Know Your Phở #19: Chicken, Beef, or the All-Encompassing House Special? Or Snake(s)?

PHOENIX, AZ - MAY 09: Starting pitcher Wade Miley #36 of the Arizona Diamondbacks takes the ball from catcher Miguel Montero #26 during the MLB game against the St Louis Cardinals at Chase Field on May 9, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the definition of the little taste of heaven known as Phở, here is a snippet from Wikipedia:

Phở ([fɤ˧˩˧]) is a Vietnamese noodle soup, usually served with beef (phở bò) or chicken (phở gà).[1] The soup includes noodles made from rice and is often served with Asian basil, mint leaves, lime, and bean sprouts that are added to the soup by the person who is dining. The dish is associated with the city of Hanoi, where the first phở restaurant opened in the 1920s.

Some people have classified Phở as a very well dressed version of ramen noodles. However, those people are ignorant and just don't get how great of a dish Phở can be, especially when it's done correctly. Personally, I prefer not chicken or beef, as the Wikipedia definition states, but rather the the Phở combo (usually referred to as the house special in most Phở restaurants), which includes beef along with meatballs, brisket, tendon, and tripe. A delicious meal indeed.

So, you may be asking the question: Where can I find Phở in (insert your town here)? Well luckily for you, there is a place on the world wide web where Phở enthusiasts can find a restaurant directory, share favorite dishes, buy t-shirts, and more!'s called Know Your FOE. Well then...who do we play this week? The Diamondbacks? Isn't that some kind of awesome 90's bicycle manufacturer or something? Hooo boy, that sounds cool!

Arizona has won three of five series since splitting a pair of games with the Rockies at Coors Field in mid-May (you might remember the second of which being the PinchHitAlexWhite game). Despite that, they still sit four games below .500. They feature three above-average regulars in terms of OPS+ (Jason Kubel, Paul Goldschmidt, and the guy profiled below), a host of pretty good bench guys, a couple of nice starting pitchers, and a good bullpen (sans their closer).

Chris Young

#24 / Center Field / Arizona Diamondbacks





Sep 05, 1983

2012 - Chris Young .268 .362 .524

Before hitting the DL April 17th, Chris Young boasted 1.397 OPS with five homers. Since returning from the DL on May 18th, Chris Young boasts a .415 OPS and still has five homers. The fact that his current line is the one shown above speaks to just how good he was before getting injured. Granted, it takes most players some time to get back into the groove of things upon missing an extended period of time, but Young's atrocious numbers since coming back make me wonder if he's really healthy. This series may or may not be telling, as the Rockies don't have a good pitching staff and they're, like, 40 games under .500 at Chase Field in their history. Anything Chris Young does in this series would not surprise me.

Trevor Cahill, Joe Saunders, and Wade Miley are all north of the 100 ERA+ benchmark that determines whether or not a starter is above or below average. Oddly enough, Ian Kennedy, who has a 96 ERA+, is the only guy that has shown a fairly consistent ability to miss bats; everyone else in the rotation has a K/9 of 6 or less. That's Rockies territory. Another interesting thing is that Cahill is the only one that has produced more groundballs than flyballs. One would think that would be a cause for concern considering their home park, and that person would appear to be right; the D-Backs have a winning record on the road, but they're five games under .500 at home.

I don't recall a whole hell of a lot of good memories from Rockies games in Phở-enix. Let's hope that an offense that appears to be legit can help change that. Let's also hope that the D-Backs, who have some legitimate bats of their own, wait until after this series to come alive.

For more on the Diamondbacks, you should always visit AZ Snakepit.

Pitching probables and more after the jump.

Game 1 - tonight at 7:40 PM MT (ROOT Sports)

Christian Friedrich (3-1, 5.59 ERA) vs. Joe Saunders (3-3, 3.61 ERA)

Game 2 - tomorrow at 7:40 PM MT (ROOT Sports)

Jeremy Guthrie (3-3, 5.48) vs. Ian Kennedy (4-5, 4.26)

Game 3 - Wednesday at 7:40 PM MT (ROOT Sports)

Josh Outman (0-1, 5.63) vs. Wade Miley (6-2, 2.72)

Arizona Diamondbacks Roster

pitchers # Pos.
Craig Breslow 32 P
Trevor Cahill 35 P
Josh Collmenter 55 P
David Hernandez 30 P
Daniel Hudson 41 P
Ian Kennedy 31 P
Wade Miley 36 P
J.J. Putz 40 P
Joe Saunders 34 P
Bryan Shaw 39 P
Mike Zagurski 49 P
Brad Ziegler 29 P
catchers # Pos.
Henry Blanco 12 C
Miguel Montero 26 C
infielders # Pos.
Josh Bell 15 3B
Willie Bloomquist 18 SS
Paul Goldschmidt 44 1B
Aaron Hill 2 2B
John McDonald 16 SS
Lyle Overbay 37 1B
Ryan Roberts 14 3B
outfielders # Pos.
Jason Kubel 13 LF
Gerardo Parra 8 LF
Justin Upton 10 RF
Chris Young 24 CF


Arizona Diamondbacks Injuries


Player Injury Type Injury Date
Stephen Drew ankle 03/26/2012
Takashi Saito calf 03/31/2012

60 Day DL / Out for the season

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Geoff Blum oblique 04/17/2012

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