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Preview #84: 7/1 vs. Giants

Arizona tries to avoid the sweep, behind Zack Godley, and a fifth loss in six games to San Francisco.

Arizona Diamondbacks v Miami Marlins Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images

Today's Lineups

Gorkys Hernandez - CF Jarrod Dyson - CF
Brandon Belt - 1B Nick Ahmed - SS
Andrew McCutchen - RF Paul Goldschmidt - 1B
Brandon Crawford - SS Christian Walker - LF
Nick Hundley - C David Peralta - RF
Pablo Sandoval - 3B John Ryan Murphy - C
Austin Slater - LF Jake Lamb - 3B
Joe Panik - 2B Chris Owings - 2B
Derek Holland - LHP Zack Godley - RHP

Somehow, Zack Godley is 4-0 in his last four starts for the D-backs, with an ERA of 3.05. If you’ve watched those starts, you’ll understand how that seems impossible, with Godley having to battle his way through what seems like a constant stream of base-runners. Last time was kinda typical with Godley allowing six hits and four walks in five innings: a WHIP of 2.00 isn’t conducive to good results, but Zack held the Marlins to two runs. What he has been doing is keeping the ball in the park, which has helped allow him to stay out of the big innings. Over these four games, covering 23.1 innings of work, he has given up only a pair of home-runs.

The stat which bothers me is Godley’s K:BB ratio. Overall this season, he’s at 1.93, easily the worst figure by any member of the current rotation (and I’m including Shelby Miller there), with Robbie Ray’s 2.68 the next lowest. That’s why Godley’s fielding-independent ERA is up at 4.59, more than a run higher than the same figure last season. Even to a pitching ignoramus like me, it just feels like his mechanics are out of whack, Zack doing his infamous “falling off the mound” thing too often for comfort. He can be great for a spell, and look as good as any pitcher we have. But then something seems to slip, and he can’t find the strike-zone with a map.

No Ketel Marte in the line-up today, though the team has not made any kind of roster move there, so hopefully this will be just a couple of days off. It looked pretty bad in last night’s game, seeing him go down like an Argentinean forward (that’s a World Cup reference, for those not paying attention...), and I was sure we were looking at an absence of several weeks. I’ll be delighted if that’s not the case. However, the team did continue the bullpen churn, sending Jimmie Sherfy down after his two innings of work, and bringing up Silvino “Bus Pass” Bracho as fresh bullpen arm. I think this is, no exaggeration, the tenth move of the season for Bracho. Also of note, Christian Walker starting in LF?