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Preview #110: Arizona Diamondbacks @ San Francisco Giants

Taijuan Walker starts, as the D-backs seek to get their fourth win in a row.

Atlanta Braves v Arizona Diamondbacks Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images

Today's Lineups

David Peralta - LF Denard Span - CF
A.J. Pollock - CF Ryder Jones - 1B
Jake Lamb - 3B Brandon Crawford - SS
Paul Goldschmidt - 1B Pablo Sandoval - 3B
J.D. Martinez - RF Jarrett Parker - LF
Daniel Descalso - 2B Hunter Pence - RF
Ketel Marte - SS Joe Panik - 2B
Jeff Mathis - C Nick Hundley - C
Taijuan Walker - RHP Chris Stratton - RHP

I’m sure Taijuan Walker will be warmly welcomed by the AT&T crowd tonight. They will remember his last start there, when he hit their megastar Buster Posey in the head, sending him to the concussion DL. [I’m somewhat surprised MLB didn’t instigate a rule change as a result...] Not helping matters: that the Giants have now placed Brandon Belt on the concussion DL, after he was hit in the head by Anthony Banda last night. They probably feel about the Diamondbacks, much the same way we feel about the Pirates. Though the Giants have hit more batters overall this year than they’ve been hit (33-28); the reverse is true for us (at 23-27, we’ve HBP’d the fewest in the NL).

The roster move does bring the return of the obese raccoon to San Francisco: Pablo Sandoval, whose disastrous five-year, $95 contract with Boston ended after just 161 appearances and -2.1 bWAR, making it among the worst of all time. The Red Sox dumped him in mid-July, still owing him about $50 million, the second most dead cash in baseball history. He re-signed with the Giants, and has been an extraordinarily well-paid minor leaguer (checks cut by Boston) from then until being called up. He’s a pale shadow (albeit a very large one) of the 6.1 bWAR player he was in 2011. Obligatory GIF is obligatory.

We also welcome back Ketel Marte as shortstop. This is probably a good thing. The D-backs fanbase does not appear impressed with the early returns from Adam Rosales, who has a 62 OPS with a 50% K-rate and -0.2 bWAR in three games. Meanwhile, Chris Herrmann is probably breathing a sigh of relief next to Rosales on the bench, in the belief there’s now an alternative scapegoat for the fanbase to malign on social media.