|Jean Segura - 2B||Ezequiel Carrera - RF|
|Chris Herrmann - C||Devon Travis - DH|
|Paul Goldschmidt - 1B||Josh Donaldson - 3B|
|Jake Lamb - 3B||Edwin Encarnacion - 1B|
|Rickie Weeks - DH||Russell Martin - C|
|Yasmany Tomas - RF||Michael Saunders - LF|
|Peter O'Brien - LF||Troy Tulowitzki - SS|
|Nick Ahmed - SS||Kevin Pillar - CF|
|Michael Bourn - CF||Darwin Barney - 2B|
I do not typically second-guess Chip Hale. He has been playing this game since close to before I was born, and has not made a career out of baseball by being an idiot. But, I have to ask: why the hell is Rickie Weeks our designated hitter, when Yasmany Tomas and Peter O'Brien are playing the corner outfield? The point of having a DH is so that you can have a good hitter whose defense is poor. You practically find Tomas's and O'Brien's pictures in the dictionary next to the term. The only purpose of using Weeks as DH would be if you believe his corner outfield defense is worse than both of them. If that's truly the case, why is he on the roster?
Rant over. This is a rare event for the Diamondbacks, being only the fourth game in franchise history they have played against the Blue Jays in Toronto. Even after this series is finished, they will still have fewer games here than any other city in the current majors. [The next lowest would be the six in Baltimore; they've also played six against the White Sox in Chicago, though are obviously frequent visitors to the windy city] This actually the first time in SnakePit history we've seen Arizona play here, since the previous series was all the way back in 2004, when this site was not yet A Thing. We took two of three there, with the wins going to our two Randys, Messrs Choate and Johnson.
It's one of only two parks in the majors that uses artificial turf, the other being Tropicana Field in Tampa. Quite a change from at one point, when basically half the stadia were using it, during the (mercifully, killed) fad for multi-purpose venues. That's going to make fielding interesting - another reason why I'd have said we should be going with a better defensive outfield. It looks like the Blue Jays switched from turf for the basepaths and infield, at the beginning of this year. They're hoping to go all-grass in the future, and if the Rays get their new park, that would mark the end of the AstroTurf era. I don't think anyone will miss it.