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Game #83 Preview: 7/7, Arizona Diamondbacks @ Texas Rangers

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Into the land of the DH goes the D-backs.

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Robbie Ray
LHP, 2-4, 2.55
Yovani Gallardo
RHP, 7-6, 2.56
A.J. Pollock - CF Delino DeShields Jr. - CF
David Peralta - LF Rougned Odor - 2B
Paul Goldschmidt - 1B Prince Fielder - DH
Yasmany Tomas - RF Adrian Beltre - 3B
Jake Lamb - 3B Mitch Moreland - 1B
Welington Castillo - C Josh Hamilton - LF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia - DH Elvis Andrus - SS
Chris Owings - 2B Shin-Soo Choo - RF
Nick Ahmed - SS Robinson Chirinos - C

I trust you all had an acceptable off-day. It went quite well for the D-backs with the Cubs and Giants both losing. The latter result takes San Francisco back to the .500 mark, so if they lose their eighth straight game tonight, and Arizona prevail in Arlington, we will be tied with them for second in the National League West. Unfortunately, the Dodgers won, and the Cubs have also taken the first of their double-header against the Cardinals this afternoon, so it wasn't unmitigated joy for the Diamondbacks since they last took the field. The best thing to do is, as ever, only worry about our own results.

I know someone who had a good off-day was lead-off man Pollock, who can now add "All-Star outfielder" to his resume. He has actually been pretty good for a while, this just happens to have been the first time that anyone has noticed. Since becoming a full-time player at the beginning of 2013, he has put up 11.1 bWAR, making A.J. more valuable - and in fewer games - than Bryce Harper, Justin Upton and Matt Holliday, It will be interesting to see if the Diamondbacks look to lock Pollock up for the long term going forward, as he will be eligible to go to arbitration for the first time after this season.

Meanwhile, in today's line-up we see the switch-hitting Saltalamacchia as DH. I imagine this is a case of trying to stack the line-up with as many left-handed bats as possible, and it's certainly the case that Salty hits much better, to the tune of 175 career OPS points, from that side of the plate. I always find it out watching the D-backs play in American League parks, with the lack of a pitcher hitting adjusting the whole mentality, both when we pitch and hit. In the NL, you can relax somewhat when there's a near-automatic out coming up, and it's a lot harder to score given only two outs rather than three. Instinct says to take the over on runs tonight!