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Preview #85: 7/2 vs. Cardinals

He’s back!

San Franciso Giants v Arizona Diamondbacks Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Today's Lineups

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS
Matt Carpenter - 1B Jon Jay - RF
Tommy Pham - CF Paul Goldschmidt - 1B
Tyler O'Neill - RF Jake Lamb - 3B
Marcell Ozuna - LF A.J. Pollock - CF
Yadier Molina - C David Peralta - LF
Jedd Gyorko - 3B Daniel Descalso - 2B
Yairo Munoz - SS John Ryan Murphy - C
Kolten Wong - 2B Nick Ahmed - SS
Carlos Martinez - RHP Robbie Ray - LHP

That’s what I call a line-up. :) All five position players who have an OPS+ of above a hundred for the season (A.J. Pollock, Paul Goldschmidt, David Peralta, Daniel Descalso and John Ryan Murphy) in there, with Jake Lamb and Jon Jay not too far below it. Look forward to seeing this on an almost everyday basis going forward, though given the briefness of Pollock’s rehab assignment, I’d not be surprised if the team doesn’t quite go full throttle on him for a day or two. It’d be better still with Ketel Marte playing in place of Nick Ahmed, but no cause for alarm there. The team just wanted to give him one more day, to be sure his hamstring was fine.

You might remember the last time the teams met, there was a bit of a dust-up (albeit of the “handbags at 10 paces” variety) at home-plate, after Torey Lovullo used a certain term to describe Cardinals’ catcher Yadier Molina, and his pitch-framing abilities. The video above will remind you, if this doesn’t ring any bells. However, Lovullo made a point of seeking out Molina before today’s game and the two men went at it hammer and tongs sorted out their differences, Lovullo apologizing to Molina for the incident (below). Credit both men for apparently being willing to put it behind them, rather than holding onto any grudges. Which, I suspect, certain managers coughHurdlecough might have been less willing to do...

Robbie Ray starts for the D-backs, and we’ll be hoping for a repeat of his excellent outing against the Marlins in Miami. Counterpoint: it was the Marlins. The Cardinals will be more of a test, but have reached the mid-eighties in terms of his pitch count last time, he should be close to a normal outing tonight. We may get to see the debut of Joey Krehbiel, added to the roster today. He would become the third player to make his first major-league appearance with the 2018 Diamondbacks, following Yoshihisa Hirano and Troy Scribner. The latter is ironic, as he was removed from the 40-man roster in order to make room for Krehbiel. Baseball truly is a harsh mistress sometimes...