|Ichiro Suzuki - RF||Ender Inciarte - CF|
|Martin Prado - 2B||Chris Owings - 2B|
|Christian Yelich - LF||Paul Goldschmidt - 1B|
|Casey McGehee - 3B||David Peralta - LF|
|Mike Morse - 1B||Yasmany Tomas - RF|
|J.T. Realmuto - C||Jake Lamb - 3B|
|Cole Gillespie - CF||Welington Castillo - C|
|Adeiny Hechavarria - SS||Cliff Pennington - SS|
|Jose Fernandez - RHP||Robbie Ray - LHP|
Thanks to Clefo for pinch-hitting in my absence on the previews, and generally ensuring no members of the SnakePit started running around with pig's heads on sticks to an excessive degree. Mrs. SnakePit and I had a very pleasant couple of days away to celebrate our anniversary, and scope out the SnakePitette's proposed wedding location. There actually turned out to be an unexpected baseball component as well. but I'll save that for its own, illustrated post tomorrow.
I see that my absence did not help the offense, who managed three runs over two games, and have reduced Diamondbacks fans to the edge of starvation, with a measly single serving of free tacos since two weeks ago today. How are fans supposed to keep body and soul together, even allowing for the 50% off pizza provided last night? After finishing the first half with the highest tally of runs in the National League, the second half has been nowhere near as productive. Indeed, the Diamondbacks have the lowest number of runs scored since the break in the National League, their 13 being one behind Colorado and two fewer than tonight's opponents.
It's certainly something which will need to change if the team is to regroup and look to move back up the standings. Though there may be an aspect of regression going on, with the perception the offense "over achieved" in the first half. That's one of the reasons why they play 162 games, I guess; there is probably a bigger element of "luck" in baseball which needs a really long season to guarantee it doesn't become more important than skill. We'll see if we can be luckier - or more skillful! - tonight.