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Game #56: Diamondbacks vs. Reds

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Cincinnati comes to town, and a three-game set starts this evening at Chase Field, with Tony Cingrani taking on Josh Collmenter. But we'll have to do it without Miguel Montero.

Elsa

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Tony Cingrani
LHP, 2-4, 4.06
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Josh Collmenter
RHP, 3-2, 3.91

Diamondbacks Lineup

  1. A.J. Pollock - CF
  2. Chris Owings - SS
  3. Paul Goldschmidt - 1B
  4. Martin Prado - 3B
  5. Aaron Hill - 2B
  6. Cody Ross - LF
  7. Gerardo Parra - RF
  8. Tuffy Gosewisch - C
  9. Josh Collmenter - P

Miguel Montero gets a breather, with a left-hander on the mound. He leads all catchers in the majors by innings played, at 426.1 - that's 3.1 ahead of Yadier Molina, and there's then a BIG drop-off, with Jonathan Lucroy (394.1 innings) the only one even at 390. So probably not a bad thing to try and pace Montero a little bit more going forward. His current pace of 1,255.2 innings, would be 65 more than Montero has ever caught before, and would be the most by anyone at the position since Jason Kendall started 149 games for the 2008 Brewers, and reached 1,328.1 innings behind the plate.

Cody Ross back in the line-up today, in place of Ender Inciarte, who did at least get a hit last night, so his OPS is now knocking on the door of .300. Pollock and Goldschmidt are the only Diamondbacks in tonight's lineup with a higher batting average than Ender's OPS, so that's a big improvement on yesterday. :) We've only seen the Reds Cingrani once before, an abbreviated start last August, where he hurt his back and had to leave in the fourth inning, having allowed one run on two hits and a walk. Hopefully his outing this evening will be just as pleasant as Tim Stauffer's was last night. Tacos in the first, or I'll be disappointed.