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Game #98 Preview: 7/27, Arizona Diamondbacks @ Seattle Mariners

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Into the land of the DH we go, for the first of six in Seattle and Houston.

This is a sunny day in Seattle [artist's impression]
This is a sunny day in Seattle [artist's impression]
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Robbie Ray
LHP, 3-5, 2.72
Mike Montgomery
LHP, 4-4, 3.25
Ender Inciarte - LF Austin Jackson - CF
Yasmany Tomas - RF Kyle Seager - 3B
Paul Goldschmidt - 1B Nelson Cruz - RF
A.J. Pollock - CF Robinson Cano - 2B
Aaron Hill - DH Franklin Gutierrez - LF
Welington Castillo - C Mark Trumbo - DH
Jake Lamb - 3B Logan Morrison - 1B
Chris Owings - 2B Mike Zunino - C
Nick Ahmed - SS Brad Miller - SS

This promises to be a tough road-trip for the Diamondbacks: ten games on the road, seven of them against teams in playoff spots - and that doesn't include the last game of this series, when I believe we have to face one of the best pitchers in the American League. [The MLB.com probably pitchers page says both sides of that are "to be announced",  but it does appear to be Patrick Corbin vs. Felix Hernandez, unless anything much changes]. It's not going to be easy, and can certainly imagine a 3-7 record on this one, so it's important to take advantage of the relatively soft start offered by the games today and tomorrow.

It has been a while since we faced the Mariners; the last series, at Chase Field in 2012, turned into a bit of a slugfest, as we took two of three and outscored them 30-23, including a victory in the finale by a 14-10 margin. That was the last time, to date, our pitching staff allowed ten runs and we still won (and the only time since 2005, in a game that didn't involve extra innings). You have to go back more than six years to find the last time we were in Safeco, when we were swept in three, the losses going to Clay Zavada, Billy Buckner and Tony Pena. Those are some names from the past, aren't they?

All told, we're 7-14 in franchise history against Seattle, so at .333, it is the second-worst winning percentage against any team: the only lower one is versus the Yankees, at 4-11 (.267). Though we won the only series against them which anyone much remembers. I always wonder what might have happened if the Yankees hadn't taken down the 116-game winners Seattle in the 2001 ALDS. How would we have fared against Bret Boone, Edgar Martinez and 20-game winner Jamie Moyer? Seeing Moyer and Randy Johnson duel would certainly have been a sharp contrast in left-handed styles!