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Game #105: Diamondbacks @ Phillies

Should be a crisply-played pitching duel this afternoon in Philadelphia.

We've been down this road with Aaron Hill before...
We've been down this road with Aaron Hill before...
Christian Petersen

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Vidal Nuno
LHP, 2-6, 5.13
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Roberto Hernandez
RHP, 4-8, 4.25

Diamondbacks Lineup

  1. Ender Inciarte - RF
  2. David Peralta - LF
  3. Paul Goldschmidt - 1B
  4. Miguel Montero - C
  5. Martin Prado - 3B
  6. Gerardo Parra - RF
  7. Didi Gregorius - 2B
  8. Nick Ahmed - SS
  9. Vidal Nuño - P

The teams came into this series with the same mediocre records, and two games later, we have a fairly good idea of exactly why that has been the case - their pitching. Over the two games, the teams have combined for 30 runs - the split has been mirrored in the scoring, at 15-15. In the 38 total innings of work, the hurlers have allowed 56 hits and 13 walks, with an ERA of 6.87. And considering the starters in this morning's rubber match have a record together of 6-14, I wouldn't be looking for that to be going down by much before the Diamondbacks leave, on their way to Cincinnati.

No Aaron Hill in the line-up today, which isn't a good sign. He may be available off the bench: Jody Jackson says "he was headed to the cage to see how hand feels. He was surprised it was hard to grip bat last night." This sounds disturbingly like what happened after the last time Hill was hit on the hand: the severity of the damage was no realized immediately. It was almost a week after being hit - including a couple of pinch-hit appearances - before Hill eventually hit the DL. I trust lessons were learned, and the negative X-rays are genuinely the case here, rather than just casual medical examination, as they apparently were previously.

And if anyone can tell me why I keep writing "Edgar Inciarte" in the line-up, I'd be grateful. Thanks.