The Diamondbacks get to play in their fourth home opener. Hooray?
1. Gerardo Parra - RF
2. Aaron Hill - 2B
3. Paul Goldschmidt - 1B
4. Martin Prado - 3B
5. Miguel Montero - C
6. Mark Trumbo - LF
7. Chris Owings - SS
8. A.J. Pollock - CF
9. Trevor Cahill - P
It's going to be discussed ad nauseum on the broadcast, but it bears repeating: Throughout his career, Tim Hudson has, for lack of less awkward internet term, Pwnd the Diamondbacks. He comes in to today's game with an 8-1 record and 1.99 ERA against the Diamondbacks, including last week's shutout at Chase. Will things change today? I wouldn't hold my breath, but hope springs eternal. Something that might help is unlike last time we faced Hudson, Owings and Pollock are not out of the lineup because reasons.
Opposing him is Trevor Cahill, who wasn't terrible in his first outing also against Hudson last week, giving up only two runs (one of which would probably not have scored had the better defensive Center Fielder been in the game. Not naming names here.) He's always a wild card, though, so he might just blow things up today, or he'll channel his inner 2006 Brandon Webb. You never know with him.
Mark Trumbo his a lot of dingers in Denver. His reward? Batting sixth. Hashtag Gibbyball.
This is the fourth home opener the Diamondbacks have played in this season (Sydney, Phoenix, Denver, and now San Francisco). That almost completes the punch card, after which we get another free home opener in the city of our choice. I nominate Honolulu.
First pitch is at 1:35 PM. Plan accordingly.