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Preview #129: Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Francisco Giants

Players’ Weekend gets under way at Chase Field. So you’d better have a scorecard!

Pic from @BigCountry1739, via Twitter

Today's Lineups

Denard Span - CF David Peralta - LF
Hunter Pence - RF Chris Iannetta - C
Jarrett Parker - LF A.J. Pollock - CF
Buster Posey - 1B Paul Goldschmidt - 1B
Brandon Crawford - SS J.D. Martinez - RF
Pablo Sandoval - 3B Brandon Drury - 2B
Nick Hundley - C Jake Lamb - 3B
Joe Panik - 2B Ketel Marte - SS
Ty Blach - LHP Zack Greinke - RHP

It promises to be a bit of a strange weekend, with players sporting nicknames on the back of their jerseys - except Zack Greinke, of course - as well as personalized “Thank you” patches on the shoulder. [Though, from what I’ve seen, they could have saved a great deal of time by simply pre-printing them with “Mom + Dad” on there, and letting players cross one out if appropriate] The loose approach to the term “uniform” doesn’t stop there, with players being allowed to design and wear pretty much whatever kind of cleats they want. Though the results appear to suggest that certain players should not be giving up their day job.

For example, in no way are these unicorn-vomit colored abominations screaming “Look at me!” They are not, I am pleased to report, the handiwork of any Diamondback. The carpet gives you a clue as to which team their owner apparently plays for. Yep, this is my unsurprised face. If I was MLB, this is the kind of thing which would have me seriously rethinking the limitations for next year. But, hey, maybe this is what all the kidz are craving these days. Whadda I know?

Elsewhere, I’m pleased to report that the Braves are beating up on the Rockies [currently 5-1 in the last of the fifth] so our ownership of the first wild-card spot looks hopefully secured for another night, before we even take the field. The Brewers get under way in Los Angeles against the Dodgers about half an hour after this game starts, so that’ll be your scoreboard watching for the evening.

It’ll be interesting to see how Zack Greinke does, throwing to someone who is not Jeff Mathis for the first time this season. Below, via @FoxSportsAZ is Torey Lovullo talking about how Chris Iannetta approached this thorny task, with the help of Jeff Mathis. It appears the team will be going with a 3-2 split going forward: Iannetta catching three of the starters, and Herrmann the other two. We’ll see how that works out. Hopefully, with a W!