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2012 Game #155: Diamondbacks @ Giants: Preview and Lineup

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The Diamondbacks try clinch a victory in the season series against the Giants tonight - Arizona is 9-7 up with two games left. Wade Miley takes on Matt Cain in tonight's contest.

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Looks like the Giants might have dodged a bullet, by signing Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner to long-term contracts, rather than Tim Lincecum. For Cain has lived up to his contract this year, as much as Lincecum hasn't, culminating in the first perfect game in Giants' history on June 13. Admittedly, this was against the Astros, so it's probably the equivalent of six and two-thirds innings of two-run ball against a major-league team, but still... Against us, he has allowed one earned run in each of the last two starts, and those were both at Chase, not night games at AT&T. Here's our lifetime numbers against him (min: 8 PAs):

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Justin Upton 52 44 12 5 0 0 1 7 14 .273 .385 .386 .771
Miguel Montero 47 40 9 1 0 2 8 6 11 .225 .340 .400 .740
Chris Young 40 36 8 2 0 0 1 4 7 .222 .300 .278 .578
Gerardo Parra 39 36 8 2 0 0 3 3 6 .222 .282 .278 .560
Aaron Hill 20 18 7 1 2 1 3 0 1 .389 .368 .833 1.202
Willie Bloomquist 13 10 3 1 0 0 3 2 2 .300 .385 .400 .785
Paul Goldschmidt 13 10 1 0 0 0 0 3 2 .100 .308 .100 .408
Mike Jacobs 13 13 4 0 0 1 2 0 1 .308 .308 .538 .846
John McDonald 8 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .125 .125 .125 .250
Total (all players)
275 239 59 15 2 4 24 28 47 .247 .328 .377 .705

That's actually not too bad. Hill owns Cain in a level that's almost Goldzilla/Timmeh-esque. Which is good, but Goldschmidt certainly doesn't, being 1-for-10. Hey, you can't win all the time, can you? It's certainly a tough opponent for Miley, as he tries to boost his Rookie of the Year credentials in his penultimate start if the year. September has been rocky, with a 5.76 ERA in his four starts, even as he has gone 2-1 in those games. His overall numbers are still good, but there's still everything to play for, it seems. Here's our line-up.

  1. Adam Eaton CF
  2. Aaron Hill 2B
  3. Justin Upton RF
  4. Miguel Montero C
  5. Paul Goldschmidt 1B
  6. Gerardo Parra LF
  7. Cody Ransom 3B
  8. John McDonald SS
  9. Wade Miley P

And our favorite catcher is now on Twitter. Give Miggy a follow, if you haven't already...