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Preview, #106: 7/28 @ Padres

The debut of the newest Diamondback, Eduardo Escobar

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Minnesota Twins Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports

Today's Lineups

Jon Jay - RF Manuel Margot - CF
Paul Goldschmidt - 1B Wil Myers - LF
David Peralta - LF Hunter Renfroe - RF
A.J. Pollock - CF Eric Hosmer - 1B
Eduardo Escobar - 3B Christian Villanueva - 3B
Ketel Marte - SS Freddy Galvis - SS
Daniel Descalso - 2B Jose Pirela - 2B
Jeff Mathis - C Austin Hedges - C
Patrick Corbin - LHP Tyson Ross - RHP

Having finally arrived on the West coast, Eduardo Escobar is in the line-up at third-base for the Diamondbacks against the Padres. He’ll become the fifth player this season to start at the hot corner for Arizona, after Jake Lamb (52 games), Daniel Descalso (26), Deven Marrero (21) and Chris Owings (6). With Lamb out, I expect Escobar to receive the bulk of the starts, since the switch-hitter performs relatively equitably from both sides of the plate. However, we will probably see him start at shortstop some of the time, against right-handers, as Nick Ahmed had hit those 160 points worse than lefties this year. The left-handed hitting Descalso can take over at third on those occasions.

We’ve seen Tyson Ross twice this season, and the results could probably not have been much more different. On April 20, he no-hit Arizona for 7.2 innings: but he got a no-decision, as the one hit allowed was an RBI double by Christian Walker that tied the game at one [the Padres still won 4-1]. In sharp contrast was his appearance on July 7, also at Chase. Ross lasted two innings, and was charged with eight earned runs on seven hits and two walks, in the infamous 20-5 win. The Game Scores for those two outings were 80 and 10 respectively, so you take your choice as to what precedent was set historically! This will be Ross’s first start against us in San Diego in over three years, since June 2015.

On our side of the mound, Patrick Corbin saw the Padres in April, and got the W with six innings of two-run ball. He held them to two hits and a walk, while striking out 11, both runs coming on a home-run by Christian Villanueva (in the Padres line-up for this one). But Corbin took the loss in his last game at Petco, which was September last year, giving up four runs in five innings. Patrick did very well in his first start after the All-Star break, holding a powerful Cubs line-up to one run over seven innings. He didn’t issue any walks, only the second time this year he has managed that. Getting back to the form he showed in April would be a real boost for the D-backs in the second half.