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Arizona Diamondbacks Game Preview, #28: Gone Fishin'

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Thank heavens the Diamondbacks are out of Arizona.

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Patrick Corbin
RHP, 1-3, 4.88
Justin Nicolino
RHP, 1-0, 0.00
Phil Gosselin - 2B J.T. Realmuto - C
Brandon Drury - 3B Martin Prado - 3B
Paul Goldschmidt - 1B Christian Yelich - LF
Rickie Weeks - LF Giancarlo Stanton - RF
Yasmany Tomas - RF Marcell Ozuna - CF
Welington Castillo - C Chris Johnson - 1B
Chris Owings - CF Adeiny Hechavarria - SS
Nick Ahmed - SS Miguel Rojas - 2B
Patrick Corbin - LHP Justin Nicolino - LHP

As Jody Jackson noted on Twitter, "How many catchers bat leadoff?" The answer? Not very many. This is, in fact, the first major-league catcher to bat lead-off this year. Obviously, it's due to the absence of Dee Gordon, who had started 20 of the first 21 games in the #1 spot, and also Ichiro, who had hit there for three of the four other Marlins' contests. It didn't happen a lot last year either: only six times, with Jonathan Lucroy doing it twice for the Brewers and Derrek Norris of the Padres leading the league with four games batting leadoff. The last catchers with as many as double-figure games were John Jaso and Russell Martin, for the 2010 Rays and Dodgers respectively.

The Diamondbacks have historically, done well against the Marlins. Their W% of .574 is the highest against any current National League team, and Arizona has a winning record both at home and on the road. Last season, the D-backs were 5-2, and that included a four-game sweep on the road - though three of those four wins went to the bullpen. Emilio Burgos picked up two saves in that series, which I'd quite forgotten about, before Brad Ziegler nailed down his first of the year in the finale. I think we could all do with another sweep in this series, after having endured a brutal home-stand that ended with a sweep at the hands of the Rockies.

No Segura or Lamb in the line-up. Lamb was out of the weekend with a sore shoulder, according to Nick Piecoro - feels fine now, but there's a left-hander on the mound, so you know what that means. No Jean Segura either, whom Nick says has a hip issue that is "Not considered serious," and could return to the line-up tomorrow. David Peralta is also sitting this one out, with Weeks instead getting his second start of the season in left. If you're listening to this one on the radio, you will need to adjust your dial (kids, ask your parents!), as this one will be on the Modulation of the Amplitude band, on ESPN Phoenix 620. Same goes for them all until the weekend. Don't say you weren't warned!