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Preview #56: 6/1 vs. Marlins

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The 8th Annual New York Culinary Experience Presented By New York Magazine And The International Culinary Center - Day 2 Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for the New York Culinary Experience

Today's Lineups

MIAMI MARLINS ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS
Starlin Castro - 2B Daniel Descalso - 2B
J.T. Realmuto - C Paul Goldschmidt - 1B
Justin Bour - 1B Jake Lamb - 3B
Brian Anderson - RF John Ryan Murphy - C
Derek Dietrich - LF David Peralta - LF
Miguel Rojas - 3B Ketel Marte - SS
JT Riddle - SS Chris Owings - RF
Lewis Brinson - CF Jarrod Dyson - CF
Elieser Hernandez - RHP Clay Buchholz - RHP

New month, new Diamondbacks. At least, we’ll be hoping that’s the case, after a May we’ll certainly want to forget. Manager Torey Lovullo has certainly rung the changes with the line-up putting Daniel Descalso on top for the second time this season. The first time, on May 1, he went 2-for-4 with a crucial pair of RBI in a 4-3 win over the Dodgers. He has probably been the most nomadic D-back in the order, already starting one or more games at every position from first to seventh. The only position-player spot Daniel has missed is 8th - which is ironic, since that’s the batting order position at which he has started more often than anywhere else over his career as a whole. Just not this season...

Clay Buchholz will continue his single-handed mission to prove that BABIP is a lie this evening. Through his first couple of starts and 11 innings pitching for Arizona, he has faced 38 batters: five have struck out, one has walked and two have homered. The other thirty have all put the ball in play, but that has resulted in just two hits, for a spectacularly low BABIP of just .067. To call that “likely unsustainable” is an insult to unsustainable things, given that league average this year is .294. Those 11 innings are in the bank, but he needs to start striking out a few more people, or regression is going to chain Clay up and send him to live in a kennel before long.

We welcome the return tonight of Turambar to beercappage, after wisely choosing to find other things to do in the second half of May. Actually, the SnakePit Health Insurance Program (a.k.a. SnakePitCare) invoked an exclusion clause barring beercaps, as a result of the feeble team performance. However, between a series win against the Reds, and the low quality of the incoming opposition, they’ve chosen to lift the ban. But we will be conducting regular wellness checks on Turambar tonight, should the game go south. Here’s to Descalso and John Ryan Murphy - of course, we all knew those would be the guys on the active roster with the best OPS on June 1 - helping him avoid alcohol poisoning!