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Game #158: Diamondbacks @ Twins

Another chance to look at Andrew Chafin and see if he has what it takes to contribute to the rotation in 2015.

Christian Petersen
Andrew Chafin
LHP, 0-0, 1.64
Kyle Gibson
RHP, 12-11, 4.64
Ender Inciarte - LF Jordan Schafer - LF
A.J. Pollock - CF Brian Dozier - 2B
Jake Lamb - 3B Joe Mauer - 1B
Mark Trumbo - 1B Trevor Plouffe - DH
Miguel Montero - DH Oswaldo Arcia - RF
Chris Owings - 2B Josmil Pinto - C
Cody Ross - RF Eduardo Nunez - 3B
Didi Gregorius - SS Aaron Hicks - CF
Tuffy Gosewisch - C Eduardo Escobar - SS

Chafin has been posted a sparking ERA in his previous two starts at the major-league level, especially with both coming against teams better than .500, in the Giants and Indians. The peripherals haven't been quite as shiny, with only five strikeouts over his 11 innings of work, and six walks, which suggests the ERA is largely the result of an unsustainable .200 batting average on balls in play, and so liable to regress. Still, he only turned 24 in June, and this is the perfect chance for him to learn from the experience, putting what he gains into the locked for use down the road. He'll be in the conversation for a spot in 2015, either at the back of the rotation or high in the Reno order.

No Aaron Hill; this is my unsurprised face. Montero takes over as DH for the Diamondbacks today, with Gosewisch behind the plate. Seems we might see Bobby Wilson catching for us tomorrow, which will be his first start i9n the majors since 2012 - and, one suspects, his only one of 2014. There's a very small cadre of players who have started one game in a year for Arizona, but we'll get into that tomorrow, if he shows up. Otherwise, we see Ross starting in right over David Peralta, which seems a bit off with a right-handed opposing pitcher. Maybe David is being told to sit in the corner and think about airmailing his throw home in the third inning yesterday.