May 25 - 27: Diamondbacks vs Giants

The Arizona Diamondbacks enter San Francisco Tuesday for their 3rd stop on their long road trip. The Giants are coming from further away, but have more to smile about these days than just surviving a 13-hour flight that would put anybody's back in a cast… let alone Barry Bonds'.

Just when the San Francisco Giants thought they had their swing in order, they had their hit parade rained on by Madre Nature. Despite having their last game postponed (with no makeup game scheduled as of yet), the Giants did manage to pull out 2 extra-inning wins over the San Juan/Montreal Expos at the rented digs of Hiram Bittorn Stadium.

The rainout came at a great time for most of the players nursing injuries, keeping them teetering on the edge of the disabled list. Only one player was shaking his fist at the clouds, Jason Schmidt. He was scheduled to pitch Sunday, coming off of his most dominating performance since bludgeoning the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2002 NLCS. Critics have bemoaned the Giants for allowing him to toss 144 pitches in his last start, but Schmidt brushed back the ever-skeptical writers by saying he wanted another shot regardless of how much he's thrown lately. No matter if he likes it or not, an extra day of rest will do his arm some good.

The Arizona Diamondbacks are more or less their own cliché… snake-bit. Richie Sexon re-aggravated is shoulder injury and now it looks like he'll be under the knife for his torn labrum sooner than under the stadium lights. A team doctor has recommended surgery for the slugger that the Diamondbacks traded for a load of talent in the off-season.

Arizona is 7 games out of first place right now. Randy Johnson is the lone highlight, coming off putting the Braves down with a stunning perfect game, and Steve Finley leads the National League with 14 home runs (for now). Otherwise, the Diamondbacks are somewhat reminiscent of the Phillies teams when Steve Carlton was the only highlight on an abjectly tragic squad.

Pitching Matchups

  • Tuesday: Casey Fossum (0-1, 8.00 ERA) vs. Jason Schmidt (4-2, 3.06 ERA)
  • Wednesday: Casey Daigle (2-2, 7.98 ERA) vs. Kirk Reuter (1-4, 5.36 ERA)
  • Thursday: Steve Sparks (2-4, 6.65 ERA) vs. Dustin Hermanson (1-2, 4.13 ERA)

    Bonds' back will surely show signs of improvement after 2-1/2 days of rest, but don't be surprised to see if Felipe Alou spells him in left with Dustin Mohr for the first game. Same goes for Ray Durham. With Pedro Feliz being written into more games at short, expect to see Neifi Perez play second the first game, as well. The Diamondbacks have 1B Gregg Colbrunn and RP Oscar Villarreal on the DL with nagging injuries.

    Jeremy Nunes writes game recaps for He also sits up late at night trying to find a way to become a clever sports writer. He can be praised or berated at

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