It's the debut of Corbin - or, to give him his full name Patrick Corbin Dallas Multipass. One trusts this will end up being a bit more significant than the last "future is now" game, which saw Jarrod Parker make precisely one start for the Diamondbacks, before being shipped off to Oakland. However, the revolution will not be televised - at least, not in Arizona - with the schedulers at Fox Sports Arizona inexplicably failing to predict that a Monday morning East coast game at the end of April would be the first appearance of one of our prized pitching prospects. Sheesh.
This is why Dan is recapping, since he will be better able to see the game on MLB.tv, than I will here in Arizona. I'd be reduced to screencaps of Gameday or something. Oh, and today is also the first - and possibly the last - Punctuation Free Gameday Thread, so Grammar Nazis and other members of the GesTypo should probably exercise caution, as there will likely be appalling misuse of apostrophes. Line-up and details of the roster moves made after the jump.
- Willie Bloomquist SS
- Ryan Roberts 2B
- Justin Upton RF
- Jason Kubel LF
- Paul Goldschmidt 1B
- Cody Ransom 3B
- A.J. Pollock CF
- Henry Blanco C
- Patrick Corbin.P
A good team for Corbin to face, as the Marlins this year are hitting .169/.212/.318 vs. left-hand pitching - the majority of which came in the 9th inning yesterday against Mike Zagurski. Or maybe it just seemed like that... With the combination of a LHP on the mound for Miami and a day game after a night game, Gerardo Parra and Miguel Montero get the day off, and Aaron Hill also gets to sit, with Ryan Roberts hopefully getting something going in his stead.
To put Corbin on the 25-man roster, the team optioned Joe Martinez to Reno. To get him on the 40-man, they moved Geoff Blum from the 15-day DL to the 60-day version, which doesn't count against a 40-man spot. Given the drop of Martinez, I'm surprised they didn't opt to use him in yesterday's blowout [when it was still a blowout, anyway....], rather than burning an arm like Craig Breslow, which could have been used today in support of Corbin. Imagine Josh Collmenter will be the designated guy in the unlikely (hopefully) event of the n00b making a forced landing early on, and we'll try to use those two for seven innings or so.
It should be interesting, and I look forward to watching the animated lines and stick figures for a real sense of how things unfold. In 20 years, we'll maybe be able to tell our grandkids, "Yes, I watched Patrick Corbin's debut," muttering quietly under our breath, "On Gameday...."