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Game #48: Diamondbacks @ Cardinals

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Well, on the plus side, it can hardly go much WORSE for the Diamondbacks' offense than last night...

@dbacks, via Twitter

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Brandon McCarthy
RHP, 1-6, 5.01
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Michael Wacha
RHP, 3-3, 2.82

Diamondbacks Lineup

  1. Gerardo Parra, RF
  2. Chris Owings - SS
  3. Paul Goldschmidt - 1B
  4. Miguel Montero - C
  5. Aaron Hill - 2B
  6. Martin Prado - 3B
  7. Cody Ross - RF
  8. A.J. Pollock - CF
  9. Brandon McCarthy - P

Good to see Aaron Hill back in the line-up; we last saw him in the first game of the series against the Dodgers, and he has been sitting out since with a sore right shoulder. He could probably have played yesterday, but manager Kirk Gibson decided to err on the side of caution, and looking at the outcome, it doesn't look like Hill's presence would have made much difference - maybe a two-hitter rather than a one-hitter? Hill had been having a good May, batting .319 with an .841 OPS, so I hope the enforced absence for a few days hasn't taken Aaron out of that groove.

Conditions at Busch were pretty questionable earlier on, as the above picture shows, but it does look like things have brightened up since, and we should be in line for a first pitch at the scheduled start-time of 5:15pm in Arizona. We'll be hoping Brandon McCarthy is as good as he was last time he started, two-hitting the Nationals over eight innings at Chase, only for the bullpen to lay a bad egg in the ninth. However, this year has been a struggle early for him, just as last season. After nine starts in 2013, he had the same one win, along with a comparable 4.74 ERA. If he loses today, he'll tie Willie Blair in 1998 for most L's by a D-back over the first 48 games of the season.