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Preview, #31: Arizona Diamondbacks @ Colorado Rockies

The top two teams in the NL West start off a key series at Coors Field.

Today's Lineups

A.J. Pollock - CF Charlie Blackmon - CF
David Peralta - RF DJ LeMahieu - 2B
Paul Goldschmidt - 1B Nolan Arenado - 3B
Jake Lamb - 3B Ian Desmond - LF
Yasmany Tomas - LF Mark Reynolds - 1B
Brandon Drury - 2B Gerardo Parra - RF
Chris Owings - SS Trevor Story - SS
Jeff Mathis - C Dustin Garneau - C
Zack Greinke - RHP German Marquez - RHP

Good to see Peralta back in the line-up - could particularly use his bat against a right-handed pitcher in Marquez. Lamb and Drury in there too, so hopefully all the sickness which has been plaguing our house over the past few days is now behind us. If not: then go cough on Dinger, please. The two starting pitchers here both appeared in the series between the teams at Chase Field, but in different games. Neither man got a decision, which was particularly tough on Marquez, who shutout the D-backs for six innings, in the game which would eventually go 13 innings before Daniel Descalso's walk-off winner.

Arizona have reached double-digits in hits their last 11 games at Coors Field, which is tied for the longest streak by any visiting club in the park's history [the Astros did it, from 2011-15]. It is also the longest such streak in history for the D-backs at any road ballpark, and sits fourth among streaks by visiting teams, playing in currently active stadia. The record there is the 18-game run of double-digits hits, the Cardinals managed at PNC Park from May 25, 2002-June 1, 2004. But we have to start a new streak of double-digit K's, because our MLB-record run there ended yesterday, when our pitchers could muster only a paltry four strikeouts, in the series finale in Washington.

Greinke may be the man to get a new streak started, as over his last three starts, he has a K:BB ratio of 26:3 in his 20 innings of work. Hopefully he'll do a better job of keeping the ball in the park, as he allowed three home-runs the last time the Rockies saw him. Though it was still a quality start, as that was all the damage Greinke gave up - again, demonstrating the value of not walking people. So far, Zack has not allowed a home-run with anyone on base this season: going back to last year, eight of the last nine home-runs given up were solo shots. The last non-solo HR allowed by Greinke to a Rockies batter, was a three-run shot to Trevor Story on Opening Day. But better allow none at all!