|ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS||LOS ANGELES DODGERS|
|David Peralta - LF||Chris Taylor - CF|
|Ketel Marte - 2B||Corey Seager - SS|
|Paul Goldschmidt - 1B||Matt Kemp - LF|
|A.J. Pollock - CF||Cody Bellinger - 1B|
|Daniel Descalso - 3B||Yasiel Puig - RF|
|Chris Owings - RF||Austin Barnes - C|
|Nick Ahmed - SS||Chase Utley - 2B|
|Jeff Mathis - C||Enrique Hernandez - 3B|
|Zack Godley - RHP||Clayton Kershaw - LHP|
At least there will be baseball played in Los Angeles this afternoon. There are already four games postponed today due to inclement weather, which I seem to recall someone claiming was a record for a single day. The best solution, I feel, would be to contract the teams involved, because they clearly aren’t taking their responsibilities seriously. I’ll miss the Twins, but I think getting rid of the Tigers, Indians and Cubs, and opening up those franchises to other places would only improved baseball. In fact, if we could perhaps extend that, and contract Detroit, Cleveland and Chicago, it might be for the best for everyone concerned. As long as they don’t move to Arizona, of course...
So, it’s a house money game this afternoon for the Diamondbacks. We’d all have been very happy to have taken two of three in Los Angeles, before the series started, and that’s the position we find ourselves in this afternoon. Poor Clayton Kersh... I‘m sorry, I mean @poor Clayton Kershaw@ finds himself with a record of 0-2, despite having allowed a total of four runs over his first three appearances. Mind you, he’s not even the unluckiest pitcher in the majors right now: that’s Dylan Bundy of the Orioles, who is winless with an even better 1.35 ERA in his three starts. Here’s to it continuing for Kershaw. Be nice if he matched A.J. Burnett who was 0-1 in his first five for the 2014 Pirates, despite a 1.45 ERA.
It won’t be easy for the D-backs, but Zack Godley has been really good in his first two starts, giving up one earned run in 14 innings, with a K:BB ratio of 12:1. If he keeps that one up, this will likely be a real pitcher’s duel in Chavez Ravine this afternoon. Though I am wondering what weirdness this one will have in store for us. The first two games have had no shortage of bizarre incidents and other talking points, with obscure rules needing to be invoked, weird bounces and other unusual plays. It would, however, suck if one of those proved to be the deciding factor - as opposed to last night, where they were more of a quirky footnote. We don’t want to give the Dodgers any excuses for a sweep...