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Preview #106: Arizona Diamondbacks @ Chicago Cubs

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Into Wrigley go the D-backs, for the first of three against the Cubs, who seem to have recovered their mojo.

Atlanta Braves v Arizona Diamondbacks Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images

Today's Lineups

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS CHICAGO CUBS
David Peralta - LF Ben Zobrist - RF
A.J. Pollock - CF Kris Bryant - 3B
Adam Rosales - SS Anthony Rizzo - 1B
Paul Goldschmidt - 1B Willson Contreras - C
J.D. Martinez - RF Albert Almora - CF
Brandon Drury - 3B Addison Russell - SS
Daniel Descalso - 2B Javier Baez - 2B
Jeff Mathis - C Ian Happ - LF
Patrick Corbin - LHP Jon Lester - LHP

I haven’t even looked, but I’m fairly sure Twitter has exploded over Torey Lovullo batting Adam Rosales third in the line-up. Me, I’ll wait and see what happens. It’ll be his debut as a Diamondbacks, and we could also see the major-league debut of Jack Reinheimer. Wonder when was the last time we saw two Arizona players making their first appearance for the team in the same game? I imagine it’s not unheard of on Opening Days, but beyond that?

Patrick Corbin has been really good of late. Hard to imagine there was a time, less than two months ago, when his position in the rotation was being seriously questioned. His ERA peaked at a high of 5.43 after his start on June 2 against the Marlins in Miami, but over nine appearances since then, it has been barely above three, and has been 2.81 over his most recent seven starts, with more than a strikeout per inning (45 in 41.2 innings).

He’ll need to be on his best, because the Cubs have been pretty good of late. After limping into the break two games below .500, they are 13-3 after it - that’s only half a game back of the Los Angeles Dodgers, for the best record in the second half. They’ve outscored the opposition by more than two runs per game (85-49), and have won all five series they’ve played. If the D-backs can end that streak, it will be a real feather in their hat.