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Game #120 Preview: 8/20, Arizona Diamondbacks @ Cincinatti Reds

The series in Cincinnati opens tonight. Expect lots of "Lamb to the slaughter" puns if we beat up the Reds' starter!

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Patrick Corbin
LHP, 3-3, 3.43
John Lamb
LHP, 0-1, 7.50
Ender Inciarte - LF Jason Bourgeois - CF
A.J. Pollock - CF Eugenio Suarez - SS
Paul Goldschmidt - 1B Joey Votto - 1B
Welington Castillo - C Todd Frazier - 3B
Aaron Hill - 3B Jay Bruce - RF
Yasmany Tomas - RF Ivan De Jesus - 2B
Chris Owings - 2B Skip Schumaker - LF
Nick Ahmed - SS Tucker Barnhart - C
Patrick Corbin - LHP John Lamb - LHP

Another left-handed opposing starter for the D-backs to deal with; unfortunately, this does mean we are robbed of a potential Lamb vs, Lamb match-up! Southpaws have definitely given the Diamondbacks their fair share of problems this season. Indeed, our record against them is now 12-17, second worst in the National League [worst of all are the Colorado Rockies, who are an astonishingly bad 5-20 vs when going up against a left-handed starter this season. If it wasn't for these pesky lefties, we'd be above .500, as the D-backs have a record of 46-44 when a right-handed starter takes the mound against us.

So far, this road-trip has been as tough as expected, dropping the series both in Atlanta and Pittsburgh. We now need to take three out of four here to go back to Phoenix on Sunday with an even record for the 10 games, and if that's to happen, a win tonight becomes almost essential. There was a time when Lamb was among the top 20 prospects in all baseball, but safe to say, his stock has fallen since, including Tommy John surgery, though he is 10-2 with a 2.67 ERA in his Triple-A starts this season, for the Royals' and Reds' affiliates. He was part of Cincinnati's haul when they traded Johnny Cueto, so we'll see what he brings to the mound tonight.