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Preview #98: 7/20 vs. Rockies

Previously, on the roller-coaster which is the 2018 season...

Arizona Diamondbacks v Colorado Rockies Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

Today's Lineups

DJ LeMahieu - 2B David Peralta - LF
Charlie Blackmon - CF Paul Goldschmidt - 1B
Nolan Arenado - 3B A.J. Pollock - CF
Trevor Story - SS Steven Souza - RF
Carlos Gonzalez - RF Jake Lamb - 3B
Ian Desmond - 1B Ketel Marte - 2B
Noel Cuevas - LF Nick Ahmed - SS
Tony Wolters - C Alex Avila - C
German Marquez - RHP Robbie Ray - LHP

I hope you all enjoyed the break, and are now ready for the second half which, I’m fairly sure, will be even more tense, thrilling, aggravating, incredible and heart-breaking than the first half was. The D-backs restart after the break with everything to play for, trailing the Dodgers by just half a game in the NL West, but now having to deal with Mannywood v2.0, in the shape of Manny Machado on the Los Angeles roster. But the D-backs are hoping for a healthy roster in the second half, after significant time was missed by a number of key players for Arizona, including A.J. Pollock, Jake Lamb and Robbie Ray. With just three games covering the second- to seventh-best record in the NL, the table is set for the stretch run.

For the next week and a half, the main focus is likely to be on the non-waiver trade deadline at the end of the month. The way this year’s schedule has broken, that’s a lot closer to the All-Star Game break than normal. and with the Machado domino having toppled. it’ll be interesting to see how things now break in the limited time available. Of course, it’s worth noting that the end of July is not an absolute barrier. You can acquire players up until the end of August, and they’ll still be eligible for your postseason roster, but they will need to have gone across the waiver wire first. I get the feeling, however, any moves the D-backs make are likely to be in the next 11 days.

The second half gets under way with the arrival of the Rockies, against whom the D-backs had a series in Colorado best described as “interesting”. After winning the opener, they were murdered 19-2 in the second game, with position players pitching more than half of the game. If we do not see Daniel Descalso or Alex Avila on the mound this weekend. I think we’ll all be considerably happier! Having started the last game at Coors, Ray also works the first game of this series, so it’ll be a case of making adjustments and adjusting to the adjustments made by Colorado. He allowed two runs over 5.1 innings last time, and if the offense steps up (which they didn’t last time), that should be enough for a winning start.