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Game #90 Preview: 7/19, Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Francisco Giants

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This is not the second-half for which I signed up. I signed up for the one with the competitive D-backs team, playing sound fundamental baseball. I'd like to exchange this one, please.

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Madison Bumgarner
LHP, 9-5, 3.33
Patrick Corbin
LHP, 1-1, 5.40
Angel Pagan - CF Nick Ahmed - SS
Joe Panik - 2B Ender Inciarte - LF
Matt Duffy - 3B Paul Goldschmidt - 1B
Buster Posey - C A.J. Pollock - CF
Hunter Pence - RF Welington Castillo - C
Brandon Crawford - SS Yasmany Tomas - RF
Justin Maxwell - LF Aaron Hill - 3B
Brandon Belt - 1B Chris Owings - 2B
Madison Bumgarner - LHP Patrick Corbin - LHP

The roster moves made this morning have shifted the balance of the D-backs roster; for the first time in a while, we have a longer bench, with 13 position players and 12 pitchers. However, we still currently have an eight-man bullpen, due to yesterday's starting pitcher being replaced by Danny Dorn, rather than a relief arm. It's likely going to be a short-term configuration, but the way the second half as started, I can certainly see why Chip Hale felt the need to retain an extra bullpen arm for now. Between the extra-inning game, Chase Anderson's short outing yesterday, and no days off imminent, the next week will require careful resource management.

Happy birthday to today's starter, Patrick Corbin, who turns 26 today, and will become the 25th Diamondback pitcher (and third just this season, after Evan Marshall and Jeremy Hellickson) to appear in a game on his cake day.  Corbin will be the ninth such starter, and Arizona has a record of 3-5 on the previous eight occasions, with the starters going 2-2. Both those wins belong to Randy Johnson, who was the last Diamondbacks pitcher to get a W on the day he was born, back in 2004 (he also did it in 1999). Since then, we've seen losses by Joe Saunders in 2012, and Hellickson on April 8th, when he lasted only 4.1 innings against these same Giants, and we lost, 5-2.

A 5-game losing streak is certainly not a good thing, but for perspective, I believe were are the 25th team in the majors this season to record one. It is certainly something we could do with stopping this afternoon, though it won't be easy going up against Bumgarner. Today will be the fourth time we've seen him already, and in the previous three, he has allowed six earned runs over 22 innings, a 2.45 ERA, though his record is 1-1 in those contests. But I'm just as concerned about our pitching: the first two losses here can be laid largely at the door of our hurlers, and we need them to do better here, if we're to avoid a sweep.