|LOS ANGELES DODGERS||ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS|
|Chris Taylor - SS||Chris Owings - LF|
|Enrique Hernandez - 2B||Nick Ahmed - SS|
|Matt Kemp - RF||Paul Goldschmidt - 1B|
|Cody Bellinger - 1B||A.J. Pollock - CF|
|Austin Barnes - C||Steven Souza - RF|
|Kyle Farmer - 3B||Ketel Marte - 2B|
|Alex Verdugo - LF||Deven Marrero - 3B|
|Tim Locastro - CF||Jeff Mathis - C|
|Alex Wood - LHP||Patrick Corbin - LHP|
Steven Souza is back, as you can tell from the above line-up. He has been added to the roster, at the expensive of Christian Walker, who has been optioned back to Reno for now. Souza is right in to the 5th spot, behind Pollock. Meanwhile, it looks like Kris Medlen is going to be the Diamondbacks’ starter tomorrow, in place of Robbie Ray. While there has been no official announcement to this point. Medlen does appear to have a locker at Chase Field. So it seems likely he’ll be making the start (unless there’s some cunning swerve involving another pitcher). He’ll be getting eased gently into the swing of things, with his 2018 debut coming against the reigning World Series champions.
To my dismay, today’s game will again only be available on Facebook. No clue at this point as to whether it’ll be the same commentating team as last time, but since I won’t be watching it, doesn’t matter to me. As long as the result is the same as the last time the Diamondbacks were on Facebook - when they crushed the Phillies - I’ll be fine with that. On the plus side, my productivity will be higher today than for the typical Arizona day game. :) Dueling left-handers today: Patrick Corbin’s next start will also be against the Dodgers - next Tuesday or Wednesday, depending on how they opt to handle the off-day. Hopefully, they’ll both go as well as his last outing, when he one-hit them over 7.1 shutout innings.
Alex Wood was the opposing starter that day as well, and pitched reasonably enough, being tagged for three runs over six innings, on six hits with five strikeouts. But he took the L, and is still looking for his first W, being 0-3 with a 4.11 ERA over five starts. Got to feel Arizona are the favorites in this one. If Corbin pitches as well as he has in his other starts, they would seem to have a good chance of getting to within one of the all-time MLB record for series wins at the start of a season. A perfect 10 has a nice ring to it, especially before the toughest test of the year so far, over the weekend against those Astros.