|CHICAGO WHITE SOX||ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS|
|Tim Anderson - SS||Reymond Fuentes - CF|
|Tyler Saladino - 2B||David Peralta - RF|
|Jose Abreu - 1B||Paul Goldschmidt - 1B|
|Todd Frazier - 3B||Jake Lamb - 3B|
|Melky Cabrera - LF||Yasmany Tomas - LF|
|Leury Garcia - CF||Brandon Drury - 2B|
|Willy Garcia - RF||Chris Herrmann - C|
|Kevan Smith - C||Nick Ahmed - SS|
|Dylan Covey - RHP||Patrick Corbin - LHP|
It would be very nice to win this one and take the series. Tomorrow is already feeling almost like the D-backs are punting it, with a bullpen start anchored by Randall Delgado - I would not be surprised to see a C-lineup out there for the day game as well. That will be a good deal more palatable if the series is already in the bag. Facing a rookie pitcher who has yet to win any of his seven starts, who has a 7.64 ERA and 21:16 K:BB ratio over that time suggests we should be able to get the job done. Key word, however = should. We've all seen cases where an apparently favorable pitching match-up has disintegrated into a welter of whiny GDT cliches about "junkballers".
Doesn't help that Corbin has not had a good month: he's still looking for his first quality start, having allowed 16 earned runs over his 16 innings of work. Half of those have come via the five long-balls he has allowed in May, so keeping the ball in the park tonight will prove a big help. While that's stating the obvious, it seems to have a particularly stark impact on Corbin's numbers this season. In the starts when Corbin doesn't allow a home-run, his ERA this season has been 1.10. When it's a single home-run, the ERA is 3.96. When he allows more than one, it's 10.80.
Fuentes batting lead-off. I think I've made my opinion on that fairly clear already. Prove me wrong, Rey.