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Game #91 Preview: 7/20, Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Miami Marlins

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Could the Marlins be the cure that ails the Diamondbacks?

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Today's Lineups

Ichiro Suzuki - RF Ender Inciarte - RF
Martin Prado - 2B A.J. Pollock - CF
Christian Yelich - LF Paul Goldschmidt - 1B
Justin Bour - 1B David Peralta - LF
Adeiny Hechavarria - SS Welington Castillo - C
Derek Dietrich - 3B Jake Lamb - 3B
J.T. Realmuto - C Chris Owings - 2B
Cole Gillespie - CF Nick Ahmed - SS
David Phelps - RHP Rubby De La Rosa - RHP

The Diamondbacks have lost every game since reaching .500 a week and a half ago. That's probably the set up to a morality play or something, but damn if I know what the conclusion is. Maybe something about "Stop talking about (expletive deleted) mountains already!"

The six-game streak has had all variety of badness. In the Mets series, it was death by homers, while the Giants featured a cornucopia of awfulness. You had a bullpen lead being blown in spectacular fashion, you had a good old fashioned bludgeoning, and you had a day where the offense was hungover on cheap rum. Not that I know the feeling or anything.

So, it looks not great for the Diamondbacks at this point. However, a possible panacea known as the Miami Marlins is coming into town on a wagon promising big things with their cure-all elixir. You might recall the last time the Diamondbacks faced the Marlins were the first four games of Marlins' manager Dan Jennings career. As you probably recall, he was the General Manager before then, which is still kind of hilarious. The Marlins have sputtered a lot this season, and are probably going to be selling pieces like Mat Latos and Dan Haren to whoever waves a shiny thing in their face first.

Rubby De La Rosa takes the mound for the Diamondbacks. He's been... inconsistent. On some days, he'll look like he'll set the world on fire, and on others he looks like he'll set the world on fire, but in a hilarious Mrs. O'Leary's cow kind of way. He will be facing a lineup that is missing Giancarlo Stanton and Dee Gordon, so he has that going for him.

Opposing him is David Phelps. Phelps has put up the platonic form of a basic starter's line (4-5 record, 3.86 ERA), so nothing terrible, but nothing unbeatable. He also shares a distinction with a few members of the Diamondbacks roster in that he was included in a trade with Martin Prado. Maybe they can get Instagrams with each other or something.

Also of note for the Marlins is that Ex-Diamondback Great(TM) Cole Gillespie is starting in Center Field.

The current standings, if one cares about such things at this point, have the Diamondbacks tied with the Padres, so a loss could bring them below the friars. Not that it matters anyway, we live in a random universe that doesn't care if we live or die. Go Diamondbacks.

Speaking of the Padres, it was reported today that they've inquired about acquiring Ender Inciarte. To me, that's kind of a strange rumor, since trying to acquire every outfielder with a pulse is what led the Padres to get into this situation in the first place, and I don't think Ender can play Shortstop, but it may be something to keep an eye on in the coming weeks.

You also might notice "Hey, Jim isn't writing this, it's Clefo!" Welp, sorry to tell you, Jim ran away to Mexico after a coup de tat and we now live in a Clefocracy, so I'm in charge no matter what anyone else claims ;). The first rule of the Clefocracy is... uh... just be nice to each other and try not to be annoying. Second rule is, don't shout "FLAG" at posts then not flag them, because I know you're a liar, and liars are bad.