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Preview, #6: Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Cleveland Indians

The second trip round the rotation begins this afternoon at Chase Field, as Jake Lamb gets his bobblehead. He's actually in the line-up too, which is not all that common...

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Today's Lineups

Carlos Santana - RF Chris Owings - SS
Francisco Lindor - SS David Peralta - RF
Michael Brantley - LF Paul Goldschmidt - 1B
Edwin Encarnacion - 1B Jake Lamb - 3B
Jose Ramirez - 2B Yasmany Tomas - LF
Yandy Diaz - 3B Brandon Drury - 2B
Tyler Naquin - CF Jeremy Hazelbaker - CF
Roberto Perez - C Jeff Mathis - C
Trevor Bauer - RHP Zack Greinke - RHP

Of last year's four bobbleheads, Paul Goldschmidt was the only one who was not on the disabled list at the time of the promotion, going 0-for-4 with a strikeout on July 2. We missed out on A.J. Pollock (Apr 23), Zack Greinke (Aug 6) and David Peralta (Sep 17). Similarly, in 2015, only Pollock got to play on his bobbleday, going 1-for-4 with a walk on July 18. However, there was only one other active player honored that year - Josh Collmenter, who was ignominiously yanked from the rotation a month after his bobblehead on May 9 - with the remaining three belonging to Randy Johnson, Tony La Russa and Hello Kitty.

2014 did see Martin Prado have one of the best bobbleday performance, on June 7, going 3-for-5) and Gerardo Parra appeared off the bench on May 17. However, the curse struck these players in a different way, both being dealt out of Arizona before the end of July that year. The two other player bobbleheads that season belonged to Patrick Corbin and Goldschmidt, both of whom missed their games due to injury. That means, of the last ten active Diamondbacks to receive a bobblehead, five were on the DL, two were traded shortly thereafter, and one lost his job, after being our Opening Day man there. Hopefully, Lamb will avoid all of these fates!

It's Greinke's second start: the first was... okay. Pitch count was far too high, especially in the early innings, and he'll need to do better, to deliver the first Arizona quality start. It's remarkable we've managed to go 4-1 without having a single QS, and it's probably not sustainable. However, averaging 6.8 runs per game is a reasonably good antidote! It would be nice to go with a pitching-driven victory for one. Perhaps with a home-run from Lamb off Trevor Bauer as garnish? It will be Bauer's second start against us: the last was back in August 2014, and he got a no-decision, despite throwing eight innings of two-run ball. Greinke's last start vs. CLE was even longer ago: August 2012.

Elsewhere in the line-up, A.J. Pollock gets his first day off of the year, with Hazelbaker making his debut start. Owings comes back, taking over from Nick Ahmed at short, and also batting leadoff for Arizona, while Mathis returns behind the plate for Chris Iannetta,