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Preview, #104: 7/26 @ Marlins

He’s baaaaaaaack...

Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images

Today's Lineups

DIAMONDBACKS MARLINS
Jarrod Dyson - CF Miguel Rojas - SS
Ketel Marte - 2B Brian Anderson - RF
Eduardo Escobar - 3B Garrett Cooper - 1B
David Peralta - LF Neil Walker - 3B
Adam Jones - RF Starlin Castro - 2B
Jake Lamb - 1B Jorge Alfaro - C
Nick Ahmed - SS Harold Ramirez - LF
Alex Avila - C Cesar Puello - CF
Zack Greinke - RHP Sandy Alcantara - RHP

As expected, Yasmany Tomas is back with the Diamondbacks, though he is not present in today’s startling line-up. The specific moves were more or less as predicted. Luke Weaver gets moved to the 60-day IL to open a spot on the 40-man roster, and Taylor Clarke goes on the paternity leave list, after the birth of his first child, to make room on the 25-man roster. However, Clarke will need to be back in just a few days, and it will be interesting to see how the team handles things. We will, of course, be pressing up against the trade deadline by that point, so it’s possible things could have shaken down and some roster spots opened - especially if this series doesn’t go the Diamondbacks’ way.

This will be our first visit to Marlins Park since the mobile home-run sculpture beyond the outfield wall came down, over the winter. Apparently, it has been relocated rather than removed entirely, and can now be found on the plaza outside the park. I learned from the article that it was called “Homer”, which seems a terribly mundane name for something so... unique in terms of ballpark features. To find out about it, I ended up literally Googling “marlins stadium thing” - and, yep, the first five entries were all about the art installation. I miss things like that, Tal’s Hill in Houston: heck, even the dirt strip between home-plate and the mound at Chase. They all added personality.

Otherwise, much the same goes for this series against the Marlins, as I said for the one against the Orioles. The D-backs should win each and every game. But the Marlins remain a major-league outfit, and on any given day, there’s about a one-in-three chance they will win, regardless of the opposition. However, Arizona does at least have the front of their rotation i.e. everyone bar Taylor Clarke going in this series, so I’m optimistic the team will come away from Miam with an overall win. Which will just make Mike Hazen’s navigation of the upcoming trade deadline, that bit more complex. Of course, that’s half the fun, and from a SnakePit point of view, the longer we can drag out the argument, the better!