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Preview, #35: Arizona Diamondbacks vs Detroit Tigers

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We won’t win this series. But can we avoid at least losing our fourth in a row?

Today's Lineups

DETROIT TIGERS ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS
Andrew Romine - 2B A.J. Pollock - CF
Tyler Collins - CF Chris Owings - RF
Miguel Cabrera - 1B Paul Goldschmidt - 1B
Nick Castellanos - 3B Jake Lamb - 3B
Justin Upton - LF Yasmany Tomas - LF
Jim Adduci - RF Brandon Drury - 2B
James McCann - C Chris Iannetta - C
Jose Iglesias - SS Nick Ahmed - SS
Matt Boyd - LHP Zack Godley - RHP

Godley comes back up for his start - we'll see whether he's still on the roster tomorrow, or if the team intends to keep tandeming him and Braden Shipley, in order to have an extra bullpen arm the rest of the time. To make room for Godley today, the team put T.J. McFarland on the 10-day DL, due to a "contusion" on his ankle, suffered when he took a line-drive off it during last night's game. We'll need this fifth starter spot on Monday, for the opener of the series against the Mets: while I can see the benefit of having an extra arm, you have to think this constant up and down has to be wearing on Godley.

Whether he stays may depend on the results tonight, especially after Shipley's debut was such a disappointment. Godley's was a little short, at five innings, but he threw only 87 pitches, so could perhaps have gone deeper into the game if necessary. The two runs allowed was solid enough, even allowing for facing a AA-lineup like the Padres - it was in Chase Field, after all, rather than Petco. He struck out six batters, which was a rate Zack reached in only one of his starts last year, his July 19 one against the Blue Jays, where he fanned seven in five innings. Encouraging? Yes, but as I said - it was the Padres.

David Peralta gets to sit this one out, with Owings playing right, and a middle infield of Drury and Ahmed. It's perhaps a bit early in the season to call this a "must-win" game, but having lost five of the last six, this is becoming the biggest skid of the 2017 campaign for the Diamondbacks. If the season ended today, they've now dropped out of a playoff spot, being one-half game behind the Reds for the second wild card slot [amusingly, the Cubs would also miss out!]. Their playoff odds, per Fangraphs, have also been on the slide, and are barely more than one in four, at 28.7%. Ray couldn't step up when we needed him. Will Zack be able to do so instead?