|Ender Inciarte - CF||Denard Span - CF|
|Cliff Pennington - 3B||Asdrubal Cabrera - 2B|
|David Peralta - RF||Jayson Werth - RF|
|Mark Trumbo - 1B||Adam LaRoche - 1B|
|Miguel Montero - C||Ian Desmond - SS|
|Aaron Hill - 2B||Bryce Harper - LF|
|Alfredo Marte - LF||Wilson Ramos - C|
|Didi Gregorius - SS||Kevin Frandsen - 3B|
|Trevor Cahill - RHP||Tanner Roark - RHP|
Tankapalooza update. The two defeats this week have moved the Diamondbacks into a tie for third spot with the Astros. Both sides sit 4.5 games back of the Rangers and 3.5 behind Colorado, with the Phillies having replaced the Cubs in fifth place, two games behind us. Houston play in New York, and get under way at the same time as we do in Washington, so we'll be hoping our fifth columnist, Martin Prado, can continue hitting .241 for the Yankees. That top three draft pick next June can still be ours! However, we will have to go past the improved Trevor Cahill, who (as was noted earlier today), has been much better of late.
However, there might be a wrinkle in the day's proceedings:
The tarp is on the field at Nationals Park. At the moment, first pitch is still scheduled for 4:05 Arizona time. pic.twitter.com/VFnHOIEHkP— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) August 20, 2014
Batting practice was already canceled on the field - something the D-backs direly need, going by results this road-trip, so one presumes it was just shifted indoors for them. We'll keep an eye on that as things go forward. The forecast currently shows a 50/50 chance of precipitation tonight. If things should turn nasty, I'm not sure when they would fit it in again. Tomorrow's game has a 4:05pm local time first pitch, so they could perhaps sneak in an early double-header? Hopefully, that will not prove necessary.
Update.Looks like a slight delay, but appears to be only about 10 mins at this point.
Good news. Few minutes late, but we will have baseball in DC on @AZSports as @Dbacks face @Nationals - 405 airtime pic.twitter.com/HIKOqZFEpN— Greg Schulte (@GubnuhDbacks) August 20, 2014