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Spring Training Gameday Thread, #7: 2/28 vs. Rockies

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Souza in the house!

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Diamondbacks line-up

  1. David Peralta LF
  2. A.J. Pollock CF
  3. Paul Goldschmidt 1B
  4. Jake Lamb 3B
  5. Steven Souza RF
  6. Daniel Descalso 2B
  7. Christian Walker DH
  8. Nick Ahmed SS
  9. Jeff Mathis C
    + Patrick Corbin P

Seems a little odd not to see the team’s biggest off-season acquisition not appear until the seventh game of Cactus League play. Not quite clear why it has taken so long: the player appears to consider himself fully ready, Torey Lovullo saying on Monday, “At dinnertime last night, I got a text from Steven and he said, ‘I’m ready to go. Please, please, please put me in the lineup tomorrow.’ I told him that if he wanted to get his manager fired, that’s something I’d agree to. But under no circumstances are we going to come off the game plan that we have.” I haven’t seen an explanation of quite why playing Souza in the first week would have got Lovullo “fired”. Maybe I missed it. Seems odd, otherwise.

Anyway, he’ll still appear in a pre-season game quite some time before J.D. Martinez, who isn’t going to DH for the Boston Red Sox until sometime next week, it appears. Today, we also get our first look at the last likely member (health permitting, touch wood) of our Opening Day starting rotation, in Patrick Corbin. When last season ended, I’d probably have put the odds of him still being here at less than 50/50, but he has held on to his spot. With the departure of Anthony Banda, Corbin’s importance has likely grown, given the limited alternatives the team currently has. Worth noting though, his ERA+ of 119 was Corbin’s career-high, so I’m not sure how much more upside we can expect from the 28-year-old.