|Devon Travis - 2B||Jean Segura - 2B|
|Josh Donaldson - 3B||Michael Bourn - CF|
|Edwin Encarnacion - 1B||Paul Goldschmidt - 1B|
|Michael Saunders - LF||Jake Lamb - 3B|
|Russell Martin - C||Welington Castillo - C|
|Troy Tulowitzki - SS||Brandon Drury - LF|
|Kevin Pillar - CF||Yasmany Tomas - RF|
|Junior Lake - RF||Nick Ahmed - SS|
|Aaron Sanchez - RHP||Zack Godley - RHP|
You wait for ages to play the Blue Jays, and then two series show up at once. Well, kinda: we faced them in July up in Canada, and now get to see them again, and it's the first time we'll have gone up against Toronto twice in one season. In fact, by dinner-time tomorrow night, Arizona will have played as many series against them in the past month, as they did in the preceding twelve years. The two contests north of the border were split, the D-backs taking the first 4-2, then dropping the second 3-5, which was not a bad result on the road. Since then though, they've gone 12-8, but we've struggled to a 6-13 record.
Will be a bit of a different feel to the broadcast tonight, with Steve and Bob leaving the comfort of their usual TV booth. Not the first time that's happened, but previously, I think it has usually been to the pool area; tonight, however, they'll be broadcasting from the Home Run Porch in center field. Never been there: it feels like it might be a cool place from which to see a game, though you're a very long way from home plate. If I recall correctly, I think the seats did have TV sets, but it's been a while. I imagine, Messrs Berthiaume and Brenly won't be relying entirely on their eyes to describe tonight's game from out there!
But it isn't a bad idea; it'd be nice to see them explore some of the other areas of the ballpark. There might be technical difficulties with some spots, but they could probably do Friday's Front Row or the Draft Room without too much more in the way of issues. At one point, I had the idea of doing an extended series of game recaps, each from a different section of the ballpark, from up in the rafters to down in front, just to see how differently the game "played" from each spot. Maybe next year...