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Preview #115: Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Chicago Cubs

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It’s 90’s night at Chase Field.

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at San Francisco Giants Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

Today's Lineups

CHICAGO CUBS ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS
Jon Jay - CF David Peralta - LF
Kris Bryant - 3B A.J. Pollock - CF
Anthony Rizzo - 1B Jake Lamb - 3B
Ben Zobrist - 2B Paul Goldschmidt - 1B
Kyle Schwarber - LF J.D. Martinez - RF
Alex Avila - C Daniel Descalso - 2B
Jason Heyward - RF Ketel Marte - SS
Javier Baez - SS Chris Herrmann - C
John Lackey - RHP Taijuan Walker - RHP

This means there’s a concert after the game featuring Sugar Ray. I’m not sure what he’ll be performing. I am not certain I could actually name any Sugar Ray songs, if I was tied up and threatened with a blowtorch. But then, in my defense, I don’t think they were particularly big in Britain, which is where I was living for the entirety of the decade. It’s kinda weird to find the Diamondbacks have a nostalgia-themed evening for the nineties. I mean, didn’t they just finish a couple of years ago? I mean, I’m still in my thirties, amn’t I?

Key series this weekend, between a pair of teams who have spent the last week scuffling, and looking a bit nervously around them, to see exactly how secure their playoff spots are. The Cubs are probably a bit more desperate than the D-backs, who still have a relatively solid cushion. The Cubs find themselves only three games up on the FOURTH-placed NL Central, which is suddenly looking like it could end up being the most competitive division. As long as they end up slitting each other’s throats, the D-backs will not mind.

Taking care of their own business will certainly do no harm though, as will Taijuan Walker ending his winless streak, which now sits at seven games. It was set fair to end last start, as he held a 4-0 lead over the Giants in the bottom of the seventh inning at AT&T Park. But poor pitching - some of it his, some of it not - ended up costing the D-backs the night. We’ll be hoping for a better result this evening, but I’m sure Wwalker will not be counting his W-shaped chickens until the 27th out has been recorded.