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Gameday Thread, #152: 9/23 vs. Rockies

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Ian Kennedy
RHP, 14-11, 4.08

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Jeff Francis
LHP, 5-6, 5.58

With 35 runs scored over the past two games, and 55 runs in the last six Coors contests, one wonders if the Rockies have switched the humidor off, just for the lolz. Might as well, I suppose - they need to go 5-6 the rest of the way to avoid 100 losses. And that isn't exactly looking likely, since they have two wins over their last 17 attempts, including eight defeats in a row. Five of the remaining 11 games are against the Diamondbacks, so we'd welcome the boost as we trry to keep above .500 - we need to go 6-5 the rest of the way to post a winning record. With five vs. COL, three against CHC and three against SFG, who have already clinched, I'm feeling hopeful.

Mariner Housewife is up for a guest recap this afternoon, I believe [though not had confirmation], so stick around for that. Line-up after the jump, with a shocking development.

  1. Adam Eaton CF
  2. Aaron Hill 2B
  3. Justin Upton RF
  4. Paul Goldschmidt 1B
  5. Jason Kubel LF
  6. Chris Johnson 3B
  7. Cody Ransom SS
  8. Wil Nieves C
  9. Ian Kennedy P

Yep. For the first time in forever, there's no Miguel Montero in the line-up. That ends his streak of consecutive starts at 20 games, which is pretty impressive for a catcher. To put in perspective, the previous franchise best was a mere 11, by Damian Miller in 2000 and Kelly Stinnett in 1998. Montero has 128 starts behind the plate coming into today - that's most in the majors, five more than the second-placed Matt Wieters of Baltimore. Yadier Molina and A.J. Ellis are the only others with over 113. Hopefully this will continue for the next, oh, five years or so...