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Game #99 Preview: 7/28, Arizona Diamondbacks @ Seattle Mariners

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Will Zack Godley's second start live up to his debut?

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Zack Godley
RHP, 1-0, 0.00
Hisashi Iwakuma
RHP, 2-1, 4.50
Ender Inciarte - RF Austin Jackson - CF
A.J. Pollock - CF Kyle Seager - 3B
Paul Goldschmidt - 1B Nelson Cruz - DH
David Peralta - LF Robinson Cano - 2B
Jarrod Saltalamacchia - DH Seth Smith - RF
Jake Lamb - 3B Mark Trumbo - 1B
Chris Owings - 2B Brad Miller - SS
Oscar Hernandez - C Mike Zunino - C
Nick Ahmed - SS Dustin Ackley - LF

The D-backs have put together a modest, three-game winning streak, but after the horrors of the couple of weeks which preceded that, we'll take it. Only going to get harder going forward though, so getting a win tonight, to clinch the series and start a tough road-trip 2-0, would be very welcome. Of course, we have pitching for us a man who has not allowed a run in his entire major-league career. Yeah, all one game of it. But, still, I think after Godley's debut against the Brewers, it's perhaps clearer why he was the one chosen to get the call-up. That said, he does need to show that wasn't a fluke, even if no-one expects a repeat performance.

No DL move with regard to Welington Castillo; the team may be taking a "wait and see" approach with regard to his elbow, on which Castillo was hit (again) during the 10th inning of last night's victory. The early signs didn't make it sound too hopeful, but if it turns out a DL stint is needed, it can be backdated to his last appearance. Might leave the bench a bit short for now, though playing under AL rules is a double-edged sword there. Having the DH in effect tonight means another player is needed for the starting line-up, but on the other hand we won't need to hit for the pitcher at any point from now through the weekend.

Interesting choice of Saltalmacchia for DH here; with Castillo out, the other options would have been Yasmany Tomas, Cliff Pennington or Aaron Hill. I presume the deciding factor was that Saltalamacchia is one of the few Arizona players to have seen Iwakuma before - indeed, he has half of our total at-bats against him, and has done pretty well, albeit in a small sample-size, going 4-fo-5 with a double. Please be aware that, after this explanation, the first person to complain "Why is Saltalamacchia DHing?: in the Gameday Thread, will be receiving a visit from the SB Nation drone....