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Gameday Thread, #65: 6/16 vs. Angels

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Joe Saunders
LHP, 4-4, 3.48

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Ervin Santana
RHP, 3-7, 5.74

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. :)

  1. Chris Young CF
  2. Willie Bloomquist SS
  3. Justin Upton RF
  4. Paul Goldschmidt 1B
  5. Jason Kubel DH
  6. Aaron Hill 2B
  7. Ryan Roberts 3B
  8. Gerardo Parra LF
  9. 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.