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Spring Training Gameday Thread, #13: 3/6 vs. Angels

Zack Godley seeks to build on an impressive first couple of outings.

MLB: NLDS-Arizona Diamondbacks at Los Angeles Dodgers Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Diamondbacks line-up

  1. David Peralta LF
  2. A.J. Pollock CF
  3. Paul Goldschmidt 1B
  4. Jake Lamb 3B
  5. Yasmany Tomas RF
  6. Alex Avila DH
  7. Daniel Descalso 2B
  8. Nick Ahmed SS
  9. Jeff Mathis C
    + Zack Godley P

TIL about the Gordie Howe hat trick. It’s an ice-hockey variation on the hat-trick, wherein a player scores a goal, records an assist, and gets in a fight all in one game. It is named after Gordie Howe, well known for his skill at both scoring and fighting. Nothing to do with baseball, but it’s kinda interesting. Anyway, Godley has looked not bad so far, tossing 4.2 scoreless innings on three hits, keeping opposing batters to a .188 average. The main area of doubt is a K:BB ratio in that time of only 4:3, so that’s something to keep an eye on this afternoon.

Of particular interest today will be seeing the Angels’ two-way phenom, Shohei Ohtani, who is in their line-up as the DH today. His spring performances have been a bit underwhelming: his sole game on the mound saw him allow a run on two hits (one a homer) and a walk, in 1.1 innings of walk. At the plate, he’s only 1-for-7, but has drawn a couple of walks and only struck out once. Not exactly the second coming of Babe Ruth we were promised... This one is on Fox Sports Arizona, so you’ll get a chance to see what all the fuss is about.