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Arizona Diamondbacks Game Preview, #34: Coors Fright?

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Will the series against the Rockies in Denver, go any better than the two already in the books against them at Chase Field?

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Archie Bradley
RHP, 0-0, 10.38
Tyler Chatwood
RHP, 4-2, 2.15
Jean Segura - 2B Charlie Blackmon - CF
Brandon Drury - LF Trevor Story - SS
Paul Goldschmidt - 1B Carlos Gonzalez - RF
Jake Lamb - 3B Nolan Arenado - 3B
Welington Castillo - C Gerardo Parra - LF
Chris Herrmann - RF Mark Reynolds - 1B
Chris Owings - CF DJ LeMahieu - 2B
Nick Ahmed - SS Tony Wolters - C
Archie Bradley - RHP Tyler Chatwood - RHP

Yes, that's correct. Chris Herrmann will be starting in right-field for the Diamondbacks tonight, as Chip Hale seeks to keep his hot hand in the line-up, while also dealing with health issues for both David Peralta (arm) and Yasmany Tomas (neck). This isn't as much of a stretch as it might seem: in 2014, while with Minnesota, all 15 games that Herrmann started were in the outfield, with six coming in right and nine in left. All told, 31 of his 98 career starts have been in the outfield, so he will actually be the most experienced of our trio out there this evening - considering the other two are Owings (24 career OF starts) and Drury (11).

Bradley will make his second start, and we'll be hoping it goes better than his first, where he was tagged for five earned runs in 4.1 innings. That came in, supposedly, a far more pitcher-friendly environment, at AT&T Park - the logic appears to be that the Coors Field conditions will be a better match for his regular stomping ground with the Reno Aces. Bradley has pitched very well at Triple-A this year, posting an ERA of 2.45 over his five starts, striking out 34 in just 25.2 innings of work. It helps he hasn't allowed a home-run there yet. If he can avoid the K:BB ratio of 2:4 he provided in his first MLB outing, that will also be an m.

The Rockies have certainly manhandled the Diamondbacks this year. We are 1-5, and have been outscored by 24-40 margin. It would be nice to sweep Colorado, the way they swept us back in Arizona, and that would allow us to return to Chase Field with our record back at .500. But I'd settle for taking two of three here in Denver, to end the road-trip with a winning record. Getting the first win under our belts tonight would be a very significant step forward toward that goal, and seeing a good outing from Bradley, another