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Game #35 Preview: 5/16, Arizona Diamondbacks @ Philadelphia Phillies

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Archie Bradley returns to the mound this afternoon, for the first time since one of the scariest moments in Diamondbacks' history.

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Archie Bradley
RHP, 2-0, 1/80
Jerome Williams
RHP, 2-3, 5.21
Ender Inciarte - CF Odubel Herrera - CF
Mark Trumbo - RF Freddy Galvis - SS
Paul Goldschmidt - 1B Grady Sizemore - LF
David Peralta - LF Ryan Howard - 1B
Yasmany Tomas - 3B Maikel Franco - 3B
Chris Owings - 2B Chase Utley - 2B
Tuffy Gosewisch - C Jeff Francoeur - RF
Nick Ahmed - SS Carlos Ruiz - C
Archie Bradley - RHP Jerome Williams - RHP

Bradley's presence on the mound this afternoon in Philadelphia will probably seem little short of miraculous, if you were watching his last start and remember the screaming line-drive back toward the pitcher's mound, and the sickening sound it made as it ricocheted off Bradley's skull. For horrible moments, I thought I had witnessed the first fatality on a major-league diamond since Ray Chapman in 1920, and was positive it would, at the very least, be the end of Bradley's 2015 season. But here we are, barely two weeks later, and Bradley is ready to get back on the horse. I just hope there's quickly a harmless comebacker, to settle Archie's nerves.

We could certainly do with a strong performance, anchoring the team to a win, after back-to-back occasions where the team's pitching has faltered late on. That's been an all-too regular part of proceedings this year: more than 20% into the season, Arizona has already blown eight leads, compared to four wins from behind. In particular, late comebacks have been non-existent: the D-backs have yet to win a game they trailed at the end of the third inning, never mind the seventh or eighth. Though Reed's folly was the first time we lost while leading after eight, Arizona has gone down to defeat four times, when ahead going into the sixth inning.

Tomas is back in the line-up this afternoon, but it seems that Aaron Hill is still under the weather and remains on the bench. A.J. Pollock also gets a day off, his name apparently having failed to come up on Chip Hale's Wheel O' Outfielders for this one.