Preview: Game #27, Diamondbacks vs. Giants

L is for loser. - Christian Petersen

After last night's solid comeback, and disappointing loss, Arizona will look to get right back on the horse tonight, and beat San Francisco behind Trevor Cahill.

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Madison Bumgarner
LHP, 3-0, 1.87

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Trevor Cahill
RHP, 1-3, 3.00

Diamondbacks Line-up

  1. A.J. Pollock, CF
  2. Martin Prado, 3B
  3. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B
  4. Cody Ross, RF
  5. Miguel Montero,C
  6. Alfredo Marte, LF
  7. Josh Wilson, 2B
  8. Cliff Pennington, SS
  9. Trevor Cahill, P

Take a look at Marte, because this could be his last start . It's a right-handed pitcher tomorrow, then there's an off-day, and by Friday, Didi Gregorius should be just about ready to come back, so we'll probably go back down to having the normal four outfielders again (there's also Jason Kubel and Gerardo Parra present on the roster right now). It hasn't been the most impressive of debuts, Marte hitting .205/.295/.282 and occasionally looking lost on defense; however, considering he turned 24 only last month, and had not played above the Double-A level, it wasn't a disaster. Needs more seasoning: he'll be back eventually, I'm fairly sure.

Bumgarner gave us trouble last time, allowing one hit while pitching into the eighth, and he is one out from having gone a perfect 5-for-5 in quality starts for the Giants this season. Arizona needs to get back to the approaches they took against him in 2012, when he went 0-3 in three starts against the Diamondbacks, with a 6.61 ERA. It'll be Cahill's first start against San Francisco this year, as he missed them in the road series. He did face them three times in 2012, going 1-2 with a 5.00 ERA. Scutaro, Blanco and Pagan are all over .900 OPS, but as you might expect, the Obese Racoon is below .550: not sure if he'll be playing today, having left last night's game early.

Ah, looks like he is. Sorry, got distracted by...a while bunch of stuff, mostly revolving around this piece on SBN about the Rays. Needless to say, our expansion siblings were not too happy about it, and it appears (going by the comments) to have re-opened a can of worms. One that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy about the community we have here which (in 99% of cases, anyway), ambles along in a warm cloud of chocolate and somewhat sarcastic nerd references. Thanks, people. Really. Considering the numbers of different personalities present, I'd like to thank each and every one of you for not going all Lord of the Flies on me.

As noted last night, we're waiting for a part so SnakePit engineers can fix our broken BattleMoses (I may be somewhat mis-remembering the email), so I'll be recapping this one in his stead. I'd like to repeat last night's plea for an easy, blowout victory: in the last 16 contests, the only time we've won by more than two runs was a 12-inning victory in New York. Still, the offense has been nothing if not consistent: each of the last eight games have seen the D-backs score three or four runs in regulation, no more or less. I have no particular interest in free tacos. However, I would find the win which is highly likely to accompany them, both delicious and filling.

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