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Game #27 Preview: 5/7, Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Diego Padres

Back home after a successful trip to Colorado, we should probably expect San Diego to present a somewhat stiffer challenge to Arizona.

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Odrisamer Despaigne
RHP, 2-0, 2.95
Rubby De La Rosa
RHP, 2-2, 5.40
Wil Myers - CF Ender Inciarte - CF
Cory Spangenberg - 2B Mark Trumbo - RF
Matt Kemp - RF Paul Goldschmidt - 1B
Justin Upton - LF David Peralta - LF
Yangervis Solarte - 3B Yasmany Tomas - 3B
Derek Norris - C Chris Owings - 2B
Yonder Alonso - 1B Tuffy Gosewisch - C
Alexi Amarista - SS Nick Ahmed - SS
Odrisamer Despaigne - RHP Rubby De La Rosa - RHP

The first throwback Thursday of the season, which means the team will be playing in old-school uniforms tonight, and it would be nice if their performance was a throwback to the glory days of 1999 or 2001, rather than the less golden eras of 1998 or 2004.... Still, the team's morale will certainly be up, after a very successful day yesterday in Denver, which saw the offense set a record for most runs scored in a double-header, as they moved out of the NL West cellar, and caught up 1.5 games on the division leading Dodgers. Shame we only got to play then twice.

The Padres will be made of tougher stuff, I suspect. Certainly, Despaigne proved hard to handle when we saw him in San Diego, holding the Diamondbacks to one run over seven innings, on just two hits. However, De La Rosa also picked up the win when he faced the Padres the night before that, working six innings and being charged with three runs on six hits and a walk. Hopefully he can avoid the single-inning meltdown which eviscerated his last outing, but let's face it: he's a young pitcher, still figuring out to harness his skills, and bad innings are going to happen. Though that said, De La Rosa isn't as young as I thought: only a couple of month Addison Reed's junior.

Game notes
  • Augie Ojeda will be throwing out the first pitch tonight, with Junior Spivey catching. Augie remains the only D-backs position player ever to throw a 1-2-3 inning, doing so in August 2007.
  • It's going to be a Cuban-heavy series with Alonso, Despaigne and Tomas all from that country and in the game tonight.In case you're wondering, the major-league record for Cuban-born starters in a game is five, set last year in a quartet of games, all involving the White Sox.
  • Randomly related. The last National League game in which all 18 starters were born in the USA, was almost two years ago: May 13, 2013, when the Nationals played the Dodgers.