Well, we could have got tickets to tonight's game too, but think we passed on that, despite the lure of a free Diamondbacks tote bag to the first 25,000 in attendance. Which would probably mean 'everyone': last night's figure of 28.640 appeared closer to a count of legs than actual people. Not sure what we're doing tonight instead: I imagine I'll know that when Mrs. SnakePit picks me up from work!
Two losing lefties face off tonight in a game that AJ Hinch must win to avoid dropping his first series in charge. Against the team with the worst record in the National League. At home. No pressure, AJ. Reaction to his appointment has seemed mixed, to say the least, but I'll probably get more into that tomorrow [unless 'Charmer is already collating the reviews for her article?]. Lannan get his first win last time out, though was scarcely dominating, allowing nine hits and two walks in six innings against Houston. Davis, on the other hand, had his worst start, failing to complete five innings for the first time, as his control deserted him. A rebound will be necessary.
Some signs of life for the Diamondbacks hitters last night though. Twelve hits tied a season high and, most of the time when you get so many, you will end up scoring more than four times [the team has had 111 twelve-hit games in franchise history, and the median number in those is seven runs]. We had thirteen at-bats with runners in scoring position, but as usual, performed poorly: but at least we had thirteen at-bats with runners in scoring position. Small steps...
Yusmeiro Petit was placed on the DL with a right shoulder strain, which is why he got the quick hook last night - I'm somewhat disappointed, thinking that was a change in managerial style. Bobby Korecky is back up from Reno, but it's not known who will take Petit's spot as a starter on Wednesday. Conor Jackson and Augie Ojeda have been feeling poorly of late, but Augie will probably start Sunday. Jackson has been "out of character" in talking about his recent struggles, according to Hinch. Seems likely Whitesell will be the regular 1B, with Tracy's best chance of a start over at third, probably some time in the Reds series.
- Lopez 2B
- Young CF
- Upton RF
- Reynolds 3B
- Whitesell 1B
- Byrnes LF
- Snyder C
- Wilson SS
Much the same as last night, with the exception of Byrnes taking over from Jackson in left, and Snyder getting the start behind the plate replacing Montero. Each man slots into the same order in the line-up, however, and one wonders if that is what Hinch meant when he said he was looking for more consistency? Guess we'll see going forward...