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Game #25 Preview: 5/5, Arizona Diamondbacks @ Colorado Rockies

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Let's try this again, shall we?

Colorado Dept. Public Health webcam
Josh Collmenter
RHP, 2-3, 2.76
Tyler Matzek
LHP, 2-0, 2.70
Ender Inciarte - LF Charlie Blackmon - CF
Mark Trumbo - RF Troy Tulowitzki - SS
Paul Goldschmidt - 1B Corey Dickerson - LF
A.J. Pollock - CF Nolan Arenado - 3B
Yasmany Tomas - 3B Justin Morneau - 1B
Aaron Hill - 2B Carlos Gonzalez - RF
Jordan Pacheco - C Nick Hundley - C
Nick Ahmed - SS Tyler Matzek - LHP
Josh Collmenter - RHP DJ LeMahieu - 2B

The forecast is not looking too good at this point for getting the game in tonight either: the image above was a live shot of downtown Denver at 3:20pm Arizona time this afternoon, so unless things clear up massively, it looks like we will be getting another night off, and playing two tomorrow. Be interested to see what the D-backs do if that turns out to be the case. They can call up a 26th man - presumably a starting pitcher - for the second game, but it would have to be someone on the 40-man roster, Or they could go with Collmenter and Robbie Ray, but this could cause issues down line, when one or other might then have to start on short rest, without a 26th man beung available.

Both teams have the same line-ups as yesterday, so I'll largely refer you to that preview, and how some players - in particular, Trumbo - enjoy hitting at Coors. Something I didn't notice, is that Colorado have their pitcher hitting #8 this afternoon. We've seen the D-backs do it a couple of times, but for the Rockies: this will be the sixth such occasion this season, and the third time for Matzek. The Cubs, however, appear to have made it a permanent change, having done so all 24 games. They're already in the top 10 all-time, and unless something changes, should become the second team ever to have the pitcher hit 8th in a majority of games, after the 2008 Cardinals.

Provisional word is that the canceled game will be made up as part of a double-header on Tuesday September 1. Which should work out quite well for SnakePit scheduling purposes, if nothing else. :) That's the middle day of a three-game set in Denver, and would give us a stretch of 21 games in 20 days. Thank heavens for the rosters expanding, as I can imagine we'll need a few extra arms at that point. Stay tuned for a Gameday Thread, but whether it will contain any actual Game, seems a good deal less certain!

Update. No better luck today, with this one canceled well before first pitch. The teams will look to play two tomorrow, with Robbie Ray becoming the 26th man called up for the purposes of the DH: he will likely then return to Reno, and we'll operate with an extra reliever until his scheduled next start.