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Preview #71: 6/17 vs. Mets

Happy Father’s Day!

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Today's Lineups

Brandon Nimmo - LF Jon Jay - RF
Asdrubal Cabrera - 2B Paul Goldschmidt - 1B
Michael Conforto - CF Jake Lamb - 3B
Todd Frazier - 3B David Peralta - LF
Jay Bruce - RF Daniel Descalso - 2B
Dominic Smith - 1B Ketel Marte - SS
Kevin Plawecki - C Alex Avila - C
Jose Reyes - SS Jarrod Dyson - CF
Zack Wheeler - RHP Clay Buchholz - RHP

The Diamondbacks have won four straight Father’s Day games, though they are 8-12 overall for the day. I’m kinda wishing we’d gone to the game today rather than yesterday: as well as the spiffy shirt which is the giveway, there are also a number of “today only” concession items which I’d not mind trying out. Details are as follows:

  • Apple Pie Chimichanga - A slice of apple pie stuffed inside of a flour tortilla, fried crisp and rolled in cinnamon sugar and topped with chocolate sauce, caramel sauce and whipped cream.… will be available at Sizzle & Cheese at section 105
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  • Sausage & Pepper Nachos (top) - Garlic-parmesan flatbread chips topped with Italian sausage, onions, bell peppers, marinara, Monterrey Jack and mozzarella cheese sauce… will be available at Red Hot Grill at section 118 and A-Zona Street Tacos
  • Bacon Beer Cheese Burger - Ground chuck burger, beer cheese, bacon, onion rings and barbecue sauce on a toasted pretzel roll… will be available at Sizzle & Cheese at section 105 and Burger Burger
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  • Sausage & Shrimp Po’ boy - Hillshire Farm andouille rope sausage, lettuce, tomato, beer-battered shrimp and remoulade on a toasted roll … will be available at Gonzo’s Grill
  • Lemon Shandy- Light Lager, fresh squeezed lemonade, lemon wheel garnish… will be available at each Father ’s Day food location

On the other hand... Probably best for my health that I don’t indulge, since there are at least three of those which would be tempting. Hopefully, some of them might become regular items on the menu.

More importantly, the Diamondbacks go for the series win over the Mets. The sweep, and with it the season series, exited the building last night, as neither the D-backs’ starting pitching nor hitting was up to much, and improvements in both departments will be necessary today. Clay Buchholz takes the mound for Arizona, and if he keeps this going, it might become a toss-up as to whether he or Daniel Descalso is the team’s unsung hero this year. After a couple of disastrous attempts to find a fifth starter in Kris Medlen and #NotKrisMedlen, Buchholz has stabilized the position, with a 3.21 ERA over five outings, and left the D-backs with an interesting dilemma:

However, it’s not as if there obvious open slots in the bullpen for Shelby Miller to occupy either, especially with room also needed for Randall Delgado. Delgado is due to thrown in Reno today, and I have to presume his re-activation is likely only a couple of days away. That alone will need an interesting decision. There was a good piece in The Athletic, where Mike Hazen discussed balancing depth and talent. “Early in the season, April and May, (maintaining depth) probably takes more of the priority,” Hazen said. “As you move into the season, the latter half of June and July, it’s still important. But it probably becomes a little less so.” The likes of Fernando Salas and Rubby De La Rosa could be casualties.