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Arizona Diamondbacks Game Preview, #96: Hale still at helm

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The Diamondbacks get out on the road, where they've played rather better. Will that help Hale hold on to his job?

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Archie Bradley
RHP, 3-5, 4.37
Dan Straily
LHP, 4-6, 4.07
Jean Segura - 2B Billy Hamilton - CF
Michael Bourn - CF Zack Cozart - SS
Paul Goldschmidt - 1B Joey Votto - 1B
Jake Lamb - 3B Jay Bruce - RF
Welington Castillo - C Adam Duvall - LF
Brandon Drury - LF Brandon Phillips - 2B
Yasmany Tomas - RF Eugenio Suarez - 3B
Nick Ahmed - SS Tucker Barnhart - C
Archie Bradley - RHP Dan Straily - RHP

And so, the latest rumblings of managerial deckchairs being re-arranged hover over this road-trip, after the team failed to win yet another home-stand. It's truly odd how the team has played decent enough on the road, but is utterly unable to win a game at Chase Field. As Clefo retweeted earlier this week:

Uh... Well done? Anyway, as Steve Gilbert noted, Tony La Russa is in Cooperstown for the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies this weekend, so it seems unlikely there will be a Chase Field re-enactment of The Purge in the immediate future. Changing skippers in the middle of a road-trip seems unlikely too, so we'll see how this one goes. With a couple of opponents in the first two cities, who are also struggling for wins, it's not impossible the team does well, and that could then lead to Hale receiving a further stay of execution. Probably needs to go at least 5-5, I would say, if things haven't already been decided.

I believe that Jody Jackson will be talking to Hale at the beginning of this afternoon's pre-game show from Great America Ball Park in Cincinnati, so be curious to see if that topic comes up. I suspect we may well hear the expected comments about "not listening to speculation" and "just getting on with the job." Can't be easy for anyone: I've been in positions where uncertainty has hovered overhead and it's never fun.

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