH
- Aaron Hill 2B
- Ryan Roberts 3B
- Gerardo Parra LF
- Henry Blanco C
+ Joe Saunders P
Miguel Montero gets the day off, which might be slightly concerning, as Saunders ERA with Blanco catching has been significantly higher than with Miggy. Over the past two seasons:
Blanco: 79.1 IP, 88 H, 31 BB, 46 K, 4.88 ERA
Montero: 207.2 IP, 205 H, 55 BB, 111 K, 3.17 ERA
Though the gap is much closer this year than last - Montero has caught three-quarters of Saunders' dozen starts in 2012 - but overall, with all pitchers, Montero's ERA is a good deal lower, both this year and last. Might have to look in to that a bit at some point.