Game #7: Diamondbacks vs. Pirates

Alfredo Marte: will his fifth ML game be the charm? - Mike McGinnis

After a thoroughly successful first road-trip of the season, sweeping the Brewers in Milwaukee, it's back to Chase to face Pittsburgh, who have averaged 1.3 runs per game this season. Will that continue tonight, as they face Arizona?

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Wandy Rodriguez
LHP, 1-0, 0.00

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Trevor Cahill
RHP, 0-1, 4.76

D-backs line-up:

  1. Gerardo Parra, RF
  2. Martin Prado, 3B
  3. Aaron Hill, 2B
  4. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B
  5. Alfredo Marte, LF
  6. A.J. Pollock, CF
  7. Wil Nieves, C
  8. Cliff Pennington, SS
  9. Trevor Cahill, P

Bit of a B-look to the Diamondbacks offense, even though the only changes are the replacement of Miguel Montero and Jason Kubel, with Nieves and Marte respectively. The former is likely a result of Montero having caught every inning of every game so far, and with the two extra-inning contests, that's the equivalent of seven in a row, at 63 innings pitched. As a yardstick, Yadier Molina is the only other NL catcher with more than 47 innings of work after the first week. Kubel gets the day off with a left-hander on the mound, so we'll see if Marte can get his first hit in the major-leagues tonight, in front of a home crowd.

Rodriguez got the decision in the Pirates only victory of the season to date, pitching 6.2 shutout innings as they blanked the Cubs, 3-0. We've done pretty well historically against him, tagging him with an L four out of the last five times he has pitched against the D-backs. However, hard to say how much of that is down to the current line-up, as the only players with 10 PAs are Martin Prado and Wil Nieves. Still, the collective line of .294/.368/.451 is pretty good. Random aside: I'd quite like Prado to get his on-base percentage (.273) above his batting average (.281). He now has 33 PAs without a walk, the most in the majors. So far, 91% of his PAs have ended with a ball in play.

Cahill last saw the Pirates in 2010, and went 7.2 scoreless innings, holding them to two hits and three walks, with ten strikeouts: the same again this evening would be very welcome. But, again, there's very little in the way of past form to go on, with Travis Snyder (1-for-8) the only Pittsburgh hitter to have seen Trevor on even a handful of occasions. Still, can't object to a collective line of 4-for-28 with one extra-base hit. Cahill fanned seven Cardinals in less than six innings last time, and was somewhat unlucky to lose, a Holliday 5-iron and Heath Bell not exactly helping his cause.

Shame that we're not throwing Kennedy at Pittsburgh this series, as I was looking forward to a victory recap using the title "Pirates of the Can't-hit-Ian". But, as long as I get a victory recap - ideally in regulation, please - that'll do for me.

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