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Arizona Diamondbacks Game Preview, #139: A farewell to Vin

Tonight will be the last time Vin Scully will commentate on a Diamondbacks game.

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Robbie Ray
LHP, 7-12, 4.46
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Brock Stewart
RHP, 0-2, 7.94
Jean Segura - 2B Howie Kendrick - LF
Chris Owings - SS Enrique Hernandez - CF
A.J. Pollock - CF Corey Seager - SS
Paul Goldschmidt - 1B Justin Turner - 3B
Jake Lamb - 3B Yasiel Puig - RF
Welington Castillo - C Carlos Ruiz - C
Yasmany Tomas - RF Rob Segedin - 1B
Socrates Brito - LF Charlie Culberson - 2B
Robbie Ray - LHP Brock Stewart - RHP

There's no denying, Vin Scully is an utter legend. It's hard to come up with any commentary which has not already been done to death, so let's just say, this is his sixty-eighth season of commentating on Dodgers game. Sixty-eighth. Put another way, my father was 14 when Scully called his first contest. Hell, for the first eight years, the Dodgers were located in Brooklyn, not Los Angeles. By the point I moved out to Arizona, he was already a superstar, having been a commentator for more than fifty years. That's more than an entire working career for most people, and is why Scully is an icon. Has there ever been a more renowned broadcaster? Harry Carey? Maybe?

To mark the occasion and honor the man, Fox Sports Arizona will be broadcasting the Dodgers' feed of the game in the top of the second inning. That has to be worth a listen, even for me, who (whisper it) would prefer Scully in a color role, similar to the one occupied by the late, great (and Scully broadcast colleague), Joe Garagiola Sr. To be honest, you could make the case Scully stayed on past his best, as shown by his permanent mispronouncements of certain player's names. But he's hardly alone there. And, dammit, if Vin Scully calls you "Colin Cogwell", you might as well just go ahead and change your name to that. It's the best solution for everyone.

As for the game, the Diamondbacks will try to avoid a sweep in Los Angeles, and turn to Ray for that purpose. His last outing was going very well, until suddenly it wasn't any more - not unlike Zack Greinke's in the opener, perhaps. Ray has still been our best starter in the second half, with an ERA more than a run better than the next-best since the break (Braden Shipley). His K-rate remains great, but as we saw in Colorado - and, indeed, also with Greinke on Labor Day - that doesn't always translate directly into a great outing.