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Preview, #48: Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Chicago White Sox

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This one is somewhat unusual in a number of ways. Day baseball and a Randall Delgado start, to begin with.

John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

Today's Lineups

CHICAGO WHITE SOX ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS
Yolmer Sanchez - 2B Gregor Blanco - CF
Melky Cabrera - LF Nick Ahmed - SS
Jose Abreu - 1B Paul Goldschmidt - 1B
Todd Frazier - 3B Chris Owings - RF
Avisail Garcia - RF Yasmany Tomas - LF
Tim Anderson - SS Brandon Drury - 2B
Leury Garcia - CF Jake Lamb - 3B
Kevan Smith - C Chris Iannetta - C
Jose Quintana - LHP Randall Delgado - RHP

Last year was the first season in his career that Randall Delgado did not start at least one game. During his time in Atlanta, as well as his first year with Arizona (2013) he was almost exclusively a starting pitcher. But early in 2014, he moved to the bullpen, and has been there for the vast majority of the time. He has made over 200 appearances since, and this will be just his sixth start. It has been quite a while since the last one, back in August of 2015. So it's hard to tell what we might expect this afternoon. But here's what happened in Delgado's last five outings as a starting pitcher [date links go to the box-score for the game]

Date Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR Pit Str
2014-04-04 COL L 2-12 GS-5, L 4 10 6 6 2 3 1 99 60
2014-04-10 SFG W 6-5 GS-4 3.1 6 3 3 3 0 0 72 41
2014-09-04 SDP W 5-1 GS-5, W 5 2 0 0 0 2 0 61 39
2014-09-11 SFG L 2-6 GS-4, L 4 7 3 3 2 3 0 80 50
2015-08-22 CIN W 11-7 GS-3 2.1 6 4 4 2 2 0 65 40

The third and fifth probably represent the high- and low-water marks for what we can expect. His pitch-count today will likely be around the 60-65 mark, considering his high this season is 52 pitches. It would be nice if he can use those efficiently, and get through five innings, but it's also possible that he could be done in the third, as his last start proved. I'm not sure who'll follow him: it was a bit of a surprise to see Archie Bradley,. the most obvious candidate for a "piggy-back" start come out and throw on both Monday and Tuesday nights, potentially making him unavailable. Andrew Chafin maybe? He hasn't pitched in a week, though his season-high is only 27 pitches.

The team doesn't appear to be slacking on the offensive front, with what's probably close to our best potential hitting line-up against a left-handed starter: Iannetta catching, Owings in right field and Peralta sitting. Lefties are, as has been previously noted, problematic for the D-backs this season, but victory here, and a sweep, would put the pressure on the rest of the division to keep up. Save for the Padres' ongoing suckage, the NL West standings have been virtually static over the last ten games. We, the Rockies and Giants have all gone 7-3, and the Dodgers are 6-4. The West now has three of the four best records in the league.