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Game #91: Diamondbacks vs. Marlins

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A quick stop off in Phoenix for the Diamondbacks, as they pass through from Atlanta, on their way to San Francisco, for a three-game set against the Marlins.

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Tom Koehler
RHP, 6-6, 3.48
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Chase Anderson
RHP, 5-4, 3.91

Diamondbacks Lineup

  1. Ender Inciarte - CF
  2. David Peralta - :LF
  3. Paul Goldschmidt - 1B
  4. Miguel Montero - C
  5. Aaron Hill - 2B
  6. Martin Prado - 3B
  7. Gerardo Parra - RF
  8. Didi Gregorius - SS
  9. Chase Anderson - P

Turns out I was only slightly incorrect when I joked last night, wondering who might be traded by the D-backs today. No-one was dealt, but we have lost the services of Bronson Arroyo who'll be going under the knife for the same thing as everyone else i.e. Tommy John surgery. That's now a full one-third of our anticipated 2014 rotation and bullpen, who will have gone under the knife since last September, Arroyo joining Patrick Corbin, Matt Reynolds and David Hernandez in the TJ Club. And that's not even including Daniel Hudson, currently coming back from his second surgery. Maybe we should just get Archie Bradley fixed now, save time later.

But the 2014 season waits for no man, injured or not, and we welcome the Marlins, or as their lineup is known, Giancarlo and the Seven Dwarves. That's a bit cruel - but considering Marcell Ozuna is the only hitter within three bWAR of Stanton so far, not entirely inaccurate. Though it's perhaps a case of the pot and the kettle there, since with A.J. Pollock and Chris Owings on the DL, there's almost as steep a drop-off in the Arizona line-up. Montero and Prado are the only ones within three wins of Goldie's value to date. Sigh. This would be one of the reasons why it's proving so tough to sustain enthusiasm for this season. I dunno, was it as bad in 2004? I honestly can't remember.

Still, we soldier on through the grim slog, taking pleasure in the young players and bonding with our fellow fans in our suffering. One of these days, we will look back, over a pint at some establishment, and laugh, "Do you remember that 2014 season? Man, didn't that suck...?" As long as Bradley is leading us to the 2017 World Series, I'll be fine with that.