Keys to the Game: Padres Vs Diamondbacks, September 8, 2011

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With only 19 games left it appears that the Arizona Diamondbacks will win their first NL West Pennant since 2007. One of the main reason the Diamondbacks have made the transition from worst to first has been the phenomenal pitching of emerging staff ace, Ian Kennedy (18-5, 2.96 ERA). Kennedy seeks his NL leading 19th win tonight when Arizona opens a four game set against the Padres at Chase Field. Over his last 11 starts Kennedy is 10-1, with a 2.25 ERA. Check out Kennedy’s excellent last eleven starts.

Wins (Blue), ERs Allowed (Orange) & Strikeouts (Green)

The big bat of Justin Upton has propelled the Diamondbacks to the top of NL West.  Two of Upton’s 28 Home Runs this season have come against tonight’s Padres starter Cory Luebke (5-8, 3.29 ERA).  Diamondback Catcher, Miguel Montero is another integral part of the high powered Arizona Offense. Montero is currently on a 15 game hitting-streak in which he is batting .345 with a 1.000 OPS.  Check out Montero’s numbers during his steak.

Hits (Blue), RBIs (Orange) & Total Bases (Green)

With Kennedy on the hill and Upton and Montero hitting the rubber off the ball, can the Padres possibly slow down the Dbacks’ playoff express?

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