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Arizona Diamondbacks Game Preview, #46: Bourn free

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A chance to win the series on the road, with our ace on the mound. But will the offense show up before the ninth?

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Zack Greinke
RHP, 4-3, 5.08
Jaime Garcia
LHP, 3-3, 2.86
Jean Segura - 2B Matt Carpenter - 3B
Michael Bourn - RF Aledmys Diaz - SS
Paul Goldschmidt - 1B Stephen Piscotty - RF
Welington Castillo - C Matt Adams - 1B
Yasmany Tomas - LF Yadier Molina - C
Brandon Drury - 3B Brandon Moss - LF
Chris Owings - CF Randal Grichuk - CF
Zack Greinke - RHP Kolten Wong - 2B
Nick Ahmed - SS Jaime Garcia - LHP

The Cardinals appear to have adopted a good attack plan against the Diamondbacks pitching so far. In six games played against St. Louis so far, they have averaged 6.5 runs per game, But then, the same can be said for the entire NL Central division. All told, Arizona has 13 games against teams from there in 2016, and conceded 87 runs. The contests against the Pirates have been particular slugfests: three games, with a total of 45 runs scored; we were responsible for most (24) of them, but went 1-2. The Cardinals' games have also mostly been heavily offensive, with 72 runs scored in six, so I'd be taking the over on total runs today, which is only seven.

That may be the result of both teams have their "aces" on the mound, though Garcia's is more performance-based, being the only regular starter for either side with an ERA below 3.50, as we head into the final week of May. Greinke has certainly been better this month, but only relatively.. An ERA of 4.26 is an improvement over the 5.50 he gave the Diamondbacks in April, but still has to be considered a massive disappointment, considering that his highest monthly ERA in 2015 was 2.45. We just have not seen much of that Zack Greinke. Four of his nine starts so far have led to him allowing four earned runs or more; he only had two such outings all last season.

Bit of an odd outfield configuration for the D-backs, with Owings preferred over Bourn for center-field? I mean, it's not as if Bourn is a two-time Gold Glover in the outfield or anything. Okay, that was back a few years, but you'd still think he'd be a better fit for a tough defensive position than a man who has 33 professional start in center. I presume it's born of a desire to want CO's bat in the line-up, without jerking him around defensively, especially as he's trying to settle into a new position. We'll see how it works out. Fingers crossed for the win, which would give the D-backs another series victory on the road.