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Preview #109: Arizona Diamondbacks @ San Francisco Giants

Washington Nationals v Arizona Diamondbacks Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images

Today's Lineups

David Peralta - LF Denard Span - CF
Chris Iannetta - C Kelby Tomlinson - 2B
A.J. Pollock - CF Brandon Belt - 1B
Paul Goldschmidt - 1B Buster Posey - C
J.D. Martinez - RF Hunter Pence - RF
Adam Rosales - SS Brandon Crawford - SS
Jake Lamb - 3B Gorkys Hernandez - LF
Brandon Drury - 2B Ryder Jones - 3B
Anthony Banda - LHP Madison Bumgarner - LHP

Anthony Banda makes his second major-league start, and will likely seek to build on the lessons learned last time. Particularly in the sixth inning: up until then, the only problem had been a first-inning home-run to Bryce Harper, and he’s unlikely to be a threat tonight [unless there’s a really amazing revocable waiver wire trade for the ages]. That sixth saw three consecutive extra-base hits off Banda, so whether it was a question of fatigue - though his pitch-count was reasonable enough - or not making sufficient adjustments when hitters saw him for a third time, it’s something to keep an eye on this evening.

That said, both the environment and the opposition should work in Banda’s favor tonight. The Nationals have scored more runs than anyone else in the league, while the Giants are 14th (ahead only of the Padres, naturally), averaging 1.47 runs per game fewer. And all batters in AT&T Park have a line of .251/.309/.376, a .685 OPS that’s the lowest of any stadium in the majors this season, by 35 points. Of course, part of that is facing the Giants, but their own pitchers have a 3.86 ERA which is respectable. There have been only 75 home-runs hit at the park this year; 19 fewer than the 29th-ranked venue, which works out at less than one every 50 at-bats.

No Ketel Marte as yet, even though he was added to the roster again today. Rosales gets the start at short, though I imagine it won’t be long before he drops back into a super-utility role. Chris Iannetta batting second for the D-backs again: small sample size, but it has worked so far. Iannetta is 5-for-10 with four doubles and a home-run out of the #2 spot. And Jake Lamb getting back to back starts against a left-handed starter? What kind of sorcery is that? We’ll see whether Lovullo can weave his spell again tonight.