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Preview #103: Arizona Diamondbacks @ St. Louis Cardinals

We now return to your regularly-scheduled previews.

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at Cincinnati Reds Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Today's Lineups

David Peralta - LF Matt Carpenter - 2B
A.J. Pollock - CF Tommy Pham - LF
Jake Lamb - 3B Paul DeJong - SS
Paul Goldschmidt - 1B Jedd Gyorko - 3B
J.D. Martinez - RF Yadier Molina - C
Chris Owings - SS Randal Grichuk - RF
Brandon Drury - 2B Luke Voit - 1B
Chris Herrmann - C Harrison Bader - CF
Robbie Ray - LHP Michael Wacha - RHP

A good day for the D-backs yesterday, with the team winning, and the Brewers - now the nearest non-wild card team - getting hammered, giving us a six-game cushion over them. The Rockies didn’t play, and won’t be playing today either, with their contest against the Nationals in Washington already having been postponed. So a win for the D-backs today would give us a two-game edge over Colorado for the first wild-card spot. That would be as big as it has been at any point since before the All-Star break. It would also drop the Cardinals ten games back of the Diamondbacks, and with fewer than 60 games left, I think that all but ends them as a threat.

The overall season stats would seems to give Arizona the edge, but Robbie Ray has been showing signs of mortality lately. His last couple of starts have clearly not resulted in the stellar K:BB numbers we saw, during his uber-streak in May and June. Over 11 innings in Cincinnati and against Washington, he had a K:BB ratio of 8:5, which is more like the Ray of Unfulfilled Potential we saw in 2016. I’d like him to get back to posting the double-digit strikeout tallies, which powered the streak. If he does that, I think our offense can get it done, though Michael Wacha is a solid pitcher.

We will have to do it without Jake Lamb. This isn’t a Lovullo holiday, but Jake is a little sore from his crash into the stands last night. He should be back in there tomorrow. Better safe than sorry, I think. To steal a post from Reddit:

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